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May 28, 2012

Redstate’s Erick Erickson targeted with Swatting.

The practice of swatting is a relatively new phenomenon used by a group of Obama supporters led by Bret Kimberlin, a convicted domestic terrorist and drug pusher, (Image Left).

It consists of a spoof phone call to the police, claiming to come from the intended victim admitting to having killed his wife. The result is a raid by the local SWAT squad with potentially deadly consequences.

This has been done on a number of occasions, one of the most dangerous being against blogger Patterico details here.

Now Redstate’s Erick Erickson has been targeted for the same treatment. Fortunately, Eric had the forethought to contact the local sheriff and warn him that he was posting about Kimberlin and that this would be likely to happen:
Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.

Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway. Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.

It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.

Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.
SWAT raids are a dangerous situation to find yourself in owing to the highly charged nature of the event. Typically the raiders are armed with automatic weapons, break down the door, kill any pets on the property, and gun down anyone who is perceived as a threat.

In reality committing this act offers the ‘best of both worlds’ to Kimberlin, in that the hated right wingers can potentially be killed by the hated law enforcement agencies, which will be blamed for any deaths.

It’s about time authorities started taking this sort of thing seriously.

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