Until a few days ago (when my computer was having some downtime and I was blogging erratically), I had never heard of Brett Kimberlin. (Just what he and the powers that be at Wikipedia want.) I have now read more about him than I care to read, and not only do I have a creepy feeling about people like that gaining influence and power (which reminds me of Bill Ayers/Bernadine Dohrn), but I also don’t like being told simultaneously that:

1. I have to write about Brett Kimberlin; and

2. If I do write about Brett Kimberlin, I will be raided by a SWAT team.

Excuse me?

I’ve been blogging for a little more than nine years, but I must ask a few basic questions.

This is the United States, right? I have an alleged life, right? This is my blog, right? I can write about whoever or whatever I want, whenever I want, right? No one has the right to dictate to me what to write about, what not to write about or when to write about it, right? I just want to be clear, because this morning I woke up with a galling feeling…

the United States is no longer a free country if I have to worry about being raided by a SWAT team because of something I said in a blog post.

As I said in an earlier post, this is a very serious situation, and it needs to be addressed. Brett Kimberlin is the issue right now, as Stacy McCain (who also says he was forced to leave his home because he wrote about Kimberlin) argues, but the idea that anyone who feels like doing so (anywhere in the world, apparently), should have the ability to sic a SWAT team on someone whose writing irritates them is an much larger underlying issue, and an utter outrage. It goes to the heart of our freedom. In that respect, I have a bone to pick with some people on the right, who think it’s perfectly OK for the police to raid your house on the basis of a phony phone call. It is not. Search warrants are supposed to be issued only on probable cause, and if these raids are conducted without proper verification (at a minimum, ensuring the identity of the person who made the call and that he is in fact the person he is claiming to be), then those raided — including Patterico, Erick Erickson, and a host of others who may be targeted in the future (and are making plans accordingly) — become victims of grossly improper police conduct. Police should not have the right to raid people’s houses because of a prank phone call, and if this is not nipped in the bud, it will get much worse.

Hell, it isn’t even June, and there’s an election in November.

What’s shocking about this is that the story has now become a major news item in the blogosphere.  It can’t be ignored. I cannot ignore it, not just because it’s big news, but because I do not like being told that I risk a SWAT team raid by writing about it. Tell you what. If my writing this blog post brings on a SWAT team raid, then fine. Much as that would suck (and even though it is irresponsible of me to risk Coco getting shot), there is a larger duty to the First Amendment.

This is so simple it’s painful.

I am writing this blog post because it isn’t a free country if I can’t.