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Monday, June 25, 2012

SWAT Nonsense. Again.

Earlier today, Aaron Worthing was given the go-ahead to speak publicly about domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin. Within hours, men with automatic weapons arrived at Worthing's front door, on an "anonymous" tip that he had shot his wife.
If you think those things aren't connected, there's a bridge I could sell you.

In recent weeks, SWATting has become all the rage. If you annoy the wrong people, chances are someone will call in a tip about you or one of your family members, sending police with riot gear to your home in force.

At best, this is a waste of resources. Those SWAT teams are being paid, sometimes overtime, by taxpayers who would prefer to see their money go to something...useful.
At worst, this puts lives at risk. Not just the lives of the people being SWATted - because what if a policeman misreads the situation and shoots someone in the house - but people who call 911 and have to wait because the SWAT team is out chasing a unicorn.

It's not the cops' fault - they're just doing their jobs. And most of the people who have been SWATted would likely agree.
But I, for one, would like to see some real charges filed against the people who are doing this. Reckless endangerment. Attempted homicide.

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