Report: 70 House Members to Call on DOJ to Investigate SWATting of Conservative Bloggers
by Liberty Chick / Breitbart News
Earlier today, Breitbart News reported that the recent SWATting attacks on several political writers and commentators have been gaining traction in the mainstream media:
Today, CNN featured a story centering around CNN contributor and RedState managing editor Erick Erickson, the latest victim in a series of incidents in which an imposter mimics the phone number of a target, then calls the police and confesses to a violent crime. Such confessions often result in law enforcement personnel, many times special weapons and tactics teams (SWAT teams), responding to calls with full force, risking the life and health of the target. This tactic has been called SWATting by the FBI.
I have been told that Monday, the House of Representatives will engage on this and seventy or more members will formally be sending a letter to Eric Holder, asking him on behalf of these members of the house to also get the FBI involved.
On the heels of Erickson’s SWATting on May 27th, 2012, Breitbart contributor Lee Stranahan decided to conduct a podcast late that same evening to discuss the incident; the podcast extended into the very early morning hours of May 28, 2012. Stranahan had invited guest Patrick Frey, a deputy district attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who also blogs under the pseudonym Patterico, to offer insight into his own experience as a victim of SWATting. Frey was the target of a similar incident in June 2011, an account that Frey has detailed extensively at his own blog in recent weeks, in connection with the story of a much broader, prolonged campaign of alleged lawfare and harassment against a group of political writers.
What followed on the May 28th podcast was not only unexpected, but shocking.
Partway into the program, at about 49:28, a caller with an unidentified phone number greeted the two, and then claimed to be the swatter from Frey’s June 2011 incident.