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jmasterx
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October 2009

Arthur Kalliokoski
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February 2005
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I don't see how it's worse than a false alarm delivered via telephone, although the consequences for the target can be much worse nowadays with the prevalence of so-called "no-knock" warrants.

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Thomas Fjellstrom
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June 2000
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Another probably worse problem is that SWAT teams are now armed like the military, and the attitudes of those officers can often be as if they are in a war zone, instead of a downtown apartment block or suburb.

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Gideon Weems
Member #3,925
October 2003

I started thinking the other day that maybe Timothy McVeigh had a point.

l j
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January 2009
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This is bullshit, only source is nationalreport, a fake news site.

jmasterx
Member #11,410
October 2009

Yeah, seems it is fake. Showed up in my facebook feed earlier today.

Arthur Kalliokoski
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February 2005
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I read that this is where the photo came from.

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Wikipedia said:

Phreaker Matthew Weigman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy including "involvement in a swatting conspiracy" and attempting to retaliate against a witness. He was sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison.

Matthew Weigman

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck.”

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NiteHackr
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April 2002

Hmmm... faked?

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