I'll take any opportunity to put a boot in when a bully tries oppose free speech and meets an organized resistance. Brett Kimberlin is the brute in question today, and this post is a mere trickle of a mass blogging wave about his violent past and loathsome treatment of critics.
Here's the skinny, Kimberlin is a political activist who is also a convicted domestic terrorist. Kimberlin was convicted for leaving explosive devices in Indiana in 1978. One of his victims was horribly maimed and as a result, took his own life. He did a lot more, but that's his biggest crime.
Kimberlin was paroled in 1994, went back to prison for refusing to pay a settlement to a victim's family, and was released again in 2001 and has since had success as a political activist. Besides being involved with the extremist VelvetRevolution website, he organizes the Justice Through Music Program out of Washington D.C.
Kimberlin was born into a wealthy family and has used those resources and his time in prison to develop a Max Cady style approach to using the legal system to harm his victims.When blogger Aaron Worthing wrote factual posts about Kimberlin's past, he was targeted with a lawsuit, among other things. Kimberlin has also filed legal actions against other people who merely wrote about the initial lawsuit.
It's called the Streisand Effect when a thug censor tries to keep something under wraps, but the attempt to censor ends up drawing more attention to the case. Ironically, the Barbara Streisand Foundation is a donor to Kimberlin's Justice Through Music Project, along with the Tides Foundation and the Heinz Family Foundation, which is managed by the spouse of U.S. Senator John Kerry.
I am not participating in this mass blogging event because Kimberlin's political activism runs contrary to my own (and boy does it). I am proud to join any fight to thwart a powerful opponent of free speech.
I am not presenting this information as my opinion, but as factual events. To be clear, I hope to join a group of people in overwhelming Kimberlin with too many targets to pursue. I hope that spreading this information will harm Kimberlin's reputation, make it difficult for him to find funding and cause him emotional harm.
Bring it on.