Be prepared to enter an alternate universe, bizarre beyond any stretch of what you thought possible. And then keep reading, because this may be one of the most important exposés published on The Blaze to date. It will explain in frightening detail what it means to speak the truth at the expense of losing all you hold dear. And will reveal how easy it has been for one convicted domestic terrorist — backed by George Soros and Barbara Streisand alike — to use the U.S. legal system, as well as less desirable channels, to silence those who have dared tell the story of one Brett Kimberlin, a.k.a. the “Speedway Bomber.
How immutable are our First Amendment rights? Would they remain so even under the most dire conditions? There are about half a dozen bloggers who, at this very moment in time, are finding out just that, after having been subject to: death threats, blackmail, extortion, numerous frivolous lawsuits, cyber-attacks of email and social networking accounts and become the target of smear campaigns that have led to their firing until ultimately discovering that others who came before them, have turned up dead.
Move over Ayers, there’s a not-so-new domestic terrorist in town
What follows is the unbelievable yet non-fictional tale of a left-wing ex-con with an extensive rap-sheet who, since his release from prison, has led the crusade against Republican “voter fraud” while simultaneously making it his life’s mission to threaten, brutalize, shakedown, sue, slander and generally terrorize any writer — conservative and liberal alike — who dares speak plainly about his checkered past. The post is lengthy, as there is much ground to cover where Kimberlin’s past is concerned, but the information is pertinent to understanding how and why he began brutalizing bloggers with whom he disagrees. Following this background, we will review the shocking accounts of two of his latest victims.
For reasons unknown, the far-left seems to have a penchant for throwing their full-fledged support — emotional, political and financial — behind domestic terrorists (see: Bill Ayers) and their latest protege is no exception. Also known as the “Speedway Bomber,” Kimberlin set an Indiana town ablaze with a series of coordinated bombings in 1978, ultimately resulting in one man’s suicide (this was proven in a subsequent court case) after his limbs were irreparably damaged in the explosion.
Kimberlin v. White, 7 F.3d 527 (6th Cir. 1993) relates what happened to the man during the six-day bombing spree:
In the worst incident, Kimberlin placed one of his bombs in a gym bag, and left it in a parking lot outside Speedway High School. CarlDeLong was leaving the high school football game with his wife when he attempted to pick up the bag and it exploded. The blast tore off his lower right leg and two fingers, and embedded bomb fragments in his wife’s leg. He was hospitalized for six weeks, during which he was forced to undergo nine operations to complete the amputation of his leg, reattach two fingers, repair damage to his inner ear, and remove bomb fragments from his stomach, chest, and arm. In February 1983, he committed suicide.
Kimberlin was convicted of thirty three felony counts including illegal use of a Department of Defense insignia, and the Presidential Seal, both of which were used to procure the hard-to-come-by explosives used in the bombings.
While he went on to serve seventeen years in prison, Kimberlin’s time behind bars only helped him hone his skills of “persuasion” by earning a law degree, which he appears to use often and indiscriminately. The suicide victim’s widow ultimately sued Kimberlin several years later, winning a civil judgement in which she was awarded $1.6 million. He absconded from the debt, however, landing him back in prison for a spell.
But what was the motivation behind Kimberlin’s rampage? Was he railing against war, or the rich, or the evil Western empire? The answer is more twisted than one can even imagine — and oddly, isn’t political at all.
In what ultimately became the biography of a conman — “Citizen K” — respected journalist and author Mark Singer shared the details of his bewildering journey with Kimberlin, who had actually signed on to the book thinking Singer would portray him in a favorable light. What the author discovered, however, was the twisted web of deceit in which Kimberlin dwelled. Ultimately, Singer was able to piece together much about the likely catalyst for Kimberlin’s bombing-spree. A description of the book provides background:
This book relates a journalist’s worst nightmare: of getting deeply involved in a “big story” based on information from a single source who turns out to be a world-class liar. During the 1992 Presidential campaign Singer wrote a story for the New Yorker about the allegations by Brett Kimberlin, a former marijuana dealer then in prison for a series of bombings, that he had once sold marijuana to Vice President Dan Quayle. [...] After signing a book contract to expand the story, Singer invested more and more time, and became frustrated by holes, inconsistencies and dead ends in Kimberlin’s tale. Embroiled in a Kafkaesque mystery, Singer recounts his painstaking journalistic detective work, and his growing sense that this would be the story that got away.
Based on this detective work — supported by historical record — Singer concluded that the Speedway bombings were not politically motivated at all, but were rather meant to serve as a distraction from yet another crime that had taken place shortly beforehand.
The Indy Star reported that on July 29, 1978, Speedway resident Julia Scyphers, 65, answered a knock at her door only to find a strange man who claimed he was interested in purchasing items she had recently tried to sell at a yard sale. Scyphers let the man into her garage to show him the items and he “shot her in the head.” Her husband came out in time to see the perpetrator’s car and catch a glimpse of the man himself.
When police began looking for a motive in the Scyphers slaying, they found there’d been a recent family clash. Julia Scyphers’ daughter, Sandra Barton, had become involved with a man who seemed to Mrs. Scyphers to be inordinately close to one of Barton’s young daughters. Mrs. Scyphers told friends she was so concerned that she’d arranged for both of her granddaughters to come live with her. Whether or not Mrs. Scyphers’ fears were correct (no charges were ever filed to that effect), this incident led investigators to start looking at Brett C. Kimberlin.
Through pieces of information gathered from news reports, police records and descriptions from Singer’s book, it is suspected that Kimberlin had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with Sandra Barton’s daughter, Jessica, who was only 10-years-old when Kimberlin met her (he knew her for a number of years). Her grandmother, Julia Scyphers, had attempted to thwart the relationship in any way she could, even by allegedly sending a handyman to change the locks on her daughter’s front door. When Kimberlin discovered Scyphers’ interference, he complained to the building management that he was being “harassed” (a meme that would later become all-too familiar to Kimberlin). While evidence has ruled out that Kimberlin himself pulled the trigger, it is believed by some that an associate committed the murder at Kimberlin’s behest.
As the heat against Kimberlin began to mount in the Scyphers slaying, he arranged a series of bombings that would take police attention away from the case at hand. Ironically, Singer’s book also describes how Kimberlin, after being apprehended for the Speedway bombings, plotted for another person to plant identical bombs around town in order to give the appearance that the suspect was still at large.
With a rap-sheet that includes forgery, perjury, drug dealing, domestic terrorism and possible murder and child molestation, the future actions of the man many consider a “sociopath” and pathological liar become less-surprising.
Justice Through Music and Velvet Revolution
Ironically, the man whose credibility is in question now makes a “living” by calling into question, the credibility of others. Today, Kimberlin is the director and founder of “Justice Through Music (JTM),” a non-profit organization that “uses famous musicians and bands to organize, educate and activate young people about the importance of civil rights, human rights and voting.” Since 2005, JTM collected $1.8 million in contributions from an illustrious list of donors including the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation, liberal songstress Barbara Streisand and Senator John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry.
JTM claims that it has registered countless people to vote using “cutting edge technology in order to effect change through the ballot box.”
“We support the aspirations of youth worldwide to be free to express themselves, and we take a stand against oppressive regimes that suppress freedom and deprive citizens of basic human rights,” Kimberlin’s website continues.
In an article detailing Kimberlin’s “thinly veiled” tax documents, Ed Barnes expained how the 58-year-old Bethesda, Md., resident is raising a steady stream of money from the left in return for promising to put conservative bloggers out of business.
Kimberlin had, as of 2010, called for the arrest of Karl Rove, Andrew Breitbart, Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue, Massey Energy Chairman Don Blankenship and now, conservative bloggers Patrick Frey, Aaron Walker and others. Barnes asks if a review of tax filings for Kimberlin’s “Velvet Revolution” and “Justice Through Music” raises “troubling questions” about whether his ‘nonprofit’ operation is dedicated to public activism or is “just a new facade for a longtime con artist.”
Though neither website publicly reveals Kimberlin’s role, tax and corporate documents show that he is one of four directors who incorporated the Velvet Revolution, and that he is the registered agent for the tax-exempt, non-stock company, which is registered at his mother’s house in Bethesda.
Velvet Revolution is Kimberlin’s other enterprise dedicated to furthering a leftwing agenda. What is perhaps most galling, however, is the description on its website:
Velvet Revolution is a term coined to describe the peaceful road to change in countries where governments ignored the inalienable rights of the people. A few inspiring Velvet Revolutions occurred in the former Soviet Union, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, South Africa, Ukraine, Egypt, Tunisia and other countries.
It is interesting that Kimberlin mentions the Soviet Union. Is that because he is seeking to emulate its policies on free speech?
Indeed, anyone who has dared to question why a reputed terrorist is given legitimacy, a steady stream of money, and a platform with which he can influence young, impressionable voters, is repaid in spades by Kimberlin and his minions.
While the above information provides background, the heart of this story lies with those who have become the target of Kimberlin’s scorn — that is to say, any blogger who has mentioned truthful elements about the ex-con’s past.
Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Frey who blogs under the moniker “Patterico,” started writing about Kimberlin in October of 2010 after the late conservative pundit Andrew Breitbart noted the hypocrisy of Kimberlin’s business partner, Brad Friedman, in scorning the “tactics” of James O’Keefe when he went undercover to expose ACORN voter fraud. Shortly thereafter, Frey received an email from Kimberlin threatening to sue if he did not retract his story. Since the Speedway Bomber was unable to prove why any of Frey’s entries were untrue, he decided to escalate the situation to unthinkable heights.
According to the account, Kimberlin proceeded to call Frey’s secretaries, telling them that the assistant district attorney was a “racist, a homophobe, and a stalker” and that he would be filing a restraining order against him. The convicted perjurer subsequently filed a complaint with state bar association as well, a move that was heavily publicized by Kimberlin-accomplice and Democratic consultant Neal Raushauser.
To illustrate just how sue-happy Kimberlin is, he once sued a pornographer for selling him pornography that was not provocative enough. Yes, we forgot to mention that Kimberlin was in that business too.
That is not where it ended for Frey, however, not by a long shot. Soon, his home address, along with Google earth and satellite images of it were published on Kimberlin’s other website Occupy for Accountability. As it turns out, a favorite tactic of the Speedway Bomber, according to those who have felt his wrath, is to stalk his “rivals,” particularly their wives, children and parents and post personal information about them, including their home address, online. He allegedly follows the move on occasion with blog posts detailing how he fears for their lives.
While difficult to imagine, the situation gets worse.
The SWAT Team at your door
While the evidence is thus far only circumstantial, Frey believes that based on key elements and the Kimberlin disciples involved, it is more than likely that the Speedway Bomber was behind yet another unspeakable attack — this one far worse than those that preceded it.
Essentially, a yet-to-be identified man (but one who sounds much like a Kimberlin associate, according to Frey) placed a call to law enforcement on the early morning hours of July 1, 2011, to announce that he had just shot his wife. The man then proceeded to give the operator Frey’s home address. Of course, the call was intended to make it look like Frey had just confessed to murdering his wife at his home. Just after midnight, a SWAT team descended on Frey’s doorstep, screaming at the top of their lungs for the attorney to place his hands behind his head. They arrested him and dragged him to the patrol car while simultaneously dragging his wife out of bed.
“I could have been killed,” Frey told The Blaze in an interview as he recalled the disturbing story. He explained that he was only “99% in shock” because a similar incident had happened to someone else just one week prior, and likely for similar reasons.
Three days later Frey told me that Raushauser penned a piece in the Daily Kos (from which he has since been ousted) detailing how he was engaged in a “cyber-stalking” campaign against Kimberlin.
Ultimately, Frey admitted that he is disappointed with the way the investigation unfolded as it took nearly seven months for officials to obtain copies of the phone records that would determine who in fact had placed that fateful call. In the end the case was closed rather unceremoniously.
Please listen below to the chilling audio of the call that sent a SWAT team to Frey’s door:
It is important to note that this extreme form of harassment, dubbed “SWATting” can actually get people killed.
SWATting is a particularly dangerous hoax in which a caller, generally a computer hacker, calls a police department to report a shooting at the home of his enemy. The caller will place this call to the police department’s business line, using Skype or a similar service, and hiding behind Internet proxies to make the call impossible to trace. Anxious police, believing they are responding to the home of an armed and dangerous man, show up at the front door pointing guns and screaming orders.
So who perpetrated this heinous crime against Frey and his family? On his blog, the Assistant D.A. writes:
But there is circumstantial evidence suggesting who may be responsible. I met personally with the nationwide experts on swatting in December 2011: the FBI office in Dallas, Texas. They told me that swatting is an extreme form of harassment — and that swatters typically combine swatting with other forms of harassment, including: complaining to the victim’s workplace, defaming the victim online, “Googlebombing” the victim, publishing the victim’s address online, filing phony reports of criminal activity by the victim, and so forth.
He goes on to explain that all of the above forms of harassment have happened to him and other critics of Kimberlin since July 2011. “The harassment has been relentless and has occurred almost every day,” Frey writes.
“It would literally take a book to catalogue it all. What you read in this post, incredibly, is only part of it.”
Now meet Kimberlin sycophant Ron Brynaert, a self-described journalist who has taken to harrassing and threatening Frey and his wife in a rather explicit manner. Consider the following tweets from Brynaert:
That looks like “journalistic intergrity” in action, doesn’t it?
On his blog, Frey notes that Brynaert has been a guest blogger at The Brad Blog, run by Kimberlin’s business partner Brad Friedman and was for years the editor of a Raw Story, a publication that has teamed up with the Brad Blog to produce Friedman’s radio show. He also claims to be friends with Friedman.
Since Frey has had conversations with Brynaert, he is familiar with the sound of his voice. While it has yet to be proven by voice recognition software (which law enforcement has thus far refused to perform) it became apparent to Frey after listening to the audio (featured above) of the erroneous murder confession, that it could very well have been Brynaert who placed the call to law enforcement.
In terms of legal recourse, the assistant D.A. said that while he could sue for defamation, he observes the failures of law enforcement and believes that the justice system — civil or criminal — will not do anything about this unless he [Kimberlin] hurts or kills someone.”
At the end of the day, what is most important to Frey is that Americans around the country discover what one terrorist is doing to silence free speech and to realize that this is not a “partisan issue.” While Kimberlin may use leftist politics to secure his cash-flow, Frey believes the bomber is apolitical, and is engaged in this behavior simply out of monetary greed and his own self-interest.
“This is a story about how someone can use this brass-knuckles reputation management by going after anyone who criticizes him.” And that should be a concern for everyone, regardless of their political bent.
For more details about Pat Frey and the unspeakable ordeal he has suffered, please visit Patterico here.
Battling perpetual lawsuits
Aaron Walker, who sometimes blogs as “Aaron Worthing,” is another attorney and also one of Kimberlin’s latest victims. After being tormented since last December Walker and his family only seek justice.
After providing legal advice to Seth Allen, a staunch liberal who also drew Kimberlin’s ire after writing truthfully about him, Kimberlin wrote to Walker, requesting that he ask Allen to waive the attorney-client privilege between them. This would, in Kimberlin’s mind, allow Walker to testify against Allen. When Walker — who was blogging anonymously at the time — refused, that was when Kimberlin’s vendetta began.
Inevitably, Kimberlin won a default judgement against Allen but that was not enough. “The next thing I know, he places a motion to reveal my identity,” Walker told The Blaze.
“All he wanted was my identity,” he added. In the end, Kimberlin got it and made certain that Walker’s full name, address, high school, Yale attendance, name and address of employer as well as family information was in black and white for the world to see. Walker attempted to seal the record, but each time, Kimberlin would file a motion to unseal the record.
When the two finally encountered one another after court, Kimberlin boasted that he had been successful in his goal of exposing the identity of Aaron Walker and then held up an iPad. Not knowing if it was another bomb, or intended to be used as a weapon, Walker took the iPad out of Kimberlin’s hand and kept it away until sheriff’s deputies arrived and rectified the matter.
In his trademark fashion, the bomber then twisted the story, concocting a claim that Walker had savagely “decked” him and that the skirmish was so bad, it had to be broken up by bystanders. The incident did draw courthouse security.
Kimberlin then filed second-degree assault charges against Walker that carry a sentence of up to ten years. Eventually video of the incident proved that the attorney never laid a finger on Kimberlin but it did not stop the Walkers from paying thousands of dollars in legal costs to prepare.
Thus far, the State’s Attorney, while he was encouraged to do so, has not filed charges against Kimberlin for having lied under oath about the assault.
All the while, Kimberlin has kept filing responses to unseal Walker‘s records and has even published identifying details about Walker’s home. Eerily, the Internet-terrorist has written to law enforcement about his “fear” that Walker or his neighbors might get killed.
As a result, Walker and his wife both lost their jobs. While Walker’s former employer never divulged the real reason for the termination, he believes the move was made out of fear.
“They are terrified of this guy,” Walker told me. So afraid in fact, that when his former employer thought Walker might come back to work to collect his belongings (even though he did not), they felt that major police presence was required. “They wouldn’t even let us back in to get my books.”
He said that while he understands their fear, the company’s move to let him go and not stand by an innocent person who had been through such an ordeal “was disheartening.”
Since then, Kimberlin has filed yet another harassment lawsuit, or series of suits against Walker, based on half-truths and distortions from comments taken out of context. Somehow, the court system is ”surprisingly [allowing Kimberlin] to get away with it.”
Still, Walker vowed to push forward, and says he‘d even go to prison if he had to in his effort to stand his ground and not succumb to the slander and intimidation of someone who has made his life’s work an act, and art, of terror.
“I will take it to the Supreme Court if I have to,” the attorney said firmly.
Kimberlin, who Walker labels a clear sociopath, once threateningly warned the attorney: “I would suggest, Mr. Walker, that you just leave me alone.”
To which Walker replied, “I’ll continue to tell the truth about you.”
It is important to note that given the background and tactics involved, Frey, Walker, and other bloggers like Robert Stacy McCain are legitimately fearful for their safety and the safety of their family members. Thus far, Kimberlin has been allowed to terrorize members of the blogosphere as there has been little push-back from mainstream media or even free speech advocates. Perhaps with greater media exposure, this brazen assault on free speech will be arrested in its tracks. For more detailed accounts of Walker’s experience, please visit his blog here.
Friday, May 25th, has officially been dubbed: “blog about Brett Kimberlin day.” With this in mind we will continue coverage, as Walker and Frey are only two of the domestic terrorist’s victims, and there is more to Kimberlin’s outfits, associates, and benefactors than meets the eye.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated for accuracy and with information about Ron Brynaert.