Posted on | March 7, 2013 | 21 Comments
‘Speedway Bomber': Criminal terrorist Brett Kimberlin was convicted in 1981
Guests and sponsors of the fourth annual “Blog Bash” have been harassed by associates of convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin, the event’s organizer said Thursday.
Kimberlin associate Neal Rauhauser reportedly contacted the party’s venue Wednesday attempting “to gather information about Blog Bash, knowing that all of us will be in one room for the first time ever,” National Bloggers Club president Ali Akbar said in a report.
The caller “tried scaring” the venue’s staff, said Akbar: “This is harassment and nothing short of a threat.”
Since its inception in 2010, Blog Bash has grown to become the biggest private party at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). At last year’s event, New Media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart was recognized with the “Changing the Narrative” Award, the only journalism award he received during his lifetime. This year, the National Bloggers Club has renamed the award in honor of Breitbart, who died less than a month after being honored at Blog Bash.
The targeting of Blog Bash by Kimberlin is hardly coincidental. Andrew Breitbart himself warned before his death that “convicted domestic terrorist” Kimberlin and Kimberlin’s associates “need exposure.”
Kimberlin’s tax-exempt organization Velvet Revolution had called for criminal prosecution of James O’Keefe III and Hannah Giles for their 2009 video exposé of the left-wing group ACORN, which catapulted Bretibart’s online news operation into national headlines.
In October 2010, Breitbart published an account by Mandy Nagy (“Liberty Chick”) documenting Kimberlin’s criminal history as Indiana’s “Speedway Bomber.” In 1981, Kimberlin was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for his crimes, but was released after serving only 17 years. By 2005, Kimberlin had formed two non-profit “progressive” groups that between them have since collected more than $2 million in donations, including substantial grants from foundations associated with George Soros, Barbra Streisand and the family of Theresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
Neal Rauhauser, a former Democrat political consultant, apparently joined forces with Kimberlin’s organizations in mid-2011, after Breitbart helped expose the sex scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Rauhauser had become obsessed with the conspiracy theory that Weiner was the victim of a hacking hoax. In fall 2011, Rauhauser represented himself as an agent of Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution group in communications with organizers of the “Occupy” anti-banking protests. Rauhauser and Kimberlin have accompanied each other to court appearances, and Rauhauser’s specialty as an online troublemaker has been a major part of the controversy that resulted in “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” last May.
The National Bloggers Club’s defense of bloggers targeted by Kimberlin and Rauhauser has now apparently made the Club’s annual Blog Bash a new target:
My Blog Bash staff and I have been monitoring their online chatter for weeks now. They’ve harassed our sponsors, tried hacking into our personal Twitter and Facebook accounts, and now they’re trying to stop the National Bloggers Club from hosting our annual gathering of bloggers, Blog Bash.
Team Kimberlin just doesn’t get it. They’ve run up against a wall of bloggers who are determined to keep at the story until they’ve been brought to justice.
UPDATE II: Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid:
We will not be silenced. We will continue to fight for the truth. And we will have a great celebration of Blogging next Thursday night.
Want to piss them off? Donate a few bucks to the National Bloggers Club today.
UPDATE III: Jackie Wellfonder says, “WAR!”
I think this is a huge mistake on their part, if you try to go after the odd blogger here and there online it’s pretty easy to convince a judge that it’s just some internet squabble.
However when you are harassing the organizers and venue of an event that draws significant guests from the political world and said event is held at a DC venue with some gravitas that’s a different story.