The Other McCain

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‘I Know This All Sounds Crazy, But …’

Posted on | July 1, 2012 | 7 Comments

The title quote is from Patterico’s post noting the one-year anniversary of his SWATting, as he was handcuffed and talking to police:

I said something like this: “Look. This is a hoax. I think I know what’s going on here. I’m a blogger. I’m also a Deputy D.A., but I don’t think this is about my job. It’s about things I wrote on my blog. This same thing happened to someone else last week, in New Jersey. Someone called and said he killed his wife, and the police showed up at his house and pointed guns at him, just like this. He and I were writing about the same story. We were both writing about Congressman Weiner, the Congressman who sent the picture of his underwear. We were both writing about that. We both got threatened by email. Check my phone. I talked to a New Jersey detective about it. His name is Jason Larson. His name and number are on my phone. I know this all sounds crazy, but that’s what’s going on.”

Read the whole thing. You might suppose that law enforcement would make such a crime a high-priority investigation. You might suppose that the news media would treat SWATting, as a terrorist threat to First Amendment rights, with at least as much attention as they give to SWATting of adolescents playing online video games.

You would be wrong on both counts. And that’s why it’s no joke when I dateline these dispatches “From An Undisclosed Location.”

Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown


7 Responses to “‘I Know This All Sounds Crazy, But …’”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 1st, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Yeah, because unlike Patterico or Erick Erickson, they would probably shoot you.  Or least completely freak out when they uncovered your fourth of July firework stash.  

  2. richard mcenroe
    July 1st, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

     To be fair about Stacy’s fireworks stash, I’d never seen an HEDP bottle rocket before either…

  3. richard mcenroe
    July 1st, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

     … and don’t get me started on the 5-inch Screaming Mimi launcher…

    Cops tend not to be receptive to unusual explanations for incidents because nine times of ten the correct explanation is usually the most sordid and commonplace one…

  4. Dianna Deeley
    July 1st, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

     I’m already retreating at the thought!

  5. John David Galt
    July 1st, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    If cops have no problem with letting themselves be used to do the work of terrorists, then they ARE terrorists.

    But this has not been news since the War on Drugs began.

  6. Shawny Lee
    July 1st, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    Who’s to say that’s not what cops are being used for these days?  It appears we continue to trust even in the face of evidence to the contrary.  Congress as our representatives? Newly elected representatives who made specific promises to get our votes and then betrayed us?   So called “bullet proof” conservative justices deeming to rewrite law (like pulling a rabbit out of ones ass with a darning needle)?  An RNC who would never, ever rig a primary election…..?
    We’re running out of “surely we can trust them to do the right or lawful thing” folks on our list.  So, who’s next?, the military and law enforcement (now more integrated than ever)?  Homeland Security?  DOJ?  I don’t think so cookie.
    If these SWATting events were originally the result of the exposure of one supremely careless Weiner……..then who benefitted most by making sure that exposure was swiftly curtailed?  My first guess would be Hillary and the Huma State Department.   Damn, like Ghostbusters, “Who ya gonna call?”

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