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A Brett Kimberlin situation “could happen to you”

A Brett Kimberlin situation “could happen to you”

There is a lot out there today about Brett Kimberlin, who either himself or through supporters has been going after various conservative bloggers who have called attention to his past.

You already know about Aaron Walker.

A must read post, and I mean MUST READ, is by Patrick Frey a/k/a Patterico, and the hell he and his family have had to go through including “swatting,” where a false report of a murder was made to his home address in the hope the police SWAT team would arrive with guns drawn.  That’s not the half of it, there have been false Bar ethics complaints, lawsuits, complaints to his employer, and other assorted harrassments directed at Frey and his wife.

The whole story is just unbelievable.  Here’s Frey’s conclusion:

What you have just read is a summary. I have lived this daily — literally daily — for almost a year. There are pieces of evidence I didn’t have room to include. There is so much evidence of harassment it would take you weeks to read about it all.

What’s more, I know that this post is going to result in more harassment. I will almost certainly be sued, despite my careful efforts to stick to the facts. There will likely be more complaints to my workplace.

And I have a feeling they’ll find creative new ways to try to rip my life apart.

As an aside, I have listened to Brett Kimberlin in court audio, saying he meets with Congressmen on a regular basis. I want to make sure these Congressmen know what he’s doing.

I have appreciated the support I have felt in recent days, with people like Michelle Malkin, Instapundit, Stacy McCain, Ace, and many others stepping up and being willing to take on this topic.

It is my hope that the support of the blogosphere will not melt away after today. Because the harassment will almost certainly live on.

It’s an important battle to take on. And I want to stress that this should not be a partisan issue. I believe Brett Kimberlin uses lefty politics as a tool — but he doesn’t believe any of it in his heart. He is looking for a buck. I have been heartened to see left-leaning people of all stripes stand up to this guy in the past, from Mark Singer, the author of Citizen K; to Ken Ashford, who refused to give up Aaron Walker’s identity; to the left-leaning lawyer who represented Aaron pro bono.

It is my hope that left-leaning blogs will recognize that this is not a partisan issue. It is a free speech issue.

Remember how I said one of my commenters was outed? And this crew started talking about his parents? And his divorce records? For being a commenter of mine?

What happened to me could literally happen to anyone. It could happen to you.

If you take nothing else from this post, remember that. It could happen to you.

For more on Robert Stacy McCain’s predicament, check out not only his blog, but also the interview he gave John Hawkins:

Monday afternoon, my wife came in and informed me Kimberlin had been in contact with her employer. It was evident then and has since become more evident that Kimberlin knew where we lived. His contact with my wife’s employer resulted in a security alert as soon as they found out who this guy was and they recognized the implicit threat.

There are many more links at Instapundit, Michelle Malkin and Lonely Conservative.

The National Bloggers Club has set up a donation site, but consider hitting the tip jars for Patterico and Robert Stacy McCain (couldn’t find one for Walker directly).  I just did.

Update:  Via The Right Scoop, Glenn Beck interviews Frey and Walker:


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start twittering streisand/kerry as to why they enable convicted terrorists

That is chilling. I’m so sorry for Patterico and his family. He doesn’t deserve this. More examples of the Intolerant Left.

    raven in reply to PhillyGuy. | May 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    This isn’t simply the “Intolerant” Left; it’s the uncovering of the “Reign of Terror” psychotic temperament within the Left, there since Robispierre.

    Ragspierre in reply to PhillyGuy. | May 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Drago’s First Law: Nothing the Collective pretends to believe…and imposes on you…applies to them.

    That said, it is worth noting that there are people on the Left who have opposed, been victimized by, and defended Right bloggers against this little malevolent bitch.

    Hitler would be proud of Kimberlin.

Hang in there, conservative bloggers. There are millions of us who support you and the exercise of your First Amendment rights, and we will not tolerate these thug tactics by creeps like this Kimberlin loser.

Stay strong, and remember you’re not alone in this fight.

    TeaPartyPatriot4ever in reply to Observer. | May 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I absolutely agree with you. If we all cave into the far left radical lunatics and their alinsky tactics, then we will never win the war, as this is a war of attrition and ultimately victory ion the end. There will be, unfortunately, casualties of any war, in this case the war of radical liberal psychotic terrorism and their manipulation usage of the system to assist them in taking down and out people on our side. But in the end we must prevail and win, or it will be all for not, and our patriotic defenders and soldiers in this fight will have lost their battle and gone down in vain. Lets never let that happen, as we have many elections and issues to fight, and must never say die.

    This is our country and our Freedom, our Liberty, and our US Constitution that we are fighting for, which they wish to destroy.

    This fight and the consequences of it if we were to lose, reminds me of the civil war and President Abraham Lincoln’s eloquent words of what it is all about, what it all means, and in the end, what we all want-

    Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863-

    Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should
    do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Thanks for posting this. The Blaze also has a big article on this today as well and it includes tons of background information on who Kimberlin is and what his past is.

I have written about Kimberlin on my blog. The best way to fight against this evil is to speak up.

may the twitterverse be with you

LukeHandCool | May 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Thank you for helping to publicize this, Professor.

I don’t have time to read all the details now, but what I read is really creepy.

The conservative blogosphere has done its job, and now it’s time for the MSM to expose this guy. He needs to be put away for good.

I don’t think that even the Liberal Idiots who are pushing this harassment would be stupid enough to try to sue. That would be opening a HUGE door to Frey to counter-sue and to get ALL kinds of discovery that I’m sure the Liberal Idiots don’t want, because then it will be under Court Order and failure to provide means JAIL for them.

I’m having to stay out of this for reasons which I may choose to discuss on my own blog in a couple of months. Suffice to say being muzzled is being very, very frustrating…..

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I’m stunned no one’s filed criminal charges against these lunatics (felonies — plural — have been committed). I’m just as stunned no one’s sued them.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to | May 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I’m not stunned that law enforcement has done nothing. I am a bit stunned that nobody has sued them. I’m more stunned that they’re still drawing breath. Although I’m not speaking of Patterico and other bloggers, it is hard for me to imagine that these guys have not crossed the wrong kind of people a time or two in their long histories of malfeasant, underhanded and criminal activities.

Obama supporters come in all shapes and sizes; the diversity rainbow thrives with that crowd.
What color is terrorist ?

I am stunned. The soullessness of these cretins is just unbelievable. My heart goes out to all the victims of these evil people. And if ever there was a case for “loser pays,” this is it.

local police forces should be concerned about swatting. how would they feel being used as hit men for “hoaxers”? there is tremendous potential for liability especially since the practice is public knowledge of the practice. also the citizens of the community would ultimately pay for the “hoaxsters” hit men. though i support law enforcement i have always been apprehensive about swat teams in smaller communities. the police ave all that swat training and equipment and are itching to use it. swat teams in smaller municipalities cannot be justified

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to javau. | May 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Showing up in tactical gear with guns drawn against an alleged shooter is easy for the cops to wrap their little minds around. They can SEE it. They can HEAR it. They can TOUCH it. But having to unravel a subtle, heinous, dark pattern of activity? Fugettaboutit. That’s way too complicated for their pea brains – far too many dots to connect and far too much imagination, initiative, curiosity, perseverance and creativity required.

    Lina Inverse in reply to javau. | May 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    They can’t do this without admitting that they’ve gone way beyond the pale in their attitudes towards the people they supposedly serve. How often after a SWAT atrocity do they admit they weren’t 100% professional? How could they say with a straight face when it seems that their default is to kill any dogs they can?

    On the general topic, we should admit to ourselves that our adversaries are quite willing to murder us by proxy, and assume an appropriate posture in the face of this threat.

Soro’s and Tides paid and works with the State Dept….
…MAY 24, 2012 – JTMP has been a participant in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programfor 3 years now, where citizens from around the world involved in the arts get to come to America and visit to learn about the role of arts in the US. This year we had visitors that came from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia to see how Justice Through Music Project uses art to raise awareness on issues, and to bring about social change.
…So why is the State Department partnering with a convicted bomber and having him meet important people from around the world we’re trying to influence to like America? Who vets these organizations in the State Department? Is Brett Kimberlin the man we want to try and “win the hearts and minds” of the rest of the world?

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to tazz. | May 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Maybe Hillary really does want VP. The Kimberlin connection is a feather in her cap when one considers the M.O. and associations of this administration.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to tazz. | May 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Maybe Hillary really does want VP. The Kimberlin connection is a feather in her cap when one considers the M.O. and associations of this administration.

    Tamminator in reply to tazz. | May 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Wow. Fantastic link about the State Department. You really should send that one out to all of the bloggers. Info I’ve never heard before.

jimzinsocal | May 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Pathetic state of affairs. Not many things truly enrage me but this is one..along with its cousin secondary boycotts. One thing to have disagreements..thats politics. But this stretches the definition. I dont see alot of difference really between what has happened to Patterico and others and racketeering or extortion. Theyre strongarm tactics no different than those used by the mafia that doesnt exist(cough cough).
So what has changed? I dont recall anything this nasty and Ive seen all the elections since Goldwater ran all those years ago.
I believe for the first time we have a community organizer occupying The White House. Its the only business other than campaigning Obama knows or has experience with..are we really surprised about the tenor of politics?
And lets face it…when folks hear Obama and union bosses talk about putting on marching shoes are we surprised that followers respond in kind? Calls to “take out this politician”?
Coupled with a politically driven focus on differences, classes and the like? Us against them rhetoric?
And a compliant media so afraid of being branded as racist they willingly dispense with all sense of objectivity.
Its gotta change. Unless we like being held hostage.

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DINORightMarie | May 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Does anyone else see a link between this and the Democrat proposed legislation on not allowing and/or “outing” “anonymous” bloggers?!

They don’t operate alone. As someone noted above, they are a collective. The Borg.

I still say – RICO!! This is gangster-hoodlum Chicago thuggery, and there is definitely someone using this criminal-terrorist for various intimidation purposes.

All IMHO, but given the above, it is an informed opinion.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to DINORightMarie. | May 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    “My People” would never allow such a prosecution.

    Problem is, it’s the Republicans sponsoring this legislation in New York. Some idiot named O’Mara.

      Lina Inverse in reply to raven. | May 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      A New York Republican isn’t necessarily representative of the general part. I’m reminded of the jerk in the House who proposed the idea of a floating 1000 foot? circle around “important members of the Federal government” in which guns would be banned.

2nd Ammendment Mother | May 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Under another DoJ, it seems like Kimberlin would be declared a domestic terrorist……

As I read Patternico’s account, it occurs to me that I’ve seen shades of this on much smaller (usually local) political blogs where many of us debate these issues with our neighbors. I’ve notice there has been a number of new arrivals at the little local blog that I’ve belonged to for many years now. These guys stick out because their rants are always personal – never issue oriented. They only target the Conservative members. Most of us just ignore them, but occasionally we engage. When we do, the attack generally dissolves into rants about knowing our identities, outing us, and destroying our reputations….. now, I’m not so certain that these are random people but rather engaged in a pattern of attacks to drive conservative voices from all corners of the blogosphere.

Or maybe I’m just paranoid.

I spent much of today going through the conservative blogs and deleting bookmarks of those who were too cowardly to cover this story. There was one bookmark that, rather than being deleted, was actually restored. That bookmark was this blog.

Bill, herewith my apologies for pushing the envelope on Mormonism. Further herewith my gratitude to you for turning the rocks over and exposing the vermin beneath.

You are one brave man.

Heaven Forefend, if this dude lives out the remainder of his life, in a wheelchair, taking meals through a straw and drooling.

Those winters, in the area he supposedly lives, are brutal at times.

Careful little boy, don’t slip..

JackRussellTerrierist | May 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

When Breitbart died, I poo-poohed all the yak about a conspiracy. There is now a tiny seed of doubt in my mind.

It would be interesting to see this crew’s tweets and blogs from the days following Breitbart’s death.

This is the stuff of great movies. “Pacific Heights” comes to mind, only on steroids. Certainly a book should be written, although it’s likely no publisher would touch it for fear of bogus libel suits. Perhaps a vanity publishing would be the ticket. I can see letters of rejection used as book jacket endorsements as to the truth of the content. Of course, they’d have to have a legal team in place prior to printing and distribution.

What’s very interesting about all this is that Kimberlin and his buddies appear to have no fear of their enemies whatsoever. While they conduct clandestine ops, they have no fear of those same tactics being used against them. That’s quite a commentary of the right, I’d say. I guess Tony Soprano was a dumbocrat.

At any rate, I think the most disgusting aspect of this is the response by law enforcement. As usual, they are absent or uselessly weak at best. Pathetic.

Soldier on, Patterico & Co..

theduchessofkitty | May 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I read Patterico’s account this morning. It made my blood boil.

I don’t know if I should even mention this, but today was my elder daughter’s last day of Preschool. I was in a good mood, a bit sentimental and such, of course. But on my way to her last classroom party, I was fuming. Even my younger daughter (3) was asking if Mommy was OK, I was fuming so much.

This cannot stand. This is something right out of life in the Iron Curtain. I knew a girl I once tutored whose family members were expelled from a university in the former Czechoslovakia because they actually dared to dissent from the Communist Party line. Imagine how millions in the former Eastern Europe lived with the fear of their lives, their families and properties, for decades, just for not conforming to the Party line. Imagine France’s Reign of Terror – in decades, not months or years. This cockroach we’re talking about acts in the same tradition of the Stasi and Robespierre.

This kind of thing is not supposed to be happening in America, the Land of the Bill of Rights. Where is the damn outrage? Where are the Congressmen calling for this TERRORIST’s re-encarceration for an early release that should have never happened?

I want to hear from the next of kin of the man he maimed at the Indianapolis Speedway – the same man who took his life because of those same injuries. I want the next of kin to sue those foundations for funding a man who has done much evil in this world – down to the last penny. Let them have at it, along with Patterico, “Aaron Worthing”, Stacy McCain and their families. Let there not be one sixpence left to this TERRORIST’s name – not even a piece of clothing.

I wonder if anyone has investigated on the stupid jacka**es who let him go from prison – from whence he should have never let go in the first place. I want names. I want to make those people pay before the world for having let go of this SOCIOPATH. He should be sharing a bunker with Ted Kaczinsky at the SuperMax, not receiving money from foundations for his phony charities in order to intimidate prosecutors with SWAT-ting – which, if this actually pans out, might turn out to be a Federal crime!

It’s time to shame Barbra Streisand and the whole lot for their support of that TERRORIST.

But again, what is this small, meaningless SAHM supposed to do? Fume until I turn blue in the face and my husband actually begins to tell me, “Find another hobby”?

Excuse me while I fume some more…

BannedbytheGuardian | May 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I never liked Barbra Streisand. Not surpised to see her involved in this.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | May 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    It’s called “Radical Chic.”

    One of my favorite classical composes is Leonard Bernstein. Love his body of work. The only thing I can never forgive him for is the fact that he had a nice, cozy party at his opulent residence with the Black Panther Party back in the 60s. And he never regretted it: in fact, he thought he was “doing good.”

    It’s the same with Streisand. She thinks she’s “doing good” by doing this, when in reality…

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to theduchessofkitty. | May 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      But History never stops & why let the left have all the Revisionist fun?

      The southern Poverty Centre just put the New Black Panthers on its list of Right Wing nut job groups.

      Just put Leonard on your list of New Jewish Panthers. Just like the SLPC you can ascribe any political leaning you like.

      I also never liked Joan Baez .

Ace is asking people to contact their congressman, he wants a law against swatting. Would such a law be possible? I’m all for it would work.

I don’t understand how, with 100+ lawsuits filed and none won, Kimberlin hasn’t been designated a vexatious litigant in Maryland. This would require him to post a bond to cover his opponents’ legal costs, and also be recognized by other states with similar statutes. At least it would take his major weapon away.

Also, while Patterico, Aaron Walker, and Stacy McCain have clear grievances against him and are the main story, why are people overlooking the original target from Breitbart’s site, reporter Mandy Nagy (“Liberty Chick”), whose family has been harassed and who Kimberlin has accused of plotting to kill him!

jimzinsocal | May 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

^^Up there DINO/Marie mentioned RICO and you know it got me thinking. That the police were involved adds a dimension that seems to fit. But Im not expert with this particular avenue.

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