I’m old Enough to Remember when members of the GOP Denounced “Swatting” & the Obama Admin & Media Yawned

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I'm old Enough to Remember when members of the GOP Denounced "Swatting" & the Obama Admin & Media Yawned

Today CNN et/​all has finally dis­cov­ered Swatting

A 25-​year-​old man was arrested in South Los Ange­les on Fri­day night in con­nec­tion with an alleged “swat­ting” prank that resulted in a police-​involved fatal shoot­ing in Kansas, police said.

Author­i­ties iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Tyler Bar­riss of Los Ange­les, KABC-​TV reported. They say Bar­riss is sus­pected of mak­ing a hoax phone call to police in Wichita, Kan., that resulted in the death of an inno­cent 28-​year-​old man.

Wichita police offi­cials were inves­ti­gat­ing whether the hoax phone call they received Thurs­day was an exam­ple of “swat­ting,” in which some­one reports a false emer­gency in hopes of get­ting a SWAT team to arrive at a scene where no actual emer­gency exists.

How­ever this is a topic that we talked about a long time ago

We talked about it on the radio , GOP con­gres­sional Can­di­dates spoke out against it, sit­ting US con­gress­men and at least one sit­ting US sen­a­tor spoke up on the record con­cern­ing it some on cam­era. But because it was being used to silence con­ser­v­a­tives, the MSM didn’t care:

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.

It got so bad that I dis­cretely spoke to my local police about it to let them know about the trend so that if any­one made such a call here they would be forewarned.

But the media yawned, in fact it wasn’t until a let­ter sent to Eric Holder signed by 63 sit­ting gop mem­bers of con­gress con­cern­ing this trend:

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.

That the MSM gave it any atten­tion at all but alas, as the tar­gets were all con­ser­v­a­tives and the let­ter signed by repub­li­cans while it the Obama jus­tice depart­ment ignored it and other writ­ers dis­missed it.

Of course now five years later that a swat­ting inci­dent that this has become the story of rogue gamers and police act­ing before think­ing CNN is all over it vs tar­geted attacks against con­ser­v­a­tives for CNN it rates cov­er­age and on air video.

And yet as a fam­ily pre­pares to bury their dead I have to won­der, if the MSM and the Obama admin­is­tra­tion had taken the issue seri­ously when peo­ple were warn­ing about it, would a fam­ily in Kansas be about to end their new year so badly?

Update: Stacy McCain who knows a few things about being swat­ted (his swat­ter was sen­tenced to jail in 2016) says this:


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Today CNN et/all has finally discovered Swatting

A 25-year-old man was arrested in South Los Angeles on Friday night in connection with an alleged “swatting” prank that resulted in a police-involved fatal shooting in Kansas, police said.

Authorities identified the suspect as Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles, KABC-TV reported. They say Barriss is suspected of making a hoax phone call to police in Wichita, Kan., that resulted in the death of an innocent 28-year-old man.

Wichita police officials were investigating whether the hoax phone call they received Thursday was an example of “swatting,” in which someone reports a false emergency in hopes of getting a SWAT team to arrive at a scene where no actual emergency exists.

However this is a topic that we talked about a long time ago

We talked about it on the radio , GOP congressional Candidates spoke out against it, sitting US congressmen and at least one sitting US senator  spoke up on the record concerning it some on camera.  But because it was being used to silence conservatives, the MSM didn’t care:

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

It got so bad that I discretely spoke to my local police about it to let them know about the trend so that if anyone made such a call here they would be forewarned.

But the media yawned, in fact it wasn’t until  a letter sent to Eric Holder signed by 63 sitting gop members of congress concerning this trend:

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.

That the MSM gave it any attention at all but alas, as the targets were all conservatives and the letter signed by republicans while it the Obama justice department ignored it and other writers dismissed it.

Of course now five years later that a swatting incident that this has become the story of rogue gamers and police acting before thinking CNN is all over it vs targeted attacks against conservatives for CNN it rates coverage and on air video.

And yet as a family prepares to bury their dead  I have to wonder, if the MSM and the Obama administration had taken the issue seriously when people were warning about it, would a family in Kansas be about to end their new year so badly?

Update: Stacy McCain who knows a few things about being swatted (his swatter was sentenced to jail in 2016) says this:


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Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift for the person of faith on your Christmas list?