But what makes the news of Reo's retirement from Talkshoe even more welcome is that the man he persecuted and stalked so relentlessly, Martin Lindstedt, is still on Talkshoe. Consequently, Lindstedt outlasted Reo; the hunter got captured by the game. Reo moved heaven and earth to constrict Lindstedt's free speech, but in the end, Reo silenced himself.
Constitutionalists are celebrating. Frankenwhigger summed up Lindstedt's victory eloquently on Nimbusters, writing:
"Honorable Discharged Veteran, Missouri Militia Leader, Political Analyst, Former Political candidate, Patriot and Political Pope of Christian Identity!! Illegally Imprisoned, Falsely accused and denied Due process. He has survived everything that ZOG has thrown at him!! Where are his detractors NOW?!?!?! Reo's last Post was February! Finck and James have lost most of their listenership. Commander McBragg is gone, Victor Switzer Gone, INTJ GONE, Reo has Disabled his show and is MIA! And yet Martin Still Stands!! Hail Martin!!! Hail Victory and Praise Yahweh!"
A brief summary of Lindstedt's troubles with Reo follows after the jump.
For those not familiar, Lindstedt's account of the saga is posted on the Christian Nationalist Forum. To summarize, the saga began on November 15th, 2010, when Bryan Reo filed his first DMCA complaint with Lindstedt's ISP. The complaint centered around the use of Bryan Reo's photo, which he believed enjoyed copyright protection even though Reo was already a semi-public figure. Lindstedt immediately filed a counterclaim. Nevertheless, Lindstedt's ISP did terminate his account. This did not mollify Reo, who continued to pursue Lindstedt and who eventually caused nine of Lindstedt's websites to be taken down.
At the same time, Bryan Reo was targeting Lindstedt's first Talkshoe program, known as The Movement Turd. He eventually got the program ToS's, after which Lindstedt migrated, in succession, to Teamspeak and then PalTalk. Neither have the appeal or simplicity of Talkshoe. Ultimately, Lindstedt resurrected his show on Talkshoe as a "Secret Turd", then after the furor died down, revealed it publicly as The Dik-Dik Show.
But even this was not enough for the obsessive Reo. In mid-2011, Reo began an offensive against the Nimbusters website, claiming that they were committing copyright violations merely by posting links to image hosting sites where pictures of Reo were archived. His complaint was based on a spurious U.S. District Court ruling that posting a link to material that is a copyright infringement is itself a copyright violation. Ultimately, Nimbusters was taken down at least three times before its admin, Stan Lawson, banned any photos or links to Reo's photos as the price of continuing to operate. In addition, Bryan Reo also intimidated the proprietor of Upstanding Citizens into taking his site offline permanently, and threatened the BeerBarrel website as well, so that The Beer Barrel had to hide Lindstedt's "jewlag" (subforum) from public view.
Another thread entitled "Bryan Reo's latest bogus DMCA cumplaint against WhiteNationalist.org" documents the remainder of Reo's offensive against Lindstedt from July 2011 onward. This time, Reo made no pretense of his objectives. He didn't merely want offending material removed; he wanted Lindstedt silenced. And if the ISP didn't silence Lindstedt, Reo threatened to sue the ISP. Ironically, even though Reo is an adherent of Christian Identity, considered a racist religion, Reo claimed that Lindstedt was "breaching terms of service for racism...". Talk about chutzpah. In response, Lindstedt agreed to disable or remove all controversial material, but in August, Reo was back with another DMCA complaint. and once again threatened litigation. After Lindstedt responded by removing an offensive image, Reo's copyright jihad against Lindstedt began to subside.
It should be obvious from this summary that Bryan Reo wasn't using the DMCA complaint system merely to assert his copyright privileges, but as a form of political warfare against Lindstedt to silence him. This is similar to the manner in which Andree McLeod used the ethics complaint system in Alaska as a form of political warfare to hobble then-Governor Sarah Palin and eventually drive her from office after just a half-term. But Reo's "victories" proved Pyrrhic; Lindstedt is still on Talkshoe, and it's Reo who's now silenced. And not because of anyone else's DMCA complaint, but by his own hand.
It's a victory for the First Amendment and free speech!