Threats, Guns, Lawsuits, and other hazards of Blogging

I honestly haven’t been keeping up with this like I should, but I gotta tell ya: this is scary stuff.


This isn’t a prank. A prank is convincing your brother that a monster actually DOES live in the closet. A prank is tying up someone’s house in surveyor’s tape (…not that I would ever do such things….).

Convincing a SWAT team that I just gunned down my wife, am still armed and very dangerous is NOT a prank. Considering all of the things that could have potentially gone wrong in that scenario, that is a de facto attempt on someone’s life.

After Fox News covered it a week ago, finally decided to cover this, as well:

A number of conservative bloggers allege they have been targeted through the use of harassment tactics such as SWAT-ting (fooling 911 operators into sending emergency teams to their homes), in retaliation for posts they have written, and now Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., has stepped into the matter. He has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to investigate the SWAT-ting cases to see if federal laws have been violated.

“Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse. Those who choose to enter into that political discourse should not have to worry about potential threats to their or their family’s safety,” Chambliss wrote in the letter.

The entire article is fairly long, so I’ll just link to it again and borrow another small section:

But several conservative bloggers have been vocal about who they believe is responsible for the SWAT-tings and other forms of harassment — Brett Kimberlin, a man who was convicted of a series of bombings in Speedway, Indiana in the 1980s and made headlines in 1988 when he claimed to have once sold marijuana to then-vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle.

Kimberlin, who is now the director of a non-profit organization called Justice Through Music, told ABC News that he did not commit or ask anyone to conduct the SWAT-ting hoaxes that were perpetrated against Erickson and Frey.

“Of course not, it’s ridiculous.  It’s totally irresponsible for them to even say this,” Kimberlin told ABC News.   “There is no truth to anything about the SWAT-ting.”

But some conservative bloggers contend Kimberlin and his associates are responsible for other forms of harassment as well.  Robert Stacy McCain, a contributor to the American Spectator and founder of The Other McCain Blog, wrote about Kimberlin, and shortly after, his wife’s place of employment received a phone call from Kimberlin accusing McCain of harassment.  Based on Kimberlin’s ability to find his wife’s employer, McCain became concerned Kimberlin also knew the location of his home, so the McCain family relocated to an undisclosed location.

“If I was going to continue doing this story, I couldn’t do it from my home,” McCain told ABC News. ”This kind of intimidation — it’s a threat to protected first amendment expression.”

Does anyone other than me have the first 15 minutes of ‘When A Stranger Calls’ running through their head right now?

It gets worse:

Ali Akbar, the president of the National Blogger’s Club, an organization established to support bloggers, recently was targeted by an anonymous website which posted the address of his mother’s home in Forth Worth, Texas, along with a picture of the house. Akbar and other bloggers believe the website, “Breitbart Unmasked,” is linked to Kimberlin.

The National Blogger’s Club recently started a relief fund to help ease the financial woes of bloggers who are undergoing lawsuits, including one lawsuit by Kimberlin against blogger Aaron Walker, and Akbar believes the anonymous post of his mother’s home address was a response to the creation of this fund.

“They decided to take this from a discussion about me trying to help some members of my club, and they tried to disable us,” Akbar said.

Why is it that leftists always go this route? Unions, Occupy, the Greenie-weanies and now these freaks: they don’t want to discuss anything. “The science is settled“, …even when it’s not. “This is what Democracy looks like“….except when they lose. And now this.

Bottom line: they just want you to shut up. The side that calls itself non-judgmental, tolerant, and open-minded….wants you to shut up. You, yes YOU, with all of your dissenting opinions, “facts” and “logic”….shut up, shuttin’ up. Now, please.

But you know what?

Ain’t gonna happen.

9 responses to “Threats, Guns, Lawsuits, and other hazards of Blogging

  1. When your side is bereft of any substantive ideas, when your side’s arguments have a tenuous connection—if any—to reality, when your only aim is to maintain and increase your grip on power BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY, you resort to things like this.

    Some of the stuff leftists do to public/political figures (and get away with) is bad enough. There were already calls Wednesday for the assassination of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and years ago there were the TV “Snipers Wanted” “joke” and an entire movie premised on the assassination of Pres. George W. Bush. Sarah Palin and her entire family were similarly targeted (am I allowed to say that?), and I’m sure there are many more examples I’m not recalling this morning.

    But when you start targeting private citizens just for speaking their mind, you’ve not only crossed the line, you’ve clearly demonstrated that you maintain no semblance of decency or morality. Plain and simple, you are a fascist, and it’s ironic that lefties love to trot out that term for use on conservatives.

    I’m curious to see what will come of this. My guess is nothing, since it’ll be a non-story in most of the media.

    • Well said, Buckeye.
      And it’s why I’m gonna continue to cover it here….

      When someone wants to have a pro/con discussion on a topic, I’m there. When their only goal is to shout me down or silence my opinion altogether, my “Irish” has a tendency to kick into gear.

  2. LivinRightinPGH

    This will get about as much attention from Holder as the NBPP’s voter intimidation case…..

    • Well, you COULD always bring it to the attention of your Congressman.
      Or mention it to your associates, to see if they have even heard of it. Which they probably haven’t.

      Just sayin’…

  3. What is next? A bounty on conservative bloggers?

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