Beware Of the John Doe Rule

Ever hear of the John Doe Rule? First there’s a mind-shattering SWAT raid, then an incomprehensible gag order. It’s a protection device for political prosecutors. But is it really tyranny in America. Investigative journalist John Stossel talks to victims, then interviews free speech advocate Mark Steyn in this edition of LibertyPen.

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Erick Erickson, conservative blogger and CNN contributor, goes on the network to explain SWAT-ting, a practice in which one’s detractors, political or otherwise, use deceptive 911 calls to bring the police swarming around your home. Erickson was the victim of just such an incident following his decision to blog about Brett Kimberlin, the convicted Speedway bomber, perjurer and drug dealer, who now runs a couple of non-profits supposedly engaged in ensuring fair elections. This is the same fellow who tried to pervert the 1988 election by claiming a few days beforehand that he had previously sold marijuana to GOP Vice Presidential candidate Dan Quayle — a claim debunked by Kimberlin biographer and New Yorker contributor Mark Singer.

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