Last night, Aaron Walker was swatted:
I was SWATted tonight. My wife was down in the basement, and unknown to me she had fallen asleep in an uncomfortable position while watching TV. I was just finishing up a post where I was going to share Kimberlin’s nutty response to my motion for a partial stay when someone decided to recklessly endanger my life.
I mean again. Let’s not forget the last time someone intentionally engaged in conduct that they knew could get me and my wife killed. In that case we know who the culprit was: Brett Kimberlin. He intentionally and gratuitously revealed my real name, home address, work and work address, in court documents and then told the police in a letter that he believed because of his actions that “there exists the very real probability that Mr. Walker could be subjected to serious harm or death now that his identity has been exposed.” And then he fought tooth and nail to keep that information from being sealed, and then fought to get them unsealed.
But tonight we don’t know who did it, although I knew who to tell the police to look at. I won’t say their names here, of course.
I was writing when there was a knock at the door. A second knock came and it was very insistent. I went to the door and looked through the peep hole and there was nothing. I said something like, “hello?” and someone firmly said, “open the door!”
I opened up to find two cops hugging the front of the house. They had M4’s as I recognized from video games (see?! They are good for something!) and they later confirmed. They were not pointed at my face like it had been with Patrick. They were pointed at the ground.
(When I told my mother that, she said not to minimize it. No, obviously whoever it was doing their best to get me killed. Fortunately the police were not so easily tricked.)
I can’t quote them, but they said something to the effect that they got an emergency call. I actually said, “let me guess, someone claimed I shot my wife…?” One officer confirmed it, and I said, “this is a hoax.” I think I even said the word “swatting.”
So someone had tried to make law enforcement falsely think I committed a crime.
Yesterday, Walker went to court and won back his First Amendment right to blog about Brett Kimberlin. Later, the above occurred.
He could have been killed.
Congresswoman Sandra Adams, joined by 84 other Congressmen, (but not Rep. Sam Graves, who couldn’t be bothered with such things as standing up for Constitutional rights) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to look into the SWATting of conservative bloggers.
After Walker’s swatting, she released the following statement:
With the increase in these dangerous incidents, it is clear that our citizens and law enforcement officers are at risk. I hope Attorney General Holder seriously considers the letter my colleagues and I sent him asking the Department of Justice to investigate these incidents and prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.
The swift hammer of justice needs to be brought down on whoever pulls a stunt like this. It’s, at a minimum, an attempt to intimidate someone into silence. At most, it’s attempted murder.
But in no way is it funny.