I’d never heard of the terrorist tactic knowing as “SWATting” until a few days ago, when I read about it Patrick Frey’s chilling experience:
At 12:35 a.m. on July 1, 2011, sheriff’s deputies pounded on my front door and rang my doorbell. They shouted for me to open the door and come out with my hands up.
When I opened the door, deputies pointed guns at me and ordered me to put my hands in the air. I had a cell phone in my hand. Fortunately, they did not mistake it for a gun.
They ordered me to turn around and put my hands behind my back. They handcuffed me. They shouted questions at me: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOUSE? and WHERE ARE THEY? and ARE THEY ALIVE?
I told them: Yes, my wife and my children are in the house. They’re upstairs in their bedrooms, sleeping. Of course they’re alive.
Deputies led me down the street to a patrol car parked about 2-3 houses away. At least one neighbor was watching out of her window as I was placed, handcuffed, in the back of the patrol car. I saw numerous patrol cars on my quiet street. There was a police helicopter flying overhead, shining a spotlight down on us as I walked towards the patrol car. Several neighbors later told us the helicopter woke them up. I saw a fire engine and an ambulance. A neighbor later told me they had a HazMat vehicle out on the street as well.
Meanwhile, police rushed into my home. They woke up my wife, led her downstairs and to the front porch, frisked her, and asked her where the children were. Then police ordered her to stand on the front porch with her hands against the wall while they entered my children’s bedrooms to make sure they were alive.
The call that sent deputies to my home was a hoax. Someone had pretended to be me. They called the police to say I had shot my wife. The sheriff’s deputies who arrived at my front door believed they were about to confront an armed man who had just shot his wife. I don’t blame the police for any of their actions. But I blame the person who made the call.
Because I could have been killed.
Just a day after the so-called “Brett Kimberlin blogburst” in which 150+ blogger wrote about Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, and Ron Brynaert, prominent Red State blogger Erick Erickson was SWATted:
Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.
Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.
Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.
It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.
Considering the tactic, the timing, and the target, it seems self-evident that the same left-wing forces are again at play, willing to put the lives of center-right bloggers and their families at risk for nothing more than publishing their own opinions on the Internet.
Do they really think we will cow so easily to left wing terrorism? We’re not going to be bullied into silence, and if Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, or any of their allies are behind these potentially deadly attacks, we’re going to make them famous, investigate them until no crime is left uncovered, and send them to/back to prison for a very long time.
They seem to forget that only leftists negotiate with or cower to terrorists.