Posted on | June 26, 2012 | 21 Comments
FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
Somebody forwarded to me this e-mail announcement from Tabitha Hale of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Intergrity:
Tune in for tonight’s important webinar!
SWATtings and lawfare impact all of us. Our freedom to blog the truth is being compromised, and it’s our duty to fight back. Tonight, we’re hosting a webinar with Lee Stranahan, Mandy Nagy, and Aaron Worthing to discuss the tactics being used to silence bloggers and what is being done to fight back.
All the details are below — please register and help us tweet it out. Any help with promotion is a help.
Thanks for all you do. Keep fighting.
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June 26, 2012
For Immediate Release
Franklin Center Joins Lee Stranahan, Popehat, Aaron Worthing, Mandy Nagy And Others To Discuss Protection Of The Free Press
Tonight at 9:30pm EDT, The Franklin Center joins Lee Stranahan, Mandy Nagy, and last night’s SWATting victim Aaron Worthing on a webinar to discuss recent attacks on bloggers and the suppression of free speech.
Convicted domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin and his associates have repeatedly terrorized bloggers and others who highlight his story with over 100 frivolous lawsuits and 4 SWATting attacks. SWATting is a dangerous tactic that involves calling a police department to report a false crime to get a SWAT team dispatched to the victim’s house. The attacks have included bloggers Patterico, Erick Erickson, and as recently as last night, Aaron Worthing.
Yesterday, Rep. Sandy Adams of Florida and 87 cosigners sent another letter to AG Eric Holder urging investigation of costly SWATting tactics. In her statement, Adams said “SWAT-ting is quickly becoming a scare tactic used against political bloggers in an effort to stifle their First Amendment rights.”
Tabitha Hale, New Media Director at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Intergrity, says “These tactics are just appalling. A free press is essential to a free society, and attempts to silence those who are telling the truth are entirely unacceptable. We are glad to have a small part in the fight to protect the First Amendment by supporting victims of these attacks. We will always err on the side of free speech.”
Information on tonight’s webinar is below. Learn what is at stake and learn how to protect yourself and your act of journalism.
Title: Fighting for a Free Press
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Time: 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
Reserve your space at the following link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/630051426
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
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Everyone familiar with the phrase “Not Good Enough for BlogCon” understands why the New Media Director of the Franklin Center made damned sure that I cannot participate in this event.
However, given the enormous importance of the subject, I sincerely urge you to participate in this event, and also ask you to help promote participation on the largest scale possible.
Tell everybody you know: BE THERE!
Just because I’m persona non grata doesn’t mean you should be, too.
– Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown