On Friday, bloggers and conservative media outlets lit up the Internet with harrowing stories of harassment and domestic terrorism reportedly perpetrated by a man known as the Speedway bomber.
Who is Brett Kimberlin?
According to a lengthy expose at The Blaze, Kimberlin is a "[d]rug 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)."
"Kimberlin would go on to build up a rap sheet littered with charges stemming from offenses such as forgery, perjury, drug dealing, domestic terrorism and possible murder and child molestation," the International Business Times said Friday.
Brett Kimberlin, the Blaze reported, "spent 17 years in prison before his ultimate re-absorption into American society."
Since then, he started something called “Justice Through Music (JTM)” that, according to the Blaze, has been funded by George Soros’ Tides Foundation and Barbara Streisand among other leftists since 2005. A post at United Liberty adds that the JTM has also been partnered with the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for 3 years.
He also started something called the "Velvet Revolution" that supports the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Not only has he filed over 100 frivolous lawsuits, he has reportedly harassed and threatened those who write about him. Tiffany Gabbay wrote:
"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."
Worse yet, Gabbay adds, the story has yet to be reported by the so-called mainstream media - known here as the "Democrat-media complex."
One of those victimized by Kimberlin is conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain, who wrote on Tuesday that Kimberlin allegedly contacted his wife's employer, claiming harassment.
"The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005," McCain wrote.
The IBT added that McCain "has vacated his house after Kimberlin allegedly called his home and threatened the man's wife and family."
According to McCain, "Kimberlin has used a strategy of legal intimidation and workplace harassment in an apparent attempt to silence his critics, including blogger Seth Allen, Virginia attorney Aaron Walker and Los Angeles deputy district attorney Patrick Frey."
Aaron Walker (who blogged as “Aaron Worthing”), wrote that Kimberlin tried to frame him for second degree assault - a charge that could have put Walker in jail for up to ten years.
"He falsely accused me of essentially beating him up inside the courthouse for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, in Rockville, Maryland," he wrote.
"He has claimed at different times that I decked him, that I struck him three times, that I wrestled with him, that I pushed him, that courtroom staff separated us, that the sheriff’s deputies separated us, and that even after the deputies arrived that I kept coming at him repeatedly and had to be restrained," he added.
Fortunately for Walker, a security camera captured the entire incident.
"Thus far, the State’s Attorney, while he was encouraged to do so, has not filed charges against Kimberlin for having lied under oath about the assault," The Blaze reported.
On Friday, the Washington Times said that Kimberlin sued Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and a staffer in 1999 for getting involved in his parole case in 1997.
"Senator Hatch has had run ins with Brett Kimberlin before and they weren't pleasant. So it's certainly no surprise that Mr. Kimberlin has now taken to harassing and targeting conservative bloggers. Needless to say, efforts to silence and chill political speech are contrary to the values of our Constitution and First Amendment," the Senator's office said in a statement.
Patrick Frey, who runs the conservative blog Patterico's Pontifications, wrote Friday that someone - using a technique called "swatting" - nearly got him killed last July.
(Frey's account can be seen here.)
Frey said there is "circumstantial evidence suggesting who may be responsible."
"All of these things have happened to me and other critics of Brett Kimberlin since July 2011," he wrote.
"The harassment has been relentless and has occurred almost every day. It would literally take a book to catalogue it all."
According to Frey, the Dallas FBI office said 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."
"Telling the truth on the Internet shouldn’t mean risking your job or your life, or the well-being and safety of your loved ones," Malkin added.
This is an ongoing story that will be updated as necessary.
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