Lynn Thomas, a right wing tea party activist and partisan blogger with an extensive history of cyberstalking and sock puppetry, has been positively identified as the creator of the “Kimberlin Unmasked” Blogspot domain. Thomas is responsible for creating hundreds of websites over the years, including attack blogs that she used to relentlessly smear enemies and claim victimization by them. She is also linked to defendants in Brett Kimberlin’s RICO suit.
On Tuesday, Google provided the most recent IP address and the originating email address of the Blogspot domain. Interested parties then began to dig into her rich electronic backtrail, and Bill Schmalfeldt announced KU’s identity as Lynn Thomas that afternoon. Since then, the @Kimberlinunmask Twitter account has tried to cast doubt on this identification, but we already know the Twitter account has multiple users. So did the Blogspot domain (now superseded by the website kimberlinunmasked.com, which has moved to an offshore host). Whoever these other parties are, they should understand that as the creator of the domain and the agent responsible for giving them access to blog and tweet their defamation, Mrs. Thomas can now be compelled to give their identities to the court.
They may run, but they cannot hide. Not even in Italy.
.@kender1 We noticed the website moving offshore. Is that what you mean by saying she is "in Italy visiting a friend"?
— Xenophon (@x3n0ph0n) November 20, 2013
Kender McGowan (@Kender1), who first denied being @Kimberlinunmask and then later tried to claim full individual responsibility for the Blogspot domain, demanded to be sued in Thomas’s place on Tuesday night. (His protestations have not distracted us from the evidence trail, but we note that if he tried this kind of game on law enforcement, he could be charged with obstruction.) Thomas’s own Twitter account, @caoilfhionn1, stopped tweeting on October 5, one week after Kender first tried to claim responsibility. It should be no surprise that they would operate in tandem like that, because Thomas has associated online with Kender for years. His comments appear on many of her old blogs, and they collaborated on the “fan club” for convicted con artist Jack Idema. Kender and Lynn Thomas have been a pair for a long time.
The email address that Google provided, firstname.lastname@example.org, led researchers to a Causal Nexus WordPress blog where Kender left comments on Thomas’s Jack Idema hagiography posts. The Hollywood7 author account at that blog led us to Lynn Thomas’s YouTube channel, where she uses her own name in several videos. Those same videos show up at this blog about another convicted con artist with posts written by a Causal Nexus who is clearly the same person. Her Pinterest account has exactly one item in the “terrorism” category: Brett Kimberlin. Her Twitter account follows KU. Finally, the geolocation for the IP address that Google provided is just three miles from the address in Illinois where Mrs. Thomas resided until August of 2013.
Moving on, we began discovering her links to familiar figures and organizations in the scene. For example, on Thomas’s Facebook page, we found out that she is friends with Dan Collins (@Vermontaigne), whose brother Matt has hosted Patterico.com. Dan is most likely responsible for, or at least connected to, the appearances that John Patrick Frey and Aaron Walker made on Glenn Beck’s show to air their defamation of Brett Kimberlin. We have asked Dan about that on Twitter, but he has never replied.
Another of Thomas’s Facebook friends is Eric Odom, a key figure in the social media launch of the Tea Party movement. Odom’s American Liberty Alliance hired Ali Akbar as a Technology Consultant in 2009, then promoted him to Chairman of the Board, but the ALA dissolved in 2010 after admitting that it had never actually applied for nonprofit status with the IRS. Akbar has used the same formula with his National Bloggers Club, which has collected donations as a nonprofit but has never actually applied for a 501(c)(3) designation. Lynn Thomas organized a Rally.org fundraiser for the NBC in April 2012; it is the only entry on her G+ page. She is a full participant in Akbar’s ongoing fraud.
Like Akbar, Thomas appears to have been involved in Tea Party organizing from the beginning. She did PR for the Illinois state house candidacy of a Tea Party Republican named Paul Mitchell who lost in the February, 2010 party primary. At RedState.com, we discovered her name on a Mitchell campaign press release along with an email address associated with his website. Her work for Mitchell’s campaign shows links to Sandy Rios, the Fox News contributor who once led Groundswell’s war on Karl Rove. We were certainly not shocked to learn that the creator of KU might be linked to Groundswell.
Thomas has written about Kimberlin many times at theydontfoolme.com, the blog linked in her Twitter account bio. Her very first post about him is fairly long, but has rather little to say about Mr. Kimberlin. Instead, Mrs. Thomas quotes Aaron Walker a lot and compares his allegations against Kimberlin to her own experiences with a “stalker.” She does not name Penny Alesi, the widow of Jack Idema, who left her husband after discovering that he had infected her with HIV. Alesi seems to have fallen out with her husband’s cultists over a building that he had owned, but which he managed through his wife’s name. His acolytes allegedly wanted to sell the building out from under the church that was renting it. Alesi objected to the misuse of her name, and Thomas reacted by relentlessly attacking Alesi in her blogs. To our eyes, her explanations and justifications seem strained, even fabricated. Perhaps she saw another opportunity to indulge this vicious, mendacious side of herself with Kimberlin?
We will have more to say about Mrs. Thomas in the coming days as we continue delving into the wealth of background information that has become available to us.