The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | September 4, 2013 | 219 Comments

The following joint statement has been authorized:

Convicted felon Brett Kimberlin has filed a Maryland lawsuit naming bloggers Aaron Walker, W. J. J. Hoge, Robert Stacy McCain, National Bloggers Club President Ali A. Akbar and the anonymous blogger “Kimberlin Unmasked” as defendants.
The defendants believe that the suit is without merit and is part of Kimberlin’s continued effort to use lawfare to silence journalists and bloggers who have written about Kimberlin’s criminal past. The defendants will not be made available for comment until they have finished initial consultations their respective legal counsel.

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Media seeking comment may e-mail me (contact info is on the “about” page) and reporters who know my number can call, but as the statement says, I can make no comment for the record without advice of legal counsel. Of course, regular readers already know the Five Most Important Words in the English Language:




UPDATE: John Hoge has also published the statement. The suit was filed Aug. 30. An initial hearing has been scheduled Nov. 27 in Montgomery County Circuit Court, before Judge John W. Debelius III.

UPDATE II: Linked by Kathy Shaidle — thanks!

UPDATE III: Linked by Da Tech Guy — thanks!

UPDATE IV: The Lonely Conservative calls Brett Kimberlin “evil,” so maybe the Speedway Bomber will sue her for . . . accuracy.

UPDATE V: Linked by Matt Ross at Conservative Hideout — thanks!

UPDATE VI: Patterico has done some research:

A search of court records reveals the complaint is for “DEFAMATION, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.” It sounds like “accuse the accusers” on steroids, doesn’t it?
It will be fascinating to see how Kimberlin tries to assert that his reputation has been damaged — given that he has been convicted of setting off multiple bombs, one of which blew off a man’s leg, causing him to commit suicide. Doesn’t that tend to harm one’s reputation quite a bit more than stuff said by bloggers on the Internet?

No comment at this time.

UPDATE VII: Headline by Zilla of the Resistance:

Perpetually #ButtHurt Free Speech Hating
#ConvictedTerrorist #SpeedwayBomber
#BrettKimberlin Sues Bloggers — AGAIN

You forgot to mention “evil.”

UPDATE VIII: Welcome, Instapundit readers!

And, no, if “unwanted Internet attention” is your problem, trying to sue bloggers into silence is perhaps not a clever strategy. Maybe you could ask Charles Carreon about that.

UPDATE IX: Linked by Maetenloch in the AOSHQ Overnight Threadthanks! — and now a Memeorandum thread.

UPDATE X: Linked by Donald Douglas at American Power and by Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid — thanks!

UPDATE XI: Jeff Quinton reminds me of something I’d forgotten:

I previously blogged about Brett Kimberlin admitting to the sabotage of military equipment and a federal lawsuit that Walker filed against him.

Kimberlin sabotaged military equipment — he said so himself — but then again, Kimberlin is a perjurer, so maybe he made that up.

UPDATE XII: Linked by Evil Blogger Lady and Batshit Crazy News — thanks!




  1. MarkSKrikorian
    September 5th, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Never pick a fight with bloggers who buy bytes by the barrel:

  2. Pablo
    September 5th, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    But you can’t compel an out of state resident. Maryland has no jurisdiction over Virginians.

  3. slp
    September 5th, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Has anyone been served with the lawsuit? If so, someone should post a copy?

  4. cubanbob
    September 5th, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    I’m no lawyer and certainly not going to pretend to be one but assuming all of you collectively can afford to do so perhaps you should consider suing him & company plus those who finance them collectively in federal court (in your district). I’m sure the record from all of his & co. other lawsuits should provide a target rich environment. And the discovery would be most interesting to say the least and his financial backers wouldn’t want their association with him exposed along with the possibility of being hit for damages.

  5. SDzzz
    September 5th, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    Kimberlin Sues Bloggers:

  6. Quartermaster
    September 5th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Gluttony? Not as skinny as he was.

  7. Quartermaster
    September 5th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    That’s the whole point.

  8. Quartermaster
    September 5th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    If you don’t show, you lose by default and the awards are enforceable across state lines.

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  10. Judge_Burgess
    September 6th, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    Convicted felon Brett Kimberlin suing bloggers for mentioning his criminal past.

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