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The Kimberlin Files: Ali Akbar, the Fight for Liberty and … a Disturbing Silence

Posted on | June 18, 2012 | 71 Comments


“If Rauhauser and Kimberlin aren’t under investigation by the FBI yet, why not?”
Robert Stacy McCain, June 4, 2011

During the Right Online conference, National Bloggers Club president Ali Akbar was interviewed by Christina Corbin of Fox News:

“What they’re clearly trying to do is dampen down free speech, but it goes beyond that — it’s putting people’s physical safety in jeopardy,” said Ali Akbar, who heads a group called the National Bloggers Club made up of conservative online writers.
Akbar told that he believes he is a target after he claims his mother’s home address in Texas was posted on various Internet sites to “incite someone crazy on the fringe left to do something absolutely awful to one of us for what we’re talking about.”

(Via Memeorandum.) There is a limit to what can be accomplished by defensive measures to protect against such dangerous intimidation tactics. We have seen in the cases of Seth Allen, Mike Stack, Patrick “Patterico” Frey and Aaron Walker that courts and law enforcement agencies have repeatedly failed to take appropriate action against the thugs who seek to stifle First Amendment freedoms. Indeed, in the May 29 Maryland hearing that exemplified the bizarre success of Brett Kimberlin’s abusive “lawfare” tactics, Aaron Walker was arrested ! — on the basis of dishonest claims made by Kimberlin who, among other things, is a convicted perjurer.

Mike Stack and Patterico were both SWATted nearly a year ago, and yet no arrests have been made in those cases. Patterico demonstrates that he was being harassed on Twitter in September 2011 by Neal Rauhauser’s associates who made specific references to SWATting before Patterico had ever made public mention of having been SWATted.

The FBI knows all about this, and yet they refuse to act.

Patterico has clearly identified those whom he suspects of complicity. Has the FBI inquired with Twitter to find out who was behind the “LulzShack” handle in August 2011? Or who was behind the “Stormpedo” Twitter handle in September 2011?

We are at the point of the story where, if this was a TV crime drama, the detectives would have the suspects locked in a room, confronting them with the evidence and interrogating them for 14 consecutive hours until they cracked.

Is the FBI incompetent? Or — I hesitate to suggest this — has the Justice Department become so corrupted that even the FBI’s hard-won reputation for integrity has been compromised?

This is why Neal Rauhauser’s repeated boastings about his contacts in the FBI disturb me. We know that Rauhauser is a liar and a braggart, but what if he’s actually telling the truth about his cozy relationship with law enforcement? What if the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have actually bought into Rauhauser’s deceptions?

Perish the thought. I have spoken to at least three people who say they have talked to the FBI about what is, supposedly, an ongoing investigation of these matters. These people tell me to be patient, and assure me that the FBI is doing their best. But if they’re doing their best, how to explain the lack of action? 

We know that Rauhauser was in contact with Brett Kimberlin and Velvet Revolution by the summer of 2011. We know that Rauhauser (under his “Stranded Wind” alias) posted a series of items at Daily Kos targeting Patterico for his writings about Anthony Weiner:

On July 27, 2011, Rauhauser declared that Patterico “looks to be a pretty good candidate for the planner/operator behind Weinergate.”

We know that, when Rauhauser reached out to leaders of the “Occupy Boston” protests in September 2011, he made the connection through Gregg Housh, who was a partner of  “Anonymous” spokesman Barrett Brown, who was raided by the FBI earlier this year in connection with the “Lulzsec” hacking conspiracy. We know that Rauhauser boasted about his connections to “a very big dog from the Anonymous pen” in October 2011. We know that Rauhauser has written extensively about his methods of online deception and secrecy.

Readers who have carefully followed my “Kimberlin Files” coverage for the past month — since the May 17 post, “Is Democrat Operative Neal Rauhauser an ‘Associate’ of Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin? (And Why It Matters)” — know all of these things and, if FBI agents were seriously investigating the case, then the investigators must know all these things, too.

Reporters are not cops and I’ve sometimes cautioned that bloggers should resist the urge to “play detective,” putting the cart of conclusions before the horse of facts, seeking “evidence” to support their own idiosyncratic theories of suspected wrongdoing. A lot of the confusion over WeinerGate resulted from bloggers like the idiotic Tommy Christopher trying to “play detective” and being led on futile, deceptive wild-goose chases.

Just stick to the facts. Do your job — keep digging in on the story and keep readers informed of new developments — and trust that the cops and other authorities will also do their jobs.

People have asked me if I have talked to the FBI or if I plan to sue anybody about the harassment that I’ve had to deal with. No and no.

All I want to do is keep reporting the story. If the FBI wants to talk to me, they can get my personal cell-phone number from some of the sources I’ve interviewed who say they have been talking to the FBI for weeks and months about this case. As for lawsuits, I long ago decided it was the best policy to heed the advice of Andrew Jackson’s mother:

“Never tell a lie, nor take what is not your own, nor sue anybody for slander, assault and battery. Always settle them cases yourself.”

Lest that historic wisdom be cited as a violent “threat” by Kimberlin and Rauhauser — a couple of lying, cowardly punks who love to deceive fools by claiming victimhood — let me say that telling the truth is the means by which I intend to settle this case.

As Professor Glenn Reynolds accurately remarked, I am not intimidated, which is what Kimberlin sought to do when he contacted my wife’s employer, dishonestly claimed that I was “harassing” him, and made clear that he knew where I lived.

At that point, in my first post from an Undisclosed Location, I asked for intercessory prayer, entrusting my safety and the safety of my family to the Lord of Hosts. And I also trusted that the tip-jar hitters would come through, contributing enough to the Shoe Leather Fund to keep me on this story and relocate my family. God has answered those prayers and I am profoundly grateful for the continued support of readers.

Years ago, when I was still in college, I took a Trailways bus ride to Charlottesville,, Virginia, to visit a girlfriend. And while I was in Charlottesville, I insisted on visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, where I wanted to see with my own eyes something I’d only ever read about in books. Jefferson wrote his own epitaph, and so I wanted to go see his gravestone, which doesn’t even mention the fact that he was president. Instead, as I knew, Jefferson wished to be known for three accomplishments: Writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, and authoring the Virginia statute for religious freedom.

That last accomplishment does not seem, at first glance, to rank in significance with the first two. We can understand Jefferson’s pride in authoring the Declaration, and the founding of a state university is an important achievement, but . . . a mere state law? Why would Jefferson insist that this be inscribed on his tombstone, to the neglect of the many high offices he had held, including Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State, and President?

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself … she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”

Truth is great and will prevail. This expresses a faith in the truth, and in the ability of ordinary people to understand the truth, that is almost in itself a religious belief. Jefferson has at times been excoriated (or praised) as a Deist and skeptic, yet I think no Bible-believing Christian could quarrel with his belief in the insuperable power of truth, for the Christian must firmly believe that the truth of God must ultimately triumph over Satan’s lies.

Knowing the power of truth, then, I call to the reader’s attention an interesting bit of information from Mark Singer’s 1996 book, Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin (pp. 35-36):

Until the children hit adolescence, Carolyn [Kimberlin] took them to Sunday services at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Brett was confirmed there, along with his brothers and sister, but he had no faith.
Brett: “I was the only one who wouldn’t pray. . . . I went to Sunday school and learned the Lord’s Prayer and stuff, but I felt totally alienated from this fraud. From the age of six, I didn’t buy into it at all.”

While I am troubled by the disturbing silence from the FBI’s investigation, I have reason to suspect that this silence is even more troubling — one might say, ominous — for Brett Kimberlin and his associates. And given that he has disavowed God since childhood, there is no one to whom Kimberlin can now pray for deliverance. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown







71 Responses to “The Kimberlin Files: Ali Akbar, the Fight for Liberty and … a Disturbing Silence”

  1. Adjoran
    June 19th, 2012 @ 12:55 am

     In addition to the accomplishments previously cited, Jefferson had also served as Ambassador to France, our most powerful ally in the critical early years of the Republic.  And his grid design was adopted for many Midwestern towns and cities with modifications. 

    But he also just disregarded the Constitution and division of powers completely when he made the Louisiana Purchase – because the deal was just too good to pass up.

  2. Pathfinder's wife
    June 19th, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    Maybe, or maybe it’s coming.   

    June 19th, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    Holder won’t allow prosecution of the left.  Simple as that — no one on the right is to be protected.

  4. Robbins Mitchell
    June 19th, 2012 @ 4:23 am

    Anybody on here got Kimberlin’s current residency address?…there might be a way to settle this…I’ll just go there and butt fuck him with a nice cattle prod till he cums like the bitch that he is….then just tell the truth about it all over the blogosphere

  5. FOAF
    June 19th, 2012 @ 4:55 am

    C’mon, you can do better than that, Neal.  Too obvious.

  6. Bob Belvedere
    June 19th, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    And let us not forget that he was an enthusiastic supporter of The French Revolution – the first of many Leftist horrors unleashed on the world.

  7. Pablo
    June 19th, 2012 @ 8:31 am

     Swatting is not the internet.

  8. JeffS
    June 19th, 2012 @ 9:20 am

     I believe I mentioned bureaucratic indifference earlier.  Others have alluded to it as well.  So, yeah, it’s possible that the FBI doesn’t care.  That doesn’t mean people can’t say that the FBI should care. 

    I also mentioned OPSEC…… as a plausible explanation.  As did others.

    Because no one really knows why the FBI is silent.  Because the FBI isn’t talking.  As some people have noted.  Others have wondered why the FBI isn’t acting, in the sense that “the government needs to do something”, an all-too-common response to a complex problem.  That’s been a significant meme throughout this thread.

    The point being, don’t be slapping that virtual paintbrush around, trying to make people look like a bunch of armchair agents.  That is happening, but not on the scale you suggest.

  9. JeffS
    June 19th, 2012 @ 9:21 am

     Another effing troll.  Yawn.

  10. Second Timothy
    June 19th, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?  Really, another attempted woost?  What a sad little world you live in.  

  11. Garym
    June 19th, 2012 @ 9:39 am


  12. Second Timothy
    June 19th, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I would suggest that Kimberlin (and team Kimberlin) have a pathological hatred for anyone connected with law enforcement 
    Seems unlikely – they see LEOs as yet another tool in their bag of tricks.  

  13. Rob Crawford
    June 19th, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Yeah, sure. Keep telling yourself this is a bi-partisan problem.
    That’ll help solve it.

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  15. Pathfinder's wife
    June 19th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    Mark Shurtleff and Johanna Quinones…don’t know how accurate the accusations are, but they are floating out there, and they have been somewhat reported on.

    Is what it is, no matter what.

  16. robertstacymccain
    June 19th, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Wombat will be instructed to delete comments like this one by “Robbins Mitchell,” and to IP ban repeat offenders.

  17. Quartermaster
    June 19th, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I don’t know of anyone that accuses Atheists of not living ethical lives. What the question has always been, on the other hand, is the foundation of those ethics. Consequently, it can’t be said that Kimberlin, and others like him, do not live ethical lives. They simply have their own system that clashes with those we inherited as a result of the Protestant Reformation and the much earlier Christian revolution.

  18. Quartermaster
    June 19th, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    And here I missed all the fun. If only I didn’t have a life and could spend more time here 8^)

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