85 Members of Congress Write to Ask Eric Holder to Investigate SWATting

(H/T: @ali–Ali Akbar)

In previous posts, I have written about how Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX-25) have stood up for free speech on the issue of SWATting attacks and similar forms of harassment on bloggers for trying to express their opinion and tell the truth about the attacks as well as the people who may be behind it. The two of them have requested the DOJ and Eric Holder investigate these attacks and go after the perpetrators.

Now, Mr. Marchant finds himself joined by 84 other members of the House of Representatives. Together, they sent a letter to Eric Holder stating the following:

We write you concerning the growing threat of “SWAT-ting” and its costly ramifications. These crimes occur when individuals call emergency dispatchers under the guise of another person’s name with fraudulent claims, causing local law enforcement to swarm the home of innocent Americans. SWAT-ting first arose in 2002, but as technology and the Internet has expanded, the dangers of SWAT-ting are also on the rise.

And the other important passage from the letter (link mine):

Even worse, SWAT-ting is quickly becoming a scare tactic used against political bloggers, essentially stifling those bloggers’ First Amendment rights. Just last month, a popular blogger in the state of Georgia, Erick Erickson, became the latest victim of SWAT-ting. During the Erickson’s family dinner, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Erickson’s home after receiving a 911 call reporting an accidental shooting that appeared to have come from Erickson’s address. Fortunately, Erickson previously alerted police to SWAT-ting tactics; however, numerous similar scenarios have ended with guiltless victims held at gunpoint.

This is a bold step, and these members of Congress deserve to be congratulated for their courage. We can blog about this issue all we want, but we will not find a full resolution until this issue is dealt with in the halls of Congress (and, of course, when the perpetrators have been properly punished).

The list of members behind this letter can be found below the fold. Note that this is a letter from the House, so only Representatives have signed it.

Sandy Adams (R-FL)

Tom Graves (R-GA)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Andy Harris (R-MD)

Steve Southerland (R-FL)

Joe Walsh (R-IL)

Paul Broun (R-GA)

Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

Chip Cravaack (R-MN)

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Phil Gingrey (R-GA)

Dan Burton (R-IN)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)

Daniel Webster (R-FL)

Allen West (R-FL)

Dennis Ross (R-FL)

Richard Nugent (R-FL)

Ben Quayle (R-AZ)

Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Todd Rokita (R-IN)

Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

David Reichert (R-WA)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Michael Grimm (R-NY)

Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY)

Don Manzullo (R-IL)

Bob Turner (R-NY)

Jon Runyan (R-NJ)

Don Young (R-AK)

Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Tom Marino (R-PA)

Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

John Kline (R-MN)

Mo Brooks (R-AL)

Austin Scott (R-GA)

Pete Olson (R-TX)

Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Ted Poe (R-TX)

Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)

Candice Miller (R-MI)

Mark Amodei (R-NV)

Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Sue Myrick (R-NC)

Todd Akin (R-MO)

Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

Diane Black (R-TN)

Jeff Landry (R-LA)

Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Randy Hultgren (R-IL)

Mike Pompeo (R-KS)

David Schweikert (R-AZ)

Bill Posey (R-FL)

Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Quico Canseco (R-TX)

Bill Johnson (R-IL)

Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Tim Griffin (R-AR)

Walter B. Jones (R-NC)

Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Billy Long (R-MO)

Steve Scalise (R-LA)

Stephen Fincher (R-TN)

Jack Kingston (R-GA)

Scott Rigell (R-VA)

Tom Price (R-GA)

Robert Hurt (R-VA)

Bill Huizenga (R-MI)

Jeff Miller (R-FL)


Is your representative on here? If he (or she) is not, then let them know you want their name on this list.

Also, note that there are no Democrats on this less, a telling message from the party always bleating about free speech and such–at least when Bush was President.

Get in touch with as many representatives as possible, especially your own. If they support investigating SWATting, congratulate them. If they don’t tell them they need to, and that we are not afraid to primary them (for Republicans) or vote against them in the general (for Democrats).

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