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Somebody Tell Nina Totenberg Her Buddy Brett Kimberlin Is Making News Again

Posted on | May 28, 2012 | 80 Comments

“The tale-teller was a short fellow who needed to be looked up to, who consistently sought relationships with females much younger than himself, who could boast to an eighteen-year-old woman he’d just met on a bus that he was ‘one of the strongest men in the world.'”
Mark Singer, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin (1996), Page 312

“In e-mails and Web postings from Kimberlin’s two organizations, Justice Through Music and Velvet Revolution, he intersperses occasionally useful pieces of information . . . with a hefty portion of bunk, repeatedly asserting as fact things that are not true. . . . Kimberlin has found a home in the blogosphere . . .”
Massimo Calabresi, Time magazine, “The Wizard of Odd,” Jan. 5, 2007

“Using two popular leftist blogs, the 56-year-old from Bethesda, Md., has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from the public and left-leaning foundations by promising to put conservatives he disagrees with in jail, often with offers of large rewards. So far — without success — he has called for the arrest of Karl Rove, Andrew Breitbart, Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue, Massey Energy Chairman Don Blankenship and other high-profile public figures.
“A review of tax filings for Kimberlin’s blogs, ‘Velvet Revolution’ and ‘Justice Through Music,’ raises troubling questions about whether his ‘nonprofit’ operations are dedicated to public activism — or are just a new facade for a longtime con artist.”

Ed Barnes, Fox News, “Leftist Blogger’s Criminal Past Raises Questions About His Real Intent,” Oct. 19, 2010

“In sworn testimony in a court proceeding involving Seth Allen, Kimberlin falsely claimed to have been ‘secretly exonerated’ (???) of the heinous crimes for which he was convicted in 1981.”
Robert Stacy McCain, “Lying Felon Can’t Stop Lying,” May 24

In the fall of 1988, when convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin was still locked up in federal prison and claiming to have sold dope to GOP vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, every political reporter in the country wanted to write about Kimberlin. In his 1996 book, Mark Singer recounts how National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg spoke to Kimberlin two or three times every day in late October and early November 1988.

So why, 24 years later, are Nina Totenberg and the rest of the elite media ignoring what their old friend’s been up to lately? Tom Blumer of Newsbusters asks, “Where Is the Establishment Press?”

Leading blogger Robert Stacy McCain has decided that he and his family must leave their home and that they can’t go back; he officially describes his location as “whereabouts unknown.” On Friday, Patterico, an assistant DA by day, revealed a campaign of harassment involving “workplace complaints, publication of personal information such as home addresses and pictures of residences, bogus allegations of criminal activity, whisper campaigns, frivolous legal actions, and frivolous State Bar complaints.” Oh, and he was “SWATted” — he had his home stormed by a SWAT team, complete with a police helicopter and a spotlight. Someone pretending to be him “called the police to say I had shot my wife.” An audio expert Patterico hired concluded that “it is probable” that the hoax call was placed by a Kimberlin associate known to have tweeted a public threat against himself and his family.
Erick Erickson of RedState got “SWATted” Sunday evening; this time, “Someone called 911 (pretending to be) from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.”

This is a complicated story and difficult to tell. So far as I know, it started in October 2010 when Mandy Nagy of published her 3,600-word article about Kimberlin. Also in 2010, Kimberlin’s associate Neal Rauhauser, a Democrat campaign consultant, was accused in the “TwitterGate” episode of targeting Tea Party activists for obscene harassment online. (Also see, “Democrat Cyber Stealth Revealed: Neal Rauhauser & Radical E-Thugs,” Patrick Read, Oct. 13, 2010.) In 2011, one of the online activists who helped push the Anthony Weiner scandal into the news, Mike Stack got “SWATted” and has subsequently pressed charges of harassment against Rauhauser.

Liberal blogger Seth Allen (@prepostericity) was critical of Kimberlin and Brad Friedman, partners in the tax-exempt non-profit Velvet Revolution. Allen was sued by Kimberlin. Allen got legal assistance from attorney Aaron Walker, who blogged under the pseudonym Aaron Worthing. Walker then became a target of Kimberlin’s harassment, with the result that both Walker and his wife lost their jobs.

Such is the story that I learned on May 17, when Walker published his 28,000-word account of his entanglement with Kimberlin. Immediately recognizing this as a newsworthy story, I began reporting about it on my blog. Four days later, on May 21, Kimberlin contacted my wife’s employer, raising security concerns for the employer and causing me to leave my home in order to be able to continue reporting the story without potentially endangering others.

Reacting to Kimberlin’s harassment of Allen, Walker, myself and others, Lee Stranahan declared that Friday, May 25, would be “Everybody Blog Brett Kimberlin Day” — with remarkable results. As a journalistic fugitive, I continued reporting the story:

The story continues gaining momentum. The Sunday “SWATting” of Erickson, a CNN contributor, guarantees that this story won’t go away soon. Michelle Malkin has published a “to-do list” for those who want to put a stop to the intimidation and harassment:

The massive blogburst about convicted bomber and online terrorist ringleader Brett Kimberlin ended on Friday, but this is an ongoing legal, financial, and emotional morass for the targets. And it has now entangled new victims. It is precisely because each and every blogger, Twitter users, activist, talk show host, and podcaster is potential new prey for sicko Kimberlin and his cabal that we must all stand together.

“Online terrorist ringleader” is a rather strong term. I prefer Jimmie Bise Jr.’s neutral objective phrase, “Lying Felon Brett Kimberlin,” but why quibble over semantics at this point?

What we have here is a remarkable news story, and the story is not about me. It’s not about Aaron Walker or Mike Stack or Seth Allen or Patrick Frey or Erick Erickson or Mandy Nagy.

This is a story about Brett Kimberlin. What is truly dumbfounding is that Kimberlin’s old media buddies like Nina Totenberg think we’re too stupid to notice them ignoring it. 

 Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown



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  • Innocuous

    Back in 1988-96, the left was busily portraying Kimberlin as a “convicted drug dealer.”   Notice what’s missing from that designation?  Yeah, the really big charge of being a callous bomber who was ultimately responsible for the death of an innocent man.  But we all know for the lamestream media, this was never about more than smearing Dan Quayle.  It matters not that Kimberlin is a sociopath of epic proportions.  As long as he takes down the right-wing nutjobs, he’s their sort.  And, yes — he practices transcendental meditation while preparing virtuous vegetarian meals; so he really must be an A-okay dude.

    I mentioned the Nina Totenberg thing a couple of times on my blog in the past few days.  See this one in particular:

    A commenter on my blog sent me this link to something posted on Patterico’s blog last year.  You might find it interesting and useful:

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  • CallMeStormy

    Folks interested in that phase of Kimberlin’s history should search the archives of the Los Angeles Times, which contain numerous articles on Kimberlin, his quest to get out of jail and his coldly calculated campaign to transform himself from a mad bomber/drug dealer into some kind of maligned martyr and political prisoner. With the allegations he raised that he had been Dan Quayle’s drug dealer, the Democrats evidently bought into Kimberlin’s scam hook, line and sinker. There were many voices in Congress advocating on his behalf, chief among them, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan. 

    Interesting enough, Kimberlin also came to be represented in legal matters by none other than the late Erwin Griswold, a retired solicitor general of the United States, first appointed by Lyndon Johnson. Griswold continued to serve (1967-1973) during the administration of Richard M. Nixon. One wonders if Griswold got involved with Kimberlin for political reasons, or was pressed to do so owing to the felon’s well-placed family connections.

  • ThePaganTemple

    What’s being left out in all of this is Kimberlin was being investigated for child sexual abuse due to a charge brought by the grandmother of one of the alleged victims, who was subsequently murdered, shot at point blank range when she answered her door. The Speedway cops liked Kimberlin for the suspect, and it was shortly afterwards the Speedway bombings occurred. It was thought the bombings might have been meant to throw the cops off the trail of the murder of the old woman, and the sexual abuse investigation. Kimberlin was never convicted of either the murder or the abuse charges (so far as I know he was never actually tried for them),but was convicted of the bombings.

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  • CallMeStormy

    Another goldmine of information — the plethora of articles (more like hit pieces) produced by the “reporters” at the Raw Story website. In particular, peruse the loosely sourced and often quite controversial pieces pertaining to supposed Republican voter fraud written by Larisa Alexandrovna, Brad Friedman and Jason Leopold. Many of these stories found their way into the mainstream media, but it’s remarkable how none of them ever panned out or proved to be true.

    What this suggests is that the Raw Story press corps served as mouthpieces channeling planted and fabricated stories, and covering up for dirty tricks concocted by Brett Kimberline and his election-central “disinfo” team. If so, that’s a 7-10 magnitude scandal, the Democrats’ own version of Nixon and his Watergate Plumbers — only more  serious, in a way, because the team operated so long, with so little scrutiny from the mainstream media, and meant to foment so much unfounded chaos and do so much damage to the credibility of the US election process.

    Without further investigation, it’s impossible to know just how much corruption has occurred, and whether there’s ever been any validity, whatsoever, to any of the allegations and charges leveled by these Velvet Revolutionaries. The explosive implications, though, likely underscore why this group has felt so compelled to silence each and every blogger seeking to find the shadowy truth surrounding Kimberlin and his cohorts. 

    The big newspaper and TV journalists would be wise to wise up. They should not only be covering this story because of the threats being posed to press freedom, but also because the greater underlying story could have very long legs indeed.

  • Mike G.

     Now that was an interesting news piece.

  • Michael Bates

    That link is to a Jan 24, 1995, editorial in the Washington Times, noting the odd omission of “Speedway Bomber” from the resume of Quayle’s accuser in Reuters news reports about Kimberlin’s Supreme Court case. It notes some of BK’s enablers, including Garry Trudeau, Cody Shearer (brother-in-law of Strobe Talbott), and Clinton’s solicitor general, Drew Days III, who urged the Supreme Court to hear the case.

    The WashTimes did a good job of covering the case, as you’ll see if you have access to their archives (perhaps through America’s Newspapers database, through your library). Check out this detail from Feb. 12, 1995:

    “In 1991, Mr. Trudeau was penning favorable Doonesbury cartoons, lamenting the jail treatment of
    . When the DeLongs wrote to the cartoonist to express their pain, he wrote back the following:

    “‘While I appreciate the suffering you and your family have had to
    endure as a result of your father’s injuries and suicide,
    there remain serious questions as to
    ‘s culpability. . . . In any case, guilty or innocent,
    and his family have paid a price. His continued incarceration is a matter of grave moral and legal concern.'”

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  • MrPaulRevere

    Well it appears Kimberlin was physically stalking Karl Rove. Is it possible they had a chance meeting? Hypothetically it is but I doubt it. Take a look and come to your own conclusion: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Karl Rove Goes Memorial Day Shopping, Poses for Photo With Anti-War Activist, Gets Told About ‘Regime Change Here at Home’

  • MrPaulRevere

    Sorry about that, go here:

  • CallMeStormy

    This meeting would not have been by chance, but rather a case of stalking. Recall, at the time, Kimberlin’s group was offering hefty $100k-plus reward for anyone coming forwarding and providing proof of election malfeasance on Rove’s part. There are many other indicators that Kimberlin was obsessed with Rove. Kimberlin is one sick pup, the lefty version of the cold, relentless creep that Michael Keaton played in PACIFIC HEIGHTS. 

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  • Adobe_Walls

    What became of the girl?

  • ThePaganTemple

     I don’t know. Her name was withheld due to her being a juvenile, obviously, but it shouldn’t be that hard to look her up. She’s the granddaughter of the murder victim, but I don’t remember the name.

    This story might be another reason he goes out of his way to have articles removed from Wikipedia and other websites about himself, in addition to the bombing conviction.

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  • Innocuous

     From everything I’ve read, the order was that Julia Scyphers was murdered.  During the investigation of that, the police found out the only person who had any problem with her was Brett Kimberlin.  It was at that point police learned that Julia Scyphers believed Kimberlin was sexually molesting her granddaughter.  She was doing everything she could to keep Kimberlin away from her granddaughter, and apparently Brett didn’t like that at all.

    The investigation ended up naming another man — William “Bill” Bowman — as the man who lured Julia into her garage, where she was shot.  Bowman was an associate of Kimberlin’s in his drug trafficking business.

    A few days after Bowman was officially charged by a grand jury, Fred Scyphers — Julia’s husband — died from cancer.  Fred had been the only witness connecting Bowman — and by extension, Kimberlin — to the shooting.  Before Fred’s death, the police were hopeful they could get Bowman to turn on Kimberlin and admit the conspiracy.  However, with his death, the case died, too.

    Thus the child molestation and Julia Scyphers’ murder weren’t used in the Speedway Bombing trial, even though the molestation led to the murder, and the murder investigation led to the bombings (in the misguided hope that the police would be so busy with the bombings that they’d drop the murder investigation).

    As for the molestation, from what I’ve pieced together, the girl’s mom appears to have been aware of and/or complicit in her exploitation by Kimberlin.  Which is about nine different kinds of f’d up.

  • Dianna Deeley

     That’s interesting. Really interesting, if confusing as heck.

    Is there a way to show connections between the families? It wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  • Dianna Deeley

     I read about that – someone did some research, and the last mention of the girl s/he noted was as a bridesmaid at someone’s wedding. Any information we put out about her could put her at risk, so how about we don’t?

  • CallMeStormy

    Wikipedia has now restored its coverage under the heading “Speedway Bombings” here: 

  • Dianna Deeley

     Now, how did Brett Kimberlin get all that time off to stalk Rove? *deep sarcasm*

    Seriously, I wish the IRS would descend upon him and ask him to explain every little expense. It might be enlightening.

  • Adobe_Walls

    It’s possible she’d be willing to talk after all this time. If she actually knows something substantive isn’t she already in danger?

  • Adobe_Walls

    I doubt that will happen under this regime.

  • Adjoran

    The voice of Ron Brynaert sounds much like the voice of the “SWATter” who called the cops on both Mike Stack in Jersey and Patterico in LA.   The Jersey caller also gave the cops the wrong address for Stack – interestingly, the same wrong address which Kimberlin crony Neal Rauhauser had used to attempt to silence criticism of himself by Stack online.

    It is all up at

  • CallMeStormy

    It’ll take some more time to trace and understand the family ties. I do know that Kimberlin’s father was a prominent attorney in Indiana. Many voters apparently believed he would be the state’s governor someday, but that notion got torpedoed in a hurry once the Speedway Bombings took place.

  • Dianna Deeley

     It’s up to her to come forward, if there’s anything to come forward about. The last thing in the world that would do any good would be for her to feel targeted.

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  • CallMeStormy

    The other sign this is stalking. The BradBlog feature that reports the encounter not only includes the photo of Kimberlin with Rove, but also a second showing Rove’s car with the license plate visible. That’s a telltale indicator, as Kimberlin in his multitude of court cases always disregards legal prohibitions and brings a cell phone or other recording device so he can take a picture of his victim. The intent: Not only invasion of privacy, but intimidation.

  • Dianna Deeley

     True – but time passes, and new political masters get to say to that one, “go”, and he goeth; and to that one, “stay”, and he stayeth.

    IRS gets to audit 501(c)’s for 7 years back. There’s plenty to dig into.

  • CallMeStormy

    Oh, I forgot. Ron Brynaert was part of that little rat’s nest of RAW STORY reporters before he got bounced.

    Where are they all today?

    * Friedman remains at BradBlog. * The Ukraine-born Alexandrovna is nowhere in sight. I wonder if she came to the US on her own volition or whether Kimberlin recruited her during the period of time he was running “commodities” into/out of the Ukraine? And what was he running and for whom?
    *Bryneart’s in limbo land.
    * Leopold — plagiarist,  former druggie and self-admitted liar –has left RAW STORY to become lead investigative reporter for TRUTHOUT, where he’s now covering — surprise — the Occupy and Anonymous movements.

  • JeffS

     I’m glad I stopped reading Trudeau’s “comic” strip years ago.

  • ThePaganTemple

     I wouldn’t want to out her either, but the story needs to be told. Maybe at some point she might decide to come forward, maybe not, and we should respect that regardless.

    Of course its also worth reminding people that there is no proof there was any molestation. This was back during a period of time if you patted some kid on the top of the head there were plenty of people willing to scream molester. So I don’t know, maybe its true, maybe its not. The grandmother evidently was convinced enough she took steps to keep Kimberlin away from the granddaughter.

    But even if the story is not true, it looks very likely that Kimberlin at lost MIGHT have murdered the grandmother due to the accusation, and the Speedway cops very definitely believed that much was true.

    And the fact that he was a drug dealer at the time is something even he does not deny.

  • ThePaganTemple

     Thanks. We’ll see how long it lasts though.

  • ThePaganTemple

     The girl wasn’t even a teenager, according to the Wikipedia article I just read posted above by @fbd69144a224678a1be4c4bcad27d131:disqus and Kimberlin took her on out-of-state trips several times, according to the grandmother later murdered, allegedly by a Kimberlin associate. This is all adding up to some pretty scary stuff. Great catch there, Barbara Streisand, you sure can pick ’em.

  • Dianna Deeley

     Larisa Alexandrovna is first name and patronymic, no surname. Small point, but telling; she could be anywhere, doing anything, now.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Still won’t happen. This is why the left’s programs move inexorably forward. When Republicans get back into office they make no attempt to roll back their predecessors gains or limit the power of their NGO allies. Republicans are content to limit the pace of the long march through our institutions but never reverse that marches gains. Even if Romney is elected and the Republicans gain the Senate the EPA’s rules exceeding their authority will remain in place and they will still be giving grants to environmental groups. These groups will in turn use those monies through the courts to thwart the new administrations new policy of liberating our natural resources. We cannot prevent the ends without eliminating the means. Republicans simply don’t grasp this concept, they will try to gain victories against the machinery left behind by previous administrations rather than destroy that machinery.

  • ThePaganTemple

     Come on, do you really think the mainstream media elites really give a crap about press freedom? No, they don’t now, never did and never will. The only difference between our press jackals and outfits like Pravda and Isvestia is the latter organizations were funded and staffed by their government, while our press has willingly colluded with the US liberal elites of their own volition.

  • ThePaganTemple

    Here where you run into problems when you try to run a government through a party made up of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and other business minded people.

    They are overly obsessed with image, and if they think it makes them look bad when they try to dismantle the lefts pet programs, they’ll find ways to avoid doing so.

    They want as many people as possible to try their brand, and to love their product, and by golly why should they do that if you piss them off?

    It’s basically the same reason you won’t see a Coke commercial saying “only a retarded fucking moron prefers Pepsi over our product.”

  • JillJersy222

     Include the links you asshole that shows Leopold and Alexandrovna reported what you say. You fucking liar.

  • JillJersy222

     You stupid fucking liar. Leopold has been covering counterterrorism for six years you scumsucking piece of shit. Take your head our of your fucking ass. You’re a fucking cunt. Alexandrovna left to be a full-time parent. She has a baby girl you cunt.

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  • JeffS

     Such sweetness.   You must be really good at small talk.

    Got a link to prove your assertion?

    And an assertion it is, until you prove otherwise.

  • JillJersy222

    Perhaps you missed the story where Breitbart snorted coke like a vaccum cleaner for years and was a self-admitted alcoholic. How about Glenn Beck? Alcoholic. Do I need to go on about all the right wingers who have substance abuse problems dicksmoking cunt lips? Stick to Brynaert. Leave everyone else out of it. Hopefully, you will get cancer in your ass and die a slow painful death. 

  • JeffS

     You first.

  • JillJersy222

     Try facebook you lazy fuck.

  • JeffS

     Ah, not only a joy to exchange pleasantries with, but unresponsive as well. 

    OK, since you have no link, you’re blowing smoke.    Ergo, you’re a troll, and a poor one at that.

    Trolls are funny that way — they’re big on aggression, small on smarts. 

  • JeffS

     OK, folks, JillHersy222 is a foul mouthed troll, nothing more. 

    Try not to feed it.  Poking with sticks should be avoided as much as possible.

  • JeffS

     See, people?  JillJersy222 is just trying to provoke an emotional response by resorting to baseless insults, accusations, and assertions.

    Ignore this creature — it’ll die without attention.

  • JeffS

     And as further evidence of a troll, it’s profile is brand new, only a few comments.

  • JeffS

      And as further evidence of a troll, it’s profile is brand new, only a few comments.