Third Attempted Murder via SWAT

This time against Eric “Red State” Ericson

That’s three prominent critics of #BrettKimberlin who have been so assaulted in less than a year, in three different states.  One must assume at this point that the FBI won’t be concerned about the matter until one of Eric Holder’s “people” (as he himself has put it) is so assaulted or until one of these attempts actually results in bodies hitting the floor.

BREAKING: Bogus Call Sends Police to Home of Kimberlin Critic Erick Erickson

By Patterico | Patterico’s Pontifications

He and his family are OK. He just put up the tweet minutes ago:


Sheriff is at my house. Someone spoofed my phone number and said someone had been shot at my house.

I asked him if he was serious and he said yes. Again, he said that he is OK, though. After he started writing about Kimberlin, he told the local Sheriff’s Department to expect this might happen:


We’re ok. After I starting writing about I informed the local sheriff’s office to expect this to happen.

UPDATE: More at Red State.

UPDATE x2: I just got off the phone with Erickson. He says the caller reported an “accidental shooting” and that it was therefore less traumatic than my experience. However, he said, his kids were outside as the police showed up with lights flashing — and some of the cops were keeping their hands on their guns even as his children were running around.

Anyone else think CNN is going to talk about SWATting now?

UPDATE x3: Thanks to Instapundit for the link. Glenn observes:

Really, if the goal is to keep people from writing about Brett Kimberlin, this doesn’t seem like the way to do it. It was smart of Erickson to call his local Sheriff ahead of time. I did the same thing.

Of course, Erickson’s swatter could be a copycat.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: It was reported by Joe Gelarden that, when Kimberlin was incarcerated, he tried to have someone set off bombs with similar components to those set off in Speedway, to show that there was another perpetrator and that he therefore could not be guilty.

Something to keep in mind as the investigation unfolds . . .


The lack of an active FBI investigation represents a dereliction of duty on the part of that investigative arm of the Department of Justice.

The lack of reporting in the LSM and in the Sinistrosphere are tacit endorsements of these tactics.

Those reporting on this issue would be wise to do as Eric did and inform your local law enforcement of the potential for bogus calls from spoofed numbers.

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