Conservatives are new targets of 'SWAT-ing'

Prominent conservative bloggers are seeing a rise in hoax calls made to police that draw SWAT teams to their doors


By Juana Summers
Politico.com

Conservative bloggers are the new targets of a series of "SWAT-ing" attacks — a decade-old hoax used to draw a SWAT team to the door of a political enemy.

It's a bizarre series of events that's consuming prominent conservative web sites, pitting conservative writers against a former federal convict — or his backers — who says he isn't even familiar with SWAT-ing: an elaborate practical joke in which SWAT teams are falsely sent to someone's home after a violent crime is reported. Those behind the SWAT-ing often mask their actual phone numbers, making the calls appear to originate from within the victim's home.

Beginning in July 2011, prominent conservative bloggers like Erick Erickson of Redstate.com and Patrick Frey of Patterico's Pontifications say that police began receiving the prank phone calls that triggered their actions. A short time afterwards, SWAT teams were on their doorsteps.

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