…is this Brett Kimberlin business.
In case our readers aren’t aware of who this guy is, he’s extremely bad news. Kimberlin, a marijuana dealer, was convicted of planting eight bombs in six days in Speedway, Indiana, in 1978 and served 17 years in federal prison for that. Among the effects of the bombs (from Kimberlin v. White, 7 F.3d 527 (6th Cir. 1993))…
In the worst incident, Kimberlin placed one of his bombs in a gym bag, and left it in a parking lot outside Speedway High School. CarlDeLong was leaving the high school football game with his wife when he attempted to pick up the bag and it exploded. The blast tore off his lower right leg and two fingers, and embedded bomb fragments in his wife’s leg. He was hospitalized for six weeks, during which he was forced to undergo nine operations to complete the amputation of his leg, reattach two fingers, repair damage to his inner ear, and remove bomb fragments from his stomach, chest, and arm. In February 1983, he committed suicide.
But Kimberlin has been out of jail for quite a while at this point. Not that he’s improved his behavior a whole lot, mind you. The Blaze details what he’s currently up to…
- Drug dealer, alleged child molester, and convicted perjurer, forger and Indiana Speedway Bomber (who is also believed to have played a role in the assassination of a grandmother), Brett Kimberlin spent 17 years in prison before his ultimate re-absorption into American society
- He started a non-profit dubbed “Justice Through Music (JTM)” that has, since at least 2005, been funded by George Soros’ Tides Foundation and Barbara Streisand among other leftists
- Along with his associate, Kimberlin also started an organization called “Velvet Revolution” that supports the Occupy movement
- JTM’s goal is to use music to foster “social justice” and fight Republican “voter fraud” (like the kind George Bush allegedly used to “steal” the Florida election)
- Any blogger — conservative and liberal alike — who has written the truth about Kimberlin has come under vicious attack by either Kimberlin or his minions, suffering death threats (veiled and unveiled), multiple lawsuits, loss of jobs and worse
- He has filed over 100 frivolous lawsuits against anything that isn’t nailed down and somehow is being allowed to continue unchecked
- This story has never been reported on in the mainstream media
Two of Kimberlin’s victims in particular have stories to tell, and both of them have blogged at Patterico.com, a Los Angeles-based conservative site we visit daily.
Patterico’s proprietor is Patrick Frey, an assistant district attorney in Los Angeles. Here’s his tale of dealing with Kimberlin…
At 12:35 a.m. on July 1, 2011, sheriff’s deputies pounded on my front door and rang my doorbell. They shouted for me to open the door and come out with my hands up.
When I opened the door, deputies pointed guns at me and ordered me to put my hands in the air. I had a cell phone in my hand. Fortunately, they did not mistake it for a gun.
They ordered me to turn around and put my hands behind my back. They handcuffed me. They shouted questions at me: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOUSE? and WHERE ARE THEY? and ARE THEY ALIVE?
I told them: Yes, my wife and my children are in the house. They’re upstairs in their bedrooms, sleeping. Of course they’re alive.
Deputies led me down the street to a patrol car parked about 2-3 houses away. At least one neighbor was watching out of her window as I was placed, handcuffed, in the back of the patrol car. I saw numerous patrol cars on my quiet street. There was a police helicopter flying overhead, shining a spotlight down on us as I walked towards the patrol car. Several neighbors later told us the helicopter woke them up. I saw a fire engine and an ambulance. A neighbor later told me they had a HazMat vehicle out on the street as well.
Meanwhile, police rushed into my home. They woke up my wife, led her downstairs and to the front porch, frisked her, and asked her where the children were. Then police ordered her to stand on the front porch with her hands against the wall while they entered my children’s bedrooms to make sure they were alive.
The call that sent deputies to my home was a hoax. Someone had pretended to be me. They called the police to say I had shot my wife. The sheriff’s deputies who arrived at my front door believed they were about to confront an armed man who had just shot his wife. I don’t blame the police for any of their actions. But I blame the person who made the call.
Because I could have been killed.
The weirdest part of the whole thing was that I halfway expected this might happen. Because I was not the first one it had happened to.
I think it’s about time you heard the call that sent police to my home.
Frey is convinced Kimberlin is responsible. Here’s why…
I met personally with the nationwide experts on swatting in December 2011: the FBI office in Dallas, Texas. They told me that swatting is an extreme form of harassment — and that swatters typically combine swatting with other forms of harassment, including: complaining to the victim’s workplace, defaming the victim online, “Googlebombing” the victim, publishing the victim’s address online, filing phony reports of criminal activity by the victim, and so forth.
All of these things have happened to me and other critics of Brett Kimberlin since July 2011. The harassment has been relentless and has occurred almost every day. It would literally take a book to catalogue it all. What you read in this post, incredibly, is only part of it.
Why target me? Well, I first wrote about Brett Kimberlin in October 2010, after getting a call from Andrew Breitbart. Andrew told me that his site was going to publish a post about a domestic terrorist named Brett Kimberlin. The story sounded interesting, and I published a post about Kimberlin shortly after the Breitbart post (penned by Mandy Nagy aka Liberty Chick) was published.
The next day, Kimberlin threatened to sue me. He said: “I have filed over a hundred lawsuits and another one will be no sweat for me. On the other hand, it will cost you a lot of time and money and for what.” I asked him to identify any specific falsehoods in my post and he did not. I published subsequent posts about topics like Kimberlin’s alleged murderous plots to escape from prison and exact revenge on his enemies and an examination of his non-profits’ tax returns. In February 2011, I talked about stalkerish intimidation tactics used by Kimberlin and his business partner, Brad Friedman of the “Brad Blog.”
It’s fair to say I have been one of Brett Kimberlin’s least favorite people in the world for a good long time now.
THE RELENTLESS AND VICIOUS HARASSMENT OF CRITICS OF BRETT KIMBERLIN, BY KIMBERLIN AND HIS SUPPORTERS
Beginning about the time I was swatted in July 2011, the harassment I had already experienced from Kimberlin was stepped up several notches — and other Kimberlin critics were also targeted. Several anonymous accounts identifying themselves as supporters of Kimberlin’s have participated in the harassment. These anonymous harassers go by names like @OccupyRebellion, @BreitbartUnmask, Gaped Crusader, and “Just Call Me Lefty.”
But much of the harassment Kimberlin critics have experienced has occurred at the hands of three named individuals: Ron Brynaert, Neal Rauhauser, and Brett Kimberlin.
And here’s Frey’s experience with the threesome…
Meet Ron Brynaert
Ron Brynaert is a so-called “journalist” who last August threatened me and my wife in the most despicable manner possible:
References to my wife come completely out of left field. She is a Democrat and cancels out my vote in every election. The only reason anyone would bring her up online is to intimidate and harass my family.
Brynaert explicitly connected his desire to do violence to me to his defense of Brett Kimberlin. The night he threatened me and my wife, Brynaert defended Kimberlin in a long series of tweets pointing out alleged holes in the case against Kimberlin. Brynaert said I was slandering Kimberlin:
One of Brynaert’s arguments was that certain of the witnesses against Kimberlin had been hypnotized. Apparently, it greatly upset Brynaert that I wasn’t responding to this argument, and he threatened violence as a result:
Behind Door #2…
Meet Neal Rauhauser
Neal Rauhauser is a creepy far-left activist. There is evidence that, using the handle “Iowa Boy,” Rauhauser has engaged in violent rhetoric, including calling for the public hanging of Republicans and the shooting of Dick Cheney. Rauhauser speaks regularly of the hacking group Anonymous and frequently suggests that his enemies are opening themselves up to Internet harassment.
Above: Writing at Daily Kos, Rauhauser suggests I should be harassed online.Three days after I was swatted, Rauhauser wrote a post titled “Patterico’s Penalization” that made bizarre accusations about me, and accused me of working with a “cyberstalker” named Seth Allen — a blogger who had criticized Brett Kimberlin so tenaciously that Kimberlin (frivolously) sued Allen for defamation. In that post, Rauhauser publicized a State Bar complaint that Kimberlin had filed against me, and asked readers to get a picture of my wife. Rauhauser also suggested that a private detective stake out Seth Allen’s apartment:
Here is Rauhauser further publicizing Brett Kimberlin’s State Bar complaint against me, and stating his belief that if enough such complaints accumulate, I will be fired:
And here is Rauhauser talking about how he wants to see me fired, prosecuted, and bankrupted — all for purely political reasons:
Rauhauser is a fan of abusive litigation for purposes of political harassment:
Patterico managed to get an audio clip of Brynaert to compare with that fake 9/11 call that led the police into his house “heavy” in the middle of the night…
You’d think arrests would be made, but of course nothing has happened despite Frey’s status as a prosecutor. The FBI, he says, simply won’t move on the case.
But Frey isn’t the only Patterico contributor who has felt the wrath of Kimberlin. Aaron Walker, who posted at the site under the pseudonym Aaron Worthing, found himself enmeshed in potentially an even worse situation – he and his wife both lost their jobs as a result of Kimberlin’s harrassment.
Walker, a Virginia lawyer, helped out a blogger named Seth Allen who was being sued by Kimberlin in Maryland with some legal advice. Kimberlin then went after Walker, filing motions to get his name and address into the public domain so that his associates could do to him what they did to Frey.
The story goes on from there – Kimberlin managed to get Walker into a courtroom, and as they were walking out of court he used an iPad to take Walker’s picture, upon which Walker took the iPad away from him. That’s when Kimberlin pressed charges against Walker for assault, claimed he’d been “decked” and lost sight in one eye, and a host of other patent falsehoods.
The case is still grinding through the judicial system.
Frey and Walker aren’t alone. Robert Stacy McCain, another prominent conservative blogger, has been the subject of similar harrassment for having written about the Kimberlin story – to such an extent that he and his family have now vacated their home and he’s gone underground.
We don’t think Lamar White, who has engaged in a politically-motivated spate of libel against us, is a threat rising to the level of a Brett Kimberlin. White doesn’t, to our knowledge, have a violent or criminal past.
But the internet is a wild frontier in which truly scary individuals can run amok and cause a great deal of damage. And we’ve had run-ins already with undesirables on the Left – the Iron Rail Book Collective mob made some feeble attempts at Kimberlin-style harrassment here, though they’re not quite as talented as he is.
As such, it’s important for folks in our position to make sure it’s known we’ll defend ourselves. If White isn’t a Kimberlin or an Iron Rail nut, good. He seems to share some of the same philosophy, though, so we’ll be watching him and we won’t tolerate much of his misbehavior toward us before taking steps to stop it.
Because it’s clear there is a movement afoot on the Left to silence those they disagree with online. And White’s attempts to paint The Hayride as a haven for bigotry, incompetent and ineffective though they may be, dovetail with that movement. We won’t be silenced, as Frey, Walker and McCain won’t be silenced.
Today is Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day, and if you can make it to that link on Lee Stranahan’s clogged site you’ll be able to see more about what’s going on in the blogosphere. The idea is for so many bloggers to tell Kimberlin’s story that he’s unable to harrass all of them.
For more, a few links to peruse…
- Ace Of Spades
- American Thinker
- Matthew Vadum at Front Page Magazine
- Michelle Malkin
- Dan Riehl
In a functional country with a functional government, the FBI and the Justice Department would be working to stop the kind of harrassment people like Kimberlin make a practice of (with the financial assistance of left-wing donors like George Soros and Barbara Streisand). But that’s not happening, so we’ve got to protect ourselves.
And we will.