Tuesday, June 5, 2012

An Open Letter to TX Attorney General Greg Abbott

Dear Mr. Abbott,

I am a citizen of Arlington, TX.  More particularly, I am a blogger.  You can find my political opinion blog at dedicatedtenther.blogspot.com.  The reason I say this is important is that there is a campaign of intimidation being waged against bloggers, predominantly conservative ones, and, to date, no Government Entity has expressed much interest in supporting us, or protecting us from this intimidation and harassment.

This campaign of intimidation is centered around Convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin.  He, and those around him, have filed multiple frivolous lawsuits, and Orders of Protection against those who have been exposing Mr. Kimberlin's involvement as a Democrat supporter.  Regardless of his right to support the Democrats, those who also support them have the right to know with whom they are associating: in this case, Convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin.

Beyond mere frivolous lawsuits, however, which should be handled by the court, his supporters and cronies have escalated their intimidation tactics to include the Felony known as "SWATting" in which they use a spoofed or untraceable phone to impersonate their target, and call 911 claiming to have committed some violent crime.  This results in armed police officers, and often SWAT teams (thus the term) showing up to arrest the supposed miscreant.  As I'm sure you can imagine, this is a dangerous tactic that can, and probably will, get someone killed.

If this were the extent of matters, I would not address this letter to you, however.  In their most recent escalation, the supporters of Mr. Kimberlin have posted pictures and the address of the mother one of their targets, the blogger Ali Akbar.  This is not even the target, but his family.  It is a clear attempt to terrorize him into silence.  This targeted citizen, not the blogger, but his mother, is a Texas resident.  As such, I call on you and your office to do everything within your legal power to end this harassment.  Cyber-Stalking is as real a crime as physical stocking, and the posting of this data is nothing short of a terroristic threat to Mr. Akbar's family.

With respect, Mr. Abbott, please protect this Texas Resident, and stop these tactics.

This letter will be posted as an open letter on my blog, above.  Partially this is to get the word of these tactics out to a wider audience, partially it is to allow me to link to previous articles and reporting that will back up my claims.  I encourage you to review the evidence yourself.


  1. TX Penal Code Sec. 42.07 HARASSMENT.

    It's the local DA who needs to be on this. There's enough in that statute where they could--if they wanted to--charge someone. That's a misdemeanor.

    Stalking under 42.072 is a felony. Language there that may be applicable as well. 42.072(a)(2)-(3)(c).

    1. That's good to know. I'm linked in a couple of places, but I don't want to feed the fire re: Ali's mom, so I'm not going to bother finding out where she lives- hopefully someone will direct Ali to this post (or others like it) and he'll see what can be done.

  2. Hopefully Ali gets this info.

    Also, it's a long shot but: TX Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 2.07 allows you--if you can convince the judge the DA "is otherwise
    unable to perform the duties of his office"--to hire your own prosecutor.