Posted on | January 23, 2013 | 3 Comments
Moody Air Force Base was put on security lockdown today after an apparent hoax call sent sheriff’s deputies to investigate a false report of an armed threat at the base near the south Georgia town of Valdosta.
According to WCTV-TV, the report of “a situation involving an active shooter” resulted in a lockdown at the base that lasted for nearly two hours. Deputies from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department were “dispatched to Moody AFB after a 911 call, they were told there was a supposed active shooter on the base,” WCTV reported, but the report turned out to be “unfounded.” The lockdown ended before 3 p.m. ET.
A sergeant in the office of public affairs at Moody told me in a brief telephone interview that “a threat was reported that never existed” — which sounds like SWATting, a potentially deadly kind of hoax in which false 911 calls are used to intimidate or harass individuals.
Several celebrities, most recently Kim Kardashian, have been targeted by SWATtings. Members of Congress last year called on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the use of SWATting as a terrorist tactic against political bloggers.