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Nov. 2nd, 2015

Tonight's late local news TV broadcast was typical; a house blew up, a restaurant burned down. Two politicians who were just expelled from the legislature are running for reelection tomorrow as if they did nothing wrong. Not many shootings, for once.

The special investigator report, though, was about "swatting." Police appear at the residence of an innocent person, in full "SWAT" gear, because they were called about a false criminal report by someone with an axe to grind with the victim. I know about this from following "GamerGate" and other forms of harassment used by Internet cretins. That this ends up on the local TV news means harassment is going mainstream, which is bad news in general. I thought the world was supposed to be getting better.

I'll try to add a link to the news report; for some reason it's not available yet, though they just aired it.

Edited to add: http://www.wxyz.com/news/monday-at-11-cracking-down-on-pranksters-who-are-swatting is the report.

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changeling72
Nov. 3rd, 2015 06:34 am (UTC)
What do the police think the person has done? It must be bad to warrant a SWAT team. I have heard about this, but can't remember if it was happening here or there?
songdogmi
Nov. 3rd, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
The faked Skype call said that the guy had just killed his girlfriend, and he would kill any police officers who came to the door. That's enough to elicit an extreme paramilitary response, here. Then he gave the address, supposedly where he was, but he was not there, just the woman who was understandably very freaked out over seeing a huge police force at her door. The news story didn't say what happened between her and the man (or some other person) that led him to phone in this fake call.

This sort of thing has been happening to women in professional positions in tech journalism who somehow anger men, largely because the women said something, anything; it's a very anti-woman (let alone anti-feminist) thing.
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