The #BrettKimberlin Report [D+11]: 05 June 2012 [Updates Below][Correction at 2129]
-Regarding the story I reported on here last night regarding the thuggery being aimed at Ali Akbar…
Stacy McCain filed a report this morning that reads in part:
Does the phrase “Don’t mess with Texas” ring a bell? Maryland courts have been incredibly lenient with the Kimberlin/Rauhauser axis, but Ali assures me that Texas won’t take too kindly to the purposeful harassment of one of its law-abiding citizens. Ali’s mother has harmed no one, and whoever thought up this sick stunt might find themselves prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law — Texas law. IYKWIMAITYD.
As to the absurd delusions propagated by “Breitbart Unmasked” that the National Bloggers Club is rolling in mega-bucks from Republican fat cats — it’s simply not true.
The truth, to the best of my knowledge, is this: Melissa Clouthier began working last year to organize the National Bloggers Club. If conservative bloggers were Cub Scouts, Melissa would be our den mother. And she also has also played a key role in helping Ali in put on the annual “Blog Bash” at CPAC. This year’s Blog Bash was such a monster success in terms of sponsorships that they finished with a couple thousand bucks surplus, and it was agreed that this money would be used to fund the start of the National Bloggers Club.
So any disinformation you hear about the National Bloggers Club being lavishly funded by secretive Republican gazillionaires is bunk.
According to Stacy, Ali’s initial response was short and to the point: ‘World War III’.
This is one of the reasons I took to Ali when I first heard of him during the Scott Brown Campaign of 2010: he’s tenacious and always ready for the next battle — a true Wolverine.
-The threatening article posted over at BreitbartUnmasked [Do Not visit that site without first reading my 'Recommendation' below] was not the only action taken by the Left in this matter. As John Newby, over at the Spokane Conservative Examiner, reports:
In a letter sent to Ali A. Akbar of the National Bloggers Club, Velvet Revolution, a pro-Occupy group started by convicted Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin, demanded Akbar “preserve all documents” that relate to a recent blogburst known as “Everybody blog about Brett Kimberlin Day.”
According to the letter sent by the group, the blogburst “caused countless death threats against our staff, the release of massive amounts of false and defamatory information on to the Internet, and unleashed stalking and harassment.”
We contacted Mr. Kevin Zeese, the attorney whose name and signature appears at the bottom of the letter, and confirmed that the letter – dated May 31, 2012 – was sent to Akbar. A copy was also addressed to Stephen and Foster Freiss of Jackson, Wyoming.
Mr. Zeese told Examiner that he sits on the board of Velvet Revolution, and said that the group has not yet decided to file a lawsuit.
According to Zeese, the information that has been provided by a number of conservative blogs regarding Kimberlin is false, but he would not elaborate what information, specifically, was incorrect.
Tip of the fedora to Ken, over at Popehat, who comments [he is an attorney, BTW][emphasis mine]:
As I have said repeatedly in the context of many different threats, ambiguity in a legal threat is a hallmark of empty thuggery and bad-faith censorious aims.
Should Mr. Zeese escalate to filing suit — or should his bumptious threats continue — I’ll offer Mr. Akbar what I’ve offered all sorts of bloggers of all political persuasions: I will try to find you pro bono counsel and assist you myself to the extent I can.
Kimberlin allies have also posted a picture of the home of Akbar’s mother, apparently on the justification that one of Mr. Akbar’s organizations uses that address in one of its filings. In context, given the connection to a convicted bomber, it’s rather clearly intended to terrorize Akbar and his family.
I was heartened to see this Tweet by Ali today:
Investigation open. #GodBlessTexas
There are no flies on him.
-More to follow.
UPDATE at 2053…
-Recommendation: One thing I didn’t mention in my post last night is that is it safer to view such sites as BreitbartUnmasked anonymously, via a proxy. If they have the right software running, these sites can obtain certain information about who you are, such as your IP Address.
How To Do It: Go to http://anonymouse.org/ and type in the URL for the site you want to visit.
Through this service, you can visit a site and leave no record that you visited there.
[I apologize to whoever provided this advice over at The Other McCain — I have forgotten your name.]
-Pete, DaTechGuy, comes at the Ali Akbar story from a great angle:
Lets see Democrat operatives deciding they don’t like what a Black political activist is doing.
So they attempt to intimidate and threaten the activist’s family in order to make him stop
Now I’m not as old as some people but I seem to remember that Democrats attempting to intimidate and threaten blacks was once a very common thing in this country. And there is precedent for bombings of Blacks who refuse to kowtow to demands of such Democrats and lo and behold the people behind this are apparently associated with guess who , the Speedway Bomber!
In post by Pete from earlier today, we see that he did a little bit of investigating of the media’s coverage of this story and, what do you know, bupkis!
Good job, Pete.
-Paul Lemmen reports that he caught a man photographing his residence today. If this was someone trying to intimidate him, they picked the wrong guy: Paul has published pictures of where he lives and his address on his site [see here]. By doing so, as he writes ‘I now am a zero, without value’ to the thugs.
SPECIAL NOTE: Paul was particularly vulnerable because of his very sordid past. Many of my Friends In The Ether believe he is true in his claimed redemption and vow to do good. I have been skeptical and informed him a number of weeks ago he would remain on probation with me for a time. However, he certainly has gained some credibility with me by his efforts since this whole ‘Brett Kimberlin And His Friends’ saga began a couple of weeks ago.
UPDATE at 2129…
-This afternoon, Stacy filed a report on his adventures in the nation’s capital trying to convince people connect with the Congress to look into this story of Leftist thuggery.
-Over at The Conservatory, Flynn has filed a report of his research into The Strange Pairing Of Brett Kimberlin And Become.com. A highlight:
Figuring that no one operates in a vacuum, I began to look at other associations of the commercial variety. One search yielded an interesting result. A common web tool on the ‘net is a reverse DNS lookup. Using one of Brett Kimberlin’s web domains as a starting point, I uncovered the list of web sites sharing the same IP address of 22.214.171.124 (sorry if this is a little over technical, inside-baseball for some readers) which are generally to be considered sharing one account depending on webhosting company. A veritable rat’s nest of Kimberlin-maintained political sites cropped up, including velvetrevolution.us, indictbreitbart.org, kochwatch.org and others- really what one would expect from Kimberlin and his friends.
But one stood out from the list, that of Become.com. Seeing as a single word dictionary domain like this is a valuable property, I began to look into it.
[SPECIAL UPDATE by BOB on 27JUN2012 at 2033: Flynn has retracted the report above; see the reasons here.]
The writer, presumably Flynt himself, continues by engaging in what appears to be sex “trutherism” by describing a years-old investigation of Coulter and her voter registration, and alleging she left the “sex” portion of her registration form blank:
It’s worth noting that investigative reporter Brad Friedman, writing for this magazine in April 2008, stated that on June 15, 2005, when Coulter filled out an application to become a Florida voter, she left blank the section specifying sex. Supplying false information on such a document is a third-degree felony that could result in a $5,000 fine and/or five years in prison. But enough about Coulter’s mutant sexuality.
Hmmm. Friedman, you will recall, is connected with Brett Kimberlin and Neil Rauhauser.
-I’ll comment on Ace’s idea to x tomorrow, so I’ll leave you with some wisdom from Paco on the Judge who heard Aaron Walker’s case last week [or should I call him the 'Clown Judge']:
What a titan of intellect, wisdom and legal knowledge is C.J. Vaughey! Patterico has audio and transcripts of Aaron Walker’s day in court with Brett Kimberlin, during which Judge Vaughey, among other sterling achievements, reinterprets First Amendment rights according to his own endearingly whimsical worldview (which the cynical and uncharitable among us might be tempted to label as staggering ignorance, and perhaps even as Exhibit A in evidence of hizzoner’s affliction with the Dunning-Kruger effect).
-The Battle Rages On…