Online Armageddon


Somewhere between the time in October 2010 he threatened to sue Patrick Frey and the decision last week to make a similar threat toward Ali Akbar, Brett Kimberlin crossed a Rubicon of desperation and burned the bridge behind him. In the past three weeks, Kimberlin and his allies have escalated their deceitful war against conservative bloggers to the point that it cannot be ignored, and must now be fought to a conclusion with the entire political world watching.

A convicted perjurer and drug smuggler, Kimberlin became infamous as the “Speedway Bomber” who terrorized an Indiana town in 1978. Kimberlin somehow managed to secure a well-funded role in the progressive movement after being released from federal prison in 2001. Ten days ago, when I covered Kimberlin’s bizarre activities in an American Spectator column (“Terror by Any Other Name”), the director of the 501(c)3 non-profit Justice Through Music Project was just beginning to gain renewed attention. On May 25, a broad spectrum of conservative online activists joined together for “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” to call attention to Kimberlin’s harassment and intimidation of bloggers who wrote about his criminal history.

During his 17 years in federal custody, Kimberlin became a skillful “jailhouse lawyer,” filing more than 100 legal proceedings on his own behalf and, over the past two years, he has deployed those methods in a series of lawsuits and criminal accusations against his chosen targets. Another non-profit Kimberlin co-founded, Velvet Revolution, made headlines by offering rewards for evidence of wrongdoing by public figures including GOP strategist Karl Rove and U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue. And then a left-winger who used the alias “Socrates” began to speak out on a number of Internet forums, expressing his suspicion that Kimberlin and his Velvet Revolution partner, prominent liberal blogger Brad Friedman, were running a dishonest scam.

“Socrates,” it turned out, was an eccentric young Massachusetts resident named Sently took two dramatic turns that have made it much easier to understand:

At a May 29 hearing in Rockville, Maryland, a district court judge ruled in favor of Kimberlin in his dispute with Virginia lawyer Aaron Walker, who had provided legal assistance to Seth Allen. Not only did Judge C.J. Vaughey impose what amounted to a gag order on Walker — who is apparently forbidden to write or speak publicly about Kimberlin — but the police slapped the cuffs on Walker and hauled him to jail for having allegedly violated a previous court order. Within a few hours, Walker was freed on his own recognizance, but his arrest sparked widespread outrage.

Late last week, Kimberlin took aim at 26-year-old Ali Akbar, an influential young New Media professional who is president of the recently formed National Bloggers Club. Akbar pledged the Club’s support in defense of Walker, and last week an attorney for Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution sent a legal notice to Akbar, evidently in anticipation of a planned lawsuit. The notice from lawyer Kevin Zeese was clearly written with publicity value in mind, and declared that Akbar and his organization were to blame for “countless death threats … the release of massive amounts of false and defamatory information on to the Internet, and unleashed stalking and harassment” against “Velvet Revolution, Justice Through Music and their staff.”

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