Kimberlin may be better known to you as the “Speedway Bomber,” who terrorized an Indiana town in the late 70s. The harm he did eventually lead one of his victims, Major Carl DeLong, to commit suicide to escape the pain. For his crimes, Kimberlin was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay an indemnity to DeLong’s family.
Now he’s back, harassing conservative bloggers and journalists by placing fake 911 calls to the police in their areas and getting SWAT teams dispatched. You can imagine the potential for disaster in this; Kimberlin and his associates either don’t care or would welcome it.
Friday has been declared a national day of blogger silence, in which the only post on the site is once calling on Congress to pressure the DoJ into investigating and, if need be, prosecuting Kimberlin, who may well have broken federal laws. As my blog-buddy ST points out, this effort may already be bearing fruit:
I fully support encouraging blog readers to contact their Congressional representation in both the House and the Senate to get them to put pressure on the DOJ to investigate the SWAT-ting that has taken place at the home of Patterico and Erick Erickson, among others. It’s imperative that the DOJ get involved in this blatant abuse of the 911 system, the harassment, and the attempts at squelching the First Amendment rights of American citizens, and the best way to get their attention is through your House Reps and Senators. On that front, there is good news as Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is on board and has written a letter urging the DOJ to investigate. US House Rep. Ken Marchant (R-TX24) has done similarly. These bold men are to be commended for stepping up to the plate and putting this on the Congressional radar.
On the legal front, the ACLJ has thrown their hat into the ring in announcing legal representation of National Bloggers Club President Ali Akbar, who pledged support to targeted bloggers and who (along with his family) has since become a Kimberlin target himself. Lawyer/legal blogger Eugene Volokh recently announced his pro bono consulting work for lawyer/blogger Aaron Walker aka “@AaronWorthing“, who had his 1st Amendment rights stripped from him by a judge who is seemingly ignorant of the Constitution. Donations are continuing to come in in support of Walker, Stacy McCain, and others who have been targeted and harassed by KimberlinCo (if you haven’t donated yet, please do so – $5 or $10 a person goes a long way).
And, like ST, I disagree with Ace’s call for a day of silence. This only gives the other guy what he wants, even if only for a day. When free speech is threatened, the only way to respond is to speak more. This post, however, will remain on top all day; any new posts are below.
This is not just an issue of free speech, even though that right is near and dear to all free people. Kimberlin has also placed innocent people in danger: call your congressman, call your senators, call the Department of Justice. Kimberlin’s actions cross state lines; this is clearly a federal matter.