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PICKET: FLA Congresswoman Leads Effort Demanding Swat-ting Investigation From DOJ
The Washington Times ^ | Monday, June 11, 2012 | Kerry Picket

Posted on 06/10/2012 9:33:51 PM PDT by kristinn

Congresswoman Sandy Adams, Florida Republican, is sending a letter, currently signed by 85 House Republicans, to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to assign Justice Department officials to investigate the recent threat of “SWAT-tings.” (Scroll further down for letter in bold)

A SWAT-ting happens when a person calls 911 emergency dispatch services under another individual’s name and falsely claims he or she is committing a violent crime. Such an act is committed to cause local law enforcement authorities (like a SWAT team) to surround and enter the residence of an innocent individual, who was impersonated and framed for a violent crime through the 911 call. The false call can be made via the internet, so as to mask the true caller's identity and location.

“My concern is someone is going to get hurt,” Rep. Adams told me on Friday. “It’s very dangerous for the people living in the home that didn’t call 911, because have no awareness whatsoever that something like that had happened. So they open the door to law enforcement whether it’s with or without guns drawn,” said Congresswoman Adams

“It’s a danger to the law enforcement agency that is being sent there, and it’s also a danger to the people in the community, because you’re pulling people away from what could be a real emergency.”

Congresswoman Adams is a first term Capitol Hill lawmaker and has a military and law enforcement background. Following her time in the Air Force, she served for seventeen years as a deputy sheriff in the Orange County, Florida.

“We were dispatched from 911 calls where there were shots fired and holding of a hostage. Those were the things that you went to and you’re going to want to know that,” she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: brettkimberlin; sandyadams; swatting

1 posted on 06/10/2012 9:34:03 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

The perps should serve the same sentence as if one did commit the crime they reported.


2 posted on 06/10/2012 9:38:18 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: kristinn

Oh come on, does anyone here honestly expect justice to come from the Department of JustUs?

Holder encourages this activity by non-prosecution.


3 posted on 06/10/2012 9:47:11 PM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: kristinn
Holder is way to busy trying to dodge fast and furious to bother with something as trivial as he believes this to be.
4 posted on 06/10/2012 9:51:52 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought Solyndra)
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To: kristinn

The author didn’t mention Brett Kimberlin once in that whole article. I suspect she didn’t want to get SWAT-ted.


5 posted on 06/10/2012 9:52:31 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: abigailsmybaby

No worries Holder will be right on this. Well at least we can rest assured that O’Dumby will have a beer to smooth this over.


6 posted on 06/10/2012 10:04:25 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: kristinn

What would the US Justice department have any jurisdiction over crimes committed via Florida’s 911 system?


7 posted on 06/10/2012 10:16:08 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: jimpick
Yeah, I'll bet he's staying up nights figuring out a plan of attack.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 10:57:50 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: Old Sarge
IT COULD HAPPEN!

9 posted on 06/10/2012 11:05:04 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: kristinn
I would have to surmise that they know in advance that they are participating in harassment.

Whether or not they know, they are going to get stung someday when they go on one of these harassment raids and end up with resources in one place when they are truly needed in another.

10 posted on 06/11/2012 12:00:18 AM PDT by Puckster
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To: kristinn

Sandy is a good one to have on our side!


11 posted on 06/11/2012 12:10:14 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: abigailsmybaby

He even drinks like a sissy. (((sips))) Look at left pinky.


12 posted on 06/11/2012 2:49:12 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
False reporting of a felony, especially if done interstate or using the internet just might fall under FBI jurisdiction.

The argument could well be made that SWAT-ing is an act of domestic terrorism, which would put the FBI and DHS in the picture.

Apparently, one of the tactics is to call the person being SWAT-ed and that way they are on the phone when they unknowingly respond to the door (or it is forced) with the police under the impression that the person being SWAT-ed has just committed a violent crime and is armed. It is not uncommon for police in such a situation to mistake another object in hand for a weapon, which could lead to the target of the SWAT-ing getting shot.

SWAT-ing could be considered attempted 'murder by cop'.

13 posted on 06/11/2012 4:26:57 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Do you think it might also fall under RICO since the objective is to intimidate?


14 posted on 06/11/2012 5:53:00 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350
I'm not sure if it qualifies for RICO. The SWAT teams are responding to what they think is a legitimate call, with force appropriate for the situation as they are told it exists.

If only one person is doing this, there is no conspiracy. If, however, there is more than one involved, in collusion, conspiracy charges alone would be a significant step in the right direction.

15 posted on 06/11/2012 6:30:29 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
I wasn't talking about going after the swat teams, but the people making the calls.

It appears to be a coordinated strategy of the militant left from around the country as a way to intimidate people engaged in legal activity and business to stop the activity and business. This is clearly threats against the victims life. It's just a matter of time before someone makes the wrong move and they are dead.

16 posted on 06/11/2012 6:57:29 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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