It’s not just telemarketers anymore.
I’ve, previously, written some annoyed posts about the new wave of telemarketing and political phone calls that have bogus or deceptive Caller ID names and numbers. Today in the news are stories making the rounds on harassment of conservative bloggers and news-personalities.
Watch the Video to see recent and dangerous examples.
Hopefully, (if we’re lucky…do you feel lucky, lately?), no one will get hurt (or killed) by this chicanery. The positive side of all this might be that the regulatory and legal establishment may finally take Caller-ID spoofing seriously as a crime.
How serious can this be? It’s illegal to throw a banana on the sidewalk, its funny if someone slips and falls on their ass, it isn’t if they slip and break their neck.
Bun-Bun where are you now that we need you?
One last question. Is a conservative blogger more or less likely to react to a unexpected assault in their home by SWAT with or without a weapon? And thereby be killed.
Under the circumstances of the police reacting to a bogus call, designed to excite police interest by introducing the fear factors of guns, and innocent lives at risk or lost.
Entry into a home would probably be done without a warrant. Men in black body armor is not identification, ballcaps with POLICE written on them is not identification, SWAT printed on the backs of jackets is not useful identification. And men screaming at you and pointing guns at you in your own home is not identification. If that homeowner dies, is it murder? And who murdered them, the police or the person who generated the fake 911 call?
By the way, this is NOT wild or irresponsible conjecture…
A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his estranged wife – to collect her unpaid student loans.
A stunned Kenneth Wright had his front door kicked in by the raiding party at 6 am yesterday before being dragged onto his front porch, handcuffed and led to a police car with his three children.
He says he was then detained for six hours while officers looked for his wife – who no longer lives at the house.
Mr Wright was later told by Stockton police that the order to send in the SWAT team came from The U.S. Department of Education who were looking for his estranged wife to collect defaulted loan payments.
When the use of SWAT teams has reached the Department of Education, then its gone to far.
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