I am so glad all of this is coming out. I was a volunteer at Common Ground for a brief time in Jan. 2007, when Brandon was Director of Ops there. As a direct result of Brandon's "security policy" and encouragement of a few young men, a local resident -- a young man, and yes, the kid was looking for trouble, which was directed toward my friend and me -- was degraded and emasculated. After Brandon had belittled this man, the man brought back a few friends and a few bricks. A couple of volunteers got hurt really badly that night because of Brandon's actions. When my friend and I confronted Brandon about the situation, he refused to listen to us or rationally discuss what was happening. He became verbally abusive with us, made accusations about our motives, belittled us, and culminated it by throwing us out. Of course, Brandon, being the gracious and generous person that he is (*rolls eyes*) allowed us to stay till dawn, rather than throw us out at 3AM with the MP's that were roaming the area that night. A few days after leaving, we got a call from another volunteer. She informed us that, because so many people were angry with Brandon for throwing us out, Brandon lied to the volunteers by telling them that he'd called each of us. He claimed he apologized to us and talked it out. Well, folks, it's been two years to the week, and I still haven't gotten this phone call.
Aside from the incidents I directly experienced involving Brandon, there were several rumors about Brandon's violent tendencies. These stories ranged from picking arguments and physical altercations (which I witnessed first-hand, so it was easy to believe) to trying to run over people who disagreed with him with his pick-up truck.
I think I can honestly say that I have never met someone so naturally prone to and turned on by violence. It is baffling to me that, of all people with whom I've ever crossed paths, Brandon would choose to become an FBI informant for the purpose of preventing violence. I can't say that I'm surprised that Brandon is a sniveling rat -- I could have told you that two years ago. I'm also not surprised by his attitudes in his recent letter and interviews -- it so fully embodies his narcissistic psychopathic personality. Yet still I'm having troubles wrapping my head around it all. I suppose my mom was right -- "what goes around, comes around." It'll be interesting to see how all of this plays out.
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