The PJ Tatler

SWATting May Violate Federal Law, Carry 10 Year Sentence

Erick Erickson has been SWATted, apparently for writing about Brett Kimberlin.

SWATting is an extreme form of harassment that, according SWATting victim Patrick Frey, has gotten the attention of the FBI office in Dallas, TX. In Patrick’s case, it could have gotten him killed in a murder-by-police tragedy.

Christian Adams has taken a look at federal law, and says that as SWATting represents an attempt to intimidate or harass someone for exercising their free speech rights, it is a violation of federal statute.

The story about the SWATTING and intimidation is shocking.  It might also be illegal.

18 USC 241 prohibits intimidation against Americans for exercising free speech rights.  The statute says:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

SWATting is just the kind of thing a convicted felon would think up and do, or have someone else do.