Convicted domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin and his allies have been keeping busy. Aaron Walker has to appear at another hearing tomorrow for one of Kimberlin’s bogus lawsuits. The website of one of Kimberlin’s “non-profits” has posted a warning of sorts for his “attackers” and says the group is “working closely” with local and federal authorities. Perhaps those authorities will be interested in looking into the “SWATting” of Red State blogger and CNN contributor Erick Erickson over the weekend. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Maybe CNN will find this newsworthy now.
Patrick Frey, who also had his home SWATted, reports that a someone claiming to be the one who SWATted Erickson called into a radio show he appeared on over the weekend. The caller laughed at him and mocked Michelle Malkin’s missing cousin. These people are sick.
Michelle Malkin has long post detailing what can be done about Kimberlin and his allies. It isn’t enough to just write about it. Be sure to read that whole post, it’s important. Caller ID spoofing is a federal crime. I don’t think the intent of the bipartisan law passed in 2010 was to put an end to SWATting, but no doubt it applies.
Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which was signed into law Dec. 22, 2010, prohibits caller ID spoofing for the purposes of defrauding or otherwise causing harm. In June 2010, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules implementing the Truth in Caller ID Act.The FCC’s rules:
- Prohibit any person or entity for transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.
- Subject violators to a penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation of the rules..
- Exempt authorized activities by law enforcement agencies and situations where courts have authorized caller ID manipulation to occur.
Perhaps Congress needs to increase the penalties for using Caller ID spoofing to get people killed by law enforcement.
Intimidation to squelch free speech is also a federal crime.
18 USC 241 prohibits intimidation against Americans for exercising free speech rights. The statute says:
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
Today is Memorial Day, a day we honor the 1,312,614 heroes who have given their lives to defend our freedoms. Surely they didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice so a convicted terrorist can taunt his victims, abuse the legal system and fraudulently claim non-profit charity status.
If you want to help the bloggers who have been subjected to the tactics of Brett Kimberlin and his colleagues, go here.
Update: Ed Morrissey weighed in with advice for bloggers who may worry about becoming targets of SWATters:
- Get in contact with your local police department and explain the situation to them. I spent 20 years in a previous career working with police and fire agencies, and they’re not likely to be shocked to hear this. In fact, my local police department reminded me that perpetrators occasionally do this to divert police response to another location while they conduct large-scale robberies. Most will add notes to their system where possible to alert responding units to calls at your house of the background, and that will help keep temperatures cool if the situation does arise.
- Get to know your police department anyway. Chances are you’ll find them to be friendly and professional, and opening a relationship proactively with them will help.
- Speaking of which, while getting SWATted has to be a very frightening experience, remember that most police officers responding to these kinds of calls are trained to remain calm and professional through it. If you can keep from doing anything foolish, the fright should be the worst that happens.
- Review the security at your home to see if you need to address any potential vulnerabilities.
- If possible, de-list yourself from openly-accessible directories. Certainly get your address out of the public domain.
I made my local police department aware of the online harassment and the caller ID spoofing I have been subjected to about a month ago. After learning of what happened to Patrick Frey I contacted them again so they are aware of this tactic.
I was offline most of the weekend, and I didn’t have a chance to link back to a few of the bloggers who have written about this and linked to my earlier posts, so I’ll do it here.
Also, today at NewsBusters is a post by Tom Blumer asking “Where is the establishment press.” Good question. It’s not like NPR’s Nina Totenberg isn’t aware of Brett Kimberlin’s past.
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