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SWATting: The dangerous new 'prank' craze that aims to send armed police to victim's home
Dailymail.com ^ | Last updated at 6:37 PM on 7th August 2011

Posted on 08/07/2011 1:48:47 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch

When police stormed a home in Canada last month, they were prepared to face a man who had killed his mother and was threatening to kill his sister.

But instead they found Jason Myles, a software consultant who was alone in the apartment and listening to music on headphones.

Myles told the Toronto Star: 'As soon as I heard it was the police I knew it had to be a mistake of some kind.'

Dangerous trend: 'Swatting' is done when a hacker phones in an emergency via a computer with the aim of getting a SWAT team dispatched 'There was nothing going on in the apartment that would warrant any kind of police response.’

Mr Myles, 39, was handcuffed on the floor while police searched for the ‘victims,’ but they found nothing – no dead mother, no threatened sister.

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1 posted on 08/07/2011 1:48:53 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

Those funny little computer dorks.

Aren’t they cute? And so kewl in their ‘dorky’ way.

What a laugh they must have.

Hey kiddies, the world’s about to collapse, and you are the tenderest meat on the planet.

Payback’s a bitch.


2 posted on 08/07/2011 1:52:08 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

We are all one mistake or lie away from having our door kicked in.

Police state, nah, not here


3 posted on 08/07/2011 1:52:15 PM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: InvisibleChurch

Great! /sarcastic voice

It’s bad enough that SWAT teams are way too fired up, now the pranksters are taking advantage of that fact. How many dogs and drug dealing grandmothers will die?


4 posted on 08/07/2011 1:53:23 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: catbertz

IEDs by the doorway.


5 posted on 08/07/2011 1:54:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: catbertz

It doesn’t take a brain trust to figure out where they got the idea for this.

It’s a dangerous game though, might get someone killed.

Police need to find a way to get the job done without kicking people’s doors down.


6 posted on 08/07/2011 1:57:04 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: InvisibleChurch

So, how many times did they shoot his dog during this “prank”?


7 posted on 08/07/2011 1:58:32 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: InvisibleChurch

all terrorist conduct “dry runs.”


8 posted on 08/07/2011 1:59:37 PM PDT by _a_0_0_
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To: InvisibleChurch

I wonder if the police paid for the guy’s door.


9 posted on 08/07/2011 2:00:50 PM PDT by no gnu taxes
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To: rokkitapps
We are all one mistake or lie away from having our door kicked in.

Mistake, lie, or excuse?

10 posted on 08/07/2011 2:01:20 PM PDT by _a_0_0_
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To: InvisibleChurch

11 posted on 08/07/2011 2:02:43 PM PDT by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Given the propensity for these paramilitary police units to shoot first and ask questions later, it’s not a stretch to seek attempted murder charges on someone falsifying a SWAT team call.


12 posted on 08/07/2011 2:03:39 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Venturer

What I don’t understand is, that the wife and mother are dead.

They aren’t going anywhere, in terms of being able to quickly disposing of the bodies.

The police have the time to secure the perimeter, go for a liesurely lunch.

It’s not necessary to go charging in.

They could have sent two armored up guys, knocked on the door and explained the situation, detained him peacefully and then searched his apartment.

Charging in is probably not necessary.


13 posted on 08/07/2011 2:07:47 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: InvisibleChurch

It didn’t say if anyone had been caught calling in a false crisis but one would hope that anyone caught doing this
deed would get a life sentence with no chance of parole. That would send a message to future pinheads.

As with parenting now days, the people endangering the lives of others are not getting punished enough. If you harm an
innocent on purpose it’s one strike and you are an example and out.


14 posted on 08/07/2011 2:08:20 PM PDT by soycd
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To: _a_0_0_
all terrorist conduct “dry runs.”

Could be. Terrorist calls in fake emergency, SWAT team dispatched to (empty)house, IED goes off taking out entire SWAT team.

15 posted on 08/07/2011 2:09:11 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: soycd
a life sentence with no chance of parole

We don't even do that to most mass murderers.

16 posted on 08/07/2011 2:10:11 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: InvisibleChurch

SWAT busts down wrong door
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY82seEBw5w


17 posted on 08/07/2011 2:10:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Venturer

It doesn’t take a brain trust to figure out where they got the idea for this.

It’s a dangerous game though, might get someone killed.

Police need to find a way to get the job done without kicking people’s doors down.


What ever happened to “come out with your hands up.”


18 posted on 08/07/2011 2:10:46 PM PDT by maxsand
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To: Venturer

“phones in an emergency via a computer “

No way to trace?


19 posted on 08/07/2011 2:12:58 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

If he goes through enough relays, it may not (

If the person has made the call through Russia, China, or Iran, it wouldn’t matter if it was traceable, it’s unprosecutable.


20 posted on 08/07/2011 2:19:34 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30
It’s not necessary to go charging in.

It is if you want to discharge your very expensive M-16, kill someone or their dog and have an excuse after the mop up operations.

21 posted on 08/07/2011 2:19:37 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Be prepared. It's a hard rain's that's gonna fall.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Even then, it’s not necessary.

Once the owner is subdued, SWAT can liesure go from room-to-room looking for the dog.


22 posted on 08/07/2011 2:22:42 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: InvisibleChurch

Some juvenile moron needs his ass seriously kicked.


23 posted on 08/07/2011 2:23:34 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Venturer
"It’s a dangerous game though, might get someone killed."

It will. SWAT will open fire on what they think they see or a homeowner will fire on police breaking down a door who haven't properly identified themselves.

24 posted on 08/07/2011 2:24:05 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Jonty30

Police used to be taught contain, control, correct as a measured response to any such call.


25 posted on 08/07/2011 2:24:10 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

I may be wrong, but I thought I remembered the police at Columbine didnt enter the school until the perps killed themselves.


26 posted on 08/07/2011 2:26:54 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Freeper football "Free Men or Lickspittle". Ask me how and why!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

The objective appears 2b political: they aim to aggravate public sentiment against SWAT raids —it’s not a prank on the people.

My guess the callers are pot-heads whose buddies have been raided, or people aware of mistaken or needless SWAT raids.


27 posted on 08/07/2011 2:32:22 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Paladin2

Claymores would be my preference.

Followed by the AR, of course.


28 posted on 08/07/2011 2:36:36 PM PDT by benewton
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To: taxcontrol

That’s the way it should be.

But I suppose the paperwork on a dead person is shorter than a live and wounded person.


29 posted on 08/07/2011 2:40:06 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: InvisibleChurch; All
Police are not required to be stupid suckers, they can be clever enough to outwit pranksters no matter how vile the prank.

The fact that the prank succeeded is the concern here.

If ya want to be in the use of force business, know your enemy, there are no acceptable excuses.

30 posted on 08/07/2011 2:40:54 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: PapaBear3625
"Could be. Terrorist calls in fake emergency, SWAT team dispatched to (empty)house, IED goes off taking out entire SWAT team."

That sounds like a very real possibility. I trust the right security analysts have thought about the possibility and what to do about it.

31 posted on 08/07/2011 2:45:51 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Republic of Texas

I’m assuming he had no dog since no dog was shot.


32 posted on 08/07/2011 2:56:17 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: benewton

Radioactive beam.


33 posted on 08/07/2011 3:06:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: InvisibleChurch

Well, that’s one way to discredit the police state. Also — more assiduous surveillance by citizens with cell phone cameras ...


34 posted on 08/07/2011 3:06:53 PM PDT by boven_mutum
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To: InvisibleChurch
What followed was a tense standoff that ended when officers fired a tear gas bomb, raided the home and found only a cat

A Viking kittie, no doubt, that made them so tense.

35 posted on 08/07/2011 3:21:32 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: InvisibleChurch

It seems I recall several active shootings where people were still beign killed, and SWAT set up a perimeter and waited outside for a negotiator to make contact with the shooter.

If I had to guess, the justification they would offer is that an active shooter is ready for a fight, may have prepped for their entry with boobytraps, and will fire on them when they come in, immediately. Not a good chance of gaining relatively superiority quickly.

In this case, SWAT thought they had the element of surprise with this guy, so they went in quick before he was ready to face them.

These kids need to be punished with the same penalty you would get for invading a home, raping the occupant, destroying their house, and trying to kill them. In the end, that is what they are trying to do.

Cops vary from place to place. Some departments are better, and more selfless, than others.


36 posted on 08/07/2011 3:27:34 PM PDT by AnonymousConservative (www.atheoryofwar.com - Why did Liberals evolve within our species?)
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To: SpaceBar

“... it’s not a stretch to seek attempted murder charges ...”

It is high time that these swat teams on steroids are charged with murder or attempted murder in some of these cases.


37 posted on 08/07/2011 3:36:18 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Venturer
Police need to find a way to get the job done without kicking people’s doors down.

I don't mind that part, I usually answer the door. Unless I'm not home.
But...

This is a serious violation of unreasonable search, and the penalties for error must be severe. If not, I see the development of the excuse, "Well, we got this call, and we must treat every report of a crime as a serious event." Even if the police themselves make it up.

With the proliferation of prepaid phone, which anyone can buy, this is a real and present danger. To every citizen.

Either those damned phones must be registeredm just like a gun is, and it's number may not be disabled, so that caller ID is mandatory.

Otherwise we're in a world of hurt.

By the way, I'm curious. Who is responsible for the damage caused by a SWATting attack? This needs to be made clear ASAP.

38 posted on 08/07/2011 3:59:31 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: InvisibleChurch; AnonymousConservative
The Swat team and police waited outside Columbine for at least 2 hours.

Some students and a wounded teacher barricaded themselves inside a room and then talked to the police on cell phones.

The teacher died before the swat team entered the building.

Perhaps the teacher's life could have been saved had the swat team acted promptly.

39 posted on 08/07/2011 4:20:19 PM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Maybe police shouldn’t respond to calls that come from untraceable sources. Honest people who call 911 WANT the police to know who and where they are. The fact that the number is spoofed should be an immediate cause for suspicion.

There are in fact criminals and scammers—think “Rachel from Cardholder Services”—who place calls from sources for which caller ID doesn’t work, or that redirect to third party phone numbers. Maybe police lines have better ways of identifying the source, though.

A false report to an agency of public safety is a misdemeanor in most places. If it endangers somebody’s life—whether the subject of the SWAT invasion or the police officers themselves—maybe it should be upgraded to a felony. Whoever does this garbage should be prosecuted and punished.


40 posted on 08/07/2011 4:24:26 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: InvisibleChurch; SmithL; Eyes Unclouded; Rodney King; Redcitizen; ellery; dcwusmc; ...
"Whoops... Sorry, citizen. We thought you were someone else" PING

Click the link to be added to the "Whoops. Sorry, citizen. We thought you were someone else" PING list.

41 posted on 08/07/2011 4:25:01 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: InvisibleChurch

Bm


42 posted on 08/07/2011 4:39:44 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (Blacks are not inferior, but it is racist to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
First:

'There was nothing going on in the apartment that would warrant any kind of police response.’

Later... Mr Myles, 39, was handcuffed on the floor

I am sorry, but there was something going on in the apartment that warranted police action: Assault under color of Law.

43 posted on 08/07/2011 4:44:45 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: Publius6961

You would think that the city it happened would be responsible, but by the time they get around to fixing it and the lawyers fee for suing them it is probably cheaper to fix it yourself.


44 posted on 08/07/2011 5:02:41 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Paladin2

I wouldn’t want to wait for the completion of the problem.

I’d agree that torture works, but I’ve got a wife and our zoo to protect, so the sooner done the better.


45 posted on 08/07/2011 5:10:15 PM PDT by benewton
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To: benewton
"the sooner done the better."

Good point. There are both the immediate situation and the longer term learning to be considered.

46 posted on 08/07/2011 5:13:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Publius6961
"With the proliferation of prepaid phone, which anyone can buy, this is a real and present danger. To every citizen."

Until it happens to a few Senators or Federal judges, the "powers-that-be" won't do anything to take corrective actions.

47 posted on 08/07/2011 5:24:19 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Truth29

>>”Could be. Terrorist calls in fake emergency, SWAT team dispatched to (empty)house, IED goes off taking out entire SWAT team.”<<

I don’t wish that to happen, but maybe if it did, the gestapo idiots may think twice before barging in willy-nilly and shooting people.


48 posted on 08/07/2011 6:17:21 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
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To: Truth29

>> I trust the right security analysts have thought about the possibility and what to do about it. <<

The same SWAT morons who barge in time and time again to the wrong house and slaughter innocents and animals have “security analysts?”

Interesting.


49 posted on 08/07/2011 6:19:18 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
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To: Publius6961

‘Either those damned phones must be registeredm just like a gun is, and it’s number may not be disabled, so that caller ID is mandatory.’


Guns have to be registered? Learn something new every day.


50 posted on 08/07/2011 8:20:50 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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