Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of claims that Brett Kimberlin made in several of his LOLsuits was that truthful reporting about him had harmed a business relationship between Justice Through Music Project and the U. S. State Department. The TKPOTD for three years ago today dealt with that claim and posted a copy of the State Department’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request about any such relationship.

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One of the things that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has claimed in some of his LOLsuits is that the truthful reporting by my codefendants and me harmed a relationship between Justice Through Music Project and the State Department. He claimed to have had a business relationship with the State Department’s International Leadership Program to teach foreign activists how to use social media. As part of my preparation to defend those LOLsuits, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the State Department asking for the details of Kimberlin’s work for them.

Here is their reply—

TL;DR—We won’t admit to having anything to do with him.

Hmmmmm.

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Yes, well, that’s from the State Department, and the FOIA request deals with activities when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, so it may be that information was on a wiped server in some bathroom closet. Or it may be that Kimberlin is no longer seen as useful by that element of the Deep State. Or he could have been lying. Or perhaps the correct conjunction to use is and.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin has tried to paint his enemies as racists (especially Stacy McCain) and Islamophobes (especially Aaron Walker). The following is from a piece that ran six years ago today titled Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin and Muslim Hurt Feelings.

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In an earlier episode of our series, we saw that TDPK seems to have a special sensitivity for the feelings of Muslims who have been hurt by depictions of their Prophet. Indeed, in his most recent court filing TDPK asserts that the whole brouhaha between him and Aaron Walker relates to disrespectful treatment of Mohammed in pictures posted on one of Mr. Walker’s websites.

<mockery>One of the claims that TDPK has made all along is that he has been concerned that Mr. Walker would be the victim of violence at the hands of Islamic extremists. As a result of that fear, he needed to out the Aaron Worthing nom de cyber. Clearly, TDPK has been taking lesson from the same strategist who had to burn villages in order to save them.

If it were honest, TDPK’s concern for Mr. Walker’s safety would be touching.

What would make more sense would be for TDPK to be concerned for his own safety should he fall into the hands of those same Islamic extremists. TDPK is an avowed atheist, and avowing atheism is consider telling a lie about Allah by the Koran. Furthermore, sura 4:89 says:

They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah’s way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.

TDPK may be even less wise in his selection of friends than in his selection of enemies.</mockery>

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Here’s an interesting factoid about the Justice Through Music Project website. It still has a couple of posts up from 2011 and 2012 about working with activists from moslem countries as part of a State Department program. (Claims in some of The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s LOLsuits have related to losing that work with the State Department.) While the texts of the posts are still online, all of the pictures have been taken down.

Hmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the things that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin has claimed in some of his LOLsuits is that the truthful reporting by my codefendants and me harmed a relationship between Justice Through Music Project and the State Department. He claimed to have had a business relationship with the State Department’s International Leadership Program to teach foreign activists how to use social media. As part of my preparation to defend those LOLsuits, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the State Department asking for the details of Kimberlin’s work for them.

Here is their reply—

TL;DR—We won’t admit to having anything to do with him.

Hmmmmm.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin rattles on and on about false narratives. He’s a primary source of them himself. Consider these paragraphs from his second amended complaint in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.That’s clearly designed to give the impression that Justice Through Music Project (or Velvet Revolution US) and, thus, Brett Kimberlin were deriving income from the State Department because of participation an “International Leadership Program.” Let’s look a bit deeper.

First, the actual program run by the State Department is called the International Visitor Leadership Program. There doesn’t seem to be any U. S. Government record of JTMP or VRUS participating in the program.

Second, there doesn’t seem to be any record of payments from the Department of State to either Justice Through Music Project or Velvet Revolution US for any purpose during the “three years prior to 2012.” The industrious Gentle Reader may verify that at usaspending.gov.

This doesn’t mean that TDPK never talked to foreign visitors at some sort of State Department event. He may have. But if he did, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that he or his not-for-profits were being paid as a contractors or grantees by the government. However, most taxpayers would agree that is was not an unwise decision to refrain from using a convicted felon in a such a potentially sensitive role.

#FalseNarrative

Mismanagement at the State Department


The Washington Examiner reports that the State Department Inspector General has uncovered rampant mismanagement of grants by the department under Secretary Clinton.

Why am I not surprised?ECF 135-152UPDATE—I should tell the Gentle Reader who may not be familiar with Brett Kimberlin’s (The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin) vexatious lawsuit against over a score of bloggers and media entities (including me) that paragraph 152 above is from the second amended complaint in that lawsuit. Search on the term <RICO Madness> in the search box above to learn more.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin claims that it was nefarious actions by his imagined RICO conspiracy that cost Justice Through Music Project its contracts with the State Department. No, really. It’s right here in his proposed second amended complaint in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.ECF 100-152Believe it or not, this isn’t TDPK’s first attempt to get involved in Middle Eastern diplomacy. He had a go at it back when he was in prison. Yvonne Abraham reported the following at the Boston Phoenix back in 1996 in an article about Mark Singer’s book Citizen K:

And Kimberlin soon began undermining his own credibility. The more Singer got to know him, the stranger the prisoner became. Believing himself exceptionally talented, Kimberlin was certain he’d become an international recording star, and he thought he might just ask Sting or Paul McCartney to co-write some songs with him. He’d also tried to intervene in the Iraq crisis of 1990, in the hopes of averting the Gulf War, thereby making a hero of himself. “The plan was for Hussein to release these hostages — the human shield — to my mother,” he told Singer. Naturally, his own subsequent release would have been a given had the Iraqi ambassador to the United States acted upon the letters Kimberlin had his mother hand-deliver.

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

This Just In–Scorpions Sting Frogs


CNN found Ambassador Stevens’ diary on the floor of the sacked compound in Benghazi where he was attacked. While they did not directly use any of the material in the journal, they did derive tips from it or use it to confirm other sources. One bit of information led CNN to report that the ambassador felt that he was on an al-Qaeda hit list and concerned about security in Libya.

The State Department has attacked CNN for its reporting, claiming that the network breached a confidentiality agreement with the ambassador’s family. Ann Althouse is having trouble buying the government’s line.

If the argument is that CNN broke an agreement, I want precision and I don’t see it. I repeat that I’m glad CNN got this information to us and didn’t supinely pass along the State Department’s talking points (which were wrong).

Yes, it looks as if the State Department is more concerned with covering up its mistakes before, during, and after the ambassador’s death than telling the truth. Stacy McCain writes:

While CNN’s conduct is certainly subject to criticism, that pales in comparison to the “worldwide significance” – the legitimate news value — of the story they were reporting. Attempting to distract from this important story by trying to indict CNN before the court of public opinion? Predictable and wrong …

Completely predictable. Governments caught screwing up will misdirect or lie. Journalists should understand that even their favored politicians will. It’s their nature.

Just as a scorpion will sting a frog, dooming both, so a lying politician can pull his pet journalists down with himself.