I don’t have much time right now, so this will be relatively brief, but today I’m joining the “National Day of Blogger Silence.” This is the brainchild of Ace of Spades in an attempt to shine a light on some truly nasty stories. Bloggers like Aaron Walker, along with Ali Akbar, RS McCain and others have been targeted.

Though this day is called “blogger silence,” the intention is anything but (after all, there’s nothing some would love more than a bunch of conservatives going silent), because the time normally spent blogging will instead be devoted to contacting Congress and the DoJ to urge them to take action to combat this threat to freedom of speech and rule of law before it becomes a runaway train.

If you’re not familiar with how this all started, click here. And if you don’t know what “SWATting” is, click here. Yeah, that stuff is really happening, and the media and Congress originally gave it a collective yawn. That’s starting to change.

Michelle Malkin’s column today does a great job of laying out what’s going — or not going on as it were:

Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles?

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists. (VIDEO here.)

GOP Rep. Ken Marchant of Texas also added his voice, telling Holder in a statement that he is “very afraid of the potential chilling effects that these reported actions may have in silencing individuals who would otherwise be inclined to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.” And the American Center for Law and Justice, a leading conservative free speech public interest law firm, announced it was providing legal representation to the National Bloggers Club – a new media association that has provided support and raised funds for targets of this coordinated harassment. (Full disclosure: I volunteer on the National Bloggers’ Club board of directors.)

The ACLJ described the importance of the case very simply: “Free speech is under attack.”

The rest of that column is here.

As Michelle wrote, conservatives haven’t been the only targets. This isn’t about politics, but freedom of speech and justice — and both have taken a hit in recent weeks as things have been turned upside-down, with victims being treated as perps, and vice-versa.

We’ll get back to our usual poking fun of politians, policies and other assorted mocking of current events this weekend (that is of course unless some earth-shattering story happens today other than the usual White House document dump).

Also, my Twitter feed will be active today, so keep an eye out at the upper left of the page, and feel free to comment here on any of the stories posted there as well.

Remember earlier when I said I’d be brief? Ah-nuld sums it up best.

Comments

8 Responses to “‘National Day of Blogger Silence’ to Urge Congressional and DoJ Action on Threats to Free Speech”

  1. clu seatoe on June 8th, 2012 5:22 pm

    Other than stirring up contention on the right by reading this stuff I don’t know what is expected of us or what we’re supposed to do about it. Congress has already gotten involved and the next step seems to be in law enforcement’s court. While they’re not at any fault system enhancements seem to be in order. Ooops, another reason for yet another tax increase.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/08/capito

    Didn’t find any word about this on MSM internet sites that seem to be more concerned about reporting on some pervert “cannibal” from another country than what’s happening in their own. Typical, I ‘spose.

  2. Doug on June 8th, 2012 6:27 pm

    There wouldn't be much mention from the MSM unless the people being harassed were lib bloggers… then this would be Brian Williams' leadoff story.

  3. Truesoldier__ on June 8th, 2012 6:55 pm

    Hey Doug, Have you noticed any weird JavaScript issues on the thread about Obama saying the private sector is A OK? I cant seem to post there as I continue to get JavaScript errors :(

  4. SignPainterGuy on June 8th, 2012 9:02 pm

    On that thread and two previous in the last few days, I haven`t gotten the script-notices, but I have had to refresh the page a time or three to get the comment box to show me as logged in !

    More mysterious mysteries ! I just got a call from a local children`s home saying they had gotten a call from my home number; she had *69`d it. That`s odd `cause I never make any calls from that phone, I receive only. I make all out-going calls on my cell phone ! Too strange !

  5. Truesoldier__ on June 8th, 2012 10:05 pm

    I Hope you don't get SWATed…..

  6. Doug on June 9th, 2012 1:07 am

    SPG, no I haven't noticed… please let me know if the problem persists and I'll see if the person who is good enough to donate this server space to the cause (the "cause" being this little corner of the blogosphere) can track down the issue.

  7. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2012 1:15 am

    So do I !

    After reading several accounts of the SWATting done by Kimberlin`s associates I know that it`s possible to put my number in the Caller ID space from someone else`s phone. It IS possible for someone to call from my terminal box outside my house, but why would they call a children`s home ? It seems much more plausible that the girl who called me "back" had transposed two numbers (84 > 48); an error a biz card printer made for a biz a few towns away. People / patients of this biz have called my house in error for at least 8 years now.

  8. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2012 1:24 am

    OK, thanks a bunch !

    While you`re here, how `bout giving my email addy to jeffythequick. Thanks again !

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