You are reading that correctly, sadly. Politico was finally shamed into reporting on political terrorism and the life-threatening tactic of SWAT-ting. How did they “report” it? As a little “hoax” and an “elaborate practical joke.” No, really.

From the Politico article:

Conservative bloggers are the new targets of a series of “SWAT-ing” attacks — a decade-old hoax used to draw a SWAT team to the door of a political enemy.

It’s a bizarre series of events that’s consuming prominent conservative web sites, pitting conservative writers against a former federal convict — or his backers — who says he isn’t even familiar with SWAT-ing: an elaborate practical joke in which SWAT teams are falsely sent to someone’s home after a violent crime is reported. Those behind the SWAT-ing often mask their actual phone numbers, making the calls appear to originate from within the victim’s home.

Beginning in July 2011, prominent conservative bloggers like Erick Erickson of and Patrick Frey of Patterico’s Pontifications say that police began receiving the prank phone calls that triggered their actions. A short time afterwards, SWAT teams were on their doorsteps.

Side-splitting, huh, Politico? Just a little prank! Shorter Politico: “What? It’s just like Punk’d or something! Rubes!”

Only, you know, not so much; it is an act of political terrorism with potentially life-threatening results.

Blogger Ace of Spades and other conservatives on Twitter rightly take Politico to task.

Precisely. As Twitchy reported, first Senator Chambliss called for action. And yesterday Representative Adams (R-Fla.) led an 85-member effort asking the Department of Justice to investigate SWAT-ting. You know, that “elaborate practical joke.”

Bingo. The article further went on to give credence to political terrorist Brett Kimberlin’s claims, already debunked here, that he is the actual victim.

Reprehensible, Politico. Journalism is hard. As is having a moral compass, evidently.


Ace of Spades has an idea to teach Politico a sorely needed lesson.

More Twitter users give Politico the business as well.


Calls for Fox News, ABC to change their wording.

Fox did not, however, refer to it as an elaborate joke. They also explained that it is potentially deadly. Still, the word “prank” needs to change.

  • Malice_in_Blunderland

    I’m sorry but at some point were going to have to start responding to this shit in ways other than bitching about it on twitter.

    • Rosewould

      Since we no longer have a Justice Dept.

  • stuckinIL4now

    An elaborate practical joke … wait, lemme guess–the SWAT teams have Nerf darts in their guns?

    • richard40

      So let me understand this. Cutting some guys hair as a teenager is a bias motivated assault and hate crime. But an adult fraudalently sending an armed police SWAT team to somebodies house, which could potentially result in them getting killed by the police, is a harmless prank. Makes sense to me, not.

  • TomJB

    SWATing could be defined as “attempted murder by cop” or “murder by cop”. Like “suicide by cop” a person displays deadly force to police in order to be killed, people who call SWAT teams on unsuspecting innocent people are just hoping the residence occupants utilize their 2nd amendment rights to protect family and home and receive the same treatment that a criminal gets when pointing a loaded firearm at a cop.

  • robcrawford2

    Politico is, of course, in the tank for the left. Kimberlin is a tool of the left. Therefore, Politico will downplay the significance.

    This will not be solved by the mainstream press. Democrat party members will not involve themselves. You may be able to interest law enforcement, but only because they don’t like being used as pawns; otherwise it’s “too small” and looks like a petty feud to them.

  • Ritchie The Riveter

    Let me guess, Politico … being double-tapped with an MP5 is the punch line, right?

  • Robbins Mitchell

    Well.I’m sure that when i go butt fuck Brian Kimberlin with a cattle prod,Politico will see the humor of it and hail me as a great practical joker

  • wagnertinatlanta

    “Reprehensible, Politico. Journalism is hard. As is having a moral compass, evidently.”
    Well, see, when you’re at the Moral Pole, your moral compass points in all directions.

  • Taxpayer1234

    Politico has the Mad Moron Ewok on its butt. No sympathy for ya there, Politico!

  • HWGood

    Having gotten a wide zone of attention, it is likely this “prank” will spread. If enough lib’s are targeted, it will be addressed.

  • thestein

    LOL, what a bunch of jokesters! Ordering a dozen pizzas, dialing up an old lady as an over-the-phone condom seller, sending armed state agents to someone’s door where the trigger happy goons are ready to kill at the slightest motion, what’s the big diff? All just innocent fun, to be treated as unseriously as jokes like Politico.

  • MaDrr

    You know what a really “elaborate practical joke” would be? Rolling on the floor, side splitting, rib straining, funny would be? Droning! Voip a call from Politoco and say all AQ’s leadership is meeting there.

  • YanquiBob

    Glad to see my fellow conservatives recognizing and acknowledging that SWAT raids are inherently dangerous. Maybe soon they will acknowledge that it is just as inappropriate to use them against citizens suspected of non-violent, victimless crimes as it is to use them against conservative bloggers.

  • PurpAv

    Cow tipping is a prank. Painting your neighbor’s cat green is a prank. This is not a prank.


    With Indiana’s new law, a SWATting incident could get a cop killed as well as the person whose house they entered. This, as Patrick Frey pointed out, IS Life and Death. It needs to be taken seriously and the authorities need to prosecute the perp: Brett Kimberlin.