Patterico's Pontifications

5/23/2012

Michelle Malkin on Brett Kimberlin Crew’s Harassment of Bloggers

Filed under: Brad Friedman,Brett Kimberlin,General,Neal Rauhauser — Patterico @ 7:16 am

Few people have endured more harassment for their opinions than Michelle Malkin. I spoke with Michelle on Monday for over an hour about the harassment several of us have suffered at the hands of Brett Kimberlin and his supporters for about a year and a half now. Michelle has a blog post up now about the harassment, and she is right on target:

I have spoken directly with both Patterico and Aaron about their ongoing battles.

The mainstream press, not just the conservative blogosphere, needs to hear and report their stories.

This is a convoluted, ongoing nightmare that combines abuse of the court system, workplace intimidation, serial invasions of privacy, perjury, and harassment of family members. McCain was forced to move with his family out of his house this week, and has just gotten a small taste of what Aaron and Patterico have been enduring over the past year. Aaron and his wife were fired from their jobs after their employer feared the office would be targeted next. Convicted bomber Kimberlin has filed bogus “peace orders” against Aaron, when it is the Walkers who are the victims, not the perpetrators.

And Patterico’s plight will send chills up your spine when he is ready to tell it.

Emphasis is Michelle’s.

I want to emphasize that conservative bloggers are not the only victims. A small and very left-leaning blogger is the only one to have been sued by Kimberlin. Kimberlin threatened a left-leaning lawyer with workplace harassment and a possible bar complaint simply because she helped Aaron try to keep his identity and personal details secret from this convicted bomber.

And yes, my tale should be coming soon. The restrictions which previously held me back are no longer in place, and I am simply working on telling the story in a coherent fashion, with very little time I have to devote to the project. A rough draft has been sent to various people, so that the story would come out even if an unfortunate accident were to befall me.

Thanks to Michelle for her support. It means a lot.

40 Comments

  1. Ding.

    Comment by Patterico (feda6b) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:31 am

  2. Sunlight is a great disinfectant. Too bad the MFM sucks so much.

    Comment by JD (2307e5) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:32 am

  3. With backers like George Soros, how are you going to get Eric Holder to look into this creep?

    Obama has really taken corrupt Chicago politics to a new level.

    Comment by AZ Bob (1c9631) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:37 am

  4. Wow. With Kimberlin’s history, I’m surprised he isn’t a tenured professor at the University of Illinois or the host of a chat show on Current TV.

    Comment by Gregory of Yardale (6f74e0) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:43 am

  5. It does not need to be Eric Holder. Just any local prosecutor — county, state or federal. Holder likely wipes Kimmberlins off his shoes before he steps into the house. Kimberlin is not worth preserving.

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:46 am

  6. I hope your story begins in medias res.

    GUT PUNCHER.

    Comment by SarahW (b0e533) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:59 am

  7. Ed has a post up at Hot Air as well.

    Comment by aunursa (c6d6d2) — 5/23/2012 @ 8:05 am

  8. nk’s right. While this story has national implications and everyone who discusses politics on the internet needs to understand it, Brett’s crimes can be handled by the county prosecutor.

    Comment by Dustin (330eed) — 5/23/2012 @ 8:13 am

  9. these Kimberlin terrorism people sure are sucking up a lot of oxygen during a not-inconsequential campaign cycle in which distraction has been a prominent motif while the National Soros Radio Media continues to advance dumber than usual narratives I think

    Comment by happyfeet (3c92a1) — 5/23/2012 @ 8:17 am

  10. I am glad to see that folks are rallying around the people we care about. And I am proud that this is not being seen as a partisan issue.

    Silencing dissent is truly a despicable act. The answer to “bad” speech (=things you don’t like) is more speech, not less.

    Patterico, I am proud to know you. I am hopeful about this matter.

    Comment by Simon Jester (c8876d) — 5/23/2012 @ 8:21 am

  11. Stay Safe Patterico.

    Comment by Psycotte (077749) — 5/23/2012 @ 8:23 am

  12. If he can do all of this, Brett Kimberlin, and his allies, make the gay rights activists look like pikers. Rank amateurs.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (ce04e1) — 5/23/2012 @ 9:06 am

  13. Comment by nk — 5/23/2012 @ 7:46 am

    Holder likely wipes Kimmberlins off his shoes before he steps into the house. Kimberlin is not worth preserving.

    Kimberlin told Mark Singer (author of Citizen K) in 1992, that if Clinton was elected, he expected a pardon in 1993. (He didn’t need that to get out of jail, his release was pretty much on course for 1993. He must have meant – a pardon)

    Clinton pardoned hardly anybody during most of his term in office, and when he issued all of his pardons on his last day in office in 2001, Brett Kimberlin was not included. He must have been too hot.

    He’s probably still too hot now to have his name attached to anything.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (ce04e1) — 5/23/2012 @ 9:22 am

  14. @AZ Bob, as much as I dislike our beloved president, he has little or nothing to do with Kimberlin. This has been going on long before BO became president. One thing I wonder, how much has Kimberlin’s father been behind his son’s antics? After all it was reported that he was a lawyer. No doubt Kimberlin leaned his legal tricks at the feet of a master. It would help flush out the story.

    Comment by Ipso Fatso (7434b9) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:06 am

  15. Someone needs to do the obligatory “Downfall” rant mashup, with some of BK’s testimony as the subtitles. Or maybe cast him as the hapless underling and the judge gets to do the berating. I bet it would fit….

    Comment by rtrski (336865) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:09 am

  16. It does not need to be Eric Holder. Just any local prosecutor — county, state or federal.

    If only he’d be so stupid as to threaten one.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:17 am

  17. *again

    Comment by Dustin (330eed) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:19 am

  18. The doj is well into a commie coma and can’t be bothered to screw with their own. Patterico, Hope your hideout has a drone watching your back.

    Comment by mg (44de53) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:36 am

  19. I would just point out that Brett Kimberlin is associated with harasser/stalker/weirdo Jason Leopold/Larisa Alexandrovna/Larry Johnson who harassed Seixin – George Goodling and investigated and “outed” me as DOD/DIA Deibold plant <—seriously, they thought this.

    Comment by Topsecretk9 (3495e1) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:39 am

  20. Hang in, Pat.

    Comment by bob (6713b4) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:41 am

  21. So sorry to hear of the difficulties this truly bad apple has caused. It is evil to allow men like this one to work their plots. Please stay safe, I am sure there are many praying for your safety as I am. And also for victory over your tormentors.

    It is my understanding from reading several blogs on this today that Fidelity Investments has been funding BK’s group. I am inquiring their office and if this is true and they do not cease their donations, hubby and I plan to divest ourselves out of their company immediately. I will not be a part of a company that promotes evil people because then I am part of the problem.

    Comment by TexasMom2012 (cee89f) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:54 am

  22. “these Kimberlin terrorism people sure are sucking up a lot of oxygen during a not-inconsequential campaign cycle”

    Mr. Feets – What we need right now is a good old fashioned monster truck prayer rally.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 5/23/2012 @ 10:59 am

  23. gentlemen start your engines

    for JUSTICE!

    Comment by happyfeet (a55ba0) — 5/23/2012 @ 11:05 am

  24. We are seeing some Instapundit linkage now.

    Comment by SPQR (3deba4) — 5/23/2012 @ 11:14 am

  25. Has Aaron seen this? http://www.courts.state.md.us/opinions/cosa/2010/2939s08.pdf

    Comment by 509th Bob (4ae072) — 5/23/2012 @ 11:39 am

  26. Let’s not forget Ace has been on this in a pretty big way.

    Comment by Random (fba0b1) — 5/23/2012 @ 11:44 am

  27. Now discussed at “Little Miss Attila” http://littlemissattila.com/?p=25437
    (not sure how popular she is, seen stuff by her on Wisconsin anti-Walker in past)

    and

    http://noisyroom.net/blog/2012/05/23/stalking-the-blogosphere-blogburst-friday-for-free-speech/

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 5/23/2012 @ 2:01 pm

  28. 13. Here’s teh exact quote (Kimberlin did link a pardon to gettinbg out)

    Page 23 of Citizen K:

    If Clinton gets elected, I’m out; I know I’ll get a pardon,” Kimberlin told me at one point. “But you can’t say that. It looks like I’m doing this for political reasons, like I’ve got an agenda.” The ex cathedra tenor of this
    remark made me think he knew exactly what he wqas talking about.


    books.google.com

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 5/23/2012 @ 2:14 pm

  29. Sounds terrible. What a price to pay…can’t help but think that certain campaigns are chuckling over his antics.

    I noted the Fidelity account too as a donor. Is it an individual’s account at Fidelity or Fidelity itself? I too will divest if it’s the company!

    Comment by Patricia (e1d89d) — 5/23/2012 @ 3:16 pm

  30. More, FYI
    http://www.hyscience.com/archives/2012/05/re_free_speech.php

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 5/23/2012 @ 3:47 pm

  31. Topsecretk9 is Ron Brynaert or someone who is very, very close to that sick, mentally ill, drug addict. Kimberlin and Friedman are the only connections. There’s none, NONE, between the other people you mentioned. Provide a link or shut the f**k up.

    Comment by Lowell Meiner (96ad30) — 5/23/2012 @ 6:22 pm

  32. Jeff over at Protein Wisdom is even in on this.
    http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=40550

    Always hated to see two blogs I enjoyed in a feud, but nothing mends fences like fighting a truly evil foe.

    Comment by OmegaPaladin (a63d4d) — 5/23/2012 @ 6:40 pm

  33. Hermain Cain is on this also.

    Comment by Hal (e7a716) — 5/23/2012 @ 6:51 pm

  34. That’s a nice post by Jeff G.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:22 pm

  35. Yeah, I’m not surprised Jeff G can’t stand idle when a goon harasses good folks. He dealt with an awful example of one.

    With almost no exception, folks have said ‘we don’t care about our differences… wrong is wrong’ when they learn more about this story. Brett miscalculated wildly. Patterico’s allies in this fiasco include even Jeff G.

    Comment by Dustin (330eed) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:30 pm

  36. Yay Jeff !

    Comment by Sarahw (b0e533) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:36 pm

  37. Friday should be quite a day, and hopefully one that turns the tides. Prayers for safety and peace of mind for you and your family, Patterico.

    Comment by Dana (4eca6e) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:42 pm

  38. If Jeff cares, the next time he’s in Chicago, his drinks are on me. (I mean I’ll pay for them, he’ll have them in a glass ;) ). I don’t think Pernod is legal in Illinois, though? A good single-malt?

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:42 pm

  39. Last time I bought Jeff G. a drink it was Guinness, nk.

    Comment by SPQR (26be8b) — 5/23/2012 @ 7:45 pm

  40. Excellent.

    What this diversity of topics shows is that legal threats — and threats of other forms of retaliation for speech — represent a pervasive problem in our culture, and are a deterrent of all sorts of speech, not just the speech you like. Say that someone sues, or threatens, or abuses someone whose ideas you despise, someone whose good faith you doubt, someone working for political or social ends you are struggling against. If that censor is successful in any measure, are you harmed? Yes. You are harmed because the next censor, the one gunning for you or someone you agree with — is emboldened. You are harmed because people, in general, are deterred from discussing controversial ideas. You are harmed because when censors are successful, censorship increasingly becomes the norm, and the populace’s already tenuous support of principles of free expression ebb a little more.

    That’s why decent people ought to be unified behind protecting people like Aaron Worthing, and opposing people like Brett Kimberlin — not because we agree with one of them or the other. When the rallying cry is “protect conservatives from censorship by leftists” — or the reverse — the rallying cry is less effective, easier to ignore, easier to dismiss as mere partisanship. We shouldn’t defend Aaron because of his political stance. We should defend him because in this country you should have the right to express yourself without a convicted domestic terrorist and his cronies harassing you with frivolous litigation and threats.

    Comment by Dana (4eca6e) — 5/23/2012 @ 8:30 pm

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