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June 8th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

"SWATting" Prank Could Be Deadly

Don Lemon talks to conservative blogger Erick Erickson about the dangerous practice of "SWATting" where someone calls 911 claiming to be someone else, giving false information and causing an emergency situation with authorities. Erickson has been the victim of "swatting" multiple times presumably because of his political blog.

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  1. Knows Better

    I know someone who has been "swatted." The "prankster" called 911, saying that her son (who lives with her) attempted suicide. When the emergency personnel showed up, she and her son were watching a movie, clueless as to why the EMTs and such were there. What a shame that some people have nothing better to do than tie up first responders when there are true emergencies happening.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  2. OregonTom

    I hope the law catches up with those who "SWAT". Everyone have a safe summer.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  3. Tim

    I do hope law enforcement is chasing down these Liberal criminals that are placing these false calls. This is a felony is many places. It also shows how little regard the left and the Democrats have for the law and the safety of others.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  4. dark

    i'm not political by any means but how do you know its particularly a specific political party that is doing this ignorant prank?

    on another note this prank is pathetic and i hope the perpetrators are caught soon as my cousin is a firefighter EMT and his job is highly appreciated.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  5. Jango Davis

    I laughed my butt off when I read what happened to Erickson. It's the price you pay for being in the spotlight.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  6. Argle Bargle

    @Tim Almost started to take you seriously until you mentioned "liberal" "left", and "democrat" in your ridiculous diatribe.

    It's not liberals, democrats or leftists who are doing this, but people just like you: STUPID.

    June 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  7. durundal

    I do hope law enforcement is chasing down these Liberal criminals that are placing these false calls. This is a felony is many places. It also shows how little regard the left and the Democrats have for the law and the safety of others."

    Congratulations, you set the bar for sad and pathetic. You are what is wrong with America: kindly educate or remove yourself. In no way whatsoever was there any hint of party affiliation or even a whiff of political motivation. Grow up

    June 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm |

    Swatting cannot happen in Hollywood, Fla. Every phone call is recorded and Police know your house as soon as you call. I have been asked when I called: "Police or 911?" When I said either, by the time I got them, they knew where I was and asked: "Are you Mr. Purser?" "Yes." "We will have someone right out." Emergency has matched the phone call with the house before you come. Cellphones are called back and verified on the internet while this is going on.

    June 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  9. c.w.

    @Marvin Purser: You have a point, but it's actually not valid in these cases.

    In these cases, they believe they believe the suspect is using internet telephone technology to "forge" the phone number that the call is originating from. This technology is out there and easily available. You can make a phone call and make it appear as if it's coming from anyone: From the police department, from the mayor, from anyone! You just type in what number you want to show up on caller id, and then place the call using VoIP.

    So yes, it can happen in Hollywood, Fla. It can happen anywhere!

    June 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  10. danny

    Erik Erikson... the German-American psychologist?

    Haven't heard of this other guy.....

    June 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  11. guntotinsquaw

    @Durundal: People like "Tim" are fully educated on the subject in which they speak. The swatting is being done against right-wing bloggers exposing Brett Kimberlin. An attorney representing some of the bloggers was also swatted. Kimberlin is a left wing radical ex-con sentenced to 50 years (Speedway Bomber) a convicted perjurer and forger. He is the suspect in the murder of a grandmother, he is also paid by Soros and several left wing groups.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  12. Corwin7

    Now let me get this straight...making a prank call is "showing a careless disregard for public safety" while INSISTING that 30 MILLION americans are sentenced to DEATH from preventable or treatable diseases by insurance companies, many of whom they paid premiums for years before getting sick is "Conservative American Values" ... Hmmmm.....No wonder I'm a liberal.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  13. Astudent10

    Just because the televised pranks are against one particular political party does not in anyway mean that it is only the opposing political party performing these pranks each and every time. Yes, more than likely in this case it is someone who is extremely liberal. However, this should not be the central point. Just as the pointed out in the clip, this is not right for anyone to do for any reason and regardless of any other political issues with this particular incident, it should be addressed legally.

    July 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  14. P D

    " he is also paid by Soros and several left wing groups". can you prove any of that, without citing the Blaze RWN WND DC or Brietbart?
    All the stuff I find leads back to these sites, followed by the usual "Kenyan Commie Islamist" garbage in the comments
    Is this like the (fake) ACORN hooker thing?
    Can anyone here honestly tell me that only "the left" uses dirty tricks?

    July 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm |

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