Terrorist organizations were cautious in their communications long before the Snowden leaks. Bin Laden did not even have an internet connection at his compound. Instead of monitoring actual suspects closely the 3 letter agencies are buried under huge haystacks looking for needles while constantly adding more hay. The Boston bombers were know to have terrorist ties and had even been brought in for questioning. If they had been targeted for investigation perhaps a tragedy could have been prevented. Until the government realizes that wasting time and spending billions trying to collect it all just to catch one taxi driver sending a few thousand dollars to Somalia, terrorists will continue to avoid serious investigations.
I heard that licensing companies in the US were wanting to be paid for truck drivers listening to the radio while they drive because it was a workplace. Anybody know how that turned out? When I was a kid the record companies realized that airplay=sales and they paid the DJs to play their songs in what was called the payola scandal. While that in itself wasn't ethical, when did these greedy bastards forget that exposure means more money for them in increased album and concert ticket sales. Now they are going to make pre-1972 music so difficult to license that many will just stop playing it. That will really help them find new fans for artists that haven't been on the charts for over 40 years.
When I was in school I can remember fire drills were scheduled and when the alarm went off everyone was calmly led to designated areas. There were blockades set up differently each time to practice alternate routes out of the building. No one had to be traumatized and we knew exactly what to do should there ever be a real emergency. I don't think we would have been better prepared if suddenly smoke bombs were set off in the hallways and a dozen fire trucks pulled up with sirens blazing. The idiots that planned this should face criminal charges. Free speech does not give you the right to shout fire in a crowded theater.
Those kids are at many hundred if not thousands times as likely to be injured or killed in a car or bus accident going to or from the school. This was a terrorist act and all involved should be charged accordingly.
I keep reading articles about how terrible Comcast, Verizon AT&T and others are. One ISP I don't often see mentioned is Cox. I have had them for years and for the most part I have been very satisfied with them. I can usually get a technician out here by the next day and they guarantee they will show up when they say they they will. If they don't you will get a credit on your bill. When there is an complete outage they usually get it back up within a couple of hours. I get the speeds that my plan promises most of the time. On a few occasions I have called to dispute a charge and every time they were quick to correct it. I have cancelled and changed parts of my service and the representatives were always cooperative and polite with me. I was able to get an unlimited plan at a very reasonable price with the only condition that I switch my phone provider. They saved me money over what I was paying to AT&T. I am just curious if others of you that have Cox are as satisfied with them as I am.
That's like trying to extinguish a fire by throwing gasoline on it. These idiots just don't get it. Would they be able to name the team The Washington Niggers? Redskins is just as offensive to native Americans as that word is to blacks.
How many billions of clicks and billions of euros paid to advertisers in Germany does it take to for them to realize that Google is a pretty sweet deal for them and they deserve to make their share of the money? Google should completely shut down all services to any country that gives them crap in the future.
No, they are big because they are a company that continuously innovates. They have brilliant people that have never been satisfied and work to improve their products and research new ones. Only a few years back I never supposed that when I planned a trip to the east side of the city, instead of getting lost like I usually do I could click street view and virtually drive down the streets to where I was going. I can see 360 to make note of signs and buildings right up to my destination. A company that provides valuable services that people want deserves to reap the rewards. If the others can't keep up that is their problem.
Re: Last I checked "suspect" means a POTENTIAL criminal.
There can be degrees of certainty about the guilt of a suspect. Sure, even you or I could technically be a potential suspect but with zero evidence it is extremely unlikely we would be investigated. It sounds like they were already certain they were on exactly the right track and they just needed one last piece to identify him. They could have potentially been looking at another Oklahoma City here. If you had a kid attending that school would you be so quick to condemn what they did? Columbine could have been many times worse had the propane bombs not failed to detonate. If 100 kids died in a school bombing would you have been so glad if the FBI did not potentially violate anyone's rights? I think the government is wrong in many of their tactics so much of the time but in this one case they did what needed to be done when they were facing a real possibility of a major terrorist attack. Can you suggest another way they could have quickly identified the suspect without pushing any possible legal boundaries? Police are allowed to use deception to identify or incriminate a suspect. At trial it up to the defense to determine if rights were violated.
I'm not even beginning to defend all the mistakes and abuses that do happen. It does appear that in this one situation that this guy was a already strong suspect. They did arrest the right person. They has no reason to not believe that the threats may be credible and kids could die. Couldn't that fall under the category of exigent circumstances"? If the police arrive at a scene and they hear gunfire or someone screaming for help they don't need a warrant to kick in the door.
At least this was targeted on a real suspect and not some mass "collect it all" mentality. Don't make bomb threats and the FBI won't try to infect your computer. Tricking one possibly dangerous individual into clicking on a link is not going to destroy the Seattle Times.
Cruise control set to the speed limit won't help. I have read of people being pulled over for driving too consistently at the speed limit. The reasoning: if you are smuggling drugs you would want to carefully obey all traffic laws to avoid being stopped. Never mind that some people believe that the speed limit is what it says and set the cruise to it. Just another lame excuse to pull people over who do not give them a reason. Then they bring the drug dog and claim it alerted on the car. Entirely subjective how the dog's behavior "alerted". When I was in the Army they brought a drug dog into the barracks. One guy had a small bag of weed in his mattress cover. The dog ran straight to it and barked loudly, growling and shaking the mattress in his teeth. If a drug dog alerts you will absolutely know it. Apparently that is not how the police see it because they seem to have so many false positives. When no drugs are found they will confiscate anything more than a small amount of cash found. Usually not enough to make it worth your legal fees to get it back. They can claim that because you are driving on a highway considered a trafficking route that if you have any money you are probably returning home after selling your stash.
The parents may not be legally liable but they are idiots for not making sure the brat took the fake account down. I thought that you could register a complaint over something like this and Facebook would investigate and remove it. This clearly violates their policies. There was nothing in the article about the classmate's family trying to get it taken down. Did they even tell the kid's parents that the offensive page was still online or did they do nothing all this time before bringing legal action?
For me that was when I was running Windows 95 and Explorer would get so many pop ups at one time it could lock your system.
A while back a favorite site had a message that they were working to fix a hack. I couldn't see anything wrong at all but out of curiosity I tried it with Explorer. It redirected to a scare ware site with the phony scan telling me I had many dangerous viruses and trojans.