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SWATing finally gets television coverage

SWATing finally gets television coverage

And of course, it’s on Fox News only so far.

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Finally. I see they didn’t mention Kimberlin specifically but they did show a screenshot of the Patterico blog with his name (and Professor Jacobson’s) in the title. It’s a start.

    Lina Inverse in reply to angela. | May 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Well, Patterico paid some hard cash to get an expert’s analysis and it’s thought that Truth Eater Ron Brynaert was the caller in the first two SWATing incidents, not He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

    Getting into the whole mess of the latter was probably beyond the production time budget of this piece and very possibly its scope, it’s more than a little complicated, and with someone so litigious they’d want to be careful.

I made a comment earlier today with links to a 2007 legislative measure to outlaw caller ID spoofing that Harry Reid never brought to the Senate floor…
Its not a new tactic

Juba Doobai! | May 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Only on Fox means most of America has seen it. If it we’re only on CNN or MSNBC, then, not too many would’ve seen it. Old judges who don’t know about the ‘net may well watch Fox.

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LukeHandCool | May 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I have two favorite phone calls I’ve received in my work at the police department.

One time I was talking to an officer and we were discussing a stolen vehicle. I asked him if it was a “straight stolen,” meaning no other crime involved (such as robbery, taken by force, in the case of a carjacking) and he responded,

“Well, here’s the thing … it was taken by a Gypsey … the woman claims this Gypsey tricked her and now has possession of the car.”

He was completely serious (and I couldn’t stop laughing).

Another time I got a call from a citizen in New York. We had recently taken Lindsay Lohan into custody and he wanted me to put him through to her because he had “really important information for her.” He was a complete kook, but during a lull on a hectic day, it was a welcome, entertaining break talking with him for a few minutes.

When I told him my number wasn’t a public number and asked him how he got it, he said he’d talked to someone at NYPD and they’d given him my number. Nice to know someone at NYPD is giving your number out to stalkers.

It was hilarious talking to him. He was sure Lindsay would welcome his call. Before telling him to try UCLA medical center where she was being treated at the time, I thought about giving him the cellphone number of one of my female coworkers with the instructions, “Now, when she answers, she’ll of course deny she is Lindsay Lohan for obvious security reasons. Be persistent. It is her. If she is forced to hang up, keep calling back because she needs to talk to you!”

Of course, my better judgment overruled.

Times like that are fun.

But there would be nothing fun to come of a prank call in which an act of violence is alleged.

And I mean that even with this image in my head of Professor Jacobson stepping outside his house in the middle of the night, hands above his head, clad in nothing but those black and orange LI boxer briefs.

The penalties for SWATting should be severe. If they can somehow tie Kimberlin to these episodes, they should put him away for life.

    RosalindJ in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    That would require someone rolling over on Kimberlin. Good luck with that. The punishment would have to be less attractive than some covert lefty hall of fame award for going against The Man, speaking truth to justice. Or whatever it’s called.

    More likely if anyone were caught out, it will be someone who was ‘incited’. Ha ha. Oh the irony.

This is the link to the public records site for Maryland only:

You enter someone’s name and click on the case number. news scoops CNN. About something that happened to a CNN employee.

Professor, have you seen this?

“EPA agents, police officer, interrogate e-mailer”

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