Sandy Adams Opens Another Front Against Holder on 'Swatting'
Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Orlando, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the growing threat of “SWAT-ting” and its costly ramifications.
In her letter with 87 co-signers, Adams stated:
“Lately, there have been a string of threats directed at conservative bloggers where individuals call emergency dispatchers under the guise of another person’s name with fraudulent claims. These claims then cause local law enforcement to swarm the home of innocent Americans, and in some instances they have done so with guns drawn.
"Even more egregious, SWAT-ting is quickly becoming a scare tactic used against political bloggers in an effort to stifle their First Amendment rights."
Adams, a former Orange County sheriff's deputy, said the majority of cases utilize voice over Internet Protocol connections between the suspect’s computer and a distant telephone network, then dialing 911.
"This technology allows the caller to falsify their identifying information, making it almost impossible for emergency dispatchers to identify or track the origin of the call.
“This practice is incredibly dangerous and it is only a matter of time before somebody gets seriously injured. It not only puts the victims in harm’s way, but it endangers the entire community."
Adams urged Holder to investigate to determine whether any federal laws have been breached, "and to prosecute those crimes accordingly."
Adams' plea adds to the stack of concerns about his office's bungled Fast and Furious operation, Holder's failure to cooperate with Florida officials in rooting out voter fraud and his ongoing dodging of related "no-confidence" resolutions circulating on Capitol Hill.