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Another SWATing

Another SWATing

This time Aaron Walker, the same day he won his freedom from the gag order.

Someone called the police and said he shot his wife, and the police went the the house heavily armed.

It’s not just SWATing, it’s attempted murder in practice if not in law.

More from Twitchy, The Other McCain, Patterico.

Update: Walker tells what happened in a new blog post.


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The level of intimidation directed at these bloggers is amazing. It takes someone with a dark soul to do something like this. This has got to be stopped.

Just another one of those odd coincidences. At Walker lives in Virginia rather than Maryland where cops have a really bad history of using too much force in such circumstances.

How do you respond to people like this, and Obama, who thumb their nose at the very idea of “the rule of law” every day?

Enough of this crap.

How many times has this happened to conservative commentators? 4? Is it now time for the FBI to open a serious investigation?

    iconotastic in reply to Sanddog. | June 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm


    Ok, I am bette….


    cannot..stop…laughing…..must log off


      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to iconotastic. | June 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      It is a pity you have gone or I would like to know what is so funny.

      Is it that you think the FBI are so corrupt that they would not get involved?

      sybilll in reply to iconotastic. | June 26, 2012 at 1:00 am

      I am so glad there is an entire team of lawyers, bloggers, and Breitbart citizen journalists who are working to get the last laugh on your band of domestic terrorists. I shall sit back, watch,……..and enjoy.

    I think you’ll see the chorus of Congress people calling for the DOJ to get involved get quite a bit louder and gain a few more followers tomorrow. Failure to do so likely becomes unhealthy for political careers in light of DOJ’s other recent failings and cover-ups.

      The DoJ can’t get involved. They are too busy stonewalling Fast and Furious and suing Arizona and Florida.

      WarEagle82 in reply to Chuck Skinner. | June 26, 2012 at 6:40 am

      This is a great deal like asking Reichssicherheitshauptamt to investigate allegations of the abuse of prisoners at Auschwitz.

      The DoJ is completely and utterly compromised and in their twisted world would likely conclude that Walker was a domestic terrorist and BK the “innocent victim” of a brutal a vicious smear campaign. After all, one judge has already concluded that…

      Ragspierre in reply to Chuck Skinner. | June 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

      These are quite serious attempts to commit murder by proxy, as someone put it the other day.

      They are double-nasty, as…if successful…the victim could be stigmatized always, in addition to being shot dead.

I take it these slimy thugs are using throwaway cell phones?

    Unlikely. Burner-phones are expensive. Why pay when you can do something like this for free?

    More likely is that they are using a VOIP protocol passed through an “Onion” router. The idea with that is that each router knows the IP of only the routers that it is interacting with, and you bounce the signal through several different routers in multiple countries in order to confuse potential tracers or eavesdroppers. Since, in this particular use, the end user doesn’t have to authenticate, you use a program to mask your initial IP and make it look like it is coming from somewhere it is not even before you send information to the network for the first leg.

    Strangely enough, one of Brett Kimberlin‘s known associates, Neil Rauhauser has publically bragged about having the skill-sets necessary to do this.

      Ragspierre in reply to Chuck Skinner. | June 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

      In at least some of these attempts, the caller is able to project the target’s phone number, as though the call was originating from the target’s home.

      I have no clue how that’s done…my mind does not work that way, happily…but it suggests a very dark sombitch.

        It’s called “spoofing.”

        It’s actually just a setting in the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) setup that I was discussed above.

        Under normal circumstances, the VOIP software interacts with “Signaling System 7” which would record the “outgoing” phone number as provided by the device making the call for caller ID and billing purposes. Normally this would be set by the software company providing the software used to make the call, but if you know where to look in the code, you simply change it and have it display any number you want, which the SS7 then reads as the person the Caller wants to frame for making the call.

        In the absence of any other misdirection, it wouldn’t be a big deal. To track it you would just follow the IP addresses prior to where the call entered the SS7 infrastructure. However combined with an onion routing system and an IP anonymizer (or spoofed IP address), the data very quickly becomes very difficult to follow, or worse, worthless to follow because it ends up looking like you’re making the call from, oh … say, the Longworth House Office Building Cafeteria, for example.

          Not a techie on this but you apparently are. Isnt a potential answer to this that the 911 system not accept unverified calls? If your spoofing makes it impossible to get through, kinda like my phone that wont accept calls that dont have caller ID, then the ability to pull off this extremely dangerous stunt simply is nill.

          What legitimate purpose(s) exists for spoofing? If there is none, that the 911 system needs reprogramming.

          Ragspierre in reply to Chuck Skinner. | June 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          I can’t relate to the mind that would learn that to use the way it has been.

          For which I’m grateful.

          Hi Gmax,

          It’s not that the call is unverified, it is because the system is not set up an a way to allow for verification, and that the information contained in the call has been tampered with.

          On a land-line it would be controlled by the hardware at the pole and in the switching system providing all the information. With VOIP, the call is originating outside the system and is entering from some gateway-entry-point, where it usually contains the IP of the origination connection to the gateway.

          SS7 doesn’t differentiate the data, nor is it able to cross-reference the data, it just reports the inputs it’s given. If SS7 is given false inputs, it reports false inputs.

          The system you’ve got set up to block non-supplied Caller ID works when that piece of data is missing, but if it has been tampered with, it would bypass your blocking and display the tampered number.

          There is actually a legitimate purpose for spoofing a telephone number. Largely it has to do with businesses which always want their numbers to appear as coming from the “corporate office” rather than the individual number making the call. Lets say that a corporation has 100 phone numbers without an extension system, with each number making calls. Under normal circumstances, the SS7 would show those phone numbers differently to call-receivers Caller ID. Instead, perhaps you want the call-receiver to call back the “corporate number” and be transferred to the first available account-rep. Thus, you would want to display the “corporate” number.

          I’m not sure there is a way to fix this system in its current incarnation because there is no way to authenticate the Geo-location of the call against the device making the call, because the devices making the call don’t send it, the system isn’t set up to carry it, and the receiving devices aren’t set up to analyze the data even if it were normally included in the signal. It would require an entirely new layer of data be added.

          Then you would have to deal with the “mobile device” conundrum, because that would only tell you where the call is being made FROM, not necessarily that the person purportedly making the call isn’t isn’t the person actually making the call (although it would make the caller easier to find, at least until people figure out how to block or spoof the Geo-location information as well).

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Chuck Skinner. | June 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      If the cops could nail this down with enough certitude to successfully prosecute the perps, justice would be served with a civil suit for damages and compensation by the police against the perp as well as by Walker for the distress he and his wife were caused. I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me there would be some grounds for a suit by the Walkers for some sort of compensation even though they don’t appear to have actual physical damages because of this being a life-threatening and malicious incident/provocation.

        I think the term of the suit you’re looking for is:

        Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

        According to Snook & Haughey, P.C. the lead case in Virginia is Womack v. Eldridge, 215 Va. 338, 210 S.E.2d 145 (1974), where the Virginia Supreme Court set out the elements:

        – The wrongdoer’s conduct was intentional or reckless;
        – The conduct was outrageous and intolerable in that it offends against generally accepted standards of decency and morality;
        – There is a causal connection between the wrongdoer’s conduct and emotional distress; and
        – The emotional distress is severe.

This is out of control. How awful for Mr. Worthing and his family. I am glad no one was hurt.

I have to assume the local law enforcement is up in arms over this. It is a waste of their resources, man power, time, and money for a complete false alarm, as well as putting innocent people in danger. I would think it is in their best interest to stop this as much as it is for the innocent bloggers.

All this is going to do is make things worse for bloggers as this can become a standard tactic for people on either side to get back at others

Phillep Harding | June 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm

‘Bout time to track some of the ISP’s of some of the posters here?

Maybe he needs to relocate to avoid being murdered?

I’ve gotten in a lot of trouble in other blogs and forums for saying that a door kick raid is an extra legal form of punishment. I’ve “talked” to various policemen on the net about how fair it is for the police to knock down everyone in the place and put a gun to the back of their heads, and the response was “They deserve it for hanging around with that sort of person.” Punishment in the eyes of many cops on the SWAT teams.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Phillep Harding. | June 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    What do you mean about the posters on here. (LI ) ?

      I don’t know who he exactly meant BBtG but as for the police mentality with swat raids, take a look at the warrior-talk blog, an ex swat cop named Suarez. Direct quote from his blog (via Balko’s agitator blog):

      “When I was on SWAT our view is that “We will always win….even if we have to burn down your entire house by bombing it….we will win”. Period.”

      Now think about if they find guns in your home or you have a gun on you for protection. Or they think you reaching for the phone, your camera, anything could be construed as going for a weapon. These swattings are serious serious problems. People will eventually be killed this way, its inevitable, given police mentality and the victim practicing self defense.

      Nevermind the fact that everyone’s time and money are wasted on a false report… I view it is attempted murder as well.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Phillep Harding. | June 26, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Ok I get it . Iconotastic ?

    Phillep Harding in reply to Phillep Harding. | June 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oops. “Maybe ->Walker<- needs to relocate to avoid being murdered."

I think that there might be a novel theory for attempted murder here.

I wonder if some enterprising young Assistant District Attorney might be willing to try to make a case out of this if they can find and identify the Caller.

The Caller had the specific intent to inflict grievous bodily harm where death would have been the likely result(2nd Degree Murder requirement for Maryland) to someone by sending the Police to their house under the false pretense that a violent crime had been committed.

The “substantial step or act” is present, because the police actually DID respond to said call, with weapons drawn (even if pointed down).

The fact that the Caller is acting though another individual is not sufficient to shield the Caller from the charge. It’s the same theory as a person giving poison to a caregiver to administer to a invalid and telling the caregiver that the poison is the invalid’s heart medication. The murderer isn’t the caregiver, but the 3rd party providing the medication.

An enterprising young ADA might even be able to pin on aggravating factors of use of a firearm because the Caller knew or should have known that the police would be armed upon their arrival.

I think that whomever did this should be TERRIFIED right now that if they get caught they might be facing an “attempted murder” charge, not merely a “making a false police report” charge. This could get very interesting very quickly.

Two things
1. This is Mao’s type of intimidation. I read a great book called “Mao’s Last Revolution” a couple of years ago after being told to look in that direction for an understanding of how those in the administration were operating. I seriously suggest every one of you to do the same. You’ll get it then.

2. With the NSA and FBI grabbing Internet traffic the way they do, IF the Obama people wanted to know who did this, they could. But they don’t (see #1) If this were to happen to Bill Maher or Maddow, the liberal world would come unglued and we’d have drones and dogs and FBI raid jacket wearing feds running all over the place!

We are in a war and have been since Jan 2009. Sadly, it is against our own people in power intent on “remaking” the nation like Mao did China.

Sad. I often wonder what Tom Jefferson would say today. I do know Kimberlin would be handled in a far different way than with lawyers and local judges.

#BrettKimberlin and his allies don’t have any new tactics?

My guess is that if you met him face to face he’d be all talk and when challenged rather weak and pathetic, sheepish.

I don’t know how Aaron Worthing could leave himself open to a repeat attack but keep hammering, he’s out of options, a childish, one trick pony who’s on the ropes…

Why haven’t the police figured out that this is a swatting after the first time it happens?
The police are the ones at risk also. Citizens have a right to defend themselves against a home invasion. At 3:00 AM, a swat team knocking down your front door might just alarm the citizen and he/she fires first. Or a child afraid for his/her safety walks into the line of fire. The police need to figure out how to stop this before there is a tragedy. This is not a time for Obama type dithering.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Towson Lawyer. | June 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

    SWAT units exist to deal with the nastiest people the police have to deal with. The problem is, once you have a SWAT unit, you have to use it to justify it. And increasingly, SWAT units are being used far too frequently and often with deadly results. Documented stories of deadly SWAT deployments are all over the net.

    Ironically, if the Federal government would deal with the problem of illegal immigration and the gangs and drugs and violence it brings, we wouldn’t need so many SWAT units. But, that doesn’t suit the needs of the politicians that create and run SWAT units.

      Phillep Harding in reply to WarEagle82. | June 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

      There’s a major industry here, “bad guys” on one side, and the legal system on the other, plus support industries for both.

      This set up reminds me of the old symbiotic relationship between the hellfire and brimstone preacher and the local cathouses.

      Or, the tea houses where the old biddies met and the cat houses.

    Phillep Harding in reply to Towson Lawyer. | June 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Police are not monolythic, and have overlapping jurisdictions. The also have to treat all these reports as real unless proven otherwise.

    Courts have generally not upheld any right to self defense against police, no matter what, no matter how raw the criminal action of the police.

    Phillep Harding in reply to Towson Lawyer. | June 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Several innocent people have been killed in SWAT raids, and there are a couple of web sites tracking this. I’m behind a firewall, can’t dig out the URL’s.

Henry Hawkins | June 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

Suicide by cop is well known and all too common. Now we have murder by cop, or at least the intent.

Inasmuch as Mr. Worthing lives in Virginia, and that’s where the police were called, it would seem that a crime has been committed in Virginia regardless of where the calls originated. Let’s hope that the Prince William County police (as I recall, a no-nonsense group) isn’t already investigating this, they should be.

#BrettKimberlin is Son of Sandusky