Ali Alexander, a right-wing extremist with ties to Alabama, organized the Stop the Steal rally that turned into an assault on the U.S. Capitol. Alexander now finds himself among defendants in a lawsuit brought by U.S. Capitol Police officers seeking damages for injuries sustained in the deadly Jan. 6 riot. Baron Coleman, Alexander's Montgomery-based attorney who incorporated Stop the Steal as an LLC in Alabama, also is named as a defendant.
Leading the list of defendants is former President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President Inc., according to a report at Salon. In fact, Stop the Steal (c/0 George B. Coleman) and Alexander (a/k/a Ali Abdul Razaq Akbar, a/k/a Ali Abdul Akbar) are right below Trump and Trump for President in the lawsuits' list of defendants. The 71-page complaint was filed by Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a civil-rights organization founded in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy; it is based in Washington, D.C. Also among the defendants is Roger J. Stone, a longtime Florida-based Trump supporter and GOP dirty trickster, who reportedly helped lead a cyber attack and stalking campaign against Legal Schnauzer via fraudulent Facebook accounts.
Alexander reportedly has been in hiding since Jan. 6, but the lawsuit lists his address as 5125 Pinellas Avenue, Fort Worth, TX, 76244. It will be interesting to see if the Lawyers Committee manages to serve him, perhaps via the U.S. Marshals Service. Could the service process and the possible involvement of U.S. marshals increase the likelihood that Alexander will face criminal charges related to Jan. 6? We will be watching with interest.
Stone is not the only defendant in the Capitol Police lawsuit who has a history of threats and harassment against this blog and its publisher, yours truly. Alexander, along with his former colleagues in the National Bloggers Club (NBC), has made a number of threatening statements and actions against progressive voices in Alabama -- especially Legal Schnauzer and activist/whistleblower/attorney Dana Jill Simpson.
The NBC reportedly helped launch a smear campaign in 2018 against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Alexander's ties to GOP money men, such as Robert Mercer and Foster Friess, apparently helped him rise in the right-wing media galaxy, despite his history of trolling for Gay Sex on Grindr and a substantial criminal record (the likely reason for his name change, from Ali Akbar to Ali Alexander).
Simpson and I know what it's like to be the target of Alexander and his right-wing goons. Alexander once threatened to sue me for reporting accurately and fairly about a letter Simpson wrote to Obama re-election counsel Robert Bauer in 2012. My wife received notice of the lawsuit threat shortly after my "arrest for blogging" in October 2013. Was that a coincidence, considering that Alexander's NBC buddies were in a blogging frenzy when word broke of my incarceration. Does that mean they know who caused the unlawful loss of my freedom, the loss of our Birmingham home via wrongful foreclosure, and perhaps my wife's severely broken arm in 2015 at the hands of deputies in Missouri (where we now live)? Let's just say we haven't ruled out Alexander and NBC's knowledge of, and perhaps involvement with, any or all of those events.
Simpson has experienced all kinds of unsettling incidents related to her house, vehicle, and property -- some involving fire. She has stated publicly that she suspects Akbar and/or his colleagues' involvement in at least some of these evens.From a November 2018 LS post:
Simpson's interactions with the right-wing crazies go back several years, to the beginnings of the Don Siegelman case:
The NBC, as we call them, came to my attention when they harassed and told false stories about Siegelman activists. The NBC is a vicious group. What is such a hoot is that is how I first learned about crazy Steve Bannon's bunch. I started getting a master's degree in philosophy and religion, and the nuts in the National Bloggers Club started following me around in D.C. and California. The idiots were making a film for Andrew Breitbart and were trying to falsely claim I was a ring leader in Anonymous, as they were friends of mine, and that I was dating a guy who they believed was in Anonymous. The dimwits offered me all kinds of things to say I was part of it, through him.
Simpson knows these creepy wingers can get both scary and personal. She also says they are behind -- at least in part -- some of the abuse (false arrest and imprisonment, theft of house) that has been directed at my wife, Carol, and me. . . . Says Simpson:
Even as late as 2013 they were threatening me and called my boyfriend (now husband) trying to advise him not to marry me, telling him I was going to jail. The GOP National Blogger bunch in 2014, due to me having a neck injury, worked with their Alabama State Bar buddy, Tripp Vickers, and his former law partner, Baron Coleman and a federal judge to try to set me up -- when in all likelihood it was them who set my office yard on fire and burned up my car and my shed with all my files in it. They spent months trying to frame me with all kinds of things. They were not successful. I might add, in my opinion, they were responsible for what happened to Shuler as well -- as some of their members bragged about it at their Web sites and were working with Rob Riley who first used a #MeToo deal in the Doug Jones-Roy Moore race.
Alexander also has threatened legal action against Simpson. Consider this from one of his online comments:
Jill Simpson should lawyer up buddy. Tell her not to worry about coming to Texas. I can come to Alabama. I'll dine with the Governor and then spend the afternoon cashing in favors with Alabama lawyers.
This raises some questions that hit close to home: The governor at the time was Robert Bentley, who I helped bring down by breaking the story about his extramarital activities with senior aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason. And what kind of favors was Alexander cashing in with Alabama lawyers? Is this a reference to the Alabama State Bar? What implications might this have for Carol and me, given that Missouri deputies shattered her arm during an unlawful eviction that occurred about the time I was breaking the Bentley story? We will ponder that question in a future post.
Meanwhile, we note that Alexander and Coleman have a history of making sport of others' legal misfortunes. Consider this repartee under the LS headline"Tweet suggests Ali Akbar and attorney Baron Coleman know who's behind my arrest and our foreclosure
You can read the first part of the Twitter conversation at the beginning of this post, and the second part is at the end.
Akbar starts the festivities by tweeting about Matt Osborne, the editor of Breitbart Unmasked, and me--with a reference to a $3.5-million default judgment against me in the (Jessica Garrison case). The default judgment, by law, is void and due to be overturned, and that process is ongoing.
Removing extraneous comments from a couple of other folks, here is the conversation between Akbar and Coleman:
Akbar: Matt Osborne sure helped Roger Shuler out. Hahaha. $3.5 M libel mishap. Idiots flock together.
Coleman: The last three year's of that guy's life is a fine example of what not to do.
Akbar: His whole existence.
Coleman: He's judgment-proof, has nothing. No reason to bother fighting it. $1 might as well be $10 million to him.
Now that they are targets of a lawsuit from the U.S. Capitol Police, one that could eventually have criminal implications, Alexander and Coleman might not find such matters so amusing.