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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Although Stacy McCain hasn’t been on the Neal Rauhauser / Brett Kimberlin kick exclusively anymore his large body of work has had an effect.

We have a letter signed by over 80 members of congress, other candidates on both sides of the aisle questioned on the issue, federal suits in the works etc etc etc.

This is bad news for the Kimberlin/Rauhauser crowd, tactics that might work when done under the radar are not as effective when done in the light of day. It leads to mistakes and as Robert Stacy McCain reports Neal Rauhauser has made a doozy:

In a thousand-word document sent to government officials, Kimberlin associate Neal Rauhauser accuses Darby of conspiring with a number of others — including employees of Republican consulting firm Hynes Communications — in an elaborate criminal scheme involving illegal so-called “SWATting” incidents aimed at four conservative bloggers: Mike Stack, Patrick “Patterico” Frey, Erick Erickson of Red State and Aaron Walker. The document (see full text below) describes Rauhauser’s accusations that the SWATting calls are “tied to an extortion attempt by Mike Grimm, Congressman from NY-13, an obstruction of justice attempt intended to deflect attention from James O’Keefe, and the whole thing is being wrapped up by Hynes Communications in an attempt to create another ‘Bill Ayers’ for the 2012 election.”

Furthermore, Rauhauser forwarded to an associate of Darby copies of e-mails he sent to a Republican member of Congress. In the e-mails he sent to the office of Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) in June and July, Rauhauser charges that Darby and others were engaged in a “conspiracy to obstruct justice.”

Rauhauser by making these statement to government officials now makes a possible suit more likely and as Glenn Reynolds put it:

the discovery process should be productive. . . .

This might be under the radar as the election gets closer but post election, I suspect there will be some nasty consequences.


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Today along with several other bloggers I was on a conference call with three congressional candidates in Massachusetts

Jon Golnik who is running in the 3rd district (my new district) Jeff Semon running in the 5th district (who appeared on my radio show a few weeks ago) and Chris Sheldon running in the 9th district.

They answered questions on Multiple Subjects on Obamacare, on their primary opponents, on Term limits (Interesting contrast there Jeff Semon is for them, Jon Golnik is against not liking to fiddle with the constitution and Chris Sheldon saying he would vote for such a bill but won’t unilaterally term limit himself without a law)

When the time for my question came I mentioned the Aaron Walker Swatting asking if they would sign onto senator Chambliss’ letter if elected and would support a new such letter assuming a president Romney won. Their answers were notable in several ways.

Firstly they all knew about the issue. That might not seem odd but in the last 48 hours I’ve talked to more than a dozen offices of house and senate members for comment and the majority of the offices I spoke to had no idea what SWATTING was, yet all three of these potential congressmen knew about the issue and spoke forcibly on the subject

Mr Semon not only said he would sign but declared it “sad” that it would be necessary to press the Attorney General to investigate such lawbreaking. Mr. Sheldon agreed saying ” the question but strongly objected Mr. Golnik saying he would sign, Mr. Sheldon called the SWATTINGS “outrageous” objecting to any attempt to intimidate members of the press including bloggers. Mr. Golnik agreed with both of his compatriots.

How is it that these three men knew about this issue without prompting when in office after office senator’s staff’s needed the situation explained?

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the GOP is feeling its oats in Massachusetts. The National GOP is putting 2.2 million dollars into ads for house races on Massachusetts TV.

Run that through your head a second in a year when Democrats can’t even pay for their own convention, a year when the president is reduced to begging newly weds for a share of their dowry and birthday money the GOP finds their prospects good enough to put 2.2 mill into the pot in Massachusetts.

As Chris Sheldon put it: “It’s telling, Obama recognizes he is in trouble and they are doubling down” and Jeff Semon noted that this is not their fathers or grandfathers democratic party and Jon Golnik says that with 55% unenrolled in his district it will be jobs jobs jobs.

If this is where we are today then the Democrats have a nasty surprise in store for them.

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…Morning Joe not withstanding let’s remember even before Obama decided to hit the Red Sox in Massachustts he wasn’t as popular around here as you think after all I seem to recall he showed up around the weekend before the special election that Brown won, how did that work out for you?

You know when I went to bed I thought the Swatting of Aaron Worthing was the stupidest move I’d ever seen, Obama hitting the Red Sox in Massachusetts THAT’s dumber!

I hope Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren brings Obama here every single day, you might recall the GOP in NH commented they wanted Obama to visit the state every day to remind voters what party the current governor belongs to. I want every single Congressman and State Rep with a D next to their name tied to Obama so tight you’d think they were a skydiving pair.

And you expect me to be afraid of these guys?

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I just walked though my door 10 minutes ago after 4 whole hours of being off the net, had a call from a local candidate looking for info on a bill and when I opened the browser I on Instapundit that Aaron has been swatted not 12 hours after a stay had been granted to the gag order against him.

I hate to admit it but, my first thought wasn’t, “Is Aaron and his family OK?” My first thought in my mind was, “Are these people REALLY THIS STUPID?

You have had a letter sent to the Attorney General concerning SWATTING signed by over 80 member of congress. One week ago today I asked Congressman Charlie Bass and Senator Kelly Ayotte about SWATTING at a public forum. The MSM has finally given it a little coverage so there is attention and now not even 24 hours after Walker has won a preliminary injunction these guys SWATT HIM?

I’m sorry this is unbelievably stupid, so mindbogglingly idiotic that I can’t wrap my head around it. Is there really a follower of Brett Kimberlin & Co that is foolish enough to do this?

There is now a reason for each of the conservatives who signed that letter to be called for comment, there is also a reason for every other member of congress who DIDN’T sign it to be called for comment. I am going to be very busy tomorrow.

I’m no longer advising the SWATTER to turn states evidence, there is apparently no point in wasting good advice on such a dunderhead. Assuming the SWATTER isn’t Kimberlin himself or Rauhauser this person has to be a cult follower of the Nth degree.

I suspect anyone with connections to these idiots are doing what Nixon should have done to the tapes, and if they haven’t done it yet you’d better be sure they are going to because as of this moment the idiots are no longer useful.

Update: At Breitbart Stranahan gives some details:

Walker told Breitbart News that he was home with his wife this evening at approximately 6:00pm when there was a “pretty insistent” knock at his door. Walker answered to find about six police cars in the street and two officers taking positions against the wall with M4 rifles. Since he was aware of the previous swattings of Patrick “Patterico” Frey, Erick Erickson, and Mike Stack, Mr. Walker asked the police if someone had called and claimed he had killed his wife, and police confirmed that that was the case.

In a statement to Breitbart News, Walker said, “This is obviously very upsetting but my wife and I are fine. Whoever did this had the intent to put our lives in danger.”

Update 2: Aaron Walker/Worthing gives his first hand report here and note the reaction of his wife:

My wife came out a bit later and she appeared to be okay and I gave her a hug. She later told me when the officer woke her up, she said, the same phrase, “let me guess, someone called and said my husband shot me…” She says the cop was surprised that she wasn’t surprised.

The Key Line:

This was an act of desperation; this was not the act of people who feel they are winning.

So my reaction is naturally this:

Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

Kimberlin and the left, same demoralization and I think we should have the same reaction.

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Yesterday I posted a bunch of photos and videos of the Nashua (NH) Federated Republican Women’s Club. The Keynote Speaker was Senator and potential VP nominee Kelly Ayotte.

At the end of her speech she spontaneously offered to take questions from the audience. I asked her one on Swatting

“I don’t agree with any effort to silence conservative bloggers or any bloggers.”

That sounds like a pretty straightforward defense of the 1st Amendment to me.

I also interviewed Congressman Charlie Bass after the event and during the interview asked him about the letter to the AG and asked him if he had seen the letter and if he was open to signing it.

“I have not seen that letter I’m certainly open to signing it. I certainly would condemn any law enforcement action of that nature as Senator Ayotte said when addressing that issue I don’t support that kind of effort to infringe upon individuals 1st Amendment rights”

I submit and suggest that every time this issue is brought before a sitting member of congress it brings it closer to the general public, and when the general public becomes informed on these events, things will start happening fast.

Again my message to the Swatter: STATES EVIDENCE NOW! Every day you wait increases the chances your allies will kick you to the curb while covering themselves.

I’m sure we will shortly see Mr. Kimberlin & Co getting Democrats on record about Swatting. After all it is natural to assume a man with the support of groups like Tides and Kerry’s foundation will have the ear of some in congress and if Mr. Kimberlin claims of being a Swatting victim are to be believed we should expect to see Democrats signing on to object to this kind of thing. Shouldn’t we?

This morning as I tip toed around a house full of sleeping teenagers post graduation party I noticed this post up at Fox News:

Conservative bloggers are on heightened alert following a string of so-called “SWAT-ing” incidents and are taking precautionary measures to ensure they don’t fall victim to the potentially dangerous prank as the political blogosphere prepares for a heated election season.

Didn’t think much of it, after all I had contacted my local police May 28th, the day after we did our WCRN morning drive show concerning the SWATTINGS interviewing Stacy McCain and later that week met with them to give them details including the voice recordings of the previous swatting so they would be prepared. So the FOX piece was kinda late and no big deal.

Then I looked at the Memeorandm thread and noticed most of the links were from the left. Intrigued I took a peek at this one from the Impolitic, it started well,.

Goddess forgive me for my cynicism, because if it’s real, it’s dangerous and unacceptable

but rapidly went down hill from there.

It’s ridiculous to claim extremist left wing activists are doing this. If they’re not manufacturing these incidents themselves, then it seems more likely to me it’s some crazy fan of these fauxrage blogging specialists who was tipped over the edge by the their relentless hate mongering.

Now being a charitable person I assume that the author is almost completely ignorant of the story.

Of Aaron Worthing mega post that told of his accounts of his encounters with Brett Kimberlin.

Of Robert Stacy McCain’s plethora of posts on the subject, (his latest here), of the call to his wife’s employer that necessitated his leaving his home and his state. (all linked below btw)

Of Patrick Frey’s Swatting and the fallout from them.

Of Crying Wolf blog’s swatting (that for some reason gets ignored a lot)

Of the recordings of the 911 calls themselves (here is one of them)

Of the legal risks people took writing about the story

The personal toll this story has taken on many:

My family is apparently a justifiable target. And other people have faced worse than I have on this. Mandy’s been attacked for being raped. Literally. These attacks get ugly because The Ugly is actually the whole point. Nothing (and I mean No Thing) is off limits to the cowardly anonymous attack dogs because the whole goal is to create an atmosphere of crazy scattershot gunfire designed to make sane people want to run and hide.

So, Mandy and I and the other people writing about the story get tired sometimes. The entire process is flat out exhausting. Ask Patterico or Aaron Walker or Stacy McCain or Erick Erickson or Ali Akbar or Seth Allen or Mike Stack or Ace of Spades or Michelle Malkin or Brandon Darby or Dana Loesch or anyone else targeted by Team Kimberlin. Those bastards want to wear us down to shut us up.

Let’s not forget Seth Allen the very first target of Kimberlin & Co is a liberal who tried to warn his side this guy was bad news.

and of the coincidence that reported swattings and harassment all took place after the writers choose to write about Kimberlin & Co and the left’s ties to them.

Ironically the only “SWATTING” that there is legitimate doubt is Kimberlin’s tardy claim of same, as the local authorities claimed no such call.

Libby I would invite you to read through Stacy McCain’s posts on the subject and catch up.
For the sake of your convenience here is the link to the lot:


I would also suggest Lee Stranahan’s site just keep scrolling.

Now I don’t expect any better from Tbogg at firedoglake or Hart Williams but you are new to me, so I’ll be happy to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Take a look at the story through those links and if you still think it’s BS, feel free to shout it out loudly and call BS on all involved including me.

But if you check out these post and people, if like me after studying it you like me conclude:

These stories are all newsworthy but none of them in my mind surpass what I am about to type:

At the start of the Memorial day weekend, when we celebrate and remember those who have died to protect our constitutional freedoms as elaborated in the Bill of Rights, an American Journalist and his family are in hiding for their own safety for daring to exercising those rights the men and women we honor died for.

That’s the bottom line.

and are outraged because like the Molly Norris story that the MSM ignored it’s an attack on all of our free speech rights, then I invite you to get involved.

The best bet would be simply to e-mail Stranaham, or McCain and see if they will be interviewed by you.

BTW if I didn’t make it clear, take your time, a week even two, digest all the info and then see what you think.

…continues with the same remarkable success as it has for weeks as today Stacy Devotes 2414 words to Mr. Rauhauser.

Neal Rauhauser is crazy and not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, and his boastful arrogance has been his downfall before. So it is again.

This combined with the 477 words late last night, 1165 words yesterday afternoon and 1593 words yesterday morning adds up to a further 5649 devoted to Brett Kimberlin & Co in slightly over 24 hours, not to mention tweets, re-tweets and re-re-tweets of various material.

And that’s just Stacy it doesn’t include the 1743 words on June 11th, 482 words on June 12th and 1041 words I tossed in yesterday. Nor the words that continue to come from Lee Stranaham, Patterico, Dan Collins, Paul Lemmen (who has a long & rather interesting e-mail exchange with Rauhauser prompted by his decision not to back Ali Akbar) and more other bloggers than I can name.

This collected piece of work is continues to reveal the piece of work Kimberlin & Company are and continue to be. Take a look at Stacy McCain’s latest, for those who don’t want to go through 2414 works here is the meat and potatoes.

By now the astute reader understands – and I don’t really have to point this out do I? — that Kimberlin and Rauhauser’s belief in an imaginary conspiracy of their enemies led them into creating an actual conspiracy of their own.

It’s all right there, you see: Presenting himself as an agent of Velvet Revolution, Rauhauser elicited assistance from members of Anonymous in a conspiracy that “put Breitbart & Co. square in their gunsights.” What did Rauhauser mean by that expression? What manner of activity did Anonymous agree to conduct against the target “in their gunsights”? We don’t know.

What we do know is that, once more, Rauhauser’s compulsive bragging has led to the exposure of one of his schemes.

And this is coming out sooner rather than later so to the Swatter I say again State’s evidence NOW!

Update (sort of): Technically this is not a “update” since I’m typing this before the post goes live but as I’m adding this to my scheduled post I’ll label it as such.

Ladd Ehliner noted the echance between Lemmen and Rauhauser and commented on two particular entries, one where Rauhauser asserted Weiner was framed by a congressman trying to extort Jews. Ladd’s reaction to these “bombshells“:

Worst. Detective. Evah. This is almost as bad as Brietbart Unmasked’s amazing discovery that Ace of Spades is actually a woman in disguise, or some such.

He is even more amused with Neal’s take on Kimberlin:

And then there is this, in regards to Brett Kimberlin, the Speedway Bomber:

More on Brett – locked up for bombing, freed early, received a massive false imprisonment settlement, details are sealed. The only evidence it was him was collected under hypnosis – not a valid source of evidence. They wanted it off the books and quickly, he was a convenient target.

No mention that you’re friends with Kimberlin and he’s your client, Neal? False imprisonment settlement with details sealed? In what bizzarro universe does this happen?

I’ve heard that when the Soviet Union fell apart, some writers for Pravda were totally clueless that their beloved communism was such a miserable failure. They wandered the streets, dazed zombies with no more brains to feed upon…

The danger for any propagandist is to fall prey to their own bullshit (don’t get high on your own supply). To do otherwise is to risk becoming both liar and lied-to. Yes, while the devil may indeed sprinkle bits of truth across the meals he prepares for potential victims, the arsenic renders the entire meal ultimately unpalatable.

The question becomes does Rauhauser actually believe this stuff or is he trying to play Paul or create a paper trail of deniability when this eventually gets to a court.

It will be fun to find out and trust me Stacy McCain will.

Update (sort of) 2: The Criminal case against Aaron Walker has been dropped in Maryland, waiting on the disposition of the peace order.

Dying to find out from Rauhauser how the Bavarian Illuminati managed that one.

What did I say yesterday about “Bringing on the heat“. Stacy via the Trenches talks about some new e-mails from Neal Rauhauser

Liars hate nothing worse than to be exposed as liars — exposure makes it hard for them to get away with their lies — and three weeks of public attention to lying felon Brett Kimberlin and his associates have put them under extraordinary psychological pressure.

He links to Dan Collins who has the same advice to these guys that I’ve been giving:

I hope neither of them, much less both of them, cuts a deal with investigators, but if I were advising them legally (which I am not equipped to do) I would probably say, “Run, do not walk, to the responsible authority as soon as you know who it is.”

and more importantly he says what I’ve been thinking but few are willing to say aloud.

Congressional pressure on the DoJ to make the FBI investigate Kimberlin’s activities makes it likely that at least one of Brynaert and Rauhauser will be given a chance to co-operate in exchange for leniency. If the DoJ drags its feet, that makes it appear as though there are protected political interests high up who are complicit in Kimberlin’s activities, or who have at least more or less explicitly condoned them emphasis mine , and the DoJ has its hands full with Issa moving ahead with a contempt vote in 8 days over Fast and Furious.

That’s the $64,000 question, or perhaps the $1.8 million dollar question? If there are higher ups in the party involved then it is in their interest for no deal to be made period and especially not before the election.

And lets take this a step further. If there is a higher up connection it is likely only with one of the Kimberlin & Co crowd. That being the case such a person would be have a vested interest in keeping the others quiet no matter what the legal risks.

Rauhauser’s previous attempts to scrub this kind of stuff from the net have not met with success and the deeper connections are constantly being exposed. The moment any of these e-mails give a connection to someone higher up in the actual Democrat party things the fur will fly.

I’d like to address our swatter one more time. Assuming you are not Kimberlin and/or a person with direct contact with someone with the Democrat party you have to come out NOW before the others with more to lose come up with “some sort of agreement” that hangs you out to dry.

I might be wrong about my hunch but if I’m not and there are people with something big to lose involved in this case the moment they find themselves in any legal danger the first thing they will decide they can safely lose is YOU.

Think about it, but remember the clock is ticking.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we are talking Swatting and the blogger day of silence (with a little of Wisconsin thrown in) with Ali Akbar in the first Hour and Stacy McCain in the 2nd hour as the story finally makes the MSM in a big way

Join us 10 a.m EST on AM 830 WCRN or online via or TuneIn

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It’s also nice to see the rest of the terrestrial media catch us to us bloggers, even CNN covered the story at last

Of course if you were listening to WCRN during the Memorial Day Morning Drive you would have already heard the story.

If the story has become so big that CNN has finally decided to cover its own story then the endgame is near.

And yes I still advice state evidence for the Swatter before the rest of the left and the Kimberlin crowd throws you under the bus…

…and they will.

Update: The time magazine story that Stacy Mentioned The Wizard of Odd can be found here.