While I was at a t-ball game tonight, I received an email that informed me that Sen. Saxby Chambliss had written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an investigation into the possible illegal intimidation of conservative bloggers.
That’s a refreshing step in the whole Brett Kimberlin saga. You can download and read the letter here.
Turns out, that was just the push this story needed. Now, ABC News is reporting on it:
A number of conservative bloggers allege they have been targeted through the use of harassment tactics such as SWAT-ting (fooling 911 operators into sending emergency teams to their homes), in retaliation for posts they have written, and now Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., has stepped into the matter. He has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to investigate the SWAT-ting cases to see if federal laws have been violated.
“I am writing with concern regarding recent reports that several members of the community of online political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels,” Chambliss wrote in the letter.
“Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse. Those who choose to enter into that political discourse should not have to worry about potential threats to their or their family’s safety,” Chambliss continued. “While I am certain that local law enforcement is reviewing each of these instances, I am asking you to please look into each of these cases as well to determine if any federal laws may have been violated. Future targets of SWAT-ting, whether engaged in political speech or not, may not be so fortunate as to escape physical harm.”
It’s a very comprehensive story, covering everyone from Patrick Frey at Patterico to the latest with Ali Akbar and the National Blogger’s Club. It also has quotes from Brett Kimberlin, who claims he is the victim here.
After that was posted at ABC, Drudge linked to it.
This story is getting bigger. Tonight, I’ll interview Ali Akbar about his involvement in the story. Look for that at Take That Media later this week.