It was one year ago today that I received the following comment to a post called Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin’s Boss’ Day Job:Of course, the threat was not sent by Karen B. who blogs as The Lonely Conservative. She was receiving death threats herself that same day. (BTW, the $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever made those threats against her still stands.)
The Sheriff’s Office sent a email alerting all deputies of the threat. I was working as an amateur radio operator providing backup communications at one of the storm shelters set up for persons displaced by Sandy. When several of the deputies at the shelter found out that I was the subject of that email, we decided that I would save Halloween candy for whoever responded.
The SWATting call never came.
On the morning of 1 November, after the SWATting threat proved hollow, I posted these words:
Was there something particular in that post that pushed a button? Or was it the accumulation of five months of blog posts that inspired the SWATting threat? I don’t know that I’ll ever find out, but I do know that by not following through, Team Kimberlin has proven themselves to be a cowardly lot. But they can be dangerous cowards. I understand that. I keep my eyes open. I take reasonable (and sometimes unreasonable) precautions. And my friends, including those in law enforcement, have my back.
As Harry Truman once remarked, “I’ve been shot at by experts.” I’ve dealt with my share of tough guys and tough guy wannabes during my life. They’ve been to jail, and I haven’t. I look forward to seeing TDPK and his thugs and enablers brought to justice, and I intend to have some small part in that. I may have just become his worst nightmare.
I stand by them.