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Wolf Blitzer Victim of Attempted SWATting

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:47 pm


Montgomery County police received an urgent message at about 6:25 p.m. Saturday saying someone had been shot at Wolf Blitzer’s home in Bethesda. Officers streamed toward the CNN host’s residence near Congressional Country Club. They set up a perimeter.

But a dispatch supervisor was immediately skeptical, and a call to CNN confirmed it: The message was a fraud. Blitzer was fine — was, in fact, out of town. The authorities were dealing with another case of “SWATing,” in which someone jolts police into action with a fake distress call and technological trickery.

There was another SWATting last night, of Michigan congressman Mike Rogers. That SWATting merits another post, for reasons that will become readily apparent. It may or may not be a coincidence that Blitzer spoke to Rogers two days before the SWATtings on Blitzer’s show. The SWATting of Rogers is very, very, very interesting . . . for reasons that will be apparent in my next post.

But for now, let’s do the traditional roll call of the SWATted: Wolf Blitzer; Ted Lieu; Erik Rush; Ryan Seacrest; Russell Brand; Selena Gomez; Justin Timberlake; Rihanna; Sean Combs; Chris Brown; Tom Cruise; Paris Hilton; Clint Eastwood; Brian Krebs; the Jenners and Kardashians; Justin Bieber; Miley Cyrus; Ashton Kutcher; Simon Cowell; Aaron Walker; Erick Erickson; Mike Stack; and me.

11 Responses to “Wolf Blitzer Victim of Attempted SWATting”

  1. Yes, that is a tease.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Neal WILL slip-up one day.

    Icy (3edb0b)

  3. Recall how quickly the administration arranged to have that “anti-Muslim film maker” arrested and jailed.

    But not by the executive branch. They weren’t involved. Just as now they’re claiming they didn’t make the decision to read Tsaranaev his miranda warning. It was, again, a federal magistrate.

    I guess this time they couldn’t arrest and jail anyone to protect their narrative.

    So now SWATting is the weapon of choice?

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  4. I had just commented on the “carjacking” thread before commenting here.

    I linked to a couple of articles that tore apart the fictions the administration is telling about the sequence of events that led to Tsarnaev getting mirandized, and then why they’re perpetrating what Andrew McCarthy rightly calls a “national security fraud.”

    I’d say he and John Yoo should probably give their local PDs a heads up that they may be next.

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  5. All these SWATting pranks are pretty funny. Have there been any successful ones yet where the prankster was able to trick police into assassinating the target?

    mom (ee1db6)

  6. What exactly is funny about swatting, “mom” ?

    JD (b63a52)

  7. Mom has been here before I think. Got put into moderation.

    Search for “Virginia Mom”

    SarahW (b0e533)

  8. Maybe a different person. But might be the same.

    SarahW (b0e533)

  9. What exactly is funny about swatting, “mom” ?

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 4/29/2013

    Sending armed men to the bedrooms of children or spouses of those who expressed the wrong idea on the internet amuses the mentally unstable. They laugh in much the same way a socially stunted person laughs when they realize they have said or done something they can’t explain or justify. They take the clown pose because they are too cowardly to actually be honest about their choices.

    You won’t see the SWATter outright justify what they did, or even take responsibility for it, because SWATting is the quintessential act of cowardice. And cowards pose as clowns.

    Dustin (2da3a2)

  10. Sarah, I’m always impressed by your memory of all these little details.

    Dustin (2da3a2)

  11. How will this affect the President ?

    Neo (d1c681)

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