I have read quite a few stories about Brett Kimberlin over the past couple days, and still don't quite understand why he is not in prison. The stories of the bombings he is responsible for a generation ago are horrific, but the accounts of the brand of political terrorism he is engaging in today are just as chilling.
I won't retell the stories here that Patterico, Liberty Chick, Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain and others have already told in vivid detail about the harassment they have received and are continuing to receive at the hands of Brett Kimberlin and some of his friends. You should read their first hand accounts. (I'd never before heard anything about the type of harassment/terrorism called "swatting" until I read Patterico's post). As you will find, the abuse they have received has been going on for some time. Andrew Breitbart warned about Kimberlin.
Lee Stranahan proposed that today be "Everybody Blog about Brett Kimberlin" Day and Michelle Malkin has done an amazing job rallying the blogosphere in a "free speech blogburst" to call attention to the activity of Kimberlin and others and to help raise money to help those who have been targeted by Kimberlin & Co. Michelle has the mother of all blog roundups here, along with lots of background information and updates. Here is some background reading and some ways you can help from her post:
Immediate action items to help Aaron are here.
Ali Akbar of the National Bloggers Club has stepped up to the plate and set up a donation page to help support the bloggers targeted by Kimberlin. Please help here if you can. If you prefer PayPal, click here.
As is often the case, the right blogosphere has managed to make (to borrow a phrase from a Sara Evans song that I'll bet no one else knows but me) "something magic out of something frightening." The situation remains frightening, but the power we can muster when we all stand together, as one, against something that can only be described as evil is magical. If you don't blog, you can take a stand as well by posting the links above (and from Michelle's site) on your Facebook page, tweeting and retweeting them and contributing money. When I last checked, Michelle had over 100 blog posts listed in her roundup. I don't know if the mainstream media has picked this story up yet, but if they haven't they've certainly had to go out of their way to ignore it.
Please keep the bloggers Kimberlin & Co. are terrorizing in your prayers and do what you can to help spread the word.