Last Friday was variously described as a day of silence or a day of action for conservative bloggers hoping to draw congressional attention, as well as the eyes of the Justice Department, to an ongoing fight to quell free speech.
Some bloggers chose to go dark, while others decided Ato focus singularly on the actions taken by a domestic terrorist, Brett Kimberlin, and his band of brothers, which have included harassing, threatening, and even SWAT-ting those who they do not agree with.
Regardless of the path chosen, bloggers from the experienced and prolific, to the rookies, have chosen to stand in solidarity to fight for their right to free speech.
Michelle Malkin writes:
Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative.
Malkin’s site has a list of Congressional members that you can call to voice your support or demand an inquiry today. Additionally, Grassfire Nation has a petition you can sign as well.
But to many, the seriousness of these acts is difficult to comprehend. Many do not even know what SWAT-ting consists of, or who it may effect.
SWAT-ting is essentially a very serious prank, occurring when a person contacts the local police to report a violent crime being committed at the home of the intended target. They use various means to portray the call as coming from that particular home, and on several occasions have reported the homeowner as having just shot and killed their wife.
One problem with the coverage of these SWAT-ting attacks, is that the public may be content to assume it involves a grudge match between people of differing views. But these criminal actions, aside from sending police resources on a wild goose chase, also can effect the public in far more serious ways.
One example of this is the case of Mike Stack, one of the first victims of the tactic. Stack is a prolific Twitter user and blogger who was targeted last summer after helping to expose New York’s disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
On June 23rd, 2011, the Readington Police Department received a phone call from an unknown source, indicating that they were Mike Stack, and that they had just shot their wife in the head a couple of hours ago.
Audio of the 911 call here: reddington-full-mp3
A police report of the incident describes the events, indicating that Stack had to be pulled from his home, handcuffed, and the area assessed before they could even talk.