Friday, May 25, 2012

What's a "Brett Kimberlin"?

Today is apparently "Blog about Brett Kimberlin Day," according to Michelle Malkin and many other conservative-leaning bloggers. If you fit that description, I suggest jumping on the bandwagon.

So...who is Brett Kimberlin? Well, according to Robert Stacy McCain (who I have no reason to doubt), Brett Kimberlin is a convicted felon, a domestic terrorist, the infamous "Speedway Bomber" of late 70's Indiana. In 1981, Kimberlin was finally convicted for his actions:
Investigators had a much stronger case against Kimberlin for the Speedway bombings, but it would take three separate trials to convict him of that crime. The first trial, in 1980, ended in a hung jury on the more serious charges, but he was found guilty of impersonating a Department of Defense security guard. That got him a 12-year sentence on top four years for the Texas drug conviction. In the second Indiana trial, in June 1981, Kimberlin was convicted only of illegal possession of explosives. The third trial took 53 days and 118 witnesses and ended with a conviction on the bombing charges on Oct. 15, 1981. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Fifty years in prison. Good enough. And in 1988, some might recall that Kimberlin made headlines once again by claiming he had sold pot to Dan Quayle (no evidence, just the claim). Predictably, Kimberlin was parolled in 1994, thirteen years in to his sentence. He was sent back to prison in 1997 for violating conditions of his paroll, but was released again in 2001. That's just super, isn't it?

Since that point, Kimberlin has reinvented himself. He's now the head of some sort of non-profit org, with a list of donors that includes some pretty big names from progressive and Democrat circles:

2005
Farview Foundation ………………………….…… $9,000
2006
Tides Foundation …………………………………. $60,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift …..…. $45,000
HKH Foundation ……………………………..……. $20,000
Heinz Family Foundation ………….……..…. $20,000
Olive Branch Foundation …………….……… $15,000
Farview Foundation …………………………… $10,000
Barbra Streisand Foundation …………………$5,000
2007
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift …..…. $19,000
2008
Threshold Foundation ………………..…..… $20,000
Tides Foundation ………………………….….. $10,000
Nathan Cummings Foundation ………..… $10,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift …..…. $20,000
Fred Gellert Family Foundation ……………. $5,000
Silicon Valley Community Foundation ..… $5,000
Barbra Streisand Foundation ……………….. $5,000
2009
Schwab Charitable Fund ………………………. $10,000
Silicon Valley Community Foundation .… $10,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift …..…. $6,000

But read the entire piece by McCain. It's fascinating--if scary--stuff. Kimberlin is none too happy with this investigation into his past and has been apparently trying to intimidate people like McCain, so much so that McCain has even gone into temporary hiding. For Kimberlin's past is far from that of a peaceful person. I can't help but wonder what Bill Ayers thinks about this...

Cheers, all.

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