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The Silence of Mark Singer; Also: Kimberlin v. Walker Hearing Monday

Posted on | June 24, 2012 | 13 Comments

Three years ago, progressive blogger Seth Allen was in communication with Mark Singer, whose 1996 book Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin, had exposed Kimberlin as pathologically dishonest — a “top-flight con man,” as a reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly put it.

A February 2009 e-mail exhange published by Allen shows that Singer was approached by investigative reporter Joe Lauria, who was impressed by Allen’s writing under his “Prepostericity” pseudonym. Lauria wrote to Singer that Allen had “emerged as a player” by exposing the falsehoods promoted by Kimberlin’s tax-exempt 501(c) non-profit Velvet Revolution. Kimberlin was threatening to sue Singer for his alleged involvement with Allen and Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck.

Arnebeck had supported Kimberlin’s claims that Republicans “stole” the 2004 election by rigging the vote in Ohio, but there was a subsequent falling-out between the two. Sources have told me that Arnebeck suspected Kimberlin of financial wrongdoing.

For some reason, it appears Lauria never wrote anything about Kimberlin or Velvet Revolution, and Singer has remained silent for more than three years, even while Kimberlin has waged an escalating war of harassment against bloggers, including Allen.

Monday morning, there will be a hearing in Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court on an appeal by attorney/blogger Aaron Walker, who was arrested last month after he was accused of violating a peace order obtained by Kimberlin.

UPDATE: Walker will be represented by attorney Reginald W. Bours III at Monday’s hearing at Circuit Court (Judicial Center, 50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850). David Hogberg of Investors Business Daily reported Friday that Bours has filed an emergency motion in Circuit Court seeking “a partial stay or a modification of Kimberlin’s peace order that would in effect lift the peace order until the Appeals Court hears the case on July 5th.”

In a May 29 ruling that outraged First Amendment activists, District Court Judge C.J. Vaughey effectively imposed a gag order that prevents Walker from writing or speaking about Kimberlin.

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UPDATE II: Aaron Walker became a target of Kimberlin’s “lawfare” strategy after Walker offered volunteer legal assistance to Seth Allen. In October 2010, Kimberlin sued Allen, who had been criticizing Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution (whose director is blogger Brad Friedman) in a variety of liberal Web forums, including Democrat Underground. Allen blames Friedman and former Raw Story reporter Larisa Alexandrovna for getting him banned at DU and other sites, including Daily Kos.

Walker had been a co-blogger at the Patterico blog, whose proprietor Patrick Frey had written critically of Kimberlin. The escalating legal conflict, driven by Kimberlin’s efforts to silence his online crtitics, resulted in Walker publishing on May 17 a 28,000-word blog post entitled, “How Brett Kimberlin Tried to Frame Me for a Crime (And How You Can Help!).”

In addition to his appeal in Maryland state courts, Walker has filed for an emergency preliminary injunction in federal court.

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13 Responses to “The Silence of Mark Singer; Also: Kimberlin v. Walker Hearing Monday”

  1. Serr8d
    June 24th, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    Slightly OT; a couple developments on our buddy “Shoq”:
    1) He blogged about his father’s war record, back in 2011…

    2) An absolute match to Harold M. Edelstein. His father’s obit, dated 1982…
    Seems “shoq” has been uncovered.

    All that blown smoke about “I’m NOT MATT EDELSTEIN!” proven false; h/t that strange Lefty Twitter account, “farleftofright”,  that’s been dogging him for weeks now.

    Why did this happen, you ask? Why would anyone bug such a nice guy?


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  3. peep
    June 24th, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    I am still slogging thru Citizen K. I wish you well AARON. BRETT VR money trail MUST be followed and exposed

  4. SPQR9
    June 24th, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    Its easy to speculate why we’ve seen or heard little from Singer, given Kimberlin’s predilection for harassment and threats.  But its speculation so far.

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 25th, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    Thank you Stacy for fighting the good fight.  

    Good luck to Aaron Walker tomorrow.  Hopefully justice prevails.  

    I linked to RSM on this.

  6. Jaybatman78
    June 25th, 2012 @ 12:10 am
  7. GlenWishard
    June 25th, 2012 @ 1:12 am

     Very interesting, but not yet conclusive.  Harold Edelstein’s obit does not name the Bombardment Group that he was in – nor does it mention a DFC – and Harold Edelstein is not the most uncommon name in the world.  So we must turn to th’ innernets, and radar, and sonar, and smoke signals, and Vaughey’s Cranial Voices …

    Shoq’s description of his father’s service is very cagy.  He certainly omits the date and target of the mission for which he was awarded the DFC, and he blanks out ALL the names of the men in the photo, CIA-style, so as eliminate clues to his secret identity.

    I am unable to locate a DFC award for anyone named Edelstein.  Such lists as exist in cyberspace are maintained by veteran’s groups and the DFC Society, and though some of them claim to be 99% complete they are not comprehensive.

    I happen to know a little bit about the great 96th BG, who were called the Snetterton Falcons after their base at Snetterton Heath (there is a magnificent monument to them there).   Some old email contacts might yield more information. 

  8. Stogie Chomper
    June 25th, 2012 @ 1:14 am

    I received my copy of “Citizen K” today and read the first 22 chapters.  Fascinating!  Brett Kimberlin’s criminal past is amazing.

  9. Adjoran
    June 25th, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    Even though the filing is an “emergency” motion, the Court does not necessarily have to rule on it immediately, although typically such decisions aren’t delayed for long, perhaps a day or two.  But the law is pretty clear in this case, and not just 1st Amendment case law, either – the Maryland statute specifically exempts speech activities from peace orders.

    So I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see an immediate grant of relief for Aaron.

    It will also be interesting to see if Kimberlin bothers to show up.  Nobody better try to take his picture outside, though, I hear he hates that.

  10. bob_loblaw_law_blog
    June 25th, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    Wait, I was expecting some news about the long awaited  Beastmaster 4 sequal.

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