Although Patterico is a conservative and a prosecutor, I was always a fan of his blog – Patterico’s Pontifications. He writes with aggression. He is wrong about most issues, sure, but he’s interesting. He certainly did not deserve to die.
Yet Patterico was almost killed. Patterico was victim of Swatting.
What is Swatting?
Swatting is the tricking of any emergency service (via such means as hoaxing a 9-1-1 dispatcher) into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an on-going critical incident. Episodes range from large to small, from the deployment of bomb squads, SWAT units and other police units and the concurrent evacuations of schools and businesses to a single fabricated police report meant to discredit an individual as a prank or personal vendetta.
I myself was almost the victim of a Swatting. I was able to avoid having a SWAT team kick down my door because, remembering what happened to Patterico, “Forewarned is forearmed.”
1. Recognize the threat: How I almost became a victim of Swatting.
I went into #GamerGate expecting some conflict. I did not expect to learn what I now know. SJWs (short for Social Justice Warriors) are comprised of pedophiles (Lena Dunham recently admitted to being a child molester), thieves, criminals, and murderers – and those are just the women who get to appear on television. Indeed, one SJW reporter, writer Robert Caruso, has told people he hopes that everyone in an entire town is raped and murdered.
These people are insane. If you engage with an SJW, expect the worst. They will lie openly about you. When their lies do not shut you down, they will involve the police. They will file false police reports against you.
A graduate student and aspiring research scientist conspired with another SJW to “dox” me – that is, she posted my address along with a picture on my website. This “dox” was coordinated among an interesting case of characters.
Some have suggested that I never faced a SWAT. This is a lie. A game developer was just swatted, almost certainly by SJWs.
“The caller said he had an assault rifle and he had placed explosives in the yard and he was holding a family hostage,” said Nathan Elledge, chief of police at the Sammamish Police Department. “He wanted $20,000 to release the family.”
Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene. A SWAT team was put on standby. A sheriff’s office helicopter hovered overhead.
Because I took immediate action, the Swatting threat against me was stopped.
2. Call the local police department.
Rather than passively wait for my door to get kicked down, I took immediate action. I called the police. As my call was not an emergency at the time, I did not call 911. Instead, I called the Los Angeles Police Department’s non-emergency line.
I explained that a loose association of criminals had been conspiring against me and that a threat of Swatting had been mentioned.
I asked that the police not respond to any 911 calls.
Unfortunately they police cannot fail to respond to 911 calls. “What if you are really at risk? How can we know?”
Luckily I live in Los Angeles and because of the celebrity culture, the officer knew about Swatting. (He also knew that I had been doxxed; that’s a topic for another day.)
The police officer took a record of my phone number and address. They were now aware to trace any 911 calls and to proceed with caution.
3. Leave the lights on.
My living room lights are kept on. If police kick down the door, they won’t need to freak out or panic or shine a mag light.
You want bright lights with police officers. SWAT teams make mistakes. They have a lot of adrenaline.
Walking into a well-light apartment keeps everyone chill. Chill is good.
4. Get your dogs out.
If you have a pet, leave him with a relative. You may also have to board your pet if no friend or family member can watch him.
Animals are often the victims of SWAT teams. They shoot first and ask questions later.
5. Should you call the FBI?
I called the FBI to report the cyberterrorism that had been threatened against me. I elected, however, to handle this matter in the civil courts.
Some people who were involved with threats against me have kept clean fingerprints. Others (such as a graduate student and “aspiring research scientist”) have been sloppy.
6. Take a staycation.
Even though I called the police and follow the steps above, I nevertheless left for a hotel. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
(Swatting happens; be careful when dealing with SJWs.)