Katie Pavlich

Last week I wrote about SWATing, a tactic being used by far left radical to silence conservative speech. What is SWATing? A refresher:

What does the far left do when they disagree with conservative bloggers? They call the police from a phone program pretending to be (insert conservative blogger here), say something horrific such as "I just shot my wife," hang up and then laugh as a local SWAT team descends on the house of (insert conservative blogger here) for no real reason.

This ladies and gentleman is not a joke, it's what far left activists are doing to silence conservatives. CNN contributor and Red State editor-in-chief Erick Erickson and his family were targeted over the weekend. The SWATting occurred just after Erickson had written a piece about left wing domestic terrorist and convicted Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin. Who is Brett Kimberlin?  From Lee Stranahan, the writer who first exposed Kimberlin and encouraged others to do the same.

Now, Georgia Rep. Chambliss is telling Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigate SWATing. Now.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss has asked the Justice Department to investigate a string of anonymous pranks in which authorities have been dispatched guns ablaze to the homes of conservative commentators after bogus shooting claims.

In a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder, Chambliss said the practice of “SWAT-ting”–which struck the family of Georgian Erick Erickson last month–is a tool by which radicals are squelching the First Amendment.

“The use of SWAT-ting as a harassment tool is apparently not new, but its use as a tool for targeting political speech appears to be a more recent development,” he wrote, according to a press release from the senator’s office. “During the last year, some of the more widely reported cases of SWAT-ting have taken place against blog operators across the country, including in Georgia. The emerging pattern is both disturbing and dangerous.”

“While I am certain that local law enforcement is reviewing each of these instances, I am asking you to please look into these cases as well to determine if any federal laws may have been violated,” the letter closes, demanding a response from Holder by no later than June 29.


Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, will be published on July 8, 2014.

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