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@AceOfSpadesHQ BREAKS SILENCE: #BrettKimberlin’s Escalating Threat

Posted on | June 8, 2012 | 67 Comments

“Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia? . . . Patere tua consilia non sentis, constrictam iam horum omnium scientia teneri coniurationem tuam non vides? O tempora, o mores! Senatus haec intellegit. Consul videt; hic tamen vivit.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 63 B.C.

Being sanguine by nature, as I told Nice Deb in an interview a couple weeks ago, I don’t scare easy, and sometimes am accused of recklessness, as well as disregard for the feelings of others who are of a more cautious temperament.

“No discretion,” as one critic recently said in a conversation that was rather less private than she believed. Selah.

To live your life constantly deferring to the opinions of others is to forfeit your independence and become a slave to peer pressure.

Nevertheless, in the matter of Brett Kimberlin, there are matters of operational security to be kept in mind, information which cannot be revealed, lest we give The Pipsqueak Monster some clue as to what measures are being taken to guard against his nefarious schemes and the actions of his evil accomplices. Exercising discretion is therefore vital, and I’ve had to judge carefully what to discuss in public.

Let me repeat what I’ve said before: If Brett Kimberlin and Neal Rauhauser are not under FBI surveillance, why the hell not?

This is merely a surmise, which any reasonable person would make, based upon well-known facts, and I do not doubt that both Kimberlin and Rauhauser are aware of this. Their phones, e-mails and other communications are almost certainly being monitored, and they cannot make a move that the feds don’t know about.

My surmise in this matter — what you might call an educated hunch — probably accounts for the increasingly frantic and desperate activity of the various Web presences that comprise what Ken at Popehat calls “Team Kimberlin.” They’re acting scared, and looking very guilty, trying to re-direct suspicion away from themselves by pointing the accusatory finger at others.

Vicious dishonest cowards don’t scare me one bit.

Fear a man who is honest and brave, but never fear a lying coward, because such sadistic monsters delight in inspiring fear.

If you want to be frightened about something, think about this: Neal Rauhauser has boasted about having contacts in the FBI. What sort of disinformation has Rauhauser given the feds? Could it be that federal agents are actually assisting his smear machine? We know that Attorney General Eric Holder is either incompetent or corrupt — perhaps both — but the possibility that the taint of political corruption has spread to the FBI should be a concern to every honest American citizen.

Meanwhile, Ace of Spades has broken his daylong silence to warn against my sanguine confidence, urging Congress to act swiftly to thwart Kimberlin’s familiar pattern of escalation:

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 knewhe 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.

It’s brilliant work — he ain’t the Jack of Spades, y’know — and I share Ace’s belief that congressional action is imperative. But my educated hunch is that honest law enforcement officials will slap the cuffs on Kimberlin before Congress can enact legislation, and I can only pray that they act before someone gets hurt even worse than Kimberlin’s previous victims have been hurt.

Like Cicero said: “Hic tamen vivit.”

Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown


  • DaveO

    I see Holder has appointed investigators to look into the leak in DoJ. I wonder if he will also investigate the leaks coming out of the WH?

  • Wombat_socho

     It’s up, but they’re revamping the comment system. I don’t keep close enough tabs on AOSHQ to know whether there’s some sort of internal coup d’etat, purge, or what’s going on; we shall have to wait a while and examine the next set of photos of the cadre atop the Kremlin wall, I guess.

  • Wombat_socho

    You know that’s not how it works. However, I have something in mind for Zilla, which shall make itself known in due course.

  • Wombat_socho

    I admit to recognizing it only because it’s reprised in one of my favorite SF novels, Prince of Sparta.

  • richard mcenroe

     Maybe he’s taking up bicycling and photography.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I know you will do something good for Ms. Zilla.  

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    And for the lazy:HOW LONG, o Catiline, will you abuse our patience? For how long will that madness of yours elude even us? To what end does your unbridled madness toss itself about?  Does not the guards of the Palace at night, nor the night sentry of the city, nor the alarm of the people, nor this attack on the common good, nor this most secure location for the Senate to convene, nor the looks of those gathered here have any effect on you?  Do you not know that your plans have been uncovered?  Do you not see that your plans have been rendered powerless by the knowledge of all?  What did you do last night, where were you, which people did you summon, what plan did you hatch, which you assumed we did not know?-Cicero, in Catilinam Prima in Senatu Habita

  • Wombat_socho

     Okay, according to one of the commenters over at Moe’s place, what really happened is that some of the commenters didn’t take Ace seriously when he said “no death threats, no Internet heroism in the comments” but some of his regulars apparently thought he was joking. He wasn’t.  Our favorite Ewok is still blogging, only with a (forthcoming) tighter rein on the commenters.

  • Adobe_Walls

    And a characteristically long post about anger.

  • Bob Belvedere

    You should have your meds readjusted.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Agreed.  It was quite disappointing that Osama’s head wasn’t displayed on a pike.

  • Bob Belvedere

    ROTFLMAO – you’re funny.

  • MrPaulRevere

    Dianna, I reviewed it as well and it seems they are not required to list those who give grants and that includes the US Gov’mt. If grant money was available to him for this project (and it was) I would imagine he’d be all over it.There is a way to get to the bottom of this but I’m leery of discussing it here, too many eyes.

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