The #BrettKimberlin Report D+12 Part II: Flak And Return Fire [#War - Updated Below][BREAKING: ABC News Report]
Somedays it’s really tough trying to keep up with all the different aspects of this story, but here’s my best shot for today…
-Ali Akbar was the subject of another attack today by the person or persons behind BreitbartUnmasked. They published excerpts of Ali’s criminal record from 2007 and 2008. Of course, their analysis is designed to deceive and distort.
Ali has responded to them with an explanation on his Facebook page. Here it is in full:
My mistake, Brett Kimberlin, and attacks on my mother…
by Ali A. Akbar on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 2:18pm
Never doubt that God works in mysterious ways. Especially in our failures and mistakes.
Like too many Americans nowadays, I grew up in a single-mother home. I helped raise my two little brothers while my mother worked and went to school full-time so we’d have a better life than she did. She was strong and unshakeable—an incredible example of working hard to achieve the American dream.
My mother taught my brothers and I the difference between right and wrong, but when I was younger, I made a serious mistake. I had turned 21, left bible college and the ministry, and started hanging out with bad influences. Call it rebellion, call it stupidity, but for a three month stretch in which I had very little contact with my mother or the rest of my family, my life consisted of nightly drunken parties. It seemed harmless at the time—I wasn’t hurting anyone but myself—and I justified my actions by looking around and seeing so many other people my age having a good time, not a care in the world.
One night, a friend asked to be taken to work, but first he wanted to stop by the ATM. I was “the guy with the car,” so after dropping off my other friends, I rushed him to the ATM. He was already late to work, and had become irritated. He had a bad temper so my goal was to simply keep the situation calm and under control. He kept sliding the card through, typed in his pin, but for whatever reason he couldn’t get funds out. On the drive to drop him off he explained to me that it was not his card. It belonged to his previous roommate and he said the person owed him money. Shame and horror fell over me—and it still does.
Although no funds were withdrawn, a crime was committed and it was the second run in with this very same friend. And I stayed silent. A few months later, after I had gotten back on my feet and reconciled with my family, I learned a valuable lesson when detectives came to my door: actions have consequences—no matter how far down the road. Pridefully, I refused my mother’s advice and was uncooperative with the police. I refused to turn in my friend, so I became an associate. I broke my mother’s heart and undermined the work she had done in the legal community over the years—not to mention a lifetime of raising her son to be a better man.
Thank God, the judicial system was kind—and although there’s a horrible mugshot of me, I was treated well—better than I thought I deserved. We separated two instances over the course of a year. The Judge, assistant District Attorney, and my lawyers gathered in a room and worked out an arrangement. They shielded me from the shame of being herded around in the system or sent to jail. My work in the community and my academic record bought me a little goodwill. Despite all this, I was still charged with felony theft.
Part of me obviously wishes it had never happened, but frankly, another part of me is glad it happened. It was the wake up call that I needed—it shook me out of my selfish, self-destructive funk and motivated me to surround myself with good influences—people who were ambitious just as I was and who would hold me accountable for my actions.
I reconciled with God and returned to my passion: politics. My aspiration is to make government more accountable to the individual. Along the way, I discovered a community of online activists doing a lot of hard work who needed a support system to keep them fighting the good fight. Together with likeminded people, I formed the National Bloggers Club.
Now, sympathizers of convicted domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin are harassing me, tearing me apart—and coming after my family.
In the past two weeks, hackers have tried accessing my email accounts, they’ve placed a fake SWAT call on a colleague, and just two days ago they posted the address and picture of my mother’s home in an attempt to incite unlawful behavior—or violence.
This is all because the National Bloggers Club is raising funds to relieve some of Aaron Walker’s financial strife—caused by his own legal run-in with Kimberlin. I became a target.
Kimberlin has notified my attorneys that he intends to sue me and my organization directly. By bringing up my past, he hopes to destroy my credibility. By bringing my family into it, he aspires to frighten me into silence.
Despite all of this, I’ll stand for free speech. We’re going to get the peace order against Walker overturned, restore his First Amendment rights, and fight the thugs who are bullying my family.
This is a dangerous man, especially for someone in my position. Note the following from the book written about him, Citizen K:
“For three months, Kimberlin resided at the federal prison in prison in Terra Haute, Indiana, in a unit reserved for convicts awaiting long-term assignments to other institutions. . . . He had resisted a sexual predator by tossing powdered chlorine cleanser in his face. The predator was African American, Kimberlin told me, and as he fended him off he shouted, ‘You f–king n–r! You motherf–kng n–r! Get the f–k away from me! I’ll kill you, you motherf–r!’ Kimberlin enjoyed telling this story.”
– Mark Singer, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin (1996), Page 183
I’m going to remain a target because I’m not backing down. I’m an imperfect man still finding my way back to the arms of a loving Father. But right is right and wrong is wrong and Kimberlin cannot hide from the sunlight he’s being exposed to.
Your continued prayers and standing with the other victims and I at KimberlinFiles.org is truly humbling and much appreciated.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
I believe Ali. This explanation seems heartfelt and honest.
Here is the link to the BreitbarkUnmasked post [WARNING: Do Not follow it directly; protect yourself by going to it via Anonymouse.org, which protects your identity].
-A BIT OF ADVICE: If you find that you’ve come to the attention of Brett Kimberlin and his associates in thuggery, immediately come clean on any embarrassing events in your background. If you are unable to do this before they post their attempts to silence you, immediately write and publish your full explanation. Take away their ammunition; disarm the bastards. Deny them any power over you.
-In my post last evening, I told of the case of Paul Lemmen who claims he caught someone photographing his home. Paul struck back by taking his own pictures of his place and posting them along with his address. That was a smart move, but Instapundit makes a spot-on point that we all should heed if we find ourselves in a similar situation:
…But next time, photograph the photographer. And his license plate.
Have a camera charged and ready. If, like me, you have a semi-professional camera that doesn’t turn on that quickly, buy a cheap camera that does, or, if your cell phone has a camera, have it ready to snap a picture.
Also, if you catch the Leftist thugs posting something on any social media, be prepared to take screen shots. If you don’t have a graphics program that helps you do that, learn how to use the PrntScr key on your keyboard. Or, if you’re like me and own Adobe Professional or any program that can create PDF’s, be ready to print a page to a PDF.
In other words, always in some way be armed with the right tools.
-More to follow.
UPDATE at 1925…
-How about some good news…
= Senator Saxby Chambliss has sent a letter to Eric Holder…
…regarding recent reports that several conservative political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Chambliss demanded that Holder examine these cases to determine if federal laws have been violated.
These dangerous hoaxes, also known as “SWAT-ting,” occur when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target’s home. These callers are believed to utilize voice-over IP (VOIP) and other less-traditional telecommunications methods to make the call appear to come from the target residence and to hide the caller’s true identity.
In response, a dispatcher sends a SWAT team or other police unit in a heightened state of readiness to the unsuspecting target’s residence. Targets only learn of these false reports when a large police presence descends upon their homes.
In the letter, Chambliss states that “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. Those who choose to enter into that political discourse should not have to worry about potential threats to their or their family’s safety.”
= From William Jacobson, we learn that a conservative blogger from Georgia has beat an attempt by a public official down there to use Lawfare to silence him.
= DrewM, the Dedicated Tenther, has sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asking him to look into the thuggery being used against Ali.
UPDATE at 2003…
[Erick] Erickson, who said he has received other types of threats in the past, had alerted the sheriff’s department after Frey’s experience in case he became the victim of a similar occurrence.
The Bibb County District Attorney’s office in Georgia currently is investigating the case and could not offer comment on it. Asked who he suspected was responsible for the phone call to police, Erickson declined to speculate.
But several conservative bloggers have been vocal about who they believe is responsible for the SWAT-tings and other forms of harassment — Brett Kimberlin, a man who was convicted of a series of bombings in Speedway, Indiana in the 1980s and made headlines in 1988 when he claimed to have once sold marijuana to then-vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle.
The group of conservative bloggers organized “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” on May 25, during which they urged the blogging community to write about the actions of Kimberlin.
Kimberlin, who is now the director of a non-profit organization called Justice Through Music, told ABC News that he did not commit or ask anyone to conduct the SWAT-ting hoaxes that were perpetrated against Erickson and Frey.
“Of course not, it’s ridiculous. It’s totally irresponsible for them to even say this,” Kimberlin told ABC News. “There is no truth to anything about the SWAT-ting.”
But some conservative bloggers contend Kimberlin and his associates are responsible for other forms of harassment as well. Robert Stacy McCain, a contributor to the American Spectator and founder of The Other McCain Blog, wrote about Kimberlin, and shortly after, his wife’s place of employment received a phone call from Kimberlin accusing McCain of harassment. Based on Kimberlin’s ability to find his wife’s employer, McCain became concerned Kimberlin also knew the location of his home, so the McCain family relocated to an undisclosed location.
“If I was going to continue doing this story, I couldn’t do it from my home,” McCain told ABC News. ”This kind of intimidation — it’s a threat to protected first amendment expression.”
“It’s being treated as these are just bloggers playing around on Twitter, but this is serious business. It’s much more serious I think than most people now realize,” McCain said.
Ali Akbar, the president of the National Blogger’s Club, an organization established to support bloggers, recently was targeted by an anonymous website which posted the address of his mother’s home in Forth Worth, Texas, along with a picture of the house. Akbar and other bloggers believe the website, “Breitbart Unmasked,” is linked to Kimberlin.
The National Blogger’s Club recently started a relief fund to help ease the financial woes of bloggers who are undergoing lawsuits, including one lawsuit by Kimberlin against blogger Aaron Walker, and Akbar believes the anonymous post of his mother’s home address was a response to the creation of this fund.
“They decided to take this from a discussion about me trying to help some members of my club, and they tried to disable us,” Akbar said.
Akbar and his mother are cooperating with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office regarding the incident.
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.”
-Donald Douglas has an excellent aggregation going that will bring you right up to speed.
-Over at Granite Grok, Skip Murphy has the story of another incident concerning other types of Leftist Thuggery.
UPDATE at 2043…
-Stacy McCain has filed a report on the news that Brett Kimberlin may have infiltrated BlogCon back in April:
FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
New developments today in the story of convicted terrorist bomber-turned-progressive activist Brett Kimberlin: Sources report that conservative New Media activists believe that Kimberlin — whose activities are funded by the tax-exempt 501(c) non-profits Velvet Revolution and the Justice Through Music Project — showed up in April at BlogCon, a conference sponsored by FreedomWorks and the Franklin Center.
Do take the time to click here and read the rest of the report, which also contains other tidbits of news.