Like a lot of you, I sent an e-mail to my Congressman about the SWATtings against Conservative bloggers. I finally got an answer. Here’s what I got back;
July 9, 2012
Dear Mr. Xxxxxxx,*
Thank you for contacting my office in regards to the recent harassment of Aaron Walker and other conservative bloggers by Brett Kimberlin and anonymous 911 calls. As your representative, I appreciate hearing from you.
The recent “SWATing” of conservative bloggers such as Aaron Walker and Erick Erickson are blatant violations of the First Amendment and the protection that should be provided for those who wish to speak their minds. In early June, a letter from Representative Kenny Marchant of Texas was sent to Attorney General Eric Holder’s office requesting further investigation in the matter. Another similar letter was written by Senator Saxby Chambliss to the Department of Justice. Currently, there is no legislation regarding these harassments, but if this matter should reach the House floor, I will keep your thoughts in mind.
Once again, thank you for contacting me with your concerns. I appreciate hearing from constituents who share my concern for protecting our civil liberties.
Blessings and Liberty,
Member of Congress
Dear Mr. Duncan,
Sir, I thought you were a pretty smart person-ergo my vote for you in the last election. But sir, we don’t need legislation to solve this problem, we already have that. It’s called the First Amendment. What we are asking for is lawful action. This is a job for the Department of Justice(sic) and the FBI, along with local authorities in the effected jurisdictions.
The only legislation that might possibly help is a Federal Anti-Slapp statute against vexatious litigants. Some states already have Anti-Slapp laws on the books, but not all of them. It would also help if the laws on the books were enforced for all instead of being selectively enforced for a few.
After all, isn’t equal justice under the law one of our basic rights under the Constitution?
Thanks to @AaronWorthing for the tip on Anti-Slapp legislation.