When Lee Stranahan made the brilliant suggestion that today should be Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day, he asked that each of us research a portion of the Speedway Bomber’s sick career directly from the original sources that could be obtained online. I have begun that process, but have been busy with other things, so my post on one of his lawfaring expeditions will have to wait a little bit. Instead, I’m going to focus on the account Patrick Frey gave of his SWATting at the hands of Kimberlin’s evil associates, and go from there.
Among many threats, direct and indirect, that Kimberlin (profiled effectively in brief here by the EBL) and his merry band of psycho twatwaffles have made against Patterico (and numerous other bloggers in the ‘sphere), Kimberlin stated his intention to sue Patterico for defamation, adding that he’d filed more than a hundred lawsuits, and it was no sweat for him to file another one, but that it would cost Patrick (he hoped) his livelihood and property. Patterico outlines the coordinated campaign of harassment and intimidation directed at him through his workplace and elsewhere, and most chillingly the SWATting. What is SWATting?
It’s something that Andrew Breitbart talked about in his last radio interview. A person calls an emergency line claiming to be the person that he’s targeting, alleging a shooting, and claiming he’s the shooter. A SWAT team arrives at the target’s home, guns drawn, and orders the target out of the house. From the malicious caller’s point of view, the optimal result is that that police have an itchy trigger finger and shoot the target, preferably to death. This actually happened to Patterico, and to another person who was, at the time of Wienergate, investigating the former Congressman’s tweeting. The person whom Patterico suspects actually made the call is . . . Ron Brynaert, who has threatened to sic the NYPD on me for supposedly leaking his email address to a person whom he characterizes as a ‘blackmailer’—most likely Kimberlin victim Aaron Walker, formerly Aaron Worthing of the Internet, who has named him in a complaint after having been fired, along with his wife, by their employer for having attracted the animus of Kimberlin, Rauhauser, Brynaert and Friedman for offering some free legal advice to one of their targets.
That target, somewhat-less-obscure-than-before blogger Seth Allen, had committed the terrible crime of criticizing Kimberlin, in the wake of Mandy Nagy’s seminal account of the ongoing antics of convicted terrorist and perjurer Kimberlin, published by Breitbart. Patrick gives a brief outline of the ways in which Nagy, aka Liberty Chick, was harassed and threatened by Kimberlin and Associates. Among their many targets, these four, along with Rauhauser’s “beandog” army of moral midgets, Koslings (there is undoubtedly some overlap), and Anonymous hangers-on, have named Ace, whom they wish to ‘out.’
When Aaron Walker broke the story of his punishment at the paws of these cowards, for providing free legal counsel to one of their victims, Stacy McCain was among the first to write about the atrocity. He called me up the morning that he published his first story on the subject, asking whether I’d seen it. I responded that I had, and that I was writing about it, too. Naturally, Stacy then himself became a target and hit the road for the safety of his family. If you are one of the people who believed that McCain was overreacting, or that it was some kind of publicity stunt, you need to rethink your position and apologize wherever you may have expressed that opinion online.
Stacy deserves props for seeing the newsworthiness of the story. Me? I was just friggin’ outraged.
As The Lonely Conservative noted, there is safety in numbers in this case, and yesterday Zilla published a great Wall of Balls post compiling many of those who have spoken out. For years, Kimberlin and Associates have been conducting most of their harassment via the law and their little henchlings online. Those henchlings should take notice that now the shoe’s on the other foot. I chronicled and publicized my Twitter exchange with Brynaert in order to capture a glimpse of their method, but now that I’m in possession of this new information I also believe that Brynaert’s fit reveals a little desperation that his cover has been blown and that he’s been colluding with the other Kimberlin enablers: at this late date, he’s trying to distance himself and save his skin. [UPDATE: Dave Weigel's experience with this character reinforces my impression, and though we thank Dave for taking the time to blog about it, he deliberately obtuse about why we are so adamant about stopping Kimberlin and Associates. Hint: It's the principle, Dave.]
It’s too late, baby, now it’s too late.
As I’ve noted elsewhere, Insty, Michelle Malkin and Ace were among the first blogospheric big timers to take notice. You can add Warner Todd Huston to their number. Jim Geraghty brought the issue to the online pages of a major print publication, and yesterday Mark Tapscott upped the ante once again. Jerry Wilson was among the first to go public with his disappointment that the big guns in the more *cough* professional media were dragging their feet. In a phone conversation, Ladd Ehlinger counselled patience to me, and I accepted that counsel, because we know from experience that the MSM are not structurally as quick to come about as the little barks of our blogospheric wit. Yesterday, that Damn Dirty RINO expressed a similar disappointment:
If this story were solely about Stacy McCain, I could perhaps understand the reluctance. I’ve had my disagreements with him in the past and likely will again in the future — possibly with great frequency and vehemence. He has proven to be a lightning rod over the course of his career, and as far as I can tell he enjoys it as much as he deserves it.
But this story is emphatically not about Stacy McCain; it’s about a dangerous criminal with ties to well-heeled, lavish contributors to the Democratic party and the institutional left who uses the justice system to silence those of us on the right (and left, for that matter) who work to expose his violent, lawless history.
Perhaps I’m jumping the gun with this post and all of these outlets are planning in participating in Everybody Blog about Brett Kimberlin Day tomorrow. But, I’m at a complete loss as to how on earth even McCain’s mainstream conservative publisher, The American Spectator, could remain utterly mum on this story. I’ve been scanning the respective blogs hosted by these outlets since this story broke open when McCain was forced to hit the bricks with his family in the interest of their safety, and to date the only mention I’ve seen has been the aforementioned Geraghty post.
Maybe my scans have been a bit too cursory and I’ve just missed all the howls of outrage. If so, I hope readers will send me the links to them so I can post them here at The Damn Dirty RINO. But, if I’m right and they’re simply looking the other way while this legal extortion racket against the online conservative movement plays out in broad daylight, there’s something deeply wrong with the institutions that purport to be our vanguard.
I can understand some sense of hesitancy in attracting the attention of a man with Kimberlin’s past and his current penchant for using the judiciary to stifle his critics; that’s not something that anyone undertakes mirthfully. But, that’s what makes joining the fray so damned necessary. The very effectiveness of his tactics is what demands a zealous and unified response from each and every member of the online conservative movement as well as its allies in mainstream institutions who rely on the movement to advance the cause.
Kimberlin has proven to be indiscriminate in his choice of victims — from anonymous, well-meaning citizens who innocently lift an unattended duffel bag after a high school sporting event, to online conservative activists and journalists seeking to expose the perfidy of our opponents and the disregard for basic human decency of their big-money benefactors.
Walt gets it. As I’ve said elsewhere, this is Kimberlin’s old terrorism translated to new spheres of action, most saliently the legal system that coddles his terroristic ambitions, and the blogosphere, where anonymity for me but not for thee is the MO. These people want you and me dead (if at all possible) for telling the truth about them. Some of their more benign tactics were compiled by Rauhauser for proggie eyes only, then later deep-sixed, but Jeff has the screen cap.
To say they want us dead is not an exaggeration, as Patrick’s SWATting demonstrates quite clearly. It’s not a prank, but an attempt at instrumentalizing the police to induce a target’s violent death. It is pure cowardice combined with pure evil, and it is stock in trade with these creatures. How special these bastards’ weapons and tactics are! How they are sanctioned by State’s Attorneys and law enforcement officials who refuse to do their jobs and thereby condone these sociopathic if not psychotic behaviors! And none of this is new. We know that at the time Kimberlin was convicted of the Speedway bombings in Indiana, back in 1981, he was plotting to have those who testified against him and his prosecutor murdered or beaten.
He hasn’t changed, and the left continues to underwrite his continued crime spree, and courts continue to hear his complaints, and online enablers continue to enable him online. Nor are these tactics limited to this particular clusterfark of assholes (via Insty). One observer of Charles Johnson seems to suspect he might be part of this whole sick crew, as well.
I mentioned in a comment yesterday at Aaron Walker’s that Kimberlin has shown from the very beginning the ability to recruit the mentally ill and emotionally disturbed to his causes. In Indiana, Kimberlin traveled out of state with a pre-teen girl whose mother was mentally compromised enough to go along with it. When the girl’s grandmother stepped in, taking her into what she meant to be a kind of protective custody, she was murdered in her garage. The grandfather reported to police that he had caught a glimpse of the killer, who had come to the door inquiring about some items from a garage sale, and as he pulled away after murdering the girl’s grandmother. The old man himself died of cancer two weeks after his wife was murdered.
Think about that: the grandmother was so appalled that her daughter was permitting then twenty-some Kimberlin to take her granddaughter on these trips that she brought the girl in, despite her husband’s soon-to-become-fatal illness, and for her troubles she’s shot in the head at close range in her garage. When he was prevented from seeing the girl, Kimberlin threatened suicide. Instead, granny died. And then the bombings started.
Some have theorized that they started in order to draw attention away from the garage murder.
Kimberlin first ingratiated himself to the left by telling lies from prison about Dan Quayle, claiming that he’d dealt pot to the prospective Vice-President. On the other hand, the people who ferreted out and told the truth about Anthony Wiener became targets of his vicious sociopathy. And although Kimberlin has been known to lie in court on occasion—by which I mean regularly, and (perhaps) most recently by claiming that Aaron Walker beat him—he has claimed to have met personally with members of Congress. This is a claim that we mean to inspect.
Kimberlin has made a practice of attempting, with some success, to deprive people of their livelihood and their rights. It’s time, for starters, that he was deprived of his livelihood, since he subsists on the ‘charitable’ contributions of the left, given to him through his tax-exempt sinecures, the Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution. He has attempted, too, to bring charges under RICO against Patterico (whose name probably suggested the scam to him), Nagy, and others. But whose behavior here reeks of coordinated criminal activity, anyway? Not his victims’.
Kimberlin’s supporters are either deluded or mentally ill, but once again there is likely a good deal of overlap between those two categories.
And in the end, Jerry and Walt are perfectly right: those media outlets which have had this story brought to their attention and have not spoken are in effect condoning this behavior. And I want to make this clear: they owe us. They might not like to think about it, but much of what they cover is first dredged up or rounded into shape here in the blogosphere. Their egos may not permit them to acknowledge it, but even supposing they don’t believe that there are real journalists among us, or not many (though people like Mandy ought to get their props), we are the ones who distribute and amplify their stories. We bring them eyes and ears. We don’t ask for much, but we are here to collect.
You like to talk a big game about freedom of expression, MSM. It’s time to get some balls and help stop this Svengali of Nuts.
UPDATE: Glenn Beck’s in the game, now, too.
Via Memeorandum, John Hawkins interviews Stacy, highlighting the involvement with this whole sick crew of Nadia Naffe, who made aimed very dubious charges at James O’Keefe in a court of law. Seems Nadia might have some ‘splain’ to do. Here’s Stacy’s summation from the interview:
Sources have told me that Capitol Hill staffers have been briefed about the background on the Kimberlin case. By the way, these briefings happened before I had ever heard of Brett Kimberlin. People have been looking at this for a long time and trying to figure out, you know, what’s going on here.
I studied psychology, John, and I think that any student of psychology would have to conclude that Brett Kimberlin is a classic sociopath. One of the things that a sociopath always does is to accuse others of doing what he has done. This is a narcissistic reflex reaction of scapegoating onto others his own problems and we have seen this in Brett Kimberlin’s actions. Among other things, he accused Mandy Nagy, Liberty Chick at Breitbart.com, of being part of a conspiracy to kill him — the convicted terror bomber accusing this girl of trying to kill him. It’s just crazy. He had hoped to avoid scrutiny and now he’s in a white hot spotlight. I think that when all the facts are known, the end of this story is Brett Kimberlin goes back to prison. That’s my belief and I’m entitled to my belief.
You can donate to the National Bloggers Club’s relief fund for victims of Brett Kimberlin here. The principals are Ali Akbar and Melissa Clouthier.
Breitbart.com finally comes through. They contacted a lot of Justice Through Music’s donors, and got responses from Fidelity and Schwab. Those responses show how hard it is to turn off the tap to operations such as Kimberlin’s. Nevertheless, I anticipate that we will see some ACORN-style rebranding happening here, with Kimberlin removed from the non-profit documents. Obama wants to make it a crime to discriminate against criminals in employment matters . . . even the unrepentant ones. That’s also via Donald on Twitter.
We’ve received a lot of probing at this site since first reporting on Brett Kimberlin. Here’s an example of the kind of thing these flying monkeys are looking for:
I’m sure it’s the same everywhere people are blogging about Kimberlin and the Whole Sick Crew. The IP address is 184.108.40.206 out of Modesto, California. Welcome!
AT Human Events, John Hayward compares this with the leftist assault on ALEC, which Amazon.com defunded yesterday.
From No Pasaran! Jonah Goldberg outlined the tactics in Liberal Fascism. Via @rsmccain on Twitter.
At MRC, College Republican has dug up a couple of music videos by Kimberlin and pals. Kimberlin seems to believe, among other things, that he’s innocent.