Posted on | June 29, 2012 | 78 Comments
‘Speedway Bomber’ Brett Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in 1981
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Brett Kimberlin will return to Montgomery County (Maryland) District Court this morning, seeking a peace order against a Virginia man who drove past Kimberlin’s home in Bethesda two weeks ago.
A convicted terrorist infamous as Indiana’s “Speedway Bomber,” Kimberlin has recently gained new notoriety for his efforts to silence bloggers who write about his criminal history. In October 2010, Kimberlin sued progressive blogger Seth “Socrates” Allen, who had complained about the activities of Velvet Revolution, a 501(c) non-profit co-founded by Kimberlin. Subsequently, Kimberlin has filed a series of legal complaints against Aaron Walker, a Virginia attorney and blogger, and has also threatened lawsuits against Mandy “Liberty Chick” Nagy and Patrick “Patterico” Frey.
Last month, Walker published a 28,000-word account describing how he says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him for assault. On May 29, Walker was briefly arrested after a Maryland court hearing in which Judge C.J. Vaughey ruled that Walker’s blogging constituted a violation of a peace order obtained by Kimberlin. Judge Vaughey’s ruling has been widely denounced as an infringement of First Amendment rights, and is being appealed in both Maryland and federal courts.
In his June 22 complaint against Norton, Kimberlin claims the Virginia man was “lurking” near Kimberlin’s Bethesda home June 15. Kimberlin says the man took photos of him and his daughter, resulting in a car chase as Kimberlin sought to get Norton’s license tag number.
Norton has responded to the accusation by seeking his own peace order against Kimberlin. In his filing, Norton states that he has never been on Kimberlin’s property and writes:
“I was shocked to read the false claims made by Mr. Kimberlin. . . .
“Mr. Kimberlin has a history of frivolous lawsuits to include one against a sitting U.S. senator. Additionally, he is a convicted perjurer.
“He has a history of using peace orders, then engineering a violation of the order by his target to get the target arrested.”
The Kimberlin-Norton case drew the attention of Walker because of Kimberlin’s claims that Norton was part of a conspiracy:
“Mr. Norton clearly has a relationship with Mr. Allen and Mr. Walker, and I firmly believe that Mr. Norton is or was conspiring with Aaron Walker or his client Seth Allen, or others acting on behalf of Aaron Walker, to stalk or harass me and place me and my family in fear.”
Walker has written about the Kimberlin-Norton case at his blog, Allergic to Bull. Numerous bloggers, journalists, broadcasters, legal scholars and organizations have rallied to Walker’s defense in the past six weeks, including bestselling author Michelle Malkin, Professor Glenn Reynolds, radio host Glenn Beck, Professor Eugene Volokh, the National Bloggers Club, Professor William Jacobson, the American Center for Law and Justice, and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.
Two special events have raised public awareness of Kimberlin’s threat to First Amendment rights. May 25 was declared “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” by blogger Lee Stranahan. June 8 was declared “National Day of Blogger Silence” by the award-winning conservative blogger known as Ace of Spaces.
Kimberlin’s legal actions against bloggers have been described as a form of “lawfare,” which is defined as “the illegitimate use of domestic or international law with the intention of damaging an opponent.”
Mark Singer noted in his 1996 book, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin, that during his years in federal prison Kimberlin became adept as a so-called “jailhouse lawyer,” filing more than 100 legal actions on his own behalf.
Kimberlin was convicted in 1981 of perpetrating a series of bombings that terrorized the small town of Speedway, Indiana. One of Kimberlin’s bombs blew up a police car, while another bomb — placed at a high school – badly maimed Carl DeLong, a Vietnam veteran. A major drug smuggler, Kimberlin could have been sentenced to as much as 230 years in federal prison, but was sentenced to 50 years and eventually served only 17 years of that sentence before being released in 2001.
In 2005, Kimberlin founded the tax-exempt 501(c)3 Justice Through Music Project, which has since collected some $1.8 million in contributions, including grants from a variety of progressive foundations. Kimberlin also co-founded (with liberal blogger Brad Friedman) the non-profit Velvet Revolution, which has gained publicity and raised money by making accusations of criminal wrongdoing against such public figures as GOP political strategist Karl Rove, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Kimberlin’s criminal accusations and lawsuits against his enemies are ironic in that Kimberlin is a convicted perjurer notorious for his dishonesty. A January 2007 Time magazine article noted that Kimberlin had “found a home in the blogosphere” by “repeatedly asserting as fact things that are not true.” Indianapolis Star reporter Joe Gelarden, who covered the Speedway bombing case more than 30 years ago, remarked in 2007:
“Brett Kimberlin is a terrorist. . . . I remember a few things about Brett that give me great pause. First, he was convicted of perjury – in federal court – before he got out of high school. Think about that for a moment.”
Kimberlin’s attempt to intimidate bloggers has also called attention to the phenomenon of “SWATting,” a dangerous hoax in which a fake 911 call results in a police raid on the home of a targeted person.
Mike Stack, a New Jersey man who played a role in the exposure of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s cybersex scandal, was SWATted in June 2011. A week later, Patrick Frey (who had written extensively about the Weiner case) was SWATted at his Los Angeles home. Red State editor Erick Erickson, who had written about the Kimberlin case, was SWATted last month, and Aaron Walker was SWATted Monday after he won a Maryland courtroom victory against Kimberlin. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Texas Rep. Kenny Marchant and more than 85 House Republicans called on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the SWATtings.
– Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown
- May 17: Is Democrat Operative Neal Rauhauser an ‘Associate’ of Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin? (And Why It Matters)
- May 17: Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Received $70,000 From Tides Foundation, $10,000 From Streisand, $20,000 from John Kerry’s Wife
- May 18: Who Warned Us About Brett Kimberlin?
- May 19: Domestic Terrorist Now Using ‘Lawfare’? Convicted Felon Kimberlin’s 501(c)3 Raised $1.8 Million in Six Years UPDATE: ‘Convicted of Perjury’
- May 20: Deadline Loometh, and the Raven Is Croaking Brett Kimberlin’s Name
- May 20: ‘Other Computer Savvy Activists’
- May 21: Never Doubt That God Answers Prayer
- May 22: Brett Kimberlin Saga Takes a Bizarre Turn, Forcing Me to Leave Maryland
- May 23: ‘He Has No F–king Soul’
- May 24: Lying Felon Can’t Stop Lying
- May 25: KimberlinFiles.org
- May 26: Kimberlin v. Walker Hearing Scheduled: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Rockville, Maryland
- May 27: Brett Kimberlin’s Heiress Aunt Helping Fund His Tax-Exempt Harassment
- May 27: ERICK ERICKSON GETS SWATTED
- May 28: Somebody Tell Nina Totenberg Her Buddy Brett Kimberlin Is Making News Again
- May 29: Matthew Vadum Talks Brett Kimberlin
- May 29: REPORT: Aaron Walker Arrested After Maryland Hearing on Kimberlin Case UPDATE: Walker Now Released
- May 31: Aaron Walker Court Hearing Confirms Kimberlin-Rauhauser Collaboration
- June 1: Radicals Justify Their Evil by Invoking Their Presumed Moral Superiority
- June 2: When Neal Rauhauser Complained About ‘Menacing’ and ‘Cyberstalking’
- June 3: The Profoundly Dishonest Brett Kimberlin
- June 3: Raw Story Disavows Ties to Kimberlin
- June 3: Inside Neal Rauhauser’s Twisted Mind
- June 4: ‘A Faint Whiff of Vigilante Hysteria’: Weinergate’s Kimberlin Connection
- June 5: Ali Akbar Says, ‘World War Three’
- June 5: Fear and Loathing on Capitol Hill: The GOP Caucus Is Decadent and Depraved
- June 6: Walker Files Appeal in Kimberlin Case; Ali Akbar Says: ‘We’re Not Stopping.’
- June 6: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Requests DOJ Investigate SWATting
- June 7: CNN Gets Scooped on Its Own Story UPDATE: ACLJ Joins the Fight!
- June 8: NATIONAL DAY OF BLOGGER SILENCE UPDATE: Remember Seth Allen
- June 8: @AceOfSpadesHQ BREAKS SILENCE: #BrettKimberlin’s Escalating Threat
- June 10: Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, and Their Transparent Empire of Lies UPDATE: ‘Anonymous’ Connection
- June 11: Florida Rep. Sandy Adams Leads 85 House Republicans in ‘SWATting’ Letter
- June 11: #BrettKimberlin Says He Was ‘SWATted’; Why Do Maryland Cops Say Otherwise?
- June 11: HUGE! Neal Rauhauser’s Vicious Lies Exposed by Yet Another Leaked E-Mail
- June 12: ‘Team Kimberlin’ Meltdown Continues
- June 13: A High Time on the Low Road: Smears Target Brett Kimberlin’s Enemies List UPDATE: SWATting Supect ID’d?
- June 13: Time to Ask: What Did Brett Kimberlin Know and When Did He Know It?
- June 14: Patterico: ‘Certain Big Media Reporters Are Scared to Write About Kimberlin’
- June 14: ‘Real Reporter’ @NYT_JenPreston vs. Blogger @Prepostericity (Seth Allen)
- June 14: Neal Rauhauser’s Online Slander Factory
- June 15: Neal Rauhauser’s Game Plan Involving Velvet Revolution and Anonymous
- June 16: Team Kimberlin’s Busted Hustle Now Beginning to Unravel Rapidly UPDATE: Perhaps Not a Coincidence
- June 17: ‘Scrubbed’ Writings Show Kimberlin Associate Neal Rauhauser’s Obsessions
- June 18: The Kimberlin Files: Ali Akbar, the Fight for Liberty and … a Disturbing Silence
- June 19: Neal Rauhauser’s Criminal Complaint Against Blogger Greg W. Howard
- June 19: Neal Rauhauser: Internet Super-Spy!
- June 20: ‘Persona Management’ for Wackjobs: Rauhauser’s Methods of Deception
- June 21: Recording: Leader of Anti-Limbaugh Effort Brags About Obama Campaign Ties
- June 21: ‘Iowa Boy,’ ‘Stranded Wind’ and the Sadistic Personality of Neal Rauhauser
- June 22: E-Mails Expose MSNBC Host’s Involvement in #StopRush Boycott
- June 22: BREAKING: Motion Filed Seeking Federal Injunction on Behalf of Blogger
- June 23: Imani Gandy, #StopRush and Neal Rauhauser: Confirmation and Credibility
- June 23: Neal Rauhauser’s Bizarre Suspicions, and Profiling the (Hypothetical) ‘UnSub’
- June 24: The Silence of Mark Singer; Also: Kimberlin v. Walker Hearing Monday
- June 25: UPDATED: Aaron Walker Granted Emergency Order in Maryland Hearing, Calls Ruling ‘Important Victory’
- June 25: Aaron Walker SWATted?
- June 26: Conspiracy Theorist ‘Qritiq’ Conspires Against Neal Rauhauser’s Targets
- June 26: #TCOT #BrettKimberlin #SWATting Important Event 9:30 p.m. ET Tonight!
- June 27: Professor Glenn ‘Exhibit E’ Reynolds
- June 27: ‘The Gaped Crusader’: Brett Kimberlin Associate Neal Rauhauser Stalked and Taunted SWATting Victim Patrick Frey