“SWATTING” is the harassment and revenge tactic, typically of making a fake report of a serious law enforcement emergency, such as a bomb threat, murder, hostage situation or other alleged incidents.
Picture this: A guy is bitter at his ex. He is stalking her and sees her car parked one Friday evening at her new boyfriend’s house. He calls the police and makes a fake anonymous tip that he heard screams coming from the house, including a woman who yelled out of an upstairs window that “he kidnapped me” and “he has a bunch of guns.” He includes a few details about the second-floor window being on the south side of the green house, overlooking a shed. He also describes her car parked in the driveway.
The police dispatcher takes the call and routes the pertinent details to the SWAT post. The SWAT team kicks into emergency mode – armed hostage situation! – and arrives at the boyfriend’s house. SWAT confirms that it is indeed a two-story green house, with a south side window overlooking a shed, and that the car is parked in the driveway. All of these details match the information that the anonymous caller gave, and that the dispatcher gave to the SWAT team. This corroboration all lends credibility to the anonymous tip.
Shortly after calling the cops, the bitter ex also calls the local TV affiliate. The TV truck shows up 2 minutes after the SWAT team. Two hours of made-for-TV SWAT drama ensue.
Afterwards, what are the chances that the woman will continue to date the new boyfriend? After being humiliated on the evening news? 5% less? 10% less? 20% less?
That’s what the paid-for Fusion GPS dossier, with the assistance of FBI agents Peter Strzok and Andy McCabe, did to Trump. The Fusion GPS dossier included irrelevant information like there being a second story south-side window overlooking a shed. It also contained blatantly fake material, to bolster a specious claim about Russian collusion that would never pass FISA court muster.
It’s easy enough to fool a police dispatcher with a fake tip.
Now, imagine if the police dispatcher was in league with the bitter ex-husband. The bitter husband is the paid Fusion operatives – paid by the Clinton campaign – Glenn Simpson. The FBI here – via Strzok and McCabe – is the police dispatcher who was all too eager – and perhaps worse – gave legitimacy to the fake dossier from GPS Fusion.
In the same way that the dispatcher causes the SWAT team to arrive on the scene with sniper rifles drawn – the FBI causes a surveillance warrant to be issued to wiretap Trump & Co.
And it was simultaneously leaked it to the press.
As Strzok said, “A little insurance.”
Why? Did the bitter ex-help ensure that his ex would stop dating the guy? 5% less likely? 20% less likely?
A 5% swing in votes is huge. Pretty good insurance.