Patterico, Brett Kimberlin, and the Super-Chilling of Free Speech


Over the years, various Reason writers have had their differences with Patrick Frey, the fellow behind the widely read and interesting Patterico's Pontifications blog. The story he's telling today is a call to arms to defend free speech from the worst sort of politically and personally motivated infringements.

Frey begins a long and harrowing post thus:

It's a phone call that could have gotten me killed.

In this post you will hear that audio clip. You will also read about a months-long campaign of harassment carried out by at least three individuals: Ron Brynaert, Neal Rauhauser, and Brett Kimberlin — much of it directed at critics of Brett Kimberlin. This harassment includes repeated references to critics' family members, workplace complaints, publication of personal information such as home addresses and pictures of residences, bogus allegations of criminal activity, whisper campaigns, frivolous legal actions, and frivolous State Bar complaints.

And finally, you will hear a comparison of one of those men's voices to that of the man who made the call that sent police to my home. And you'll read a declaration from a forensic audio expert comparing those two voices.

Read the whole thing.

The Patterico post is part of an effort promoted by Instapundit, Hot AirMichelle Malkin, The Other McCain, and others as "Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day." For more on Kimberlin, who is probably best-known as the "Speedway Bomber," the guy who said he was Dan Quayle's pot dealer, and the subject of Citizen K, Mark Singer's account of investigating Kimberlin's claims, go here.

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  1. Pfft. Name one good thing that ever came from free speech.

  2. I wondered when Reason when going to pick up on this. Probably Fox News will soon. It’s quite a story.

    One interesting fact: a page about Kimberlin has been deleted from Wikipedia twice, with the reason that the page was an “attack page” and a “negative unsourced biography of a living person,” even though there are plenty of sources. Perhaps someone can write one that fits the guidelines. There is also no page about the Speedway Bombings, but Kimberlin is mentioned on the page about the Streisand Effect.

    1. Did you mean Brett Kimmorley?

      1. No. Brett Kimberlin, convicted bomber and perjurer, as well as filer of mendacious lawsuits.

        Does not play rugby in Australia, as far as I’m aware.

  3. Better be careful. Kimberlin might sue you for harrassing him by, y’know, pointing out things about him that are true.

  4. It’s exactly this sort of harassment and insanity that led to registration here. Mike Alissi is working hard to hold back the tide of shit that is still being thrown at Hit’n’Run. He’s to be commended.

  5. As I said in the Morning Links, it is like if Cape Fear was real, and starred Stacy McCain.

  6. I hope it stops, but Patterico is one of the least sympathetic targets ever. It is like hoping Chechnyan terrorism is stopped. I still don’t love Russia.

    1. Patterico is a mixed bag, but calling the SWAT team out to the guy’s house on the false presumtion that he’s murdered his wife? Kimberlin and his gang are mad dogs.

      1. It’s a ridiculously dangerous thing to do.

        1. If we lived in a society honest about the culture of zero responsibility that our domestic armed forces police operate in, it would be understood that what Kimberlin did was attempted murder.

          1. what Kimberlin did was attempted murder.

            This. I don’t care if genetic testing one day reveals Patterico to be the bastard issue of a carnal three-way between Vlad Dracul, C’Thulhu and “Squeaky” Fromme: anyone excusing, rationalizing or pooh-poohing bald attempts to silence speech via physical threats and/or brute intimidation is the absolute, anti-matter antithesis of genuine, principled libertarianism.

          2. ^^^ THIS ^^^

          3. I don’t think a court would agree with you.

            SWATs aren’t murder tools, and this Kimberlin douchebag didn’t falsify anything in a way that would have made the SWAT personnel open fire on him.

            In the same sense that taxation isn’t theft, this wasn’t attempted murder.

            Evil thing to do, though, even when the target is someone like Patterico.

            1. In the same sense that taxation isn’t theft

              And thus do you fail.

            2. this Kimberlin douchebag didn’t falsify anything in a way that would have made the SWAT personnel open fire on him.

              The false report of an armed assault is exactly the type of thing that would instigate a lethal response. You must not read this blog often.

      2. How is that NOT filing a false police report or giving a false statement (unsworn)?

    2. I just wish he’d have a tenth of a second of epiphany. Apparently having a SWAT team come to your house on bad information is completely different than having a SWAT team go to someone else’s house on bad information.

      But we’re the ones who are missing the heart of the issue.

      This should not have happened to Frey, and I’m glad no one was hurt. I wish he would have learned something, but he’s got too much sunken cost fallacy built into his belief system. Everything he believed before couldn’t have been wrong.

  7. I’ll agree that Kimberlin, et al, are completely beyond the pale, but I’m with the Patterico as unsympathetic figure crowd.

    So the SWAT team got called on him? Must suck, Mr. L.A. County Deputy D.A. How much does it suck for all the people that get the SWAT boys kicking down their doors who aren’t Deputy DAs?

    Patterico helped make the system this guy and his friends are abusing. Petard, hoist, etc.

    1. I’d be more sympathetic to that view if they called the cops and said “I have a giant box of weed.” Killing people is still going to merit a heavily armed response in libertopia.

    2. To echo some of the posts above, just because Frey’s an unsympathetic figure for libertarians doesn’t mean that we should take any pleasure in what Kimberlin did.

      Kimberlin’s a butthurt sociopathic nerd that can’t handle the internet not being his little hugbox. He’s exactly the sort of person that thinks the tools of the state should be employed in service of whatever little pointless fueds he’s got going on.

    3. Also, LOL at noodle-armed faggot Ron Brynaert acting all “internet-tough guy”:

      I’d like to punch you in your fat face, staple the truth to your nose, and take a shit on your wife

      As if this histrionic goon ever punched anything tougher than his pillow raging about VAPID JOCKS UGH in high school.

  8. So the SWAT team got called on him? Must suck, Mr. L.A. County Deputy D.A. How much does it suck for all the people that get the SWAT boys kicking down their doors who aren’t Deputy DAs?

    This, too. I had a genuine sense of “WTF?” going as I read this deputy DA claiming the police wouldn’t follow up on his leads. Really? Seriously? You expect me to believe that?

    1. Well, a county deputy DA ain’t got enough stroke with the feds or cops in other jurisdictions.

    2. Why wouldn’t you? How many deputy DAs do you think Los Angeles has? Over a thousand, as it turns out. They’re enough of them to form their own union, so they can bargain collectively with the DA himself.

      Maybe you’re confusing the actual DA of Los Angeles, Steve Cooley, who would indeed wield tremendous influence over the police. A deputy DA is not much more than a staff lawyer in the DAs office who write up the briefs to prosecute (or more likely plea bargain) one of the tens of thousands of cases that go through LA County courts in a year. There’s no reason he’d have any more influence over the LAPD than Steve Cooley’s secretary, and probably less, really.

  9. Jesus, these comments are brutal. Patterico is the deputy DA in charge of gang crime in LA county. That’s not exactly the kind of guy I could imagine getting along with, but it’s also not someone who I think I would hate because of his job.

    Brett Kimberlin, on the other hand, seems to be evil incarnate, and more than willing to leverage our joke of a legal system to ruin people’s lives. If he is prosecuted and jailed for what he is doing, I consider that a step in the right direction, Patterico or no Patterico.

    1. it’s also not someone who I think I would hate because of his job.

      He doesn’t seem to be hated for his job. He seems to be hated for writing his political opinions.

  10. Patterico is the one who called the killing of Kathryn Johnston (the grandmother gunned down by dirty cops in her own home) “eminently justified”:…..ent-111125

    The worthless little shit didn’t get half of what he deserved in this incident.

    1. The guy is pretty blind to his own hypocrisies.

  11. The Patterico post is part of an effort promoted by Instapundit, Hot Air, Michelle Malkin, The Other McCain, and others as “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.”

    Hey, by the way, do you remember a couple years ago when conservative commentators got their panties in a knot and threw whiny shit fits because liberal bloggers, op-ed writers, etc. would agree that they were going to write about the same subject? Isn’t this even worse given that the point of this exercise isn’t to have a coordinated effort to write about a public policy matter (which many people might legitimately want to write about anyway and where there are numerous columnists, pundits, etc. already discussing the opposing viewpoint), but exclusively to attack a particular individual who has nowhere near the media clout of any of the people going after him?

    1. In this case, whatever Kimberlin gets in the way of negative commentary, he fully deserves.

  12. The media (surprisingly I’m sorry to say, including Reason) seems to be missing the bigger picture re Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day – origins of which are Kimberlin’s non-profit Velvet Revolution vs. James O’Keefe’s non-profit Project Veritas (Frey is helping O’Keefe natch.) The crux of the matter is voter rights and policy. Also at stake, the recent subpoena of 7-years worth of probationee O’Keefe’s emails by the New Hampshire Attorney General (Frey went so far as to post the Social Security number of the former O’Keefe worker who turned over the emails – Frey has since deleted it.) And you really may be VERY surprised to see how Frey and some associates have been practicing their own form of “super-chilling”… details, well some at least,

  13. Is there any proof at all that Kimberlin is behind the SWAT team?

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