Erickson Family Victim Of SWATting

Earlier this week Peach Pundit co-founder and Editor Emeritus Erick Erickson joined conservative bloggers across the country to write about Brett Kimberlin, a leftist who harasses conservative bloggers.

In the Kimberlin discussions around the conservative blogosphere came a scary story from Patterico’s Pontifications about the night a SWAT team showed up at his house acting on a call he had just killed his wife. The call was faked to make it look like it came from his house. The SWAT team acted according to their training and arrived at the house expecting to find an armed man who had just murdered his wife. Needless to say it was a very dangerous situation and could have cost Patterico his life. Patterico is not the only victim of “SWATing.”

Tonight Erick Erickson and his family were the victims of a similar incident. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the Erickson home after receiving a call, supposedly from Erick’s house, saying an accidental shooting had taken place. Erick had wisely alerted the Sheriff’s department something like this might happen and thankfully Erick and his family are OK.

Politics is serious business and we deal with serious matters but if your political activism compels you to put other people’s families in danger and risk people’s lives, you are deranged and need to be dealt with appropriately by law enforcement. I hope they catch the idiots who did this and they go to jail for a long time.

33 comments

  1. bucky says:

    How technologically savvy does one need to be to fake the originating number or address of a 911 call? This stuff sniffs of professional involvement.

    • Engineer says:

      I know of many people that have done this to prank call radio shows in the past. All you need is stuff like a phone number (that you are faking), a spoofing program, and usually skype (supposedly this is easier to do with cell numbers). Then there are other options like Joesph mentions (May 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm). So you don’t have to be very tech savvy, but the more tech savvy you are, the easier it is to do.

  2. Joseph says:

    It’s actually not hard…most office phone systems can be programmed to put out their own caller ID info…problem is 911 centers don’t have a way to actually verify against dial-tone providers.

  3. Bridget says:

    I assume his babies were home?? That’s just beyond any line of human decency. I hope with Erick being an attorney he pursues this person/org and presses charges. I also hope a few geeks step in and offer help if Macon’s police team needs some technical help tracing the call.

  4. bkeahl says:

    Spoofing Caller ID is not difficult with VOIP systems. It’s a known weakness with the technology. Sadly, it’s also not difficult to maintain relative anonymity while purchasing VOIP service.

    There are ways to trace such activities back to the origin, but it usually involves court orders and time, both of which work to the advantage of the criminal. Finally, if the perps are using open hotspots it gets even more difficult.

    At least nobody was hurt, let’s hope it stays that way.

  5. Rick Day says:

    Curious as to why someone would to that to a relative nobody like Eric? It’s not like he deserves this, or anything. Has he said anything generally dismissive or above average hateful lately?

    And why would Eric anticipate this prank to the point he gave the cops a heads-up? And just where was he on 9/11????

    Gassy Knoll, etc….

  6. NorthGeorgiaGirl says:

    Rick Day…Erickson probably alerted them to this possibility after reading about and/or talking to other conservative bloggers that had been harassed by Brett Kimberlin AKA “The Speedway Bomber”. The story was covered last week on the Blaze and some of the bloggers that had been harassed talked about everything from SWAT teams showing up at their doors to cyber-stalking. You can read about it here: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/readymeet-soros-funded-domestic-terrorist-brett-kimberlin-whose-job-is-terrorizing-bloggers-into-silence/

  7. NorthGeorgiaGirl says:

    BTW, I know someone who lived in Speedway, IN, as a child and was neighbors with the man who got his legs blown off by a bomb in the local high school parking lot. The entire community was terrorized for about a week, and that particular man later committed suicide. My friend didn’t realize that they had let Kimberlin out of jail so quickly. Glad Erickson and his family are okay.

  8. Andre says:

    I just hope this is not the next step in the evolution of lawfare; the illegitimate use of law with the intentions of damaging an opponent.

    • ted in bed says:

      Do you really think so?

      Diverting police officers to a fake call, endangering the public, and using the power of the government to spread fear and someday death, is NOT similar to O’Keefe in any way. One day this will go bad. Either an officer will kill an innocent and unsuspecting person or have an accident on the way to the address.

      I don’t know where EE lives but I hope he has a meeting setup with Law Enforcement to track down the person doing this and put them away for a long time. If it is Kimberlin and not a copy cat, I also hope EE goes after the funders of Kimberlin: Theresa Hienz, Fidelity Investments, Soros’ non-profits, etc. RICO is a powerful tool to get these people.

      • sunkawakan says:

        Yes, I really think so, although I agree that whomever is the perpetrator is identified and charged. O’Keefe, Lila Rose, and others of that ilk do as much harm. They lead to the Scott Roeder’s, J.T. Ready’s, etc.

            • You’re wrong but even if you were right, how do O’Keefe’s videos lead to murder? And if Dale Russell gets a report wrong does it lead to murder?

              You’ve wandered way off line here with your attempts to minimize the dangers of swatting.

              • sunkawakan says:

                Buzz,

                I recognize that swatting is stupid, likely illegal and dangerous. And should be a serious source of concern.

                Don’t focus so much on O’Keefe (I mentioned others as well, including Lila Rose). To be unable to admit that things that are said with the intent of “whipping up the base” are not dangerous in and of themselves is irresponsible. It’s not Ok that Scott Roeder killed an unarmed doctor. It’s not Ok that McVeigh blew up 168 people in Oklahoma, and it’s not Ok that J.T. Ready murdered others.

                If we are not responsible in our words and actions, and don’t want to realize that words have sometimes awful, terrible results, we are all complicit. It’s about personal and shared responsibility.

                And you can shove your JBS-inspired Agenda 21 resolution.

                • So Erick brought this on himself?

                  Who the heck is JBS? I don’t have an Agenda 21 resolution.

                  Are you OK? Are right-wing activists gathered outside your house this morning? Been watching “Loose Change” this weekend?

                  • sunkawakan says:

                    No, I’m in a very pissy mood today.

                    Just don’t try to get all puffed up about left-wing craziness, unless you’re willing to admit your own side’s insanity.

                    And just for your information, there was a resolution introduced in the Georgia House in the past session about the John Birch Society’s model legislation on the oh-so-evil U.N.’s Agenda 21. Just more craziness for the dustbin of history.

                    • Charlie says:

                      I don’t care how pissy your mood is.

                      Each side has their crazies. Attempting to make moral equivalence from crazy to justify sending a SWAT team to storm an unsuspecting residence makes me question ever taking you seriously again.

  9. Scott65 says:

    I hope they catch and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law the person who did this. I am glad Erick and his family are ok. You can have civil disagreements with people and not demonize them…although it seems more and more challenging these days…but we all need to work that much harder to make it so. That is the greatest punishment to wackos…irrelevancy

  10. sunkawakan says:

    Charlie,

    I’ll look forward to your reporting on this blog when there is an equivalent stupid, dirty, dangerous act by the right-wing.

      • DavidTC says:

        I haven’t seen any articles here about the arson at two Atlanta area women’s clinics. (Or the burglaries months ago.)

        There’s been a disturbing uptick in crimes against not only abortion providers, but now against doctors who speak up in favor of abortion but do nor perform them.

        There has also been a disturbing attempt of violence against anti-Kimberlin people, a completely random guy with a history of violence and abusing the legal system against critics, and someone no one actually cares about.

        The first problem is a repeat of the crap we already suffered through with Rudolph, and appears to be some sort of actual conspiracy, with multiple people involved. (Two were seen at the second clinic fire.) It is, to put it bluntly, outright terrorism, especially as the intimidation has now reached doctors who just give their opinions to Congress and do not actually do abortions.

        The second problem is somewhat self-explanatory and will probably be resolved in a bit with Kimberlin’s arrest. It’s no different than a guy reads an article critical of him in the paper and slashes the reporter’s brake line. Anyone trying to make a conspiracy out of it or a pattern is trying to invent things that are not there….the issue is almost certainly that Kimberlin is unbalanced and attacking people (Via the police), and needs to be locked back up. (Of course, innocent until proven guilty.)

        I have to suggest the first problem is a bit more important than the second. But the first problem has not been mentioned here yet.

        • Charlie says:

          It has been, and I’ve been talking to the OBGYN association for a detailed follow up.

          If you need to hear it unequivocally now, anyone who is part of the pro-life movement, the Republican Party, or just a decent human being should denounce the terroristic acts of those who choose to commit criminal acts, destroy property, and endanger the lives of others in support of their cause.

          • Harry says:

            Yep…just because they made themselves judge-jury-and-executioner doesn’t give us the right to do the same.

          • SallyForth says:

            Hence they should be called pro-death – ain’t nothing pro-life about that kind of stuff.

  11. DavidTC says:

    Remember, folks, SWAT teams breaking down the doors of innocent people and threatening to shoot everyone is not acceptable when those people have a public platform to complain from. The powerful and famous are reminded that they should inform the police of where they live, so they will receive special treatment.

    And the police, meanwhile, are reminded to double-check to make sure the person is not famous for before doing that. Make sure they’re 92 year-old poor black women instead.

    More seriously: At what point do we stop talking about individual instances and start asking if the militarization of our police is actually something we want? How did this happen? Did we vote on this at some point? I don’t remember that.

    Why do we need to arrest people in the middle of the night? Why must we invade houses? Why can the police simply not stand at all the doors (Behind bullet-proof shields if needed), knock on the door, and tell people they are under arrest? Can we really not contain a house?

    Oh, right. They might ‘destroy evidence’ by flushing drugs.

    You know, I don’t agree that all ‘victimless’ crimes are harmless, per-se. But I do have to suggest that if they cause such little harm that no one willing to testify to them, we perhaps shouldn’t leap in with guns blazing to try to keep hypothetical evidence intact.

    And even if we want to use SWAT in such circumstances, if we have such a team, we end up using it _everywhere_, like here. What was the worry there? He’s somehow destroy a body in the two minutes it took to answer the door? (Hell, how could this not be diffused by simply calling the wife’s cell and asking her to come to the door?)

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