|Graphic Stolen from Michell Malkin's site|
This post is a bit off topic for this site, but I felt it was necessary to take part in "Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day," an effort to defend free speech and, in particular, bloggers that have been (or will be) targeted by harassment and intimidation.
For those who don't know who Brett Kimberlin is, I refer you to this story in the Washington Examiner for some background:
Brett Kimberlin, [is] an activist and the founder of the group Velvet Revolution who was convicted in 1981 of exploding eight bombs in 1978 in Speedway, Ind. One of his bombs blew off the leg of a man who subsequently committed suicide.
Nowadays, Kimberlin targets conservative bloggers like Aaron Worthing and Robert Stacy McCain in Maryland, and Patrick Frey of Patterico's Pontifications in California. Why? For publishing facts about Kimberlin's criminal record.
Kimberlin harasses his targets by, among many other ways, filing false charges in courts that require expensive, time-consuming litigation, disrupting his targets' workplaces, and dropping dark hints about spouses and kids.Because McCain blogged about Kimberlin, his wife received threats that have forced them to leave their home for an undisclosed location. For the same reason, Patrick Frey suffered through a month's long harassment campaign that included a SWAT team, guns drawn, being falsely sent to his family home.
I refer readers to each of their websites to read more about their individual experiences with Brett Kimberlin. I also refer people to Michelle Malkin's site, where you can find a roundup on "Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day."