Chuck Schumer Seeks FCC Waiver To Unscramble, Trace Origin Of Bomb Threats To Jewish Centers

Good. Go for it, and I hope you get it.

After a disturbing rash of anti-Semitic acts, which includes Jewish cemeteries being vandalized and bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a waiver that would allow authorities to unscramble anonymous phone numbers that are being used to call in threats.


Schumer’s letter specifically referred to a series of bomb threats that were made on Feb. 27 to 11 JCCs, several of them in or near New York.

“The damage from these threats is far-reaching, often disrupting our classrooms and requiring the deployment of bomb squads and other SWAT equipment,” Schumer wrote. “As you can imagine, these attacks have traumatized the Jewish community and struck fear in homes across the country.”

Schumer called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to issue a waiver that would allow law enforcement to trace the anonymous calls. Schumer recalled former Chairman Tom Wheeler granting a waiver to handle a bomb threat problem at a school in Long Island, N.Y.

“The access enabled critical school personnel and law enforcement officials to coordinate with one another in their attempts to quickly respond to swatting calls made to the School District,” Schumer said.

I won’t agree with Schumer on much, but I can definitely get on board with this.


These calls and the vandalism are meant to send a message of intimidation. No segment of our society should feel that they are a target.

And if it’s just calls and vandalism today that’s allowed to go on, how can anyone be sure that the attacks won’t be stepped up in the future?

The calls are using a voice-masking technology and anonymous numbers, so this isn’t just random, prank calls from bored teenagers.

Good on Schumer for getting serious about tracking down the culprits.


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