Why the SWAT-ting of Conservatives is Dangerous – to Everyone

June 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm (Brett Kimberlin, Crime, Free Speech, MichelleMalkin, Mike Stack, Prank, SWAT, SWAT-ting)

Today has been variously described as a day of silence or a day of action for conservative bloggers hoping to draw congressional attention, as well as the eyes of the Justice Department, to an ongoing fight to quell free speech.

Some bloggers have chosen to go dark, while others have decided to focus singularly on the actions taken by a domestic terrorist, Brett Kimberlin, and his band of brothers, which have included harassing, threatening, and even SWAT-ting those who they do not agree with.

Regardless of the path chosen, bloggers from the experienced and prolific, to the rookies, have chosen to stand in solidarity to fight for their right to free speech.

Michelle Malkin writes:

Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative.

Malkin’s site has a list of Congressional members that you can call to voice your support or demand an inquiry today.  Additionally, Grassfire Nation has a petition you can sign as well.

But to many, the seriousness of these acts is difficult to comprehend.  Many do not even know what SWAT-ting consists of, or who it may effect.

SWAT-ting is essentially a very serious prank, occurring when a person contacts the local police to report a violent crime being committed at the home of the intended target.  They use various means to portray the call as coming from that particular home, and on several occasions have reported the homeowner as having just shot and killed their wife.

One problem with the coverage of these SWAT-ting attacks, is that the public may be content to assume it involves a grudge match between people of differing views.  But these criminal actions, aside from sending police resources on a wild goose chase, also can effect the public in far more serious ways.

One example of this is the case of Mike Stack, one of the first victims of the tactic.  Stack is a prolific Twitter user and blogger who was targeted last summer after helping to expose New York’s disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner.

On June 23rd, 2011, the Readington Police Department received a phone call from an unknown source, indicating that they were Mike Stack, and that they had just shot their wife in the head a couple of hours ago.

A police report of the incident describes the events, indicating that Stack had to be pulled from his home, handcuffed, and the area assessed before they could even talk.

While this incident alone is terrifying for those involved, there has been little mention of what exactly preceded the Stack arrest.  Other calls had been made – from addresses that Stack no longer resided.
Stack explains one such call, “…  the call was made to the police department of the town where I used to live, and the police were sent to my FORMER address.”
Indeed, there is a separate police report for Stack’s previous address, where the residents who had no idea what was going on were pulled from their homes in what had to be a harrowing experience.
Stack also told us that, “The police, in their hurry to control the situation, quickly accosted the innocent residents, handcuffing them on the ground…”
But it wasn’t just Stack himself and this innocent couple who were terrorized that night.  Police also responded to Stack’s parents house, questioning them about the alleged shooting.
Essentially, what you have here are three sets of innocent parties who could have fallen victim to this vicious prank – Stack, his parents, and an unrelated family.
Had any of these raids gone wrong, had somebody made a wrong move for whatever reason, with officers approaching and weapons drawn, under the impression that they are fighting off an armed and murderous criminal, anything could have happened.  Not just a conservative blogger involved in an online battle, but completely innocent people could have had their lives turned upside down, could have been injured, or could have been killed.
If it happens in your area, what would you do knowing you could be in harms way?
Don’t wait – Go to Michelle Malkin’s website, contact the people on her list and demand an investigation into SWAT-ting.  
You might just be the next victim.
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Conservative Bloggers Get Legal Help in the Fight For Free Speech

June 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm (ACLJ, Ali Akbar, American Center for Law and Justice, Blogger, Brett Kimberlin, Conservative, First Amendment, Free Speech, Jay Sekulow, Michelle Malkin, National Bloggers Club)

In the ongoing battle against SWAT-ting and those forces who would like to quell free speech, conservatives just received major reinforcements.

Today, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), through Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, has announced that they too will stand against the harassing and dangerous tactics of domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin and his ilk, and stand for the First Amendment and free speech.

Here is the press release:

ACLJ  DEFENDS  FREE  SPEECH  IN  BLOGOSPHERE – REPRESENTS  TOP CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS  TARGETED  FOR  HARASSMENT

(Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, announced today it is providing legal representation to a top conservative blogger and his organization that represents many other bloggers who are facing threats and intimidation tactics by those opposed to their viewpoint.

“Free speech is under attack,” said Jay Sekulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel. “Conservative writers are now facing threats against themselves, their families, and their livelihoods merely because they’ve aggressively investigated the history and funding of radical liberals. The ACLJ has a long history of successfully defending free speech, and we look forward to defeating this latest attempt to threaten and intimidate conservatives into silence.”

The issue involves targeting a number of conservative bloggers with a dangerous and illegal tactic that’s become known as SWAT-ing – (making false 911 calls sending police to the homes of bloggers, claiming a crime has occurred.) The tactic is used in retaliation for posts the conservative bloggers have written.

The ACLJ is representing Ali Akbar, a top blogger and president of the National Bloggers Club, a coalition of conservative bloggers which reaches millions of readers. Akbar has seen his mother’s home photographed and placed on the internet. He has also received formal notification that he may soon be sued for publishing truthful information about radical liberals and their wealthy donors.

“I’m grateful for the support of the ACLJ, and I’m confident we’ll defeat any and all legal challenges to our fundamental right to free speech,” said Akbar. “We will not be deterred in our quest for the truth.”

The ACLJ will aggressively defend the constitutionally-protected free speech rights of Akbar and his organizations.

The ACLJ’s representation of Akbar comes as Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the SWAT-ting cases to see if federal laws have been violated. In a letter to the Attorney General, Sen. Chambliss wrote: “Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels. . . Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse.”

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is based in Washington, D.C. and online at http://www.aclj.org.

Here is a blog post from Jay Sekulow on the matter (courtesy of Michelle Malkin).

Sekulow explains why his organization is jumping into the fray:

Free speech is under attack. Conservative writers are now facing threats against themselves, their families, and their livelihoods merely because they’ve aggressively investigated the history and funding of radical liberals …

… The ACLJ will be providing legal representation to Akbar and his organization of conservative bloggers who are facing threats and intimidation tactics by those opposed to their viewpoint. We will aggressively defend their constitutionally-protected free speech rights from these unwarranted attacks …

… The ACLJ has a long history of successfully defending free speech, and we look forward to defeating this latest attempt to threaten and intimidate conservatives into silence.

This type of support is invaluable, as most bloggers (as Kimberlin is well aware) find it difficult to sustain any lengthy and successful legal battles.  Now however, they have an accomplished means to fight back in court.

To date, nobody has backed down to Kimberlin and the SWAT-ters.  To the contrary, they are now escalating their defensive efforts.

These opponents of free speech have truly picked the wrong targets.

Thank you ACLJ!

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Will the Department of Justice Investigate Attacks on Conservative Bloggers?

June 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm (Aaron Walker, ABC News, Brett Kimberlin, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Free Speech, Georgia, Saxby Chambliss)

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, requesting that the Department of Justice investigate threatening actions being carried out against several conservative political commentators.

ABC News provides excerpts:

“I am writing with concern regarding recent reports that several members of the community of online political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels,” Chambliss wrote in the letter.

“Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse. Those who choose to enter into that political discourse should not have to worry about potential threats to their or their family’s safety,” Chambliss continued.  “While I am certain that local law enforcement is reviewing each of these instances, I am asking you to please look into each of these cases as well to determine if any federal laws may have been violated. Future targets of SWAT-ting, whether engaged in political speech or not, may not be so fortunate as to escape physical harm.”

The report goes on to mention the man suspected of these SWAT-ting attacks is Brett Kimberlin.  You may remember, we covered him here a couple of weeks ago…

… everyone who reads a conservative blog is likely to learn his name – for Kimberlin is a serial domestic terrorist. 

His terrorism ranges from the literal …

Kimberlin is known as the Speedway Bomber, who was convicted in 1981 of a series of bombings that caused extensive property damage, and severely mutilated a man who happened upon one of his explosive devices, eventually leading to the man’s suicide.  Some law enforcement officials believed the bombings were actually an attempt to distract from the murder of an elderly woman in Indianapolis, a crime in which Kimberlin was a suspect.

To the legal …

Kimberlin has recently terrorized several bloggers through litigation, intimidation, and implied threats.

He attempted to frame Aaron Walker (a.k.a Aaron Worthing) of a crime,  and cost him and his wife their jobs.

He has harassed Patterico to the point that he has crafted a rough draft explaining what has happened and distributed it to various people in the event that “an unfortunate accident were to befall” him.

He has targeted Liberty Chick.

And more recently, Kimberlin has terrorized the popular blogger known as The Other McCain (Robert Stacy McCain).  Apparently, reporting on the Speedway Bomber’s past has once again resulted in unrelenting harassment by Kimberlin, this time forcing McCain to move his family out of state for their own safety.

But even within the ABC report, Kimberlin again proves himself to be a serial liar, stating (emphasis mine):

Kimberlin denied he was responsible for the post, even saying that he does not maintain any online presence and said he and his family have been victims of threats themselves and accused the bloggers of constructing a “false narrative” about him.

“I don’t blog, I don’t comment, I don’t tweet on any blogs at all.  This is a right-wing attack on me and my organizations and it’s a smear job. It’s a swift boat action against us,” Kimberlin said. “What they’re doing is an obstruction of justice and it’s defamatory.  We’re cooperating with the authorities in this matter.  They have engaged in a massive smear campaign against us that has resulted in death threats to me and my family and to others associated with us.”

In another case which saw blogger Aaron Walker actually jailed for writing about the domestic terrorist, Kimberlin stated in court:

Mr. Walker has tweeted on Twitter about me in alarming and annoying ways over hundreds of times in the past week and urged others to attack me. He has generated hundreds of blog posts directly and indirectly based on false allegations that I framed him for an assault.

Mr. Walker has had many people threaten me directly with death, and told me to stop talking to the police, and not show up in court or I would die.

He ends up with a running tally of allegedly 14,000 tweets, which is astounding considering his entire Twitter history lists a total of just over 12,000 tweets.  That aside, I’m curious how someone who doesn’t maintain any online presence was able to read thousands of tweets from Walker’s feed, and analyze the commentary section of “hundreds of blog posts”.

Here’s how – an eyewitness report of the Kimberlin/Walker case states:

Here’s what seems to have happened. Although Kimberlin’s first peace order against Walker was eventually thrown out on appeal, it appears that while it was in effect Walker wrote a blog post about Kimberlin. This triggered a Google Alert that Kimberlin had set up. Kimberlin filed criminal charges based on that, apparently claiming that constituted “contact.” The court apparently agreed, and Walker was arrested.

Harvesting Google alerts on your own name is not the same as somebody e-mailing you directly, but the fact that he set up Google alerts in the first place demonstrates some degree of internet proficiency.

Audio of the hearing provides this statement from Kimberlin (h/t Joe Newby – Spokane Conservative Examiner):

I’m the director of several non profits in the area I work with human rights issues and government accountability issues and so it’s part of my job to to work on the internet because it’s basically a social networking job and so I get Google alerts all the time mentioning my my organizations, my name what work we do and (inaudible).

And of course, Kimberlin’s non-profits also maintain an online presence – Justice Through Music and Velvet Revolution come to mind.

So how does someone with no online presence maintain such a high level of online presence?  ABC News and the rest of the mainstream media should be wondering the same.

The final question is, will the Department of Justice try to figure out who is responsible for these SWAT-tings, and will they investigate multiple complaints against a convicted bomber?

Time will tell…

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Today We Stand Up Against Serial Domestic Terrorists, Today We Stand Beside Champions of Free Speech

May 25, 2012 at 6:43 am (Aaron Walker, Aaron Worthing, Brett Kimberlin, Lee Stranahan, Liberty Chick, Patterico, Robert Stacy McCain, Speedway Bomber, Terrorist)

Two days ago, I had no idea who Brett Kimberlin was.  I wish I still didn’t.

But today, everyone who reads a conservative blog is likely to learn his name – for Kimberlin is a serial domestic terrorist.

His terrorism ranges from the literal …

Kimberlin is known as the Speedway Bomber, who was convicted in 1981 of a series of bombings that caused extensive property damage, and severely mutilated a man who happened upon one of his explosive devices, eventually leading to the man’s suicide.  Some law enforcement officials believed the bombings were actually an attempt to distract from the murder of an elderly woman in Indianapolis, a crime in which Kimberlin was a suspect.

To the legal …

Kimberlin has recently terrorized several bloggers through litigation, intimidation, and implied threats.

He attempted to frame Aaron Walker (a.k.a Aaron Worthing) of a crime,  and cost him and his wife their jobs.

He has harassed Patterico to the point that he has crafted a rough draft explaining what has happened and distributed it to various people in the event that “an unfortunate accident were to befall” him.

He has targeted Liberty Chick.

And more recently, Kimberlin has terrorized the popular blogger known as The Other McCain (Robert Stacy McCain).  Apparently, reporting on the Speedway Bomber’s past has once again resulted in unrelenting harassment by Kimberlin, this time forcing McCain to move his family out of state for their own safety.

But there is so much more to know about this domestic terrorist.  You can start with this video from Lee Stranahan:

Stranahan is also the mastermind behind “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”, the driving force behind this and many other reports you will read today.

As a blogger, it is my job to get the story out to our readers.  As a reader, it is up to you to make up your own mind about this man, using your own research techniques, and the links readily available above.

But, it is OUR responsibility to hold the mainstream media accountable for reporting this story.  It is OUR responsibility to report this man to the proper authorities.  It is OUR responsibility to hold the far-left organizations that actually fund this terrorist, accountable.  It is OUR responsibility to fight for our right to speech, and the free speech of others, even in the face of harassment and threats.

The obvious question I’ve received from several people is, “If you know this guy’s past and what he’s capable of, why would you write about him?”

The answer is simple.  Their are others out there right now that are hurting because of this man.  They are no longer in a position to counter punch this bully.  In the face of Kimberlin’s threats, we will stare him down together and defeat his criminal tactics.

About a year ago, I had something similar to the Kimberlin case come up.  I had been confused with another blogger on the internet who was much more vociferous in his opposition to radical Islam.

At one point, I came across a blog dedicated specifically to me.  When scanning through, I saw pictures of myself posted, accompanied by sarcastic comments about how I mock the prophet Mohammed.  I laughed it off.

Then I saw a map directing people to my house.  My concern grew.

Further down the page, I saw a picture of my wife and kids.  My heart dropped into my stomach.

With all of the people and organizations I contacted regarding the incident – ranging from the local police, to the state police, to the FBI, and even Google (host of the site) – I received nothing that could be deemed newsworthy, helpful, or reassuring.

When I contacted some bloggers that I knew, a plan was immediately developed.  Several had experienced similar situations so they offered reassuring words.  Some knew legal matters, and helped me find a way to properly report the incident.  And some knew of internet law, helping me get the blog removed and my peace of mind restored.

Some of those people are listed above, new victims of a case of cyber-bullying, harassment,and legal terrorism.

So that, my friends, is why we will always report the truth on this blog.  We will always voice our opinion no matter the situation.

I stand with Aaron Worthing.

I stand with Patterico.

I stand with Liberty Chick.

I stand with Robert Stacy McCain.

And I stand with others who may have fallen victim to the serial terrorist, Brett Kimberlin.

Will you?

Update:  Patterico’s story has been posted today – it is chilling.

Update 2:  In 1988, Kimberlin made news with accusations that he had sold marijuana to Vice President Dan Quayle in the ’70s.  U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) supported Brett Kimberlin and accused the Bureau of Prisons of trying to silence him by placing him in solitary confinement.  While the vocal support of a domestic terrorist by Levin looks bad in hindsight, I’d say the AP report itself is the real scandal here.  The report (seen below) ran in the Argus-Press on October 4th, 1992.  It makes no mention of Kimberlin as the Speedway Bomber, and in fact only lists him as “a convicted marijuana smuggler”.

It may be difficult to read, so please click on the link here….

Update 3:  The following is a list of links and posts regarding the Kimberlin story, starting with Stranahan’s announcement of today’s blogburst.  Thanks very much to All-American Blogger for compiling this list!

5/22/12: Lee Stranahan – Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”
5/22/12: The Other McCain – Brett Kimberlin Has A Friend In Lee Stranahan, For ‘Worst Nightmare’ Values Of ‘Friend’
5/22/12: Patterico – Brett Kimberlin’s Latest “Peace Order” Against Aaron Walker Is Retaliation for Truthful Speech
5/22/12: Daily Pundit – Kimberlin Raises the Stakes: Stacy McCain Responds
5/22/12: Ace – Kitty Genovese and the Conservative Media
5/22/12: DaTechGuy – Under the Fedora: The First Amendment, Local Papers, and Five Fingers Shoes
5/22/12: Riehl World View – God Doesn’t Have Time For Stacy McCain
5/22/12: Hillbuzz – Blogger Flees State After Threatened by Convicted Terrorist
5/22/12: Film Ladd – Politics Unusual: Stacy McCain Flees Home; Social Media Gate Breaks All The Rules
5/22/12: Coalition of the Swilling – Read. Get Pissed. Support.
5/22/12: Belmont Club – Free As a Bird
5/22/12: Legal Insurrection – Protect and support your local blogger
5/22/12: Nice Deb – Are You Ready For “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”, May 25? (Video)
5/22/12: Bryan Preston – Who is Brett Kimberlin?
5/22/12: Conservative Commune – The Big Cojones: Stacy McCain vs. Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin
5/22/12: The Jawa Report – Who Is Brett Kimberlin? (Updated)
5/22/12: American Power – Brett Kimberlin Death Threats Against Robert Stacy McCain?
5/23/12: Theo Sparks – Conservatives Fight Back Against Leftist Intimidation
5/23/12: Camp of the Saints – Stacy McCain’s Wife Harassed – Family Fears For Safety [Updated Below]
5/23/12: Zilla of the Resistance – Violent Convicted Terrorist Bomber Given Million$ by Progressives Now Terrorizes Bloggers
5/23/12: Michelle Malkin – Free speech blogburst: Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers
5/23/12: Patterico – Michelle Malkin on Brett Kimberlin Crew’s Harassment of Bloggers
5/23/12: The Sundries Shack – From an Undisclosed Location to Herman Cain’s Facebook Wall, the Truth Issues Forth
5/23/12: Hot Air – Free speech moment: Standing with Stacy McCain, Patterico, Liberty Chick, and Aaron Walker
5/23/12: Conservative Hideout – Brett Kimberlin Update: The Big Guns Are Coming on Board
5/23/12: Camp of the Saints – The Latest On The Brett Kimberlin Story
5/23/12: Bryan Preston – Brett Kimberlin May Not Have a Soul, But He Has a Lengthy Internet Trail
5/23/12: The Daley Gator – Standing up for liberty, and fighting Leftist intimidation!
5/23/12: The Neosecularist – Who Is Brett Kimberlin? Conservatives Need To Know! (Inform The MSM Too)
5/23/12: Sister Toldjah – Standing in support of conservative writers personally targeted by #BrettKimberlin
5/23/12: Maggie’s Farm – The Rot Runs Deep
5/23/12: Three Beers Later – Brett Kimberlin — More Recent Photos
5/23/12: Daily Pundit – More On the Hoosier Whackjob Bomber’s Attacks On Stacy McCain
5/23/12: Conservative Commune – Now Ron Brynaert’s Trying to Threaten Me [UPDATED]
5/23/12: Gay Patriot – Standing with Stacy McCain
5/23/12: Gulag Bound – Stalking the Blogosphere: BlogBurst Friday, Free Speech Over Terrorism
5/23/12: Riehl World View – On The Friday Blogburst For Freedom And Against Brett Kimberlin
5/23/12: New Zeal – Stalking the Blogosphere – BlogBurst Friday for Free Speech
5/24/12: Red State – Bomber Turned Left Wing Activist, Brett Kimberlin, Tries to Silence Conservative Opposition
5/24/12: Three Beers Later – Brett Kimnberlin and Money for… Not Much, Really…
5/24/12: Camp of the Saints – D-Minus-1: Preparing For Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day
5/24/12: Daily Pundit – Of Course: I Should Have Seen It Sooner! Kimberlin Is Auditioning!
5/24/12: Publius’ Forum – Brett Kimberlin: Liberals Embrace Convicted Criminal as Their Own
5/24/12: Ace – Brett Kimberlin Plotted To Have Witnesses, Former Assistant US Attorney Killed; Had Another Scheme To Have an Inmate Plant Another Bomb So That LEO’s Would Think They Locked Up The Wrong Man
5/24/12: The Other McCain – Lying Felon Can’t Stop Lying
5/24/12: Flap’s Blog – Day By Day Featuring Brett Kimberlin for May 24, 2012
5/24/12: American Glob – STACY MCCAIN SUMMONS THE ARMY OF DAVIDS
5/25/12: Patterico – Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism
5/25/12: The Other McCain – Maybe The #BrettKimberlin ‘Justice Through Music Project’ Is Just A Leslie Nielsen Reference
5/25/12: Pirate’s Cove – Stand Against Abusive Felon Brett Kimberlin (sticky for the day)
5/25/12: The Lonely Conservative – Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin Poked a Bees Nest
5/25/12: Gay Patriot – I stand with Stacy. And Aaron. And Patterico
5/25/12: Bookworm – Hurrah! It’s Everybody Blog About #BrettKimberlin Day
5/25/12: Rhymes with Right – Brett Kimberlin — Terrorist
5/25/12: The Mental Recession – Today We Stand Up Against Serial Domestic Terrorists, Today We Stand Beside Champions of Free Speech
5/25/12: The Lid – Brett Kimberlin: The Narcissistic Terrorist
5/25/12: All Patriots Media – The Quick Six – Blog About Brett Kimberlin Edition – 5/25/12
5/25/12: The Other McCain – KimberlinFiles.org
5/25/12: Evil Blogger Lady – Brett Kimberlin
5/25/12: All American Blogger – Audio Interview With Stacy McCain On Brett Kimberlin And Living In Parts Unknown
5/25/12: Right Wing News: Interviewing Robert Stacy McCain About Brett Kimberlin
5/25/12: The Campaign Spot: Why Are SWAT Teams Being Used as Tools of Harassment?
5/25/12: Fausta’s Blog – Blog About #BrettKimberlin Day
5/25/12: The Tatler – It’s Lying Felon Brett Kimberlin’s Day in the Sun
5/25/12: Marathon Pundit – Expose Brett Kimberlin: We won’t be bullied anymore

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