Always take pictures of people who are trying to photograph your house.
I'm with Glenn: that may not have been a Kimberlin Krony, but unless it's someone who's hunting for real estate and just wants to show her spouse a particular architectural detail or paint color—or a social historian out to demonstrate how neighborhoods have changed over the past few decades—it's someone who should themselves be photographed, along with the license plate on his/her car. We should all have cameras in our pockets as much of the time as we can manage it in these strange, strange times.
Because, as they say, sh*t just got real. Brett Kimberlin has declared war on the Bill of Rights, and the legacy media (not to mention The Daily Caller, and The Drudge Report) largely look the other way.
Professor Eugene Volokh will be helping Aaron Walker out in an advisory capacity, countering Kimberlin's "warfare" pro bono. Professor Volokh is one of the blogosphere's true gentlemen, but he has a mind like a scalpel. And he's forgotten more about the Bill of Rights than most constitutional scholars ever knew. The fight just got fairer, but far less . . . equal.
Please keep the professor's family in your thoughts, and the families of all who have stuck their necks out; we know how the anti-speech forces play this game. "Outing" Ali Akbar's mother is just . . . it's how these bottom-feeders work. Pity the anti-speechers, but keep your guard up, too.
In the meantime, consider what you want to say to your state and Federal legislators on Free Speech Friday, 6/8, when many bloggers who are either right-leaning and/or passionate about the First Amendment will be focusing on the cause of robust speech, and calling for action within the states and on a national scale to combat abusive, SLAPP-oriented "warfare."
Ace is calling it a Day of Silence, but if you read his post it's clear that it's really "Free Speech Friday" or "Focus Friday." Whatever you call it, it will be time, as he points out, for us to get some "representation" from our representatives. In both senses of the word. Too many are standing by while ordinary citizens' rights are trampled upon.
On Friday, this site will be absolutely dead-silent, which is what Brett Kimberlin and his stalker crew seeks, and what the media and our supposed Representatives in Congress would permit.
The only post on Friday will be a bold-faced Open Letter to Congress, urging them to act and not attempt to pass the buck to others.
They are our representatives; we would like some representation.
They vowed to defend and protect the Constitution; they can honor that vow now.
I will post links of Congressmen’s and Senator’s email addresses and offices and phone numbers, and urge every concerned American citizen to let them know, in no uncertain terms, that a crime in progress against the First Amendment (and people’s safety) is occurring, and we humbly request they take this seriously.
They are literally going to get someone killed. That is their endgame here.
Will the media and Congress pretend “we didn’t know” when this happens?
The Weekly Standard knows.
The Daily Caller knows.
And many, but not yet all, Congressmen and Senators know.
I encourage all bloggers and twitterers to essentially strike that day, or write nothing except your desire that you expect your Congressmen to take threats to your First Amendment rights seriously.
Oh: Do not be provoked into saying something jackass. . . Everytime you say something intemperate, Brett Kimberlin smiles.
Also: if you want to investigate any unsafe sites run by stalkerish types, you must never go there the way you would a site you respect and trust. The most unhinged blogs require safe surfing. Never, ever go to stalker-sites without masking your IP. (If you want to know the URL of the site that is run by the Kimberlin Kronies, ask someone—but go to Anonymouse first. Please.)
Furthermore, Michelle's roundup is a must-read, as is the latest update from Popehat (bottom line: we need more attorney-volunteers in FL and TN, but read the whole thing). If you want some bonus-snark from Popehat regarding the Serial Speech Suppressors, Ken has you covered. Enjoy.
Folks, if we don't have freedom of speech in this country, it's all over. That's why I keep repeating over and over that Kimberlin's speech-suppression isn't a partisan issue, and reminding everyone that some of Kimberlin's victims have been liberals and Democrats.
As Ace keeps pointing out, this is no "blog war." Aaron Walker and his wife have lost their jobs for expressing themselves online. Aaron has been framed for a crime, and had multiple restraining orders filed against him, which were approved. He has been arrested for blogging.
Mend fences with everyone you've ever squabbled with. (Okay, not Crazy Charles of LGF—or the other dangerous stalkers who are just as unhinged as Kimberlin, but less ambitious. Just everyone else.) Declare a truce until we've defeated the anti-speech brigade. And reach across the ideological fence, because too few liberal bloggers know about this, and it's critically important for them as well as for us.
Try to kick in a few dollars for the relief fund/legal defense kitty.
And get ready for Friday.
(Cross-posted at Little Miss Attila.)