Posted on | May 18, 2012 | 108 Comments
This was important, and Andrew Breitbart understood why it was important: The “TwitterGate” episode in October 2010 exposed Democrat operative Neal Rauhauser’s role in an apparent conspiracy to harass Tea Party activists online. Shortly thereafter, Mandy Nagy (aka “Liberty Chick”) documented Brett Kimberlin heinous criminal history.
Kimberlin and his “Velvet Revolution” partner Brad Friedman teamed up to urge Maryland authorities to prosecute James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. At some point, according to Kimberlin, he became an “associate” of Rauhauser.
Now, investigative journalist Matthew Vadum has shown that major “progressive” tax-exempt foundations contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Kimberlin’s “Justice Through Music Project” and “Velvet Revolution” non-profits.
Money is fungible, as they say. The funding of Kimberlin’s projects — tens of thousands of dollars from the George Soros-connected Tides Foundation, as well as foundations associated with Barbra Streisand and Sen. John Kerry’s wife — thus supported all of Kimberlin’s activities, including his effort to have O’Keefe and Giles prosecuted for their ACORN takedown.
The association between Kimberlin, Friedman and Rauhauser inspires an obvious suspicion: Who is footing the bill for various online projects targeting leading conservative New Media activists?
Read Aaron Worthing’s account of being the target of Kimberlin’s attempted legal intimidation. Worthing’s offense? Apparently, being a former co-blogger with Patterico, who has written extensively about Kimberlin’s criminal record. Patterico has also been a target of Kimberlin.
Evidently, anyone who tells the truth about Brett Kimberlin is subject to this familar pattern of harassment and attempted intimidation.
Kimberlin is a notorious liar, who was convicted of perjury before he graduated high school and has been called a “world-class liar” by award-winning journalist Mark Singer. Just a few years after being released from federal prison, Kimberlin somehow managed to get funding from major donors and began passing himself off as an expert on “election reform,” becoming a favorite of the left-wing blogosphere by “repeatedly asserting as facts things that are not true,” as Time magazine’s Mssimo Calabresi wrote in 2007.
Now, it gets interesting: A site called “Breitbart Unmasked” has published a list of what it calls “The Breitbart Crew,” including everyone from Brent Bozell III to Dave Weigel of Slate.
Patterico and Worthing suspect “Breitbart Unmasked” and Brett Kimberlin are one and the same. On Twitter last night, @BreitbartUnmask denied being Brett Kimberlin, but it is curious to observe how people who tell the truth about Kimberlin become the subject of attacks from ”Breitbart Unmasked.”
In 1981, Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison. But that was before “truth-in-sentencing” became law. He only did 17 years for his heinous crimes. A convicted terrorist who has been known to plot the murders of his enemies, including a federal prosecutor . . .
Names on a list?
Kind of what you might call a familiar modus operandi:
Brett C. Kimberlin schemed to elude justice with a series of bizarre plots designed to murder, maim and rob his enemies, create havoc . . . and discredit the chief government prosecutor. . . .
On sheets of yellow legal pad, Kimberlin asked another inmate in the Marion County Jail to arrange for the murder of Bernard L. (Buddy) Pylitt, the former first assistant U.S. attorney who coordinated his prosecution.
The offer contained a list of 10 names, including a potential prosecution witness, Robert Scott Bixler. Some names had crosses next to them. These indicated those marked for murder, it was learned. . . .
– R. Joseph Gelarden, “Kimberlin case a maze of murder, deceit,” Indianapolis Star, Oct. 18, 1981
That article also mentions the July 29, 1978, murder of Julia Scyphers, the grandmother of a pre-teen girl toward whom, Gelarden wrote in 1981, Kimberlin had “strange affection . . . questionable relationship.” You might want to read the whole article. Given that Kimberlin has not pressed a libel action against the Indianapolis Star, we have no reason to doubt the accuracy of Gelarden’s reporting.
So far as I can discover, Brett Kimberlin has never admitted guilt for his crimes, nor has he ever apologized to those he harmed. Instead, he receives tens of thousands of dollars a year in funding from tax-exempt non-profit foundations.
Readers may ask: “What can I do?” One possible answer to this question is provided at the end of Aaron Worthing’s (very long) account of how he was harassed by Brett Kimberlin:
Second, you can write to the State’s Attorney of Montgomery County. I did not name the subordinate responsible for the inaction, but ultimately it is the responsibility of John McCarthy, the State’s Attorney himself. You might also consider writing to the Governor, or the Attorney General of Maryland. Be polite. You will not help me by being foul or insulting. Simply state that you believe a grave injustice has been done to me—if you happen to agree—and ask them politely to see to it that justice be done.
This is his office’s contact information:
State’s Attorney for Montgomery County
50 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850
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It is not the business of law enforcement authorities to mediate a personal squabble between Worthing and Kimberlin. Nor are officials interested in political controversies. However, this is not merely a personal dispute and it is not really about politics.
Brett Kimberlin is a notorious felon, convicted of multiple violent crimes, not to mention perjury, conspiracy and drug charges. His criminal record clearly indicates that Kimberlin is capable of unspeakable acts against those he designates as his enemies, including law enforcement officials. If Kimberlin is responsible for the “Breitbart Unmasked” operation, which is by all indications targeting those who tell the truth about Kimberlin’s criminal career, the possible implications — including the chance that this might incite criminal violence against targeted individuals — should seriously concern law enforcement authorities.
Andrew Breitbart tried to warn America, but we failed to pay attention to his warning. Is America paying attention now?
UPDATE: It takes an “Army of Breitbarts” to overcome the indifference, inertia and bias of the mainstream media. One blogger can accomplish little on his own, and I am therefore grateful to all those who have helped call attention to the Kimberlin case, including:
- Patterico: Convicted Bomber and Perjurer Brett Kimberlin Harasses Blogger for Telling Truth About Him
- Dan Collins: Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin Harassed, Tried to Frame Blogger Aaron Worthing
- Bob Belvedere: Connections: Soros, A Terrorist, Democrats and Obama???
- American Catholic: Political Thuggery
- The Lonely Conservative: This is Horrible
- POH Diaries: The Company We Keep
- Tony Katz: The Quick Six
- Daily Pundit: Something In the Water In Naptown?
UPDATE II: I Own the World is paying attention.
UPDATE III: Aaron Worthing returns with a brief summary of his 28,000-word original post, which makes clear the following:
Regular readers of this site know that for some time the convicted domestic terrorist known as Brett Kimberlin has been harassing me. He did this because I dared to offer a bit of light, free legal help to a man he was suing named Seth Allen and then as he came after me, I told the truth about his deplorable criminal background and the fact he lied under oath in a hearing on November 14, 2011 and recommended that he be charged with perjury.
So this contradicts my earlier guess that Kimberlin targeted Worthing merely for being a Patterico associate. Exactly who Seth Allen is, or why Kimberlin was suing him, I don’t know. The point is that, so far as I know, Kimberlin’s only source of income is the grants he gets for his tax-exempt non-profit “charities,” which income he then uses to wage campaigns of smears, intimidation and harassment against anyone who criticizes him. Please read the rest of Aaron’s summary.
UPDATE IV: “What It Feels Like to Be Targeted.”
- May 17: Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Received $70,000 From Tides Foundation, $10,000 From Streisand, $20,000 from John Kerry’s Wife
- May 17: Is Democrat Operative Neal Rauhauser an ‘Associate’ of Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin? (And Why It Matters)
- Oct. 9, 2010: TwitterGate Update: Neal Rauhauser Switches Account to ‘Protected’ Status
- Oct. 7, 2010: BUSTED! Video Documents Role of Democrat Consultant Neal Rauhauser in Smear Campaign Against Tea Party