. . . to Patrick Frey with the help of his friends and supporters could happen to anyone who dares to reveal the truth about them. Or, at least it could have happened to them at one time. Now, it might not be so easy to pull off, given the attention this story is likely to garner today. And, based on what I just read at Frey’s blog, Patterico’s Pontifications, it’s going to get a lot of attention. It is exactly as he describes it in the title of his post: Political terrorism.
Here’s just a brief snippet of a long, well-documented post describing just a small part of the harassment Frey and his family and coworkers have endured at the hands of these bloody-minded thugs:
THE NIGHT I COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED BECAUSE OF MY BLOGGING
At 12:35 a.m. on July 1, 2011, sheriff’s deputies pounded on my front door and rang my doorbell. They shouted for me to open the door and come out with my hands up.
When I opened the door, deputies pointed guns at me and ordered me to put my hands in the air. I had a cell phone in my hand. Fortunately, they did not mistake it for a gun.
They ordered me to turn around and put my hands behind my back. They handcuffed me. They shouted questions at me: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOUSE? and WHERE ARE THEY? and ARE THEY ALIVE?
I told them: Yes, my wife and my children are in the house. They’re upstairs in their bedrooms, sleeping. Of course they’re alive.
Deputies led me down the street to a patrol car parked about 2-3 houses away. At least one neighbor was watching out of her window as I was placed, handcuffed, in the back of the patrol car. I saw numerous patrol cars on my quiet street. There was a police helicopter flying overhead, shining a spotlight down on us as I walked towards the patrol car. Several neighbors later told us the helicopter woke them up. I saw a fire engine and an ambulance. A neighbor later told me they had a HazMat vehicle out on the street as well.
Now, bear in mind that these people are all connected with left-wing institutions that have drawn financial backing from foundations headed up by well-known left-liberals like Barbra Streisand and Teresa Heinz-Kerry — the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Whether Kimberlin cares about politics at all beyond his ability to make a buck isn’t material. What matters is that he’s being supported and enabled in his efforts by people with vast resources, and they need to be made aware of what their money is being used for — or at least be made aware that we are aware of it.
I’m fortunate enough to live in rural community where I personally know most of the people in the local sheriff’s department and quite a few people in the court system. The odds that this small blog would get the attention of Kimberlin are pretty low, and even if it did, the odds that he’d be able to pull off something like he did with Frey are even lower. Rural living does have its advantages.
But, there are thousands of other bloggers on the right who don’t have that advantage, and we count on them to get out stories and reveal truths that the mainstream press won’t report. And if people like Kimberlin and his band of thugs aren’t exposed for what they are, they can use the same tactics they used against Patrick Frey to try and intimidate them into silence.
Conservatives who look the other way, for whatever reason, are enabling Kimberlin and his friends to do just that. It’s been sad to see how many of our own mainstream outlets have chosen to ignore this story. Thankfully, there are some who’ve decided enough is enough and they’re taking it on head first.
Last night, Mark Tapscott — Executive Editor at the Washington Examiner — wrote an excellent editorial on this story and its implications with regard to the free speech guaranteed to us all under the First Amendment.
Unless these tactics are vigorously repudiated by the First Amendment’s friends across the ideological spectrum, our Constitution will become little more than a parchment barrier to oppression.
The groups that Kimberlin has founded and associated with since his release from prison have received more than $1.5 million in grant support, much of it from liberal foundations — the Tides Foundation, Streisand Foundation and Heinz Foundation — according to Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center. Vadum wonders if they know (or care) how their donors’ money is being spent.
So count me today with Michelle Malkin, Instapundit’s Glenn Harlan Reynolds, blogger Lee Stranahan, PJMedia’s Tatler and many others with one message for the Brett Kimberlins among us: Get your hands off our First Amendment.
This isn’t about Left and Right, it’s about liberty versus tyranny.
Why more of our leading opinion makers haven’t deigned to speak up about this travesty is a mystery to me. Perhaps they don’t want to deal with the fallout that Patrick Frey has had to endure. Maybe they don’t understand just how bad the situation is.
But, one thing I do know is that the longer they stay quiet and pretend it isn’t happening, the more likely it is that they’ll find themselves the targets of the sort of mayhem Patrick Frey, Stacy McCain, Aaron Walker and Mandy Nagy are experiencing. Because, as long as they stay mum on the subject, the more they mark themselves as easy pickings for scumbags like Kimberlin.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Dan Collins over at The Conservatory for the link and all the hard work he’s put into covering this story, as well as excellent analysis he’s provided in putting it all into context. You really should be reading the site every day. You’ll not find a better one.