Big Government reported that during his radio show Erick Erickson said he has been informed that seventy members of Congress are going to send a letter to the Department of Justice demanding an investigation into the SWATting of bloggers. Let’s hope they don’t stop there. Ace of Spades has a list of things they can do to stop Brett Kimberlin and his associates from doing any more harm.
Will Congress speak up and assure American citizens that it is not in fact illegal to make reference to the court records of the United States, and that any suit predicated on such a fact-pattern — yet another minor variation of his claims that by referencing the court records of the United States of America, he is the victim of “harassment” and “conspiracies” against him — is baseless?
Will Congress read his criminal record into the Congressional Record, to put beyond doubt that it is lawful to state his conviction for the Speedway Bombings openly, and without fear?
Will Congress consider enacting positive legislation to limit Brett Kimberlin’s relentless determination to sue over any negative mention of his past?
For example: Will Congress act to pass a federal anti-SLAPP suit (SLAPP meaning “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” i.e., “lawfare” to intimidate people from expressing their First Amendment rights), such that the victims of such suits can remove them to federal courts and have them quashed? And further providing for stiff punitive fines for those who file them?
Will Congress hold hearings — conduct an investigation — into the exact mission of Brett Kimberlin’s tax-exempt, not-for-profit “charities,” The Velvet Revolution and Justice Through Music, to ensure these organizations, for which donations are tax-exempt, are behaving in compliance with the public interest?
Will Congress provide for a federal vexatious litigant statute, limited, if need be, to only cases of cross-state-boundary suits (i.e., federal diversity) and, if needing further limitations, to cases in which the vexatious litigation seeks to stifle the constitutional right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment?
CNN finally got around to covering this story when Don Lemmon interviewed Erick Erickson about the SWATting of his home. Audio from the 911 call is included, the caller sounds exactly like the caller to Patrick Frey’s police department. (Via Da TechGuy)
Update: Sentry Journal linked – thanks!