Take A Stand Against Brett Kimberlin’s Assault On Free Speech
Someone, not sure who, has come up with a way to increase awareness about what Brett Kimberlin is doing to bloggers who dare to tell the truth about the convicted bomber. He’s a serial litigator who uses lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits to try to prevent people from writing about him.
As a child of the Disco Terrorist era, Brett Kimberlin seeks fame wherever he can get it. Most recently, Kimberlin has amplified his notoriety by filing a series of increasingly bizarre lawsuits and requests for injunction, such as the suit against blogger Seth Allen in which Kimberlin claimed Allen had damaged Kimberlin’s reputation as a terrorist bomber. Or consider the “peace order” that Kimberlin obtainedagainst Aaron Worthing for writing that Kimberlin tried to frame Worthing for the crime of touching Kimberlin’s iPad. Each and every one of Kimberlin’s suits is an assault on free speech.
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I think there’s a chicken-egg thing going on here. Kimberlin’s “Velvet Revolution” needs donations to stay in business. They were allegedly founded to promote some kind of activism which, frankly, isn’t very clear. Something to do with voting integrity and proving Al Gore won the election in 2000. But as FoxNews.com writer, Ed Barnes, highlighted two years ago, it seems to be a front.
In the past three years, Velvet Revolution and Justice Through Music have raised more than $1.5 million. Yet Velvet Revolution hardly seems like a dynamic organization; it has had only 10 new posts in the past six months. And Justice Through Music, despite a voter registration effort that simply includes an online registration form, seems to be little more than a music website that plows through money each year.
So what are they getting all this money for? What’s their real mission? Not sure, but some think the real purpose is to try to shut conservative bloggers up.
Back to my chicken-egg theory. I think Kimberlin & Co set out to try and shut conservative bloggers up. He set up a “plausible” excuse – his foundations, or whatever they are – to raise money from both leftists who want to shut conservative bloggers up and other leftists who donated because they actually believed in the purported missions of Kimberlin’s organizations. Then, when they couldn’t get conservatives to shut up, because Kimberlin’s face guy, Brad Friedman, is a loser, they went to plan B. Plan B is what we are seeing now: trying to shut conservative bloggers up by intimidating anyone who talks about Kimberlin’s past.
So it’s a vicious circle all designed, now, to keep donations coming in. That’s my theory.
Anyway, whoever started the blog I initially linked has a way to increase awareness about what Kimberlin is up to that will work even if the mainstream media doesn’t want to dig into these anti-free speech activities.
Imagine Google, and its competitors Bing and Yahoo, in terms of politics.
Individual searches are like issues. The websites to which those searches lead are like constituencies. Large, highly trafficked websites, like Boing Boing, tend to be heard first where smaller, non-specialist websites are relegated to page 10, just as the bankers at J. P. Morgan get private White House audiences when ordinary citizens who want to meet the President have to pay $15.00 to enter a lottery and pray that Sarah Jessica Parker draws their names out of a hat.
But just as little people can gather to make their voices heard on important issues, a multitude of smaller websites can drown out the majors, through links. Eventually, whatever they’re linking to rises to the top of the search result.
In a just world, a terrorist like Kimberlin would be too ashamed to show his neckbearded, overbiting, felonious face on the street, much less associate it with a peaceful revolution against oppression. This is not a just world. But Google is just, and the association can be removed.
We’re asking you to link to this blog. On your own blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, on the web forum where you discuss taxidermy with your fellow taxidermists.
It’s easy, effective, and will work if enough people with blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts do it. Part of Kimberlin’s strategy has to be SEO based. This is why he’s so afraid of people writing about him. The more people write about him, the higher those stories – instead of his preferred links – get listed on search results. And the more people see who Kimberlin is the more people will know that he is trying to shut down free speech.
This really isn’t a partisan thing. Every blogger should be condemning this attack on our right to speak.
Enough is enough. We will not be silenced.