No, Ed and I did not participate, but others did, and here is a round up of what those who did had to say
Donald Douglas has details on the newest attack on The Lid
As I mentioned earlier this week today has been declared a national day of blogger silence/action to protect blogger freedom of speech. Since Ace suggested we use today to urge congress protect free speech the day has taken on more significance to me personally, yesterday
I was added to the attack list as the site Brietbart Unmasked which is run by Brett Kimberlin or his cronies started posting horrible internet slanders about me. Stacy McCain calls ”Breitbart Unmasked” Not Brett Kimberlin because of the claim that Kimberlin is not behind the site. If the proprietor of the site isn’t Kimberlin or one of his cronies than it must be some sort of psychic because the nameless blogger running Brietbart unmasked posted details of the Kimberlin/Mrs. McCain incident, which “The Other McCain” has never discussed in public or published.
It started Monday evening when Brooks Bayne was being attacked by always-crazy Debbie Schlussel as an anti-Semite. As regular readers of this site know it really bothers me when people are falsely accused of Jew hatred so I began to defend him. This launched a barrage of hatred from Schulssel and her followers.
Rather than debate the reasons why we disagreed about Brooks Bayne, they started tweeting links to Internet slanders, originally made about me over seven years ago. These lies included charges about me being a sexual predator, using hookers, etc.
I’ve known Jeff for some time, first online, when he was still going by “Sammy Benoit,” and then later in person at CPAC 2011. Jeff has discussed his past on the blog, so whatever allegations the Kimberlin people have, they aren’t new. They’re simply smearing Jeff for standing up against a gang of criminal harassers.
Bob Belvedere has some good stuff
-John Hawkins’s chronicle of the misdeeds of Brett Kimberlin is a must-read and the post to show people who you’re trying to educate about this story. Bravo, John.
-CNN’s Don Lemmon interviews Erick Erickson.
-Mark Steyn in now aware of Brett Kimberlin thanks to Michelle Malkin. He’s listened to the audio of the Walker hearing and comments:
At a hearing in Maryland arising from Kimberlin’s “lawfare” campaign, the blogger Aaron Walker was arrested. Aside from the merits of the case, I was struck by the appalling performance of the presiding judge, one C. J. Vaughey. As is increasingly the way with our decaying justice system, there is no easily searchable court transcript, only an audio tape that a few individual bloggers have been painstakingly transcribing. Judge Vaughey comes across as a near parodic combination of bluster, ignorance and narcissism…
Over the years, I’ve faced unsympathetic judges in various courts around the world, but I can’t recall ever listening to such a stream of unjudicial drivel from the bench as that which poured from Judge Vaughey….
However, the vast majority of people at National Review continue to ignore this whole story; only a few, such as Jonathan Adler, Jim Geraghty, and David French, have mentioned it. As with The Daily Caller, NRO is a disgrace.
-More to follow.
UPDATE at 2149…
-Over at The American Spectator, Stacy McCain has published an excellent report. A highlight:
Somewhere between the time in October 2010 he threatened to sue Patrick Frey and the decision last week to make a similar threat toward Ali Akbar, Brett Kimberlin crossed a Rubicon of desperation and burned the bridge behind him. In the past three weeks, Kimberlin and his allies have escalated their deceitful war against conservative bloggers to the point that it cannot be ignored, and must now be fought to a conclusion with the entire political world watching.
Wyblog is fired up!
Perhaps National Day of Blogger Silence is a misnomer. We won’t be silenced! But we will be focused. Focused like a laser on the nefarious antics of Brett Kimberlin and his demented army of thugs. And not, as our political associates would like, on the things they care about, such as elections and fundraising.
Why? So our elected representatives will take notice of our plight, and bring the auspices of their good offices to bear on our behalf.
It’s called petitioning our government for a redress of grievances and it too is a fundamental right of all who embrace Liberty and Freedom.
Thank you gentlemen. You understand the value of free speech to the foundations of our Republic.
Some of you will say, “oy vey, another blog war?” and move on. And if this was merely a war of words I’d agree. But sadly, it’s so much more.
Kimberlin’s cronies went after Ali Akbar’s mother. Even if you’re not sure where the line is, attacking momis pretty far across it.
Kimberlin uses lawfare and SLAPP lawsuits to silence his critics, because he can’t counter with facts and actual arguments. His dissembling has already resulted in blogger Aaron Walker being jailed, and enjoined from blogging for six months. Yeah, that pesky First Amendment, it doesn’t apply to mere bloggers.
Matt at Conservative Hideout is a great American!
While I was at the day job, there were quite a few developments in the Brett Kimberlin story. The Other McCain has a great starting point for today’s coverage…
FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
Very busy today, awaiting developments on The Kimberlin Files. However, Da Tech Guy cleverly points out that CNN allowed Arlette Saenz of ABC to beat them on reporting this story, even though the reported SWATting of CNN on-air personality Erick Erickson was a central element of the story.
For that matter, CNN contributorDana Loesch is well-informed about the Kimberlin story, and could put CNN’s reporters in direct contact with many others who are involved. But maybe the executives at CNN would rather continue being No. 3 in cable news ratings, and let their competitors scoop them on such an important story, because they are more interested in playing politics than reporting the actual news.
And they wonder why no one is watching?
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.
“I am writing with concern regarding recent reports that several members of the community of online political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels,” Chambliss wrote in the letter. “
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 continued. “While I am certain that local law enforcement is reviewing each of these instances, I am asking you to please look into each of these cases as well to determine if any federal laws may have been violated. Future targets of SWAT-ting, whether engaged in political speech or not, may not be so fortunate as to escape physical harm.”
Adrienne also points out that the story hit the from page of Yahoo News, as they are in a cooperative venture with ABC.
Who will protect the freedom to blog?
by Michelle Malkin
Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles?
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists. (VIDEO here.)
GOP Rep. Ken Marchant of Texas also added his voice, telling Holder in a statement that he is “very afraid of the potential chilling effects that these reported actions may have in silencing individuals who would otherwise be inclined to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.” And theAmerican Center for Law and Justice, a leading conservative free speech public interest law firm, announced it was providing legal representation to the National Bloggers Club – a new media association that has provided support and raised funds for targets of this coordinated harassment. (Full disclosure: I volunteer on the National Bloggers’ Club board of directors.)
Pirates Cove sums up why this matters TO YOU!
This is not a left or right issue. Yes, primarily Conservative bloggers have been targeted, but so have a few Liberals, including Seth Allen. You could be next, whether you are on the Left or Right, blogger or simply a commenter. There are always a few unhinged people on both sides who can, and do, engage in practices that the rest of us find abhorrent.
I am going to add one more link, to my friend Stacy McCain who has been ALL OVER this Be sure to read his post!