[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
The short version is that they have been the victim of “Lawfare” where “Ohio jihadist attorney Omar Tarazi” has been seeking to learn the real life name of Barbarossa:
Because of our many and very public tangles with jihadists and actual terrorists here at the Jawa Report, revealing any one of our identities could pose a real danger to our health and safety. If my identity were revealed, Tarazi could use the court system to compel me to reveal the identities of other Jawa contributors[.]
So they had to hire lawyers who are representing them for free, but its not free for the lawyers. So they quite logically make this bleg:
With that in mind, I need to ask for your help. So far the legal costs to file for this protective order have been underwritten by the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project. I’m kindly asking readers of the Jawa Report to go to the Legal Project’s paypal page and throw them some shekels to help us fight this jihadist lawfare attack. Please note “Barbarossa” or “Jawa Report” in the comment section.
I also ask that you consider helping support John Stemberger’s legal defense fund. He is not only a defendant in this bogus federal lawsuit, but is currently fighting a separate bogus bar complaint against him filed by Tarazi with the Florida Bar (who was been more than a willing accomplice since many of Stemberger’s political enemies are using this to cripple his efforts). You can donate to his legal fund here.
Donations to the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project and the Stemberger Legal Defense Fund are tax-deductible. All of the money goes to the attorneys to help fight this jihadist lawfare attack on our First Amendment rights. We personally won’t see a dime of this money.
So do consider giving them a hand. It’s a way to concretely stand for freedom of speech.
And you can read the protective order they have filed at this link.
(By the way, constructive criticism to bloggers everywhere. I hate Scribd. There has to be a better way to post documents.)
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]