Use A Command Line At Boston College... Have Your Computer Equipment Confiscated

from the that-doesn't-seem-right dept

A bunch of folks have submitted various versions of a story in Boston, involving Boston College police being granted a warrant which they used to confiscate the computers of a student as part of an investigation over an email sent to a mailing list. The troubling part is that the warrant was given without any real reason. In fact, part of the warrant application focused on the scary fact that the student in question used a command line on his computer:
Mr. Calixte uses two different operating systems to hide his illegal activities. One is the regular B.C. operating system and the other is a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on.
There are other accusations in the filing, but reading through it, it seems clear that this is a pure fishing expedition by the police, rather than any real probable cause. Luckily, the EFF is now representing the student, pointing out how this appears to be a pretty significant violation of the student's rights.

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    no tech, just dirt, 15 Apr 2009 @ 5:15am

    command line versus allegations of changing grades, defamation, and piracy

    Great investigation and looking before you leap!
    /sarcasm

    Calixte's troubles will go far beyond using a command line if there's much to the allegations. Accusations include changing grades, piracy, and defamation. Not charged yet? Good, everyone deserves a fair investigation before being charged with a crime.

    Ignore the facts, including Adm's post, and only follow the lead of EFF who are now on record that spreading rumors about others is acceptable -- never mind there are other allegations against their new poster boy which warrant the investigation.

    http://www.boston.com/yourtown/newton/articles/2009/04/15/bc_senior_fights_seizure _of_his_computer/

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