Talkin' SWAT on HuffPost Live

Last night I went on HuffPost Live to discuss "swatting" -- the potentially lethal practice of faking an emergency call so that a SWAT unit descends on a home where no crime is actually in progress. The other guests included a California state senator, a Florida SWAT cop, and a swatting victim. You can watch it here:

The conversation ranged a bit, but my basic role was to talk about another way SWAT teams are overdeployed: times when they're sent to the "right" house, but not in response to the sorts of dangerous situations that SWAT units were originally created for.

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  • db||

    Maybe you should SWAT more.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The conversation ranged a bit, but my basic role was to talk about another way SWAT teams are overdeployed...

    TOTAL THREADJACK.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    times when they're sent to the "right" house, but not in response to the sorts of dangerous situations that SWAT units were originally created for.

    I envision a reaction reminiscent of dogs playing poker.

  • minarchist||

    Ever try and post something at Huffington? Their censors really don't like libertarian opinions confusing the assembled statists who use that news source. About 1/3 of my comments are deleted by the Huffington thought police.

  • MisterDamage||

    Wasting police resources is the first thing that comes to the Senator's mind when it comes to SWATting? Someone needs a priority transplant, stat!

  • MisterDamage||

    The SWAT commander comes right out and states that a SWATting posing a danger to the victim (and by victim, I don't mean the poor pigs who had their daily donut intake interrupted) had not even occurred to him.

    Words fail.

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