Most of you will be aware that:
1) The “gag order” aspect of the limitations Mr. Aaron Walker has been operating under were terminated yesterday, and he may now blog about Brett Kimberlin (provided he do so lawfully, as—to my knowledge—he always has). That is, the unconstitutional element in the “peace order” filed against him has been removed.
2) In a huge “coincidence,” last night Walker was SWATted. That is, armed law enforcement were sent to his house, having received a call to the effect that he had shot his wife. This seems to keep happening to people who irk Brett Kimberlin in some fashion or other. Naturally, Walker had warned the local authorities that this might happen, since it has already happened to Patterico, Erick Erickson, and Mike Stack.
What you may not know is that:
3) Walker’s attorney, Bruce Godfrey, grasps the critical principles at stake in this case, and is going to stay the course—no matter what Team Kimberlin-Rauhauser throws at him.
Testes and ovaries, people: they aren’t just for reproduction. Not in times like these.
What Rauhauser has been aiming to do, for nearly two years, is to gather (or perhaps we should say, manufacture) “evidence” of a right-wing conspiracy, so that he and his allies, by claiming they are targets of “harassment,” can file civil lawsuits or criminal complaints. Then, as Neal has quite explicitly explained, he expects to use the discovery process (in civil action) or subpoena authority (in criminal cases) to acquire information that can be used to continue this strategy. . . .
Anyone who will take the time to research Neal Rauhauser’s conspiracy theories (and his own descriptions of his motives and methods) will understand how everything fits together. Are Rauhauser’s claims of a right-wing conspiracy so ludicrous and implausible as to suggest that Neal is quite literally insane? Yes, but . . .
Despite all that, if Rauhauser can ever get courts and law enforcement agencies to buy into any of his claims, so that Neal gets hold of private information he can use against his enemies, the kookiness of his theories will ultimately be irrelevant: Neal wins.
Having spent 40 days reporting this story — and I was on the phone with four different sources this morning — I am just now beginning to see clearly what is actually happening. The “accuse the accusers” strategy, whereby Rauhauser and Kimberlin introduce zany conspiracy claims via criminal complaints and civil actions, strikes most rational people as lunacy. Yet it is actually much shrewder than it looks, because this tactic steadily creates a sort of bread-crumb trail of legal “evidence” for the existence of the (alleged and entirely imaginary) right-wing conspiracy that would be the premise of a RICO claim.
Google “RICO + Rauhauser,” and you find that Patterico understands exactly what Rauhauser & Co. have been up to, the evidence of which has been piling up on the Internet for months.
In short, the hope from the very illiberal forces of chaos is that muddying the waters legally will provide tangible legal victories—or at least more data with which to create yet more chaos.
There is, by the way, a “webinar” tonight hosted by the Franklin Center at 6:30 PST (9:30 Eastern) on Freedom of the Press, and featuring free speech stalwarts such as Mandy Nagy (of Breitbart.com), the wonderful Lee Stranahan, Aaron Walker, and Mr. Popehat Himself, “Snort My Taint” Ken.