The TKPOTD for six years ago today dealt with the topic of Brett Kimberlin and Team Themis. At that time, I had no connection to that particular brouhaha, but that would change in a coupe of months. Several of the links below have been memory-holed.
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The most bizarre bit of nonsense in all of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s ranting in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is his spinning of a fable concerning Team Themis. The beginnings of the Team Themis non-story go back to before my time as a blogger, but Stacy Mc Cain has written some about it. This piece about Barrett Brown and ‘Team Themis’ provides a reasonable summary of what probably happened in a skirmish between the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and the nascent Team Kimberlin.
Here’s the money quote.
The reference is to U.S. Chamber Watch, a wholly owned project of Brett Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution! Of course, at that point, I’d never heard of Brett Kimberlin or Velvet Revolution, but it’s kind of weird how, over the course of several months in 2011 and 2012, these divergent threads came together. In September 2011, Neal Rauhauser e-mailed Barrett Brown’s colleague Gregg Housh to coordinate “Occupy” activism on behalf of Velvet Revolution. And in September 2012, Rauhauser as “Carlito2000″ got Barrett Brown agitated about Jennifer Emick.
So while Barrett Brown is being celebrated as a journalistic hero by the New York Times and Rolling Stone, I’m being sued by the convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin for “DEFAMATION, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS” and yet — checking my e-mail inbox again — no, neither David Carr of the New York Times nor Alexander Zaitchik of Rolling Stone seems to find that story interesting.
Just a coincidence, I’m sure . . .
Sure, Stacy. Just a coincidence.
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Kimberlin finally decided to file a LOLsuit specifically related to Team Themis, but he had waited too long, and the statute of limitation had run out. In order to have a continuing conspiracy with recent enough acts to allow for a suit, he added me as defendant in the RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit and claimed without any evidence that I was connected to Team Themis.
(Team Themis was supposedly a group of Intelligence Community contractors. I work as a contractor to NASA, so maybe he had NASA confused with the agency who didn’t buy both vowels.)
When Judge Hazel dismissed the RICO 2 LOLsuit, he did it for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. That was a finding on the merits, so Kimberlin can’t refile the same claims again.