Thornberry attempts to intimidate his detractors with whatever he thinks will work … threats of lawsuits, slander, libel, and various other measures. What he avoids to the greatest extent possible is “truth” … and this is what sets him apart as a crook, in my opinion.
I agree with you, Bob, that the kid is hard to like, but I think it goes farther than that.
One example is from back when he was running an operation out of South Carolina that was not consistent with state laws … whereby his company (for a fee, of course) would train home inspectors and “certify” them as “Engineering Technicians” so that they could buy engineering advice from his company and resell it to contractors and home buyers … he first chose, when questioned, to lie and claim that he was not soliciting members of NACHI to participate in it.
Then, when his solicitations were made public and he could no longer deny making them, he chose to lie and falsely represent that his unlawful operation was indeed “legal”. When it was disclosed as to how, in one particular state (Missouri, which had launched an investigation into this operation), it was not legal … he changed his lie to that of his service being legal in all but four states. He refused to name which four states, of course, so that those who inquired with their own state and found it to be illegal might think that they were simply among the four states.
Then, when he was finally reported to the State of South Carolina and they found that he was issuing certificates for engineering related training from their state without having the lawfully required license to conduct such training and offer such certificates, they shut him down until he changed the nature of his offerings.
He will still lie about this if you ask him, but the message board records all of these events quite clearly for anyone to discern on their own that “truth” and “Thornberry” are like oil and water.
So … when Thornberry makes you sign a contract with him and forces you to agree to the following:
You will provide him with private client data in exchange for cash and services, and
You will amend your agreement with your client to include a clause that provides a waiver to any Do Not Call list your client may be on from any anonymous third party holding the contract, and
You contractually agree to conceal from your client the existence of the contract that you have with Thornberry and keeping him anonymous, and
You only have Thornberry’s message board promises (nothing else) that he will keep this private information confidential and will not sell it to others,
… some people just don’t believe him.