The Brett Kimberlin Saga:

Follow this link to my BLOCKBUSTER STORY of how Brett Kimberlin, a convicted terrorist and perjurer, attempted to frame me for a crime, and then got me arrested for blogging when I exposed that misconduct to the world. That sounds like an incredible claim, but I provide primary documents and video evidence proving that he did this. And if you are moved by this story to provide a little help to myself and other victims of Mr. Kimberlin’s intimidation, such as Robert Stacy McCain, you can donate at the PayPal buttons on the right. And I thank everyone who has done so, and will do so.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It’s about Fascism: Why Everyone Should Eat At Chick-Fil-A On Wednesday

Sorry for the blog absence.  Non-blogging life has kept me busy and some illness didn’t help.  But I want to make time to say this.  You need to eat at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday.  Liberal, conservative, you need to do this.

Liberals had been complaining that Chick-Fil-A is too conservative for a while now.  The first hint is that they are actually closed on a Sunday.  Seriously, who does that anymore?  Most retail and dinner establishments are open at least for a while every day of the week, but not those rebels at Chick-Fil-A.  And then its President, Dan Cathay, poured kerosene on that slow burning fire by saying that

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Cathy said. "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."

Cathy explains that the company that his father created and the one that he now runs is possible because of family and the support that families offer.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy said.

Well, that needless to say infuriated many gay rights advocates, and even fairly conservative or libertarian types I respect deeply like Gabriel Malor.  And while I just kind of wish we could choose where we eat based on what tastes good at a good price, a boycott like this is part of the ordinary ebb and flow of politics.  Each person decides what is important, what is worthy of boycott and they carry it out.  A boycott is a form of protected expression that I only wish we had more respect for, even if I am sick of every meal being a matter of a cause.

But then things went further than that.  Chicago City Alderman Joe Marino said more or less, “that’s a nice restaurant chain ya got there.  Shame if something happened to it.”  Okay, what he actually said is contained in this passage:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Occupy-Linked Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Act of Terrorism

On Friday, I pointed out that there were ten alleged or convicted terrorists linked to the Occupy movement.  I mentioned this to expose the double standard being applied to the Tea Party.  Occupy has never been portrayed as “scary” or “violent” and yet they have ten alleged or convicted terrorists connected to their movement (including one man whose continuing criminal conduct I have covered extensively) as well more than fourteen rapes in their camps.  By contrast, if any Tea Party member had ever committed a violent act, I hadn’t heard of it (and we know we would have heard of it), and yet between the two, the Tea Party was the one being stereotyped as filled with violent people.  The media bias had never been clearer.

FILE _ This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Anthony Hayne. Hayne, 35, one of five men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio pleaded guilty in federal court in Akron, Ohio Wednesday, July 25, 2012 and will testify against his co-defendants. His attorney, Michael O'Shea, says his client hopes to get leniency in return for his testimony. (AP Photo/FBI, File)Well in that breakdown, only two were convicted terrorists and eight were merely alleged to be terrorists, on Friday.  And as of today, we can add one more to the list of convicted terrorists: Anthony Hayne.  Here’s a picture of the terrorist on the right.

Today we learn that Mr. Hayne has pled guilty to the Cleveland bridge plot.  But hey, just because he is a convicted terrorist doesn’t mean he is a bad person!  Here, let’s allow his lawyer to explain:

"I don't think any of these guys intended harm to human beings," [Hayne’s Attorney, Michael] O'Shea said. "I think they just thought this was a way of making some sort of political statement. But I'm relatively confident none of these people had any desires to actually hurt anybody."

Of course in the same article we get further details of the bomb plot and bluntly it is a misnomer to call it a “bomb plot.”  The correct term is “attempted act of terrorism:”

The five were charged with plotting to bomb a bridge linking two wealthy Cleveland suburbs by placing what they thought were real explosives at the site and repeatedly trying to detonate them using text messages from cellphones, according to the FBI affidavit.

The FBI said the suspects bought the explosives — actually fake — from an undercover employee and put them at the base of a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, about 15 miles south of downtown Cleveland.

After leaving the park, they tried to initiate the explosives using a text-message detonation code, and they called the person who provided the bombs to check the code when it failed, according to the FBI affidavit.

So they actually placed what they thought was a bomb on the bridge and then tried to detonate it, according to the FBI, but Hayne’s lawyer has the nerve to say that his client didn’t desire to hurt anyone.  Well, then that is a confession that his client is one of the dumbest people alive, because no reasonable person would think that destroying a bridge would be a safe act.  And since the law presumes you intended to bring about the obvious consequences of your actions, these men should also be charged with attempted murder on the state level, among other charges.

And for the love of God, please charge these guys on the state level.  That way if the Feds completely drop the ball in terms of justice, you will have a second chance in the state courts to get it right.

And finally, the next time the media rushes to blame an act of violence on the Tea Party, you can remember Occupy’s ties to domestic terrorism—with now three convicted and seven accused domestic terrorists so far.  To be blunt, you are more likely to be blown up by a member of Occupy than the Tea Party.

Now that all being said, remember that the other four men allegedly involved in this attempted terrorism are innocent until proven guilty.  Admittedly that is complicated by the fact that Mr. Hayne has pled guilty to a plot involving the other four, but in fairness they are still innocent until proven guilty.


My wife and I have lost our jobs due to the harassment of convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including an attempt to get us killed and to frame me for a crime carrying a sentence of up to ten years.  I know that claim sounds fantastic, but if you read starting here, you will see absolute proof of these claims using documentary and video evidence.  If you would like to donate and help my wife and I in this time of need, please go to this donation page.  And thank you.

Follow me at Twitter @aaronworthing, mostly for snark and site updates.  And you can purchase my book (or borrow it for free if you have Amazon Prime), Archangel: A Novel of Alternate, Recent History here.  And you can read a little more about my novel, here.



I have accused some people, particularly Brett Kimberlin, of reprehensible conduct.  In some cases, the conduct is even criminal.  In all cases, the only justice I want is through the appropriate legal process—such as the criminal justice system.  I do not want to see vigilante violence against any person or any threat of such violence.  This kind of conduct is not only morally wrong, but it is counter-productive.

In the particular case of Brett Kimberlin, I do not want you to even contact him.  Do not call him.  Do not write him a letter.  Do not write him an email.  Do not text-message him.  Do not engage in any kind of directed communication.  I say this in part because under Maryland law, that can quickly become harassment and I don’t want that to happen to him.

And for that matter, don’t go on his property.  Don’t sneak around and try to photograph him.  Frankly try not to even be within his field of vision.  Your behavior could quickly cross the line into harassment in that way too (not to mention trespass and other concerns).

And do not contact his organizations, either.  And most of all, leave his family alone.

The only exception to all that is that if you are reporting on this, there is of course nothing wrong with contacting him for things like his official response to any stories you might report.  And even then if he tells you to stop contacting him, obey that request.  As you will see by the time I am done telling my story that this is a key element in making out a harassment claim under Maryland law—that a person asks you to stop and you refuse.

And let me say something else.  In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe that any person supporting me has done any of the above.  But if any of you have, stop it, and if you haven’t don’t start.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Frivolity: It’s T Time

So we didn’t run a Friday Frivolity, because with the Batman Massacre, that just didn’t seem right, especially given that most of my choices were Batman related.  I don’t think that the whole world has to be put on hold when this kind of tragedy happens, but there is such a thing as decorum.  For instance, I thought it was in really poor taste that when just before watching The Dark Knight Rises, I saw a trailer for the movie Gangster Squad, about an anti-gang squad in old timey Los Angeles, where in one scene some guys with Tommy guns go into a movie theater and machine gun into the crowd.  This has led to some speculation that the movie could be changed.  I don’t think you should change the movie itself, but putting the preview on seems to have been a really poor choice, especially leading in to that movie, akin to the infamous Spider-Man World Trade Center preview.

Of course cutting out the entire scene from the movie itself made sense in Spider-Man because the collapse of the towers would have dated the movie instantly, as taking place sometime in the past when the movie makers want you to imagine it took place in the present or perhaps the near-future.  But if someone makes a movie that takes place in pre-9-11 New York city, I don’ t think they should shy away from showing us the towers.  We shouldn’t pretend like it never happened.

Anyway, so no Friday Frivolity, but we get Monday Frivolity, which is like Friday Frivolity, only without the alliteration and in today’s edition, you are going to learn why it pays to follow my Twitter account.  Sometimes you get random fun, like me pointing out that my wife made me 4 pancakes—3 regular ones and one that is heart-shaped.  And then there are people just goofing around.  Like people like to come up with “humor challenges” for lack of a better word, so someone came up with the idea of trying to come up with humorous examples of what happens when you take one letter out of a movie title.  So you get this from Bob Owens: “Fat and Furious: Michael Moore gets his dinner bill.#removeoneletterfilms

Well, I racked my brain, and finally came up with one I thought was funny:

"T: The Extra Terrestrial" Mr. T plays an alien who will pity the fool who screws with Elliot #RemoveOneLetterFilms

I never know how funny my own jokes are, but apparently some people liked it, including one enterprising person going by the nickname @Darth who wrote that “This needs a poster” and then went on to make this very excellent mock up:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Review of The Dark Knight Rises: The Baneful Threat of Occupy

So last night I went to see The Dark Knight Rises.  I’ll keep things spoiler-free above the fold.

First, did I like it?  Yes.  Look with a lot of these things, you have to manage expectations.  A thing can be so big in your mind that nothing that follows can be appreciated.  So, for instance, I loved the hell out of The Dark Knight and if you are not going to be happy unless Rises tops that, you are going to have a problem.  But if you can say, “it’s not as good as The Dark Knight, but I will appreciate it for what it is,” then you will walk away happy.

So is Rises better than The Dark Knight?  No.  To me this “Nolan Batman” trilogy has a trajectory similar to the original Star Wars trilogy: the first one was great, and benefitted from being the “first kiss,” the second was the high point of the series and the third wasn’t as good, but it was a fitting conclusion.

And I will say that any person who thinks that Bane is a knock on Mitt Romney, is delusional.  No, Bane is a dark prediction of the danger posed by the left in America.

And we all know Obama is the Joker.

And that is all I can say before I say SPOILER ALERT.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Breaking News: Over a Dozen Dead, Many Wounded at Aurora, Colorado Opening of Dark Knight Rises (Live Feed) (Update: 71 People Shot?!) (Update: A Picture of the Man Falsely Accused of Being the Alleged Shooter) (Update: "Joker" Story Confirmed?)

Update (VI): And the prize for the stupidest commentary of the day goes to the NY Post analyzing whether the Batman movies, comics, etc. inspired the alleged killer.  Since I reported earlier the claim that he said he was the Joker, that seems like a self-evident “yes.”  But witness these eerie similarities, according to the Post:

— Bruce Wayne's drive to become Batman arose from witnessing the deaths of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, at the hands of small-time criminal Joe Chill, who shot and killed them after they had left a movie theater.

— The Batman video game called "Arkham City" takes place in an abandoned movie theatre (The Monarch, outside of which Bruce Wayne's parents were killed).

Actually the game takes place inside a city-sized prison, a fact you might have figured out from the fact it is called Arkham City.

— In the third issue of DC Comics' "Batman: The Dark Knight," a gritty retooling of the Batman character that was written by Frank Miller in the 1980s, the Joker kills an entire late-night TV audience with gas.

Um, it’s called The Dark Knight Returns.

—In the same book, a man starts shooting up a porn theater after getting fired from his job.

— "The Dark Knight Rises" features at least two scenes where unsuspecting people are attacked in a public venue: the stock exchange and a football stadium.

I admit I don’t know those materials quite well enough to verify those claims, but those basic errors don’t exactly help matters.

On the other hand for more intelligent commentary, here’s what Nolan had to say about it:

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises', I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. 

I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.  

The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.

Saying that this killer might have been inspired by Batman is not the same as blaming the movies or anything like that.  There is an important difference between causation and blame.  But one suspects that Nolan is feeling like he is at fault tonight, which is incorrect morally but human.

Update (V): The “Joker” story has been confirmed?  Apparently:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Exclusive: My Virginia Complaint Against Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser and Ron Brynaert

This is the latest post in what I call jokingly call The Kimberlin Saga®.  If you are new to the story, that’s okay! Not everyone reads my blog.  So if you are new to the story, go to this page and you’ll be able to catch up on what has been happening.

In Alex Pareene’s awful piece on The Kimberlin Saga®, there was one particular lie Kimberlin told that I didn’t rebut as fully as I could have.  Here’s what Pareene said that Kimberlin said:

Kimberlin claims that Walker has now filed a suit against him in Virginia seeking a permanent injunction against Kimberlin that would bar him from ever mentioning Walker’s name, which would be a neat bit of irony.

So if Pareene is accurately representing Kimberlin’s words—and I call on him again to release the raw recordings—then this means that Kimberlin is lying, again.

I will give you five minutes to get over your shock.  Here’s some music while you recover:

Joking aside, here’s what my Virginia Complaint actually asks for in relevant part:

WHEREFORE, the Plaintiff request[s] an injunction against the Defendants enjoining them from 1) identifying the Plaintiff as the pseudonymous author known as Aaron Worthing or A.W., or posting personal information about the Plaintiff including but not limited to his home address, his current employer or his work address, 2) requiring the Defendants to remove all references from public view identifying the Plaintiff as the pseudonymous author known as Aaron Worthing or A.W., or providing personal information about the Plaintiff including but not limited to his home address, his current employer or his work address, 3) prohibiting the Defendants from contacting the Plaintiff or his immediate family or his current employer, 4) prohibiting the Defendants from approaching within 1,000 feet of the Plaintiff, his wife, his current employer and any future employer, 5) prohibiting the Defendants from conspiring with others to accomplish the above prohibited acts[.]

It also asks for damages up to two million dollars, too, which considering what all Kimberlin has put me through, and the malice involved, is low-balling it.  Something tells me that twelve ordinary Virginians are not going to be very tolerant of this convicted domestic terrorist’s antics.

And bear in mind that on the very next page you see that this was filed on January 30, 2012, at a time when I was not yet thoroughly outted as Aaron Walker.  As I said to Pareene, obviously much of that request for an injunction is moot now, though certain parts are still valid.

But it all highlighted to me again that I needed to get off my behind and share this document with you.  I mean Kimberlin had lied to other reporters about this before and unlike Pareene, they didn’t publish Kimberlin’s falsehoods about my case without, you know, actually reading the complaint or otherwise seeking my rebuttal.  You know, doing due diligence as we lawyer types say.  But obviously Pareene has proven that you cannot depend on the diligence of reporters.

Otherwise, I am mostly going to let it speak for itself for a number of strategic reasons, below the fold.  I will note that there is a lot of cutting and pasting going on here in my writing.  Indeed I noticed that at one point two pages were almost exactly identical, except the paragraph numbers and the name of one state changed, which made me smile.

I will also note that under Virginia practice you don’t have to share all you know in a complaint.  So don’t think for one moment that this is all I have to prove my case.  This is all I have chosen to share in the complaint.

Anyway, without further ado, the Virginia Complaint, broken into two parts:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Exclusive: Brett Kimberlin Threatens to File Criminal Charges Against Me, Again

This is the latest post in what I call jokingly call The Kimberlin Saga®.  If you are new to the story, that’s okay! Not everyone reads my blog.  So if you are new to the story, go to this page and you’ll be able to catch up on what has been happening.

So thirteen days ago I met Brett Kimberlin in court on an appeal of an abusive and unconstitutional peace order he obtained against me and I walked out with it nullified.  What I didn’t know until yesterday is that he sent an email to my attorney that afternoon, threatening to file new criminal charges against me.  Yes, really.  He’s like the Energizer Bunny of lawfare: he keeps going, and going, and going...

Here’s the full text of that email:

The Corrections That Didn’t Happen in Alex Pareene’s Piece on Brett Kimberlin

This is the latest post in what I call jokingly call The Kimberlin Saga®.  If you are new to the story, that’s okay! Not everyone reads my blog.  So if you are new to the story, go to this page and you’ll be able to catch up on what has been happening.

So today is correction day at Allergic to Bull.  On one hand, I made an embarrassing mistake and a big correction in a post earlier today.  It puts egg on your face, but it happens.

And now I am going to talk about the correction that didn’t happen in Alex Pareene’s piece last week.  He wrote a piece for Salon entitled Brett Kimberlin versus right wing bloggers, which seemed at first glance to be pretty risible.  For instance, here’s what I consider to be the most questionable part in the piece, discussing how Stacy McCain and his family fled their home after Kimberlin contacted his wife’s work:

Kimberlin does, in a way, accept responsibility for McCain’s flight, but he says Robert Stacy McCain is blogging from an “undisclosed location” not because he fears for his family’s safety, but because he was living on a compound owned by his church, which was alarmed to learn of his extremist beliefs and writings. Here’s the story from the site “Breitbart Unmasked,” which is written by an unknown blogger, but which essentially supports Kimberlin’s version of events:

According to my sources the church leaders claimed to Mr. Kimberlin after reading several Google entries about McCain’s racism and hatred, that this is NOT what the church was about in its teachings.

It goes on, but you get the idea.  By the way it was written, it appears that Pareene is backing up Kimberlin’s version of events by citing an anonymously written blogger who cites anonymous sources without any apparent effort to actually verify the claim.  Even if you don’t know that there is widespread suspicion that Breitbart Unmasked is Brett Kimberlin, that is such extremely flimsy sourcing that in my opinion it shouldn’t have been aired.

So I called out Pareene a little bit on twitter and then I wrote him a long email criticizing his article and seeking corrections.  And we went back and forth and he eventually issued a correction and an update, but only a partial one.  And that left me in a conundrum.  For instance, publicly he wrote this:

Your tribal political sympathies — or your opinion of the people involved on each side –  may determine on which side you fall, though no one involved seems capable of telling the whole truth.

And since I was one of the people “involved,” it was reasonable to surmise that he felt that I was one of the people who was not capable of telling the whole truth.

And yet when I emailed and complained about that, he wrote back to me:

I think you’re an honest person, really.

Well, he should have altered or otherwise fixed what he wrote, right?  But he didn’t.  And he wrote other things in that email that made it clear that he recognized that much of what he wrote shouldn’t have been written, or should have been corrected... but weren’t.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

BREAKING: Kimberlin v. Norton Has Been Appealed (Update: Major Correction)

Update and Major Correction:  What can I say?  I strive to be accurate but sometimes I get things wrong.  And when I do, I believe the correction should be as prominent as the original mistake and you should generally be open about making your mistake.

I made a mistake in my original version of this post.  I wrote that Brett Kimberlin appealed the case of Kimberlin v. Norton where he got a peace order against John Norton for about a month.  But as “Anonymous” in the comments pointed out, there was no indication in the electronic records who filed the appeal.  So it could have just as easily been John Norton as Brett Kimberlin.

I could blame a lack of caffeine or the fact that a family member first told me that, planting an assumption in my mind that I left unchallenged.

I could point out that in part my assumption was based in part on the fact that it made very little sense for Norton to appeal.  The peace order will have expired long before the circuit court is likely to hear the appeal, so at best he is likely to get a moral victory only.  I guess that is valuable to him, too, but I think he could get the same practical benefit in the “court of public opinion” by just showing anyone who asks this video...

...and then any reasonable reader will know not to trust any claims by Brett Kimberlin.  But the point is I didn’t think that was very logical on Norton’s part to go to all this trouble for just a moral victory and thus I was quick to believe Kimberlin filed the appeal instead.

But no, the buck stops here, with me, Aaron Walker.  It was my fault.  And as a result of my fundamental error, almost every word in the original post is unsupported to a degree.  Of course, if I find out that Kimberlin did file the appeal, then everything I wrote will be correct, but even if I turn out to be accidentally right, it doesn’t justify what I wrote today.  Right and wrong is determined by the information at your hands at the time, not with 20/20 hindsight.

So the entire original post—including the original title—is below the fold, in the name of openness.  And I thank the anonymous commenter for pointing out my error, and I apologize to my readers for the error.  Indeed, if Brett Kimberlin is still obsessively reading everything I write about him to a general audience, I apologize to him, too.

Because while there is a good case to be made that Brett Kimberlin is “defamation proof”—that is, his reputation is so poor it is impossible to further defame him—I still strive to be as accurate as possible in this story.  And so in that spirit I reiterate that if anyone comes forward (in email or in comments) with proof that I got any fact wrong—or in his case, proves something I stated was unsupported by known facts—I will promptly and prominently correct the error, just as I have.  And a note to Kimberlin’s defenders: an assertion supported only by Kimberlin’s honor is not proof of anything.

Anyway, the original but incorrect post is below the fold.  And once again I apologize for the error, and thank the commenter who pointed it out.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Frivolity: The “Frivolous Five” Edition!

For this week’s Friday Frivolity®, we have the Frivolous Five!  Yes, an actual musical group called the Frivolous Five.  Here’s a sample of their music

That is from their album Sour Cream and Other Delights, an album mostly notable by the sheer awfulness of its cover:

Then again, as bad as it is, it got the attention of Bored Panda, which listed it as among the forty worstalbum covers of all time (warning actual nudity at the link, so very NWFW).  So...  free publicity!  They must be thrilled.

Mostly these bad album covers fall into four categories (warning: NSFW below the fold).  First, inoffensive covers featuring people who just look very uncool:

Second, covers that were probably made innocently and just sounds dirty now:

(Sandusky's favorie album!)

Third, covers that are intentionaly sexual, but really, really bad at a it.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

New Page on This Site: “The Brett Kimberlin Saga (And How You Can Help!)”

Dear reader, I have spent most of my blogging time today working on a new page for this site.  It is designed to tell the whole story of what I half-jokingly call The Brett Kimberlin Saga®.  I plan to refer to it regularly so that new readers on this site will know exactly where to go to get the background for this story.  I hope it will serve as a resource for myself and others to help people understand this continuing story.  That new page is here.  Or you can see it linked at the text that floats at the top of my page now, or on the list of pages on the right.

Saxby Chambliss Urges More Action From Holder on SWATting

I was just about to go to bed, when I saw this via Insty at the Georgia Tip Sheet:

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss strongly criticized the Department of Justice on Wednesday for its “notably silent” response to a string of anonymous pranks wherein authorities have been dispatched guns ablaze to the homes of conservative commentators after bogus shooting claims.

Aides to the Peach State pol circulated a letter he sent earlier in the day to the nation’s top law man, Eric Holder, bearing an unusually firm hed: “Chambliss slams attorney general for insufficient response to SWAT-ting.”

As they say, read the whole thing.  And below the fold, I have embedded his letter.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Exclusive: The State’s Attorney Has Given Brett Kimberlin a License to Perjure Himself and He Used it in Kimberlin v. Norton

I Transcribe Much of the Peace Order Hearing Between John Norton and Brett Kimberlin

I have been a little under the weather, with a summer cold, so it has been light blogging, but this was too good not to blog about.  Today in the mail I got a copy of the audio from the peace order hearing between John Norton and Brett Kimberlin, which I talked about here, and here.  I got a copy of this because Kimberlin accused me of somehow controlling Norton’s conduct in a document I shared with you here, so I wanted to see what else Kimberlin would say about me in this hearing and plus I was just curious in general.

Now, I am basing this report entirely on the audio itself.  So, for instance, I am unsure of the name of Norton’s attorney.  It sounded something like “Shiller” but I am not certain enough to go on record on that.  And I don’t know who the judge was.  All of this could be easily verified by trying to get in contact with Mr. Norton, but for legal reasons it is a really bad idea for me to get in contact with Mr. Norton, even in my capacity as a reporter, so I won’t.  But I will leave it to other journalists to do that kind of work.  I will reiterate that I didn’t even know the man existed until Kimberlin filed a peace order against him.

And, of course, all the caveats that applied to the last post transcribing from the peace order hearing apply here.  And indeed I suspect that having witnessed the July 5 hearing live, my transcription is more likely to be accurate than one I didn’t see live.  I will add that the judge had a tendency to make a lot of small comments like, “yeah,” and “I see” barely under his breath as a way verbally encouraging people to talk.  I decided to skip the tedium of transcribing all of that.  (And don’t take this as a knock on the judge.  I do it, too, as does something like 90% of the population in my opinion.)

But there is a real bombshell here.  Brett Kimberlin perjured himself, again, and it is fairly egregious.  It comes when Norton’s attorney (who I just designate as L for lawyer), is cross examining Kimberlin:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Blogger Defense Team Launches a Website to Fight (In Court) the Tactics of Team Kimberlin

As visitors of this site have known, Brett Kimberlin has been on a campaign of harassment in retaliation against me for 1) briefly and slightly representing someone who he was suing, and 2) for pointing out that he had committed perjury on November 14, 2011.  This has included attempting to get my wife and I killed, attempting to frame me for a crime, getting me arrested on false charges, and filing abusive peace orders against me in Maryland (see here).

After I was arrested, Dan Backer arranged with me to provide pro-bono legal help with this.  His big idea is that he wanted to not only defend my right to freedom of speech, but to put Brett Kimberlin on the defensive, both to vindicate my rights, and to vindicate others.  I cannot disclose all that he has planned—we cannot give the other side warning—but keep an eye on them.  They will be making news in the next few weeks.

But while it is free to me, it is not free to them.  I mean how long would you work at your job for free—when you have bills to pay and mouths to feed?  So in all bluntness, the more you donate to this cause the more they will be able to do.  So they have formed the Blogger’s Defense Team (BDT)...

(Note: This is not actually what they look like, nor do they have these uniforms.)

…And, joking aside, they have launched a website for this effort.  So bookmark them, spread the word around and if you can, please give to them.

And this is in supplement to the efforts of the National Bloggers Club, which is has set up a relief fund to help as well.

And thanks to everyone.  Thank you to Dan Backer (BDT) and Ali Akbar (NBC) for organizing these respective funds and to all of you who have given and will give.

And most of all, thank you to OccupyRebellion for being such a thug he/she/it has motivated people to give over $700 to BDT...

Their official press release sent out by email follows below the fold:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Exclusive: Transcribing the Audio from Thursday’s Hearing in Kimberlin v. Walker

This is a follow up to this post; so I suggest you read there, if you have not been following along.  But let me give you the basics in the background.  Last Thursday, July 5, 2012, I had a peace order hearing against Brett Kimberlin.  This was what we call a de novo appeal—a whole new trial—of a district court decision granting Kimberlin a peace order that not only forbade me from going to his house or his employment (which I never tried to do, anyway), and from contacting him as the term is ordinarily understood (directed communications, such as phone calls, letter, email, text message, etc.), but Judge Vaughey then went even further into truly unconstitutional territory:

Respondent shall not contact the [petitioner] in person, by telephone, in writing, or any other means. And “any other means” is putting it on a blog, a Tweet, a megaphone, a smoke signals—what else is out there—sonar, radar, laser.  Nothing.

All of this was based on the theory that writing bad things about Brett Kimberlin on the internet was inciting others to violence.  The district court drew this conclusion explicitly rejecting Supreme Court precedent that requires, among other things, that the person accused of incitement actually has to advocate for violence or other lawlessness, something I have never done.

As I outlined in a series of posts called “The Story I Couldn’t Tell” (introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5) this was flagrantly unconstitutional, and I so argued in a motion for a stay I filed almost two weeks ago, which was promptly granted by Judge Rupp.  And it is worth noting that after that victory I was SWATted—that is, someone called in a false report to emergency services claiming to be me, claiming I had shot my wife, with the hope of prompting a dangerous police response.  There is much more in the prior posts on all of these subjects and about the day of, but that should be enough for you to follow along.

So Friday, I took a drive to Rockville, Maryland, and obtained copies of the audio from yesterday’s hearing.  Now, first, court rules prevent me from just uploading the audio and letting you listen.  This is unfortunate, because mere text will never convey just how angry Brett Kimberlin was at one key moment.  Indeed I really wish we had courtroom video so you could see his body language.  But perhaps the other journalists there, David Hogberg and John Hoge* can back me up on the key parts.

Second, I am not crazy enough to transcribe every word, but I will give you some important parts.  I transcribe a lot of it, but not all of it.

Third, I will note that I am not a professional transcriptionist.  I am just a guy listening and doing his best to capture what is heard.  There might be subtle conventions of how transcripts are made that I miss, and I simply might hear things differently.  For instance at a key moment there is so much cross talk, I didn’t know how to capture it.  When I get the transcript, I will upload it myself, and I will almost certainly defer to it as the definitive version of what was said, unless there is a particularly egregious and material mistake.  But I also promise you that I will make my transcriptions as accurate as possible and my mistakes will be honest ones.

And I will note that I generally left out the ums and ahs and just plain stuttering that occurs, in everyone’s speech involved, making this a relatively clean read.  Sometimes a person would say fully formed words in very incomplete ways, and I captured that as best I could so you could decide for yourself what you think they were trying to say, because it does create some ambiguity.  But other than that I cleaned up everyone’s speech, including Brett Kimberlin’s.  And on very rare occasions, I will add words in brackets to further clarify what I think is being said.  I will not delete or substitute words in that fashion, though.

But using that recording, I am going to give you the most complete version of Thursday’s events so far, and I am even going to correct a couple errors I had made.

For starters, the hearing actually took about an hour, not forty five minutes.  I had thought it had started at 11:00 a.m. and went to about 11:45.  It actually started at 10:50 ish, and went to 11:50ish, give or take a few minutes.  And my line in the last post about Kimberlin claiming that The Army of Davids was some kind of “extremist Christian militia” was wrong.  He called them a “Christian group” with the “extremist militia” part being implied, rather than being stated outright, as you will see.  I apologize for the error and particularly apologizing to anyone who relied on it.

But let’s dive into the hearing itself.  All of this is in chronological order.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Frivolity: The “When Fireworks Go Wrong” Edition!

As I noted yesterday, weather concerns screwed up my enjoyment of fireworks.  But considering these items, I am not sure I should be all that upset.  First, we have via Hot Air the screw up in San Diego’s display where apparently all the fireworks went off in something like 17 seconds.  And no, it doesn’t seem cool, it seems like nothing more than an evening sun.  The idea of an hour’s worth of fireworks going off in in about 17 seconds sounds much cooler than the reality:

On the other hand, while much of this is conduct one should never emulate...  it doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at the sheer FAIL! of it (via Kotaku):

Let freedom ring.


My wife and I have lost our jobs due to the harassment of convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including an attempt to get us killed and to frame me for a crime carrying a sentence of up to ten years.  I know that claim sound fantastic, but if you read starting here, you will see absolute proof of these claims using documentary and video evidence.  If you would like to donate and help my wife and I in this time of need, please go to this donation page.  And thank you.

Follow me at Twitter @aaronworthing, mostly for snark and site updates.  And you can purchase my book (or borrow it for free if you have Amazon Prime), Archangel: A Novel of Alternate, Recent History here.  And you can read a little more about my novel, here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Just a Reminder: Team Kimberlin Still Wants to Ruin My Life

Ken at Popehat is right to mock @OccupyRebellion for her “delicious tears” in her twitter feed following Kimberlin’s loss this morning.  You know how to read this—from bottom to top:

Today in Circuit Court, Brett Kimberlin Lost and the First Amendment Won...

...and the Army of Davids is scary!


Update: Talking with friends tonight, something came back to me that I forgot about.  At one point in the hearing Kimberlin made an odd statement.  He said he couldn't get the police to come out to his house, without a peace order.  Is it possible that he has made so many silly or false calls to the police that they have stopped taking his calls seriously?  That maybe they have flagged his number?  That's just speculation on my part: I don't expect to have an answer to that question, soon.

Update (II): Please note that I make a mistake below.  Kimberlin did not say The Army of Davids was an "extremist Christian militia."  He only called them a "Christian group" and suggested they were some kind of militia. I appear to have inserted my interpretation of his words into my memory of what he said and for that I apologize.  I explain more, and give you the full quote and its context, here.


Well, with concern for the weather I missed the fireworks last night, but there were plenty of them today at my hearing against Brett Kimberlin.  And like the last time I went to circuit court, the judge found that Kimberlin’s presentation was so poor that I didn’t even have to put on a defense.  I will even share with you the court’s official findings in just a minute.  But first to set the stage a little bit...

Yesterday, I finished with my five part series “The Story I Couldn’t Tell” (introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5), and you may wish to read that series to get a more fulsome understanding of what was going on in this case.  In the last segment I pointed out that the next chapter was being written today and so it was.  Fortunately this story had a very happy turn.

Today in Montgomery County Circuit Court they heard the de novo appeal of Kimberlin v. Walker (II).  As I stated in Part 5 of that series, Judge Vaughey had fastened upon me a peace order on the theory that I had incited others to unlawful action directed towards Kimberlin, by writing at my blog and on the internet that Kimberlin had engaged in reprehensible conduct—namely that Kimberlin had attempted to frame me for a crime—to a general audience and that was enough to find I had incited others to allegedly threaten and harass Kimberlin, and thus I was forbidden from talking about Kimberlin on twitter or my blogs for six months.  Consider for one moment how much of modern journalism involves saying that people have engaged in reprehensible conduct and you will realize pretty quickly that this could not possibly be the law.  In fact, in Brandenburg v. Ohio, the Supreme Court laid out the Constitutional test for incitement:

the constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.

In the district court, when I tried to bring up Brandenburg, Judge Vaughey said “Forget Brandenburg. Let’s go by Vaughey right now, and common sense out in the world.”  And having refused to follow controlling Supreme Court precedent, Vaughey proceeded to impose a flagrantly unconstitutional peace order.

By comparison, when my attorney presented a motion for a partial stay of this unconstitutional peace order, Judge Rupp was the duty judge—the same judge Rupp who was present in the January 9, 2012 hearing that was followed by the “iPad incident” (read here to get the whole story).  Back on May 17, I wrote this assessment of Judge Rupp’s performance on January 9th:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Story I Couldn’t Tell, Part V: The May 29 Hearing and Letting Freedom Ring

Update: I made an embarrassing typo when I said that the National Bloggers' Club had given me "$5,0000" so far.  Of course that is one zero too many and it has been fixed.  Thanks to Dustin for pointing out the error.

This is the fifth and final post in a series that I introduced, here.

In the first part of this story, I provided an introduction and then talked a little about the law of peace orders in Maryland.  In the second part, I talked about the petition Brett Kimberlin filed for a peace order.  In the third part, for the first time and exclusive to this site, you got to find out what he said and did at the May 22, 2012 peace order hearing.  In the fourth part, I talked about how he filed false charges that I violated the peace order, and obtained a warrant for my arrest.  And that finally brings us to the hearing of May 29, my arrest and Independence Day.

Of course I didn’t know that Kimberlin had filed these criminal charges and had obtained a warrant for my arrest.  I did sense that something was strange as Kimberlin pointed me out to a woman who was there (I believe she was a victim’s advocate, who apparently never thought to check her “victim’s” story or get the other side of the matter), but I spent most of the day concentrating on my presentation.

I have gotten some criticism for representing myself.  I won’t say I was the most stellar advocate.  Not all lawyers are trial lawyers, and I know I am not one of the great ones yet.  I hope to change that with experience.  But at the same time, I think I did an adequate job.  I don’t believe I lost because of a poor presentation.  I believe I lost because the judge disregarded the law, and it is hard to see how a more experienced lawyer could have forced a judge to follow Supreme Court precedent.  But maybe that is just my ego talking; I report, you decide.

But there was a more basic reason why I didn’t hire a lawyer.  You shouldn’t have to hire a lawyer, damn it—doubly so when you are unemployed.  You shouldn’t have to pay money in order to maintain your freedom.  That’s not freedom!  Judges in the district courts should have been sufficiently solicitous of the First Amendment that they should not have allowed a man like Kimberlin to penalize a person for protected speech.

But I don’t want to get into another rant about the short-comings of the district court system and how it can be improved.  If you are curious about how I would improve things, there, read this post.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Story I Couldn’t Tell, Part IV: Brett Kimberlin’s Second False Criminal Complaint Against Me

This is the fourth in a series of posts that I introduced, here.

In the first part of this story, I provided an introduction and then talked a little about the law of peace orders in Maryland.  In the second part, I talked about the petition Brett Kimberlin filed for a peace order.  In the third part, for the first time and exclusive to this site, you got to find out what he said and did at the May 22, 2012 peace order hearing.  And now this one brings me to latest false criminal charges Kimberlin filed against me on May 27, 2012.  That would be a Sunday night, at 10:10 p.m. listed on the criminal complaint itself (actually called the “Application for Statement of Charges”), another weekend filing.

And of course I had no idea that these charges had been filed until the cuffs were being slapped on me, but that is getting ahead of the story.

The key thing to get here, the headline that everyone else has been missing, is this: he did it again.  He filed false charges against me, again, and this time got me arrested based on them.  Back in early May, I wrote this to the State’s Attorney’s Office:

As a friend of mine said, Brett Kimberlin is about to figure out that doing this is either a really good idea, or a really bad one.  If he is not prosecuted for this blatant and evil attempt to frame me, then you will be telling him that the laws against perjury—and other false statements—are meaningless.  And you will be telling him that all he has to do is falsely claim another person has committed a crime against him, and the State’s Attorney will put that person through hell.  The State’s Attorney should be offended that Mr. Kimberlin has manipulated this office in this fashion and it should be eager to see Mr. Kimberlin suffer consequences for his conduct.

Well, because Kimberlin so far has faced no consequences for this conduct, the message he has received is that this is a really good idea.  File false charges and you at the very least force them to run up expensive legal bills or if you are really lucky, you can even get them arrested.

And the State’s Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County Maryland, will do nothing about it when the ruse is revealed.

That is why it is vitally important that we put pressure on the State’s Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County to finally prosecute Kimberlin.  So let me repeat my request from Mid-May for what you can do to help:

[Y]ou can write to the State’s Attorney of Montgomery County.  I did not name the subordinate responsible for the inaction, but ultimately it is the responsibility of John McCarthy, the State’s Attorney himself.  You might also consider writing to the Governor, or the Attorney General of Maryland.  Be polite.  You will not help me by being foul or insulting.  Simply state that you believe a grave injustice has been done to me—if you happen to agree—and ask them politely to see to it that justice be done.

This is his office’s contact information:
State’s Attorney for Montgomery County
50 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, Maryland  20850

I mean in a real way it is a bit inaccurate to say that I was arrested for protected expression—and yes, I was arrested based on these false charges.  Instead, the better way to understand it is that I was arrested in retaliation for protected expression.  In other words, Brett Kimberlin didn’t run down to the commissioner’s office and say simply, “he’s talking about me!  Arrest him!”  No, instead he was so angry at the storm of criticism and investigative journalism that I had kicked up that he ran down there and falsely claimed that I had engaged in unprotected speech and conduct and got me arrested based on that.

So let me present to you the charges themselves and then provide a line-by-line fisking of them (in red italics like last time) and you will see that while he complains that I and others are criticizing him, the meat of these charges is a false claim that I had engaged in criminal conduct:

If You Want to See the Next Round with Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin...

Update: In case is is not obvious, the case is style Brett Kimberlin v. Aaron Walker.  Walker is my real name, "Worthing" is my pen name.  And the case number is 8526D.

Update (II): For your information, here is the policy on electronics in the courthouse.  Note that the use of electronic devices in the courtroom is prohibited as are photographs anywhere inside the courthouse.

After you are done enjoying fireworks on the Fourth, on July 5, 2012 we will have a hearing on this peace order with Brett Kimberlin.  After all the stay lasts only until the full hearing, so in theory the judge could re-impose all the restrictions Vaughey imposed in the first one.

Last time I had a hearing, people got the idea of coming and I am genuinely grateful to the people who showed up.  It meant that there were witnesses when I was arrested.

So if you are inclined to come, here’s what I know about it.  It will be in the Circuit Courthouse.  That is at 50 Maryland Avenue, in Rockville.  It’s right across the corner from the District Courthouse, so do be careful not to go into the wrong building.  We don’t know which room, because we don’t know who the judge will be, just yet.  Follow my twitter and I should tweet out the details when I know it.

I am going to be there at 8:30 a.m. but frankly there is just no way to know when the case will be heard.  As for length, I would be shocked if we get it done in two hours.

But there is one other thing.  There is a chance that the courthouse will be closed.  It was closed yesterday and today due to the massive thunderstorm we had last week, and, according to friends in the power industry, Maryland regulations which make it difficult to protect power lines from falling trees.  You can check for the status of any closings of their courts, here.

So if you are inclined to come, that is how to do it.  And I will say in all frankness that my attorney Mr. Bours is likely to put on a better show than I ever did.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Story I Couldn’t Tell, Part III: The May 22 Hearing and Brett Kimberlin’s Bigotry Towards Me

This is the third in a series of posts that I introduced, here.

In the first part of this story, I provided an introduction and then talked a little about the law of peace orders in Maryland.  In the second part, I talked about the latest petition Brett Kimberlin filed for a peace order.  In this part, for the first time and exclusive to this site, you get to find out what he said and did at the May 22, 2012 peace order hearing.  Because of complex reasons I outlined in the last post, I chose not to show up at this hearing, so Kimberlin had the floor to himself, with no one there to contradict him.

I'm sure he won't use this opportunity to be dishonest, right?

It's only eight pages, and I will mostly let it speak for itself.  If you read the last post in the series you will already recognize the dishonesty in his testimony.  And if you haven’t read the last post, please do, so that you will in fact recognize all the dishonesty.

For instance, you already know about my comment about how he is going to pay for what he did to me (in a court of law), so you know it is false when he says:

Exclusive: The Police Report on my SWATting

As regular readers following this site know, last week I was SWATted.  If you don’t know the term, it means when someone calls into the police and falsely reports that a crime has been committed at your house.  This is often done by fooling the computers into believing that the call is actually coming from your phone, and pretending to be you, confessing to a crime.  They call it SWATting (with the first for letters in capitals), because of the hope that it will send out a SWAT team, but usually what you get instead is a fairly aggressive response by ordinary officers.  This may sound like a prank, but the real world results are extremely dangerous.  People can get killed and is therefore a crime.

You can read Patrick Frey’s harrowing account of his SWATting here, and listen to Erik Erickson’s SWATting call and his account below:

And of course you can read my account of my experience here.

So today I went and got the police report.  I will warn you it doesn’t say very much and indeed with all the redactions they did and I did, it says very little.  But it does verify that the SWATting did occur.  Look below the fold.

The Story I Couldn’t Tell, Part II: Brett Kimberlin’s Latest Petition for a Peace Order

This is the second in a series of posts that I introduced, here.

In the first part of this story, I provided an introduction and then talked a little about the law of peace orders in Maryland.  In this part we will talk about the peace order that Brett Kimberlin filed on May 19, 2012.  I had mentioned it before but I didn’t take the time for the true line by line fisking it deserved.

But it is worth looking at a screencap from when the peace order was put into place.

As you can see, this was filed at midnight on Saturday, May 19.  Which if they are doing it right, means that he left for the commissioner’s office on Friday evening.  And what, pray tell, motivated him to run from his mother’s basement (where he lives) to the commissioner’s office so late on a Friday evening?

Perhaps he witnessed the horror that was...  my latest Friday Frivolity post... and if you look at my twitter feed, it was mainly just the usual stuff.  It’s hard to understand why anything I wrote gave him a sudden sense of urgency.  In fact one might suspect he went there at that time in the hopes of finding someone less vigilant than normal.  Perish the thought.

So let’s fisk this sucker, starting with the handwritten parts.  First he writes (his words will be in red and italics, just to keep things easier to follow):

Mr. Walker has engaged in a course of conduct that alarms and seriously annoys me by filing false criminal charges that were quickly dismissed...

Of course the problem with that is two-fold.  First, I filed those charges against him on April 17.  He filed this petition on May 19, and as I explained in the last part, it can only apply to conduct in the last thirty days, so...  that would be April 19-through May 19, and thus the conduct falls completely outside the peace order statute.

But more fundamentally than that, you can’t file a peace order to prevent a person from filing a criminal charge, and he knows that.  Judge Eric Johnson of the Circuit Court told him that in the April 11 hearing, saying:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Brett Kimberlin, the Song

Hmm, I don’t think he is going to enjoy this one very much...

...but as they used to say, “It’s got a beat and you can dance to it.”

The lyrics are at the YouTube page, and as you can see they are slightly inaccurate; for instance Carl DeLong committed suicide four years after Brett Kimberlin’s bomb—set at a high school—took his leg, but the song is basically accurate.  And it’s fun!

Of course this makes me think of my post on Kimberlin’s own foray into music and attempted rockstardom: Did Brett Kimberlin Mock his Victim Carl DeLong in a Music Video?


My wife and I have lost our jobs due to the harassment of convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including an attempt to get us killed and to frame me for a crime carrying a sentence of up to ten years.  I know that claim sound fantastic, but if you read starting here, you will see absolute proof of these claims using documentary and video evidence.  If you would like to donate and help my wife and I in this time of need, please go to this donation page or use the PayPal buttons on the right.  And thank you.

Follow me at Twitter @aaronworthing, mostly for snark and site updates.  And you can purchase my book (or borrow it for free if you have Amazon Prime), Archangel: A Novel of Alternate, Recent History here.  And you can read a little more about my novel, here.