HOAX: 15 year old gamer sentenced to 25 years for terrorism for "swatting" rival


#1

[Permalink]


Corrections, typos, grammar flubs and errors
#2

Counter-argument: a single, anonymous tip is insufficient to justify a military-style response.


#3

This appears to be a recent hoax: http://www.snopes.com/media/notnews/swatted.asp


#4

Hoax! I completely fell for it.

Look at the other articles on that site.


#5

Argh! My outrage response was so primed, the premise of the story so belivable, and then the snores posting cut me off mid- snark. A good argument for reading the comments before posting, I think. I will try to only get worked up about real stories in the future.


#6

Sorry, this turned out to be an entirely believable hoax. Which says something about where we are.

I think that qualifies it as art.


#7

Mathew Weigman received a 135 month sentence for, among other things, SWATing people. However, he pled to

one count of conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, victim or informant and one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

Retaliation against a witness is quite serious, though and I’m not sure that doing the same against an unknown person could attract serious jail time.


#8

Hm; have SWATings been handled in the courts? I’m curious as to what the charges would be. Technically it seems an indirect form of assault.

/edit: die antwoord is yes; charges are for faking the call (false bomb/violence reports).

Makes sense.


#9

From that Snopes page:

[quote]National Report publisher Allen Montgomery has also stated to the legitimate press that in no way should anyone construe the National Report as real news:

“It is our opinion that if a person is too lazy to check for multiple references [or at least one other source] … and they spread misinformation around as fact, then they are to blame for their own stupidity, not us,” he said.[/quote]
Food for thought.


#10

This topic was automatically closed after 5 days. New replies are no longer allowed.