June 11, 2012

PICKET: Rep Sandy Adams(R-FL24) leads 85 member effort demanding SWAT-ting investigation from DOJ

MOAR please:[Note, be civil in comments regarding Kimberlin. If not, I will close them like I did yesterday]

Via Washington Times

Congresswoman Sandy Adams, Florida Republican, is sending a letter, currently signed by 85 House Republicans, to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to assign Justice Department officials to investigate the recent threat of “SWAT-tings.” (Scroll further down for letter in bold)[Letter below fold...ed]

A SWAT-ting happens when a person calls 911 emergency dispatch services under another individual’s name and falsely claims he or she is committing a violent crime. Such an act is committed to cause local law enforcement authorities (like a SWAT team) to surround and enter the residence of an innocent individual, who was impersonated and framed for a violent crime through the 911 call. The false call can be made via the internet, so as to mask the true caller's identity and location.

“My concern is someone is going to get hurt,” Rep. Adams told me on Friday. “It’s very dangerous for the people living in the home that didn’t call 911, because have no awareness whatsoever that something like that had happened. So they open the door to law enforcement whether it’s with or without guns drawn,” said Congresswoman Adams[...]

The SWAT-ting issue caught the Florida Congresswoman’s attention when she heard that CNN contributor and Red State blogger Erick Erickson was a victim of swat in late May. Another blogger who was SWAT-ted, Patrick Frey, a Los Angeles assistant district attorney, went through the terrifying experience in July of 2011.

“Bloggers shouldn’t be targeted for exercising their first amendment right. It isn’t right these folks are being subjected to swat-ting,” said Lisa Boothe, Rep. Adams’s press secretary, who pointed out that the Florida GOP’er wants to protect first amendment rights on this issue as well.

"85 House Republicans". I guess it's a start but 85 is a pretty sick showing for standing up for our First Amendment rights! Where are the Democrats?

Also, another blogger is under fire and this has nothing to do with Kimberlin: Bloggers under fire: Arizona conservative lawyer/activist targeted by left-wing Arizona State Bar

Brett Kimberlin has also said he was SWATted on May 31st of this year. There appears to be zero proof of this per the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Information office.

Letter is below fold. I was glad to at least see some of those I contacted on this list:

The Honorable Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 5111
Washington, D.C. 20530-0009

Dear Attorney General Holder:

We write you concerning the growing threat of “SWAT-ting” and its costly ramifications. These crimes occur when individuals call emergency dispatchers under the guise of another person’s name with fraudulent claims, causing local law enforcement to swarm the home of innocent Americans. SWAT-ting first arose in 2002, but as technology and the Internet has expanded, the dangers of SWAT-ting are also on the rise.

Investigators have concluded that the majority of SWAT-ting cases utilize voice over Internet (VOIP) connections between the suspect’s computer and a distant telephone network, and then dialing 911. This enables the suspect to falsify their identifying information, such as their telephone number and address, and make it nearly impossible for emergency dispatchers to identify or track the true origin of the call, or even pin-point calls from VOIP connections.

Some of these calls involve embellished schemes, including armed suspects and hostages, and in some instances, the caller claims that he has just killed someone. Moreover, the caller knowingly uses the identifying information of another person, who is usually an adversary of the caller. This elaborate hoax is all done with the goal of having law enforcement swarm the home of the caller’s foe, which only incites fear in and tarnishes the reputation of an innocent person.

Even worse, SWAT-ting is quickly becoming a scare tactic used against political bloggers, essentially stifling those bloggers’ First Amendment rights. Just last month, a popular blogger in the state of Georgia, Erick Erickson, became the latest victim of SWAT-ting. During the Erickson’s family dinner, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Erickson’s home after receiving a 911 call reporting an accidental shooting that appeared to have come from Erickson’s address. Fortunately, Erickson previously alerted police to SWAT-ting tactics; however, numerous similar scenarios have ended with guiltless victims held at gunpoint.

While none of the SWAT-ting victims have incurred physical harm from these hate filled ploys, we are gravely concerned that future victims may not find themselves so lucky. Plus, when law enforcement officers are responding to SWAT-ting claims, resources are diverted from those truly in need--all of this because of differences in political ideology.

Differences of opinion should enrich our lives, not divide us. Each American has the right to freely express his or her ideas and should not be subject to fear tactics like SWAT-ting, which run counter to the liberty that forms the bedrock of our great nation. These crimes are not to be tolerated and necessitate thorough examination at every level.

We urge you to hold true to those promises and work to ensure that criminals using fear in hopes to preventing others from exercising their First Amendment rights are held to the highest standard of the law. To this end, we implore you to thoroughly review each of these cases, determine whether any federal laws have been breached, and prosecute those crimes accordingly.

Sincerely,

Sandy Adams (R-FL)

Tom Graves (R-GA)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Andy Harris (R-MD)

Steve Southerland (R-FL)

Joe Walsh (R-IL)

Paul Broun (R-GA)

Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

Chip Cravaack (R-MN)

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Phil Gingrey (R-GA)

Dan Burton (R-IN)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)

Daniel Webster (R-FL)

Allen West (R-FL)

Dennis Ross (R-FL)

Richard Nugent (R-FL)

Ben Quayle (R-AZ)

Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Todd Rokita (R-IN)

Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

David Reichert (R-WA)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Michael Grimm (R-NY)

Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY)

Don Manzullo (R-IL)

Bob Turner (R-NY)

Jon Runyan (R-NJ)

Don Young (R-AK)

Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Tom Marino (R-PA)

Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

John Kline (R-MN)

Mo Brooks (R-AL)

Austin Scott (R-GA)

Pete Olson (R-TX)

Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Ted Poe (R-TX)

Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)

Candice Miller (R-MI)

Mark Amodei (R-NV)

Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Sue Myrick (R-NC)

Todd Akin (R-MO)

Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

Diane Black (R-TN)

Jeff Landry (R-LA)

Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Randy Hultgren (R-IL)

Mike Pompeo (R-KS)

David Schweikert (R-AZ)

Bill Posey (R-FL)

Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Quico Canseco (R-TX)

Bill Johnson (R-IL)

Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Tim Griffin (R-AR)

Walter B. Jones (R-NC)

Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Billy Long (R-MO)

Steve Scalise (R-LA)

Stephen Fincher (R-TN)

Jack Kingston (R-GA)

Scott Rigell (R-VA)

Tom Price (R-GA)

Robert Hurt (R-VA)

Bill Huizenga (R-MI)

Jeff Miller (R-FL)

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