The way Ace of Spades frames this issue appears tailored—at times—to addressing Brett Kimberlin’s threat to free speech as it if were unique.
I’m not 100% certain that it is. I’d rather look at the types of bad actors that Kimberlin represents—such as unrepentant terrorists, cyber-stalkers, and masters of “lawfare”—and address those things individually, since I believe it’s rare for them to align perfectly in one individual as they do at present.
I’m also concerned about the old adage that “hard cases make for bad laws.”
Yet Ace is absolutely correct that some of this is a Federal matter, such as terrorizing people, via “SWATting,” across state lines. I want that addressed at the Federal level, and I want Federal law-enforcement assigned to follow up on people who waste the resources of any law enforcement agency in such a malicious fashion.
I would still prefer that anti-SLAPP laws and vexatious litigant lists be handled state by state, though that is partly because I trust the states to execute them once they are in place more than I do the Feds. Particularly since the Justice Department tends to become, um, overly politicized from time to time.
A PLEA FOR ACTION, NOT WORDS
If you are reading this, please contact Congress to ask them to not only take an interest in this matter, but to seriously consider enacting positive statutory law to limit Brett Kimberlin’s ongoing abuse of the legal system and corruption of justice.
Please be polite with them: As you will soon be hearing, Congress is in fact getting involved. Congress is decidedly not indifferent to the plight of ordinary citizens exercising their rights under the First Amendment.
However, I think Congress does not yet appreciate a few things:
Brett Kimberlin will not be stopped by publicity. He craves publicity. He’s loved publicity since he first got a taste of media adulation with his “I was Dan Quayle’s pot dealer” claims, which, you will not be surprised to learn, Mark Singer has found to be likely a fabrication.
Brett Kimberlin will not be stopped by scrutiny. Even when he was a suspect in the Speedway Bombings, and being followed by agents of the FBI — and he knew he was being followed — he continued to conduct his large-scale drug smuggling operation. While being investigated for the Speedway Bombings, he was arrested independently for procuring false military ID. And then, having been arrested (and released) for procuring false military ID, he was arrested for smuggling tons of marijuana into America.
The fact that the FBI was watching him didn’t seem to matter. He considers them stupid; he always thinks he’s one step ahead of them. The fact that he has frequently been arrested and caught does not seem to enter into his reasoning.
And, as he himself says: If you do it right out in the open, then who’s going to suspect it?
Congress also doesn’t appreciate the urgency of the situation. If there’s one theme of Brett Kimberlin’s life, it’s escalating risk-taking when already in a risky situation.
The Speedway Bombings, of which he was convicted, were conducted even as he was under investigation for the murder-by-hire of an innocent grandmother. The theory was that Brett Kimberlin set the bombs to cause chaos and prevent a proper investigation of the execution-style murder of Julia Scyphers.
That was never proven; that is a suspicion the police and FBI held. Brett Kimberlin was never charged for Julia Scyphers’ murder; the case remains open.
Officially– no one knows who murdered Julia Scyphers, or for what possible reason a grandmother was executed.
The point is that he definitely was under investigation for the murder — this is a publicly-reported fact — and he knew that.
And yet even being under suspicion by police for a murder, he planted and detonated the bombs in Speedway. This is a fact.
The police and FBI don’t know the motive for the bombings. They never suggested one in court, and Brett Kimberlin, who claims to be innocent, has never said why he planted the bombs.
But the theory — again, not proven, not tested in court — the police and FBI had was that the bombs were planted to divert resources away from the Julia Scyphers murder.
And this leads to the last point that I don’t know if Congress is aware of: Brett Kimberlin is a dangerous man. That is not my opinion; that is the finding of the United States federal courts.
This is not some blogwar bullshit. This is not a case of “he called me a dirty name on the internet and I’m angry.”
This is digital terrorism, straight up. With consequences that go far beyond what someone said about you on Twitter.
Some people are heartened that this malicious ongoing to threat to society is finally getting some media coverage, and some United States government officials are now paying close attention.
I’m not. Because I know what happened last time Brett Kimberlin began getting some serious scrutiny: Bombs began going off.
I will be heartened when laws are passed to circumvent his freedom to destroy lives, and when FBI agents are closely monitoring him.
Until then, I’m terrified.
If you have an interest in championing free speech, please use this tool to find your congressman’s contact information, and write to him, or, preferably, call him.
Again, be polite; most Congressmen have not even heard of this issue yet.
However, in being polite, please also be insistent if your Congressman offers you what seems to be a blow-off letter — “you should contact the DoJ,” etc.
We have contacted the Department of Justice. We’ve contacted a lot of people.
We’re specifically asking for Congress to act, not to just provide the phone number of someone else to call.
Phone numbers we have. It’s action we seek.
Michelle Malkin has provided the contact information for specific Congressmen she believes might be interested, or hold particular power over such matters. You can also contact them, in addition to your own Congressman.
By the way, I wouldn’t necessarily assume that a liberal Congressman would not be interested in an ongoing abuse of the legal process for private vengeance. At the very least they should be apprised of the situation — if they decide to do nothing, that’s a matter for their own conscience.
Read the whole thing. And please either send those letters/emails off over the weekend, or call your Representative (and Senators) on Monday.
UPDATE: Yid With Lid, who has recently been added to the Kimberlin-victim list, has an account of what just happened to him. (The Kimberlin Kronies are repeating apparently false information previously put out by a right-leaning nutjob—which underscores that the Kimberlin threat is not a left-right conflict).
In addition he has a great handy-dandy master list of the people you’ll want to write to, in addition to your state senators/reps, and your U.S. Senators/reps.
Justice for Aaron Walker, and for the other victims of the Kimberlin Krew!
And remember to cloak your identity if you ever feel the need to visit sites run by crazy people (e.g., Crazy Debbie, Other Crazy Debbie, or Crazy Brett).
UPDATE II: The Other McCain hopes that law enforcement will step up to the plate before someone else gets hurt.