Conservative monthly The American Spectator has sold out on the one principle that every publisher must hold sacred: freedom of the press.
It’s confirmed. As part of a legal settlement, The American Spectator removed all references to leftist activist, serial litigator and convicted felon Brett Kimberlin.
The first hint of this was published by WJJ Hoge on September 10th, whose headline characterized Kimberlin’s Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice. Hoge, like me and about twenty other people and organizations-including Breitbart.com, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Aaron Worthing, and more-have been sued by Brett Kimberlin in federal court.
Kimberlin’s claim is that we’re all part of a criminal conspiracy to defame him. He’s suing us using RICO statues that were developed to prosecute organized crime. It’s obviously absurd.
The American Spectator was one of the defendants, as well. No more. Now they’ve collapsed like a cheap card table after Michael Moore does a belly flop on it.
This is one of the most shameful chapters in the long history of the Brett Kimberlin Saga: a conservative publication caved to Brett Kimberlin’s demand to memory hole him.
Go see for yourself. Search for “Kimberlin” and you’ll get nothing. Not a single reference to his name.
The American Spectator granted Mr. Kimberlin his wish and removed every single mention of his. Articles like (ironically) this one
Want to read that article about the threat to Free Speech Rights?
You can’t. The American Spectator is denying your access.
Why aren’t you allowed to read this or anything else about Brett Kimberlin on the American Spectator site?
Of course, they don’t explain.
I’m not mad because I was a co-defendant in a lawsuit with The American Spectator. I don’t think their settlement impacts my case in any way.
I’m mad because removing completely accurate material about a valid story under the threat of a bogus lawsuit is wrong. There’s no larger game at play here. This wasn’t a tactical retreat.
The Spectator SETTLED with Brett Kimberlin.
Hang your head in shame, American Spectator. You deserve to be shunned.
But first, The American Spectator deserves a reminder of the First Amendment.
Here’s the contact form for The American Spectator.
Let them know if you approve of their decision to deny you access to previously published material about Brett Kimberlin.
This post is for busy people who may have heard a little about Brett Kimberlin but may not totally understand exactly who he is or what it true or not true about him
This post is for independent people who want to make up their own minds.
It’s for honest people who want to find as objective a set of facts as they can find.
It doesn’t matter what your political beliefs are.
Brett Kimberlin recently sued 20 different people and organizations. I’m one of the people he’s suing. Others include top conservative personalities and writers including Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin .
A lot of conservatives have written about the Brett Kimberlin story, as a quick Google search will show you. It’d take hours and hours to dig through all the stories. This is partly my fault, because I had an idea called Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day. A virtual army of conservatives did their own research and wrote about him.
Ignore them all for now.
With just two (2) links, you can learn a lot about Brett Kimberlin. In fact, just one of the links may be all you need. It wouldn’t take you more than a few minutes. Neither one is from a conservsative blogger.
Read them, consider the sources and make up your own mind.
[note note_color=”#b6fc8c”]Link #1 : The Kimberlin v. DeWalt decision. Link #2 : Reporting on the Indianapolis Star.[/note]
If you only have time to read ONE thing, read this: Kimberlin v. DeWalt.
It’s a court ruling from 1998 and goes into a fair amount of detail about Brett Kimberlin and his history. It’s a legal ruling, written by the appeals court judges.
You’ll see in Kimberlin v. DeWalt.:
- Brett Kimberlin has a number of convictions for criminal conduct including drug dealing and a series of bombings.
- One result of Kimberlin’s bombing that a man named Carl DeLong , who had one leg blown off. Later, DeLong committed suicide.
- DeLong’s widow was awarded a civil judgment.
- Kimberlin, mostly acting as his own attorney, began a series of lawsuits against the widow, witnesses, and anyone else he could.
- After released from prison, Kimberlin was sent back in 1997 for refusing to the obey the parole commision’s order he pay the widow.
- His parole officer said Brett Kimberlin failed to “indicate any concern or empathy for the victim.”
[note radius=”10″]Summary Takeaway from Kimberlin v. DeWalt : Brett Kimberlin is a violent criminal who files meritless lawsuit after meritless lawsuit against people he sees as his enemy. This isn’t a person who turned over a new leaf. He was as agressively unrepentant about his crimes in 1998 as he is today. [/note]
The next link is original news reporting that goes into greater detail on Kimberlin’s crimes from the Indianapolis Star newspaper. What Kimberlin did is actually much worse than you see from the DeWalt ruling.
You’ll learn from the Indianapolis Star newspaper:
- Kimberlin was a large quantity drug dealer who had a drug gang that imported thousands of pounds of marijuana. When they were caught had a cache of weapons.
- A woman named Julia Scyphers was worried about Kimberlin having an inappropriate relationship with her pre-teen granddaughter.
- Julia Scyphers was murdered by someone identified in court as an associate of Kimberlin’s.
- Shortly after the murder, Kimberlin began his bombing spree.
- Kimberlin wanted to kill witnesses against him and the prosecutor.
[note radius=”5″]Summary Takeaway from Indy Star Reporting : Brett Kimberlin is both extremely dangerous and highly vindictive. [/note]
Do these sources seem credible to you?
Brett Kimberlin is currently suing people for reporting on exactly the facts you see in that court filing and from the Indy Star.
By filing his newest lawsuit, Kimberlin is doing exactly what he’s always done for over 30 years: trying to destory people who he sees as his enemies, legally or otherwise.
Now Go Read Some Of The Conservative Bloggers
Interested in reading more?
Here are a few suggestions – head to their sites and do a search for Kimberlin for a wealth of information.
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Here’s an excellent piece quoting from the book Citizen K about Brett Kimberlin.
In a comment on this post about Brett Kimberlin and Neal Rauhauser contacting the venue for the upcoming Blog Bash, constant Kimberlin / Raushauser apologist and @Shoq loyalist Matt Osborne said:
Of course, all of this hoopla depends on the “sources” being correct about the caller’s identity. So riddle me this, Lee: do the staff at the venue know the voice of the caller well enough to identify them? If someone claims to be me and leaves my phone number, does that mean I actually called? I say this just another false flag “harassment” nontroversy your gang created so they can feel brave and justified.
Your objection is noted, Mr. Osborne. Is anyone denying that Brett Kimberlin and Neal Rauhauser called except you?
Violent convicted felon Brett Kimberlin and his crew are trying to stir up Muslims to protest the Blog Bash as part of a long pattern of intimidation against conservatives and especially Aaron Walker. It’s “concern trolling” however, because the VelevetRevolution.us organization that Brett Kimberlin co-founded with Brsd Friedman is explicitly secular.
It’s a transparently cynical and truly Islamaphobic attempt to used third parties to do Brett Kimberlin’s dirty work for him.
As R.S. McCain explains:
Wednesday night, (Breitbart Unmasked writer) “Texas Tim” (believed to be Brett Kimberlin or Neal Rauhauser) criticized “these dumbass blog awards lionizing and nominating the worst scum of the earth,” falsely claiming that Blog Bash was “not welcome at CPAC,” and making this interesting claim to advance knowledge:
“[W]e know that the new venue for BlogBash will be contacted by major Muslim organizations to cancel the BlogBash event because Ali and BlogBash supported Aaron Walker, the publisher of the Everyone Draw Mohammed blog.”
Thursday morning, Kimberlin himselfcontacted the venue and, according to sources, was “raving like a lunatic” on the phone and angrily told the venue manager that he would “put you guys out of business” for hosting Blog Bash
However, this is another example of Brett Kimberlin’s concern trolling; pretending to care about an issue in order to try and hurt his enemies. The VelvetRevolution.us says clear that Kimberlin’s group is a secular organization.