June 8, 2012

Who Will Protect the Freedom to Blog? (Going Dark Today in Solidarity)

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:57 am

FreeSpeechTargetedKimberlin2012Michelle Malkin’s column today runs down the Brett Kimberlin-tied campaign of intimidation against those who are exercising their First Amendment rights as online journalists, analysts, and bloggers:

Investigative journalist/researcher Mandy Nagy, who blogs at the late Andrew Breitbart’s Internet media powerhouse Breitbart.com, dared to chronicle Kimberlin’s lucrative business and political ventures over the past two years. Kimberlin has a large hand in two well-funded outfits, Velvet Revolutionand the Justice Through Music Project, that have received funding from the likes of George Soros’s Tides Foundation and left-wing activist/singer Barbra Streisand. The charitable groups have viciously attacked prominent conservative individuals and groups, including Breitbart, investigative journalist James O’Keefe, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Nagy has been hounded relentlessly online and falsely accused of wild criminal conspiracies by Kimberlin associates for blowing the whistle on his shady online network.

After providing brief pro bono legal services to a liberal blogger who refused to whitewash Kimberlin’s past, conservative blogger and lawyer Aaron Walker lost his job. His employer was terrified by the thought of Kimberlin bombing his office and also fired Walker’s wife, who had worked for the same firm. Walker is embroiled in Kafkaesque, free speech-squelching litigation with serial lawsuit filer Kimberlin in Maryland. Last week, an inept judge who admitted abject ignorance about the Internet – and appalling apathy toward key, free-speech Supreme Court cases — essentially gagged Walker from exercising his First Amendment rights and blogging about Kimberlin. (AUDIO at Lee Strahanan’s. Transcripts at Patterico’s.) Kimberlin pulled off a snow job in court, bizarrely claiming that an independent online effort to support Walker and expose Kimberlin’s past amounted to a criminal terror campaign against him. Renowned constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA is providing pro bono help to appeal the order against Walker.

National Bloggers Club President Ali Akbar was targeted for spearheading charity efforts for Kimberlin targets; stalkers publicized his mother’s home, and Texas authorities are now investigating. Another conservative blogger who had the audacity to report on Walker’s plight, Robert Stacy McCain, was forced tomove out of his home last month after Kimberlin phoned his wife’s employer and intimidated his family.

Never in the eight years that I have worked as an independent blogger have I seen such a concerted threat to the fundamental right of citizen journalists to speak their minds freely and without fear of bodily harm. As former Justice Department official Christian Adams points out, it is a federal violation of 18 U.S.C. §241 to conspire to deprive someone of his “free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States.”

Members of Congress swore an oath to uphold the Constitution — all of it. Who means it?

Malkin and other bloggers, including Ace, has orchestrated a day of “Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?”

I will support it, for reasons which may become clearer when I make a too long-delayed announcement next week. Accordingly, this will be my last BizzyBlog post today until very late Friday evening.

The past two weeks have made it clear that center-right bloggers and their advocates are almost all alone on this. The establishment press won’t start caring until enough legislators speak out (and even that might not be enough), and left-oriented supposed guardians of basic freedoms like the ACLU are, as far as I can tell, totally AWOL.

Michelle’s list of who to contact:

GOP House Speaker John Boehner
Online contact form
Phone: (202) 225-0600
Fax: (202) 225-5117
Twitter

GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Web form
Phone: (202) 225-2815
Fax: (202) 225-0011
Twitter

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Web form
Phone: (202) 225-4965
Twitter

GOP Rep. Frank Wolf (Va.) – Ask him to investigate Kimberlin-related charities.
Phone: (202) 225-5136
Fax: (202) 225-0437
Twitter

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa
Web form
Phone: 202-225-3906
Fax: 202-225-3303
Twitter

US Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line – 202-353-1555
Email AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
Twitter

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Previous related posts are here.

ALSO, from Patterico — “Again, I will say: there are mainstream media journalists who are scared to write about this story. I do not say this lightly. I have been told this is the case.”

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  1. [...] silencing mankind. ~John Stuart Mill This site will be observing a day of no posting save this one in support of Aaron Walker. This thread will be open for commenting…on this topic or any other, however. [...]

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  2. SWATting is not a new phenom. If you will remember an Obama delegate in 2008 SWATted a Mormon group in Texas calling in a false child abuse report. The result of that false report caused CPS to illegally take over 400 children from their mothers only to later send them all back when it was discovered the initial report was false. It was essentially a case of mass kidnapping by State authorities.

    The point of that SWAT by Obama’s minion was to cast a bad light on Mormanism as a bank shot on Mitt Romney (a Mormon) who was running in the GOP primaries against McCain in 2008. Don’t you find it interesting that Democrats tried this Mormon bashing tactic again and backfired when they pulled the false moral equivalence of a Romney ancestor being a polygamist when in fact Obama’s father IS a practicing polygamist?

    Will Holder do anything about SWATting, not on your life. Democrats have a vested interest in government meddling in the affairs of individuals. Whether by hook or crook, Holder and his ilk believe the law is for their convenience because they are the LAW. It matters not how contact with the LAW is initiated as it justifies their involvement in your life. When the camel’s nose gets under the tent, your response should be to kick the camel firmly in the nose or at least throw a skunk on it.

    Note how the liberal judge used the false report to suspend constitutional rights trying gin up further charges of child abuse: http://www.dailypaul.com/51153/impeach-the-wicked-witch-of-west-texas-judge-barbara-walther-needs-to-be-fired-before-she-causes-more-irreparable-harm

    Time line of the YFZ Ranch raid: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700228439/Timeline-of-raid-on-FLDS-owned-YFZ-Ranch.html

    This MO is all too similar to the current case where Aaron Walker was then further charged with additional infractions when he understandably but inappropriately responded to the trampling of his civil rights. There is only one way to fend off these kind of false accusations when reaching the level of a court hearing, PUBLICITY shining the light of day on incompetent judges reflexively willy nilly signing protective orders with zero thought of their basis in reality. If you will remember the absurd SWATting of David Letterman with a Domestic Violence charge by a nutjob female claiming she was being stalked by Letterman through the TV set! It is only when judges believe they have been caught or are about to be seen in a negative light do they back pedal on their pro-forma signing of protective orders.

    SWATting is actually a long standing practice of liberals against individuals that only now is becoming to be recognized for what it is. I personally was SWATted back in 1997 when the police came to my door with a false report of domestic disturbance called in by a malicious neighbor. Both my (ex) wife and I at the time were sitting in the family room with the kids watching TV when this supposed disturbance took place. No action was taken by the police since my ex was similarly perplexed as I was and denied anything happened. Fortunately, a SWAT team wasn’t called but having the police show up at your door with accusations is definitely shocking and scary.

    But I save the best for last, guess who blogged about the Obama delegate who initiated the SWAT of the YFZ Ranch??? Guess, Guess….

    http://rsmccain.blogspot.com/2008/04/confirmed-shes-obama-delegate.html

    ROBERT STACY MCCAIN

    Connect the dots folks!

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    http://theothermccain.com/

    Comment by dscott — June 8, 2012 @ 11:43 am

  3. You sure did save the best for last.

    Comment by Tom — June 8, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

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