Tuesday, October 7, 2014

pop quiz

its not a good idea to use your real name on the internets because....

a. some people take the internet way too seriously.
b. you should be concerned about protecting your identity & the identity of your children
c. the NSA, FBI, police and trolls are on the internets & they all believe that anything you've said can & will be used against you (in a court of law)
d. all of the above

extra credit bonus question:

how do criminals typically not get caught when they commit crimes?

a. they think of many different ways to get away with crimes
b. they plan their crimes
c. they set someone else up to take the blame
d. all of the above.

after i wrote this i decided not to post it, but then i saw THIS article http://gizmodo.com/doj-it-was-ok-for-a-dea-agent-to-impersonate-this-woman

An overlooked Justice Department court filing explains that a federal agent had the right to commandeer a woman's identity, set up a fake Facebook account using her details and even post provocative photographs of her found on a seized phone.

Buzzfeed reports that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent stole the identity of Sondra Arquiett, who then went by the name Sondra Prince, back in 2010. The site explains how she found out:

[A] friend asked about the pictures she was posting on her Facebook page. There she was, for anyone with an account to see — posing on the hood of a BMW, legs spread, or, in another, wearing only skimpy attire. She was surprised; she hadn't even set up a Facebook page. Indeed, the DEA agent was using the account to communicate with suspected criminals. Why Sondra? Well, admittedly, she had been arrested on suspicion of being part of a drug ring, and she was ultimately sentenced to probation. While she was awaiting trial, an agent called Timothy Sinnigen set up the fake account using photographs from her confiscated phone. It worked: he communicated with at least one wanted fugitive.

But success isn't, perhaps, the point—as Sondra well knows. The whole debacle came to light, in fact, because she has been trying to sue Sinnigen, claiming that her privacy has been violated.

Sadly for Sondra, the court ruled that, while the Facebook page has been constructed without her permission, it was "for a legitimate law enforcement purpose."

the oppressors will victimize you until you become a threat, then they will demonize you. doom doom doom.

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