SWATTING – Send a SWAT Team To A Friend Near You

copsIf you’ve been reading here for awhile you know I’m no big fan of SWAT teams in many small towns.  Now hackers are using SWAT teams to get revenge on competitors or prank others.

Ever heard of SWATTING? It works like this:

Let’s say I have beef with you. In this day and age it’s pretty easy to track down where you live and find out a few things about you simply by doing some computer hacking. So I find out where you live and then using a phone masking system I call the cops and pretend to be you, or your son, or daughter, or just someone in the house.

I get on the phone with 911 and say, “I just shot my wife and now I’m going to shoot my kids.” They trace the call and find it coming from your house and dispatch a SWAT team to take care of the hostage situation.

Meanwhile, you’re at home watching TV, your kids are upstairs in their rooms doing homework, and various products EPIC20 code colorado veteran 400x250your wife is puttering around in the kitchen. Suddenly your door flies open and ten cops in SWAT gear burst through the door to end the situation. If you’re lucky they won’t “end” you in the process.

Congratulations, you’ve just been SWATTED.

A lot of celebrities have been SWATTED lately and it’s now boiling over to the average guy.  Check this out:

It’s relatively easy to swat someone, since law enforcement tends to err on the side of taking emergency calls seriously. The threshold for calling in a special forces team varies by district, but generally it seems to be enough to say you have a gun and a potential victim. All swatters really need is the victim’s address, a way to mask their phone number, and a crazy story to tell the 911 operator.

The police, as you can imagine, aren’t too happy about this either.

Swatting can bring harsh penalties. In 2007, a young man named Randal T. Ellis called in a hoax on an apparently random household using a deaf relay service. At first, Ellis told the 911 operator that his name was Ryan and his sister had overdosed on cocaine and gave the address of a house in Lake Forest, Washington, where Doug and Stacey Bates lived with their twin daughters. Ellis also claimed he had a gun and had shot someone in the face. He then threatened to shoot his mother and his sister.

Brian Sims, a sergeant with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was the lead investigator on the case. He discovered that Ellis had used the California Relay System to call 911. About five search warrants later, Sims traced the call from an AOL account to a Comcast account and finally to Ellis. The 19-year-old went to jail for three years on five felony counts, including computer access and fraud, false imprisonment by violence, and falsely reporting a crime. He was ordered to pay $14,700 in restitution.

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So far there haven’t been any reported injuries, but it’s only a matter of time.  If someone happens to be epic water filterssitting there with a gun on them it’s likely the police, who are hyped up at this point, won’t hesitate to shoot when they bust in and see it.

Having as many SWAT teams in the United States as we do is bad enough.  There are many reports of SWAT hitting the wrong house and terrorizing the wrong folks.   Now we also have this new fad to worry about.

Be watchful out there, my friends.  You never know who’s going to knock on your door next.

Questions?  Comments?

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-Jarhead Survivor

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26 comments… add one
  • Roseman May 30, 2014, 7:39 am

    Timely post, Capt. Rawles has an article on his site today describing a frightening scenario. “Swat Team ambushes innocent man as he works on tractor in his driveway”. It is worth reading.

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    • Jarhead Survivor May 30, 2014, 10:42 am

      That’s a perfect illustration of my point!

      “Police tried to justify their use of force against Hytrek because he was working with a hammer when they ambushed him. But even a deputy’s deposition stated that Hytrek never attempted to use it as a weapon, KMTV reported.”

      Imagine if you were cleaning a gun and they burst in? You’d have so many holes in you they’d be able to use you a spaghetti strainer by the time they were done.

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      • Kyle March 17, 2017, 3:57 pm

        Some cunt named Blake slammed my younger brother and gave him a concussion so now he’s gone get fucking delt with

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  • ArmyVet May 30, 2014, 8:50 am

    The militarization of civilian law enforcement agencies frighten me. Already, too many LEOs act as though they are above the law, seemingly forgetting that they swear an oath, similar in nature to that which those in the military swear.
    LEOs would do well to remember that John Q. Citizen is his/her true employer. Stop the bullying and chest thumping, no one appreciates it.

    The very fact that an incident such as mentioned in your past can and has happened, is very scary indeed. Technology is a wonderful thing. to most of us, it makes life a little easier. However, we all know of situations where technology can be a hinderance, and the events described in your blog are perfect examples of just how horrible it can get.

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    • Jarhead Survivor May 30, 2014, 10:48 am

      Same here, ArmyVet. I’ve never understood why East Overshoe, Nebraska needs a SWAT team.

      In the case Roseman talks about above – here’s the link: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/john-hytrek/

      All that needed to be done was to have a single deputy drive up and say, “Why are you making threats?”

      And he’d have said, “What?”

      Then there would have been a little conversation and the deputy would have said, “Sorry dude. Must be a case of mistaken identity,” or whatever.

      Instead 10 guys in assault gear with automatic weapons beat a guy with Parkinson’s disease and put him in the hospital.

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  • Pineslayer May 30, 2014, 9:50 am

    Technology is a double edged sword. Think Skynet.

    This gives us all a good reason to have very secure doors and windows. Long screws, solid doors, safety film on windows, sounds like a good post idea.

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  • Az Patriot Prepper May 30, 2014, 11:38 am

    Several months ago, a formal employee of mine, mid-twenties, Hispanic, male, 5’2″, maybe 120 lbs, had a mental breakdown, subsequent tests showed no drugs in his system. His father called Phoenix PD, asking for them to help his son who was obviously in distress. He had been in the neighbors pool naked, and had pushed his father several times, not injuring his father. When police arrived, this young man was in the shower, obviously still naked (read: unarmed).

    When police confronted him, he fought with them. Nobody will ever know what kind of mental illness was affecting him and no one will know what he thought was happening. But after tazing him twice and still having difficulty detaining him, the police shot and killed him…

    I know police have a difficult job. I know they have to worry about making it home alive, every night. But I also know that in ten plus years of security work, I have taken down guys twice my size, and when having backup, have taken down multiple individuals without ever having to use lethal force. Yes, I’ve come home bruised, sometimes considerably, I’ve had my wrist fractured, and I can’t count the number of times I’ve broken my nose. The point is, as a non-LEO had I used lethal force on an unarmed individual who was that small, I would be in jail…

    The police who murdered this young man are still working. It saddens me. I believe in self defense. I support law enforcement. But I don’t believe that a badge gives you a license to kill.

    Several years ago, an officer was forced to retire from a neighboring department after his 7th shooting during the line of duty, 6 of those shootings were fatal. Gone are the days of most officers never have to fire their weapon in the line of duty, Instead, at least in the Phoenix metro area, it is shoot first, ask questions later.

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    • Jarhead Survivor May 30, 2014, 12:05 pm

      That’s a damned shame. It seems like there are more and more stories out there like this all the time too.

      Reply
  • second thought May 30, 2014, 1:27 pm

    Wait a sec… how did a great post about the abuse of emergency services somehow get turned into a hack-fest against police? I’m not saying I agree or disagree with some of those comments, but it seems like people are focusing on the police response, rather than the idiotic initiators of a horrible “prank”.

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  • Roseman May 30, 2014, 1:42 pm

    It’s about their overreaction!
    If I overreact because DD puts sugar in my coffee, the attendant would be surprised or annoyed but nobody dies.

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  • Anonymous May 30, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Middle of the night someone smashes down my door I’m not sure I would make a mental note of them yelling police, or not in some quoted cases….

    Most likely I would mistake them for an intruder. Very stupid and dangerous situation for everyone involved.

    There seems to be a major lack of accountability for police related shootings. Seems to me it’s more along the lines of you didn’t do as you were told so I’ll shoot you more than officers lives in danger. Perhaps I’m mistaken.

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  • Chuck Findlay May 31, 2014, 12:49 am

    (There seems to be a major lack of accountability for police related shootings.)

    Boy is that ever the truth. Police can kill people, have it filmed, have the video of the murder posted on the net and suffer no real repercussions.

    The Albuquerque (on-line video) murder of the homeless guy on the hill is proof of police murdering a guy and getting away with it. The Iraq vet that got pulled over for having no front plate on his car and getting clubbed like crazy and dying later in the day is another example of police out of control.

    I would bet most cities that have these murders posted on-line are putting more effort into finding out who leaked the video to the net then they are looking into the murder of a person.

    I fear we are just starting to see the opening shots of a war on the US population by the police.

    I want to like, trust and respect the police,but their actions of the last several years make this very hard to do.

    Question:

    When you see a cop do you pucker up and worry what bad things they could do to you, or do you think of them as a friend?

    It would be an interesting poll to conduct.

    Respect is something you have to earn and constantly work hard to keep. Once you loose it, it’s near impossible to get back.

    This post is not really about people fooling the police as that can be solved by putting the pranksters in jail to punish them and give them time to reflect on their chosen path. It’s about the excessive lethal actions police are using in an ever-increasing frequency and using it in situations where it’s not needed to resolve a situation.

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  • Ben May 31, 2014, 2:10 am

    This is a moronic type of prank! Espescially from folks who are concerned about the abuse of power and waste of government resources! What happens when they stop reacting to “cries of wolf” and a real threat goes unanswered?

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  • irishdutchuncle May 31, 2014, 4:40 am

    many of us were raised to be pro “Law and Order”, goodie goodies.
    that is a major (maybe even fatal) flaw of the middle class. most of my encounters with the police have been “positive” even the times when I got a ticket…

    I know that what you’re saying is absolutely true.

    I just don’t know how the public should act, to fix the problem before it’s too late.

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    • irishdutchuncle May 31, 2014, 5:18 am

      does each of our children know, that “Rights” are not from
      the Constitution? (they are an Endowment from our Creator)
      we need to avoid Constitutional Idolatry, even as we defend the Constitution.

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      • irishdutchuncle June 1, 2014, 3:28 am

        thanks guys.
        the children also need to be taught that amendments one through ten
        are not the entire list of rights.
        whatever happens, we need to keep the moral high ground.
        many of us are nostalgic for the “Founders Republic”.
        (even though it did not survive the war between the states)
        we need to articulate clearly which principles we’re fighting for: individual Lives, individual Liberty and Personal Conscience.

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    • ArmyVet May 31, 2014, 10:27 pm

      I fear it is already too late Irish. Hang on to your hats folks, looks like we are in for a bumpy ride.

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  • Steve suffering in nj May 31, 2014, 5:52 pm

    Very good point Irish. I believe that’s a often overlooked point.

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    • Darius August 14, 2019, 5:58 pm

      im trying to swat this guy for breaking into my house and getting away with it apparently they didnt have enough proof to arrest him heres his address 12430 saulston pl near hudson please swat if u can

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  • SEBAGO DAD June 3, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Least anyone think that “SWATTING” is just a Big City/West Coast thing, there was an incident last night in Nashua, NH.
    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140602/NEWS07/140609781/-1/news

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  • Sam June 11, 2014, 6:53 pm

    you could find out the address of say, the brother-in-law of the mayor, or some other not-too-close relative of some government official. Report a drug buy at that address. hilarity and mayhem ensue.

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  • Sam June 11, 2014, 6:54 pm

    you could find out the address of say, the brother-in-law of the mayor, or some other not-too-close relative of some government official. Report a drug buy at that address. hilarity and mayhem ensue.
    for entertainment purposes only.

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  • gary March 15, 2017, 3:36 am

    One day the teenagers and some adults will grow up to realize just how stupid and dangerous their so called pranks really are/were. That crap can and has gotten innocent people killed. Trust me, we need SWAT, with the morons and looney toons cropping up now days with more fire power than the local police. The more psychos that our society keeps creating the beefier the law enforcment will grow in response.If I were a cop I would prefer not to go up against a nut with a high power assault rifle and grenades using only a 9mm handgun and a vest that’s not designed to stop high power rounds. For a cop it can get really freaky very fast and its nice to have an equalizer such as SWAT.

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  • Liana August 17, 2017, 8:23 pm

    I shot my wife and I killed my brother with a knife

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  • Darius August 14, 2019, 5:59 pm

    im trying to swat this guy for breaking into my house and getting away with it apparently they didnt have enough proof to arrest him heres his address 12430 saulston pl near hudson please swat if u can

    Reply

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