This no doubt sets the record for the longest blog post ever written. And I doubt I would have spent the time on it (it's a 28,000 word essay, with tons of embedded court filings and YouTube videos) but Aaron's trials hit terribly close to home (more on that below). The essay is now broken up into parts (linked here), although if you let the full post load into your browser, after a couple of minutes you should be able to scroll up and down without difficulty. (I'm using Google Chrome.)
There's also a nice summary from Dan Collins at Conservative Commune: "Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin Harassed, Tried to Frame Blogger Aaron Worthing."
Readers may remember Aaron from his blogging turn at Patterico's Pontifications. It turns out his real name is Aaron Walker. He's an attorney. Some time back he blogged some basic factual information on Brett Kimberlin. Kimberlin was convicted of a series of bomb attacks in 1981. One of his victims, Carl DeLong, later committed suicide as a direct result of his injuries in the attack. After blogging about him, Worthing was targeted by Kimberlin for a vicious and literally deranged campaign of political and legal stalking and harassment. Again, folks have to read the full post to understand how in-depth this campaign was. Both Worthing and his wife were fired from their jobs (their boss feared a terrorist attack on their place of business).
But what's especially interesting is how much support Kimberlin had on the hard-left progressive community. Robert Stacy McCain's been reporting on that angle: "Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Received $70,000 From Tides Foundation, $10,000 From Streisand, $20,000 from John Kerry’s Wife," and "Who Warned Us About Brett Kimberlin?"
Robert writes, for example:
The disclosure of Kimberlin’s funding from prestigious liberals matters, because of this convicted criminal’s apparently close connections to other key figures in the progressive online community, not only his business partnership with Brad Friedman, but also his claims to be an “associate” of Democrat political consultant Neal Rauhauser.This Rauhauser character was also directly involved in the legal attacks on Worthing, but you'll have to go back and start from the beginning to get the full handle on this stuff. At this point I just want to remind people of the attacks on my workplace employment by Scott Eric Kaufman and Carl Salonen. These two are part of the big online community organized by Lawyers, Guns and Money and Sadly No! The folks who are regulars there, as either participants in the harassment or readers in the community, go all the way from people like Professor Charli Carpenter of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to the racist, anti-Christian bigot TBogg of Firedoglake. (And hate-blogger Walter James Casper, as readers will recall, was a longtime ringleader for the attacks against me.)
I suppose I was lucky in a sense. I was able to defend myself against the malicious attacks from this mob without too much personal cost, financially and emotionally. And of course my employment is safe. But make no mistake: The goal of these progressive cowards was to have me fired. And what's so amazing is how seriously those contacted by my enemies took the lies and allegations against me. Carl Salonen even had an investigation at my college initiated upon the demand of California Attorney General Kamala Harris. See my full report, with the libelous allegations attached: "Carl Salonen Libelous Workplace Allegations of Child Pornography and Sexual Harassment at Long Beach City College."
At some point I'll be writing this up into a long-form essay and perhaps a book manuscript. But for others who've had similar experiences (horror stories) Aaron's post should be a central source of inspiration. And Aaron needs your help. Follow him on Twitter. Spread the word about his legal defense and help him out financially, if you're able.
For people like Aaron and myself, and so many others who've had their livelihoods disrupted simply for exercising their First Amendment rights, there is no other more important story than the progressive left's campaign of political (and criminal) intimidation. People need to be as brave as possible to speak out and defend against the left's program of destruction. The nation is moving towards a form of politically correct fascist totalitarianism. It's not a stretch to be reminded of the coming to power of the world's 20th century dictatorships. It can happen here if we let it. All the more reason to get in at the ground floor and fight the left's institutional intimidation network, which reaches up literally to the Oval Office at the Obama White House.