MIT Police Suspended For Trashing Student Newspaper

from the and-the-online-version? dept

Apparently, two police officers at MIT have been suspended after they decided that students at the university shouldn't see a front page story about another MIT police officer caught dealing drugs -- so they dumped hundreds of copies of the paper in the trash (well, actually a recycling bin -- they may want to censor, but not clog landfills, apparently). Of course, it really makes you wonder what they hoped to accomplish. The MIT paper, The Tech, is available online, including the article in question. Throwing out the papers probably did little (if anything) to stop people from reading about the incident -- and simply ended up calling more attention to questionable activities by MIT police. All of this, of course, highlights yet another nice benefit to online newspapers: people can't throw them out to try to hide what's in them.
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  • identicon
    Weird Harold, 2 Apr 2009 @ 8:00pm

    Wow, this is bad. Even for a worthless tool such as myself that is just bad.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Apr 2009 @ 8:17pm

    Chalk one more up for the Streisand effect.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Apr 2009 @ 8:48pm

    All of this, of course, highlights yet another nice benefit to online newspapers: people can't throw them out to try to hide what's in them
    Online articles can't be thrown out but the authors/editors can change them.

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    Overcast, 2 Apr 2009 @ 9:06pm

    Good to see them standing up for free speech rights. Seems all too typical anymore.

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    Hans, 2 Apr 2009 @ 9:10pm

    And remember....
    Never talk to a cop, because nothing good will *ever* come of it, and *always* spit in their food.

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      Rose M. Welch, 2 Apr 2009 @ 11:12pm

      Re:

      I have spoken to plenty of cops and had plenty of good come out of it. I have even been pulled over and not been written tickets before.

      Also, you should never spit in anyone's food because that is really nasty and bad for your karma.

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        Anonymous Coward, 2 Apr 2009 @ 11:51pm

        Re: Re:

        There is no such thing as karma and unless you have a cold or something, spit is harmless. In the right context it is quite enjoyable.

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    Albert Nonymous, 2 Apr 2009 @ 9:13pm

    "All of this, of course, highlights yet another nice benefit to online newspapers: people can't throw them out to try to hide what's in them"

    Meh. They can confiscate the server and that takes care of all the non-physical copies. Single points of failure - so annoying. Unless they have some sort of load balancing across geographically distributed systems so readers will get something when the browse to the URL, electronic copies make it easier for a motivated censor to quash the undesirable.

    Online newspapers would be advised to throw some copies into the cloud and mail them out directly to subscribers too, if they are sufficiently concerned that an unpopular article might draw the ire of the powerful.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Apr 2009 @ 9:47pm

    More proof that police are dumb as rocks.

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    thomas, 2 Apr 2009 @ 9:54pm

    it is alittle bs that the police would try to take censorship into their own hands...but i can understand where there actions lead them... just because one person who turned out to be a drug dealer wearing the badge doesnt mean the rest of the cops would or are doing it

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    Dan, 2 Apr 2009 @ 10:00pm

    Deep thought?

    They should fired for stupidity.

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    wheatus, 3 Apr 2009 @ 12:31am

    Split

    Is human kind experiencing an evolutionary split right now?

    bbb
    wheatus.com

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    Enrico Suarve, 3 Apr 2009 @ 1:15am

    In other news...

    The officers involved were on MITs ground breaking "Police State & application of appropriate brutality" course which they are currently acing

    A spokesman for the GOP funded initiative stated "We are so proud of these boys, it just goes to show what you can do with the proper resources." He went on to say "[the GOP] are busy today, helping create the police force for the election of tomorrow"

    Sources close to the college reveal that next year they are planning to expand the course to cover topics such as ordinary rendition and advanced interogation

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