Skip to comments.SWATting: The dangerous new 'prank' craze that aims to send armed police to victim's home
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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'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.
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.
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.
Good point. There are both the immediate situation and the longer term learning to be considered.
Until it happens to a few Senators or Federal judges, the "powers-that-be" won't do anything to take corrective actions.
>>”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.
>> 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?”
‘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.
If he uses a garage sale computer bought with cash going through wifi from a business or unsecured residential wifi (typically parked behind the building or along the curb - then no. There is not.
The old laptop winds up junked for parts as he builds his next machine and that is the end of any possible trail.
I should clarify, I don’t support the position that SWAT should wait when an active shooter is killing innocents, or the idea of a full tactical assault on a home based on a single tip. Police are supposed to take risks to protect, especially kids at a school, and especially innocent citizens at home.
My point was that the procedures which departments enact, and the arguments they make to support them, might allow both, a reckless invasion of an unsuspecting homeowner’s abode, and sitting outside a perimeter during an active shooting. I don’t support those arguments or those procedures.
Fools being fooled by fools.
“Honest people who call 911 WANT the police to know who and where they are.”
I have often wondered, do cell phones work for 9-1-1? Do they know the location of the caller? I’ve never had the guts to just do a test call.....
Addressing posts 40 & 38, if ya’ll don’t mind my combining:
As an obligated day sleeper, I have Caller ID block on my unlisted, nonpublished home line. Since I live at a bad spot in the road, I’ve had plenty opportunity to find out the enhanced 911 here can indeed see my address. [Dunno if they see my personal info - never been asked.] Cellphones are so common these days that I end up merely confirming the scene of the crash as phoned in by passers-by.
Frankly, phones - and I specifically am responding to the assertion made in #38 - like other means of communication, should be no more subject to “registration” than guns. First Amendment, Second Amendment, the only purpose for government to aggregate user data is so they can monitor, track or relieve one of use at will.
I own an anonymous disposable phone for 2 reasons: too little usage to justify yet another monthly bill, and so that I may conduct business as needed without exposing myself to gratuitous wake-up calls on the home line. Having never placed a 911 call from that one, I’ve no clue how a dispatcher reacts.
Three people on the face of this earth have the judgment, right & ability to wake me up on the home phone while the cellphone ringer is shut off:
1. Mom (or Dad) in case of family emergency;
2. Best friend for the regular wake-up call or emergencies; and
3. 3rd shift bossman who understands all too well the need for uninterrupted sleep. Because - uh - oversleeping once in a while kinda comes with the territory.
Everybody else who wants to aggregate my data so they can pester me at will is invited to ESAD. No entity has the right to prevent your enjoyment of the peace of your home, and even if I worked days, I’d respond the same way. There’s too little respect for privacy these days.
Nevermind the possibility of having a SWAT team crashing into one’s home. I figure that’s inevitible as long as the current yahoos remain my neighbors, heh. Wouldn’t be the first time someone came looking for them & knocked here instead.
I definitely believe the pranksters here should be investigated and prosecuted as for any other crime. A guilty verdict should render the same sentence as for the false crimes they reported.
Do you not understand that an innocent citizen could be gunned down by a SWAT team with this “prank?”
This is not even a “prank.” This is pure evil.
But society and especially the punks that are committing this crime have been so conditioned by pop-culture that they think this is funny.
This activity needs to be eradicated as soon as possible with very swift, very harsh retribution.
No coddling these potential murderers.
My take exactly.
As a follow-up, to explain myself a little better, a demented little punk that would play a “prank” like this does so because they feel themselves to be completely protected, that they won’t be caught and that if they are, they will be coddled. They do not fear repercussions for their actions.
What they are contributing to is a breakdown in society, especially between the citizenry and law enforcement.
If jackasses continues down this road, there will be civil unrest.
These punks are absolutely the least prepared and least able to defend themselves (tender meat = weak) and the “bad guys” will make them their first victims.
That’s what I meant.