…and the media dam cracks in the US on “Swatting”

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...and the media dam cracks in the US on "Swatting"

Since May 17th when Aaron Wor­thing first went pub­lic about his encoun­ters with Brett Kim­ber­lin & com­pany and Robert Stacy McCain fol­lowed up that same day with the first of what is now dozens of posts on the sub­ject the ques­tion arose when the media would take notice while oth­ers paid the price for defend­ing their first amend­ment rights.

Even as blog­gers took over Meme­o­ran­dum, Pat­terico went pub­lic on his Swat­ting, Glenn Beck took notice, Aaron Wor­thing was jailed and Erick Erick­son of Red State & CNN was swat­ted the media remained silent.

Well now there has been a devel­op­ment that can’t be ignored:

Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss, R-​Ga., sent a let­ter to Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder regard­ing recent reports that sev­eral con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors have been tar­geted with harass­ing and fright­en­ing actions. Cham­b­liss demanded that Holder exam­ine these cases to deter­mine if fed­eral laws have been violated.

These dan­ger­ous hoaxes, also known as “SWAT-​ting,” occur when a per­pe­tra­tor con­tacts local police to report a vio­lent inci­dent at a target’s home. These callers are believed to uti­lize voice-​over IP (VOIP) and other less-​traditional telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions meth­ods to make the call appear to come from the tar­get res­i­dence and to hide the caller’s true identity.

Yup that’s US sen­a­tor Saxby Cham­b­liss con­tact­ing the Jus­tice Depart­ment on the Swat­ting issue, and while the MSM might have ignored blog­gers this is a dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish to wit:

ABC News spoke with two promi­nent con­ser­v­a­tive blog­gers who were vic­tims of SWAT-​ting, a hoax tac­tic used by some hack­ers to infil­trate a victim’s phone sys­tem, often through voice over IP (VOIP) tech­nol­ogy to make calls appear as if they are com­ing from a res­i­dence. The per­pe­tra­tors call police to report a vio­lent crime at that home to which the police respond, some­times with SWAT teams.

and yup again, that’s ABC news (and amaz­ingly some­one other than Jake Tap­per) writ­ing about the story of blog­gers get­ting SWAT­TED (yes CNN you’ve been scooped on your own story again!)

It will be very dif­fi­cult to keep this quiet from this point on. Attempts will be made to change the nar­ra­tive, but the bot­tom line, that a group of left­ist, financed by some of the biggest names on the left have sys­tem­at­i­cally attempted to silence con­ser­v­a­tive voices on the net using law­fare and worse is going to be told.

It has cost peo­ple much to reach this point, and it will cost more to get to the final chap­ter of this story, but the story will be told and Kim­ber­lin and all his allies can’t stop it now.

My advice for the Swat­ter who­ever he might be, I’d strongly sug­gest turn­ing states evi­dence NOW, because you can be sure that your friends will be throw­ing you under the bus as soon as they see any dan­ger to themselves.

Update: Insta­lanche thanks Glenn and a reminder to CNN that appar­ently needs a news direc­tor that a cer­tain first-​rate reporter who imme­di­ately rec­og­nized this story as news­wor­thy is still avail­able for hire.

Update 2: Now it’s been reported on Fox, hew if you are the Swat­ter, STATES EVI­DENCE, with the results in Wis­con­sin & the polls out of Michi­gan you KNOW the GOP will be in charge of Jus­tice, you will never get a bet­ter deal then you can get right now.

Since May 17th when Aaron Worthing first went public about his encounters with Brett Kimberlin & company and Robert Stacy McCain followed up that same day with the first of what is now dozens of posts on the subject the question arose when the media would take notice while others paid the price for defending their first amendment rights.

Even as bloggers took over Memeorandum, Patterico went public on his Swatting, Glenn Beck took notice, Aaron Worthing was jailed and Erick Erickson of Red State & CNN was swatted the media remained silent.

Well now there has been a development that can’t be ignored:

Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding recent reports that several conservative political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Chambliss demanded that Holder examine these cases to determine if federal laws have been violated.

These dangerous hoaxes, also known as “SWAT-ting,” occur when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target’s home. These callers are believed to utilize voice-over IP (VOIP) and other less-traditional telecommunications methods to make the call appear to come from the target residence and to hide the caller’s true identity.

Yup that’s US senator Saxby Chambliss contacting the Justice Department on the Swatting issue, and while the MSM might have ignored bloggers this is a different kettle of fish to wit:

ABC News spoke with two prominent conservative bloggers who were victims of SWAT-ting, a hoax tactic used by some hackers to infiltrate a victim’s phone system, often through voice over IP (VOIP) technology to make calls appear as if they are coming from a residence. The perpetrators call police to report a violent crime at that home to which the police respond, sometimes with SWAT teams.

and yup again, that’s ABC news (and amazingly someone other than Jake Tapper) writing about the story of bloggers getting SWATTED (yes CNN you’ve been scooped on your own story again!)

It will be very difficult to keep this quiet from this point on. Attempts will be made to change the narrative, but the bottom line, that a group of leftist, financed by some of the biggest names on the left have systematically attempted to silence conservative voices on the net using lawfare and worse is going to be told.

It has cost people much to reach this point, and it will cost more to get to the final chapter of this story, but the story will be told and Kimberlin and all his allies can’t stop it now.

My advice for the Swatter whoever he might be, I’d strongly suggest turning states evidence NOW, because you can be sure that your friends will be throwing you under the bus as soon as they see any danger to themselves.

Update: Instalanche thanks Glenn and a reminder to CNN that apparently needs a news director that a certain first-rate reporter who immediately recognized this story as newsworthy is still available for hire.

Update 2: Now it’s been reported on Fox, hew if you are the Swatter, STATES EVIDENCE, with the results in Wisconsin & the polls out of Michigan you KNOW the GOP will be in charge of Justice, you will never get a better deal then you can get right now.