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2013-08-02 12:33:49 PM
And I'm sure all those people who jumped to the conclusions of the governments all-seeing eye will just as loudly correct their error, right? That's how journalism works, isn't it?
 
2013-08-02 01:11:16 PM
Called it.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-08-02 01:17:38 PM
NSA Echelon Chelsea Clinton dirty bomb dildo punk.

Go ahead, do your worst.
Asparagus.
 
2013-08-02 01:18:06 PM
Uh-huh. Sure. Nice try NSA.
 
2013-08-02 01:18:45 PM
Obvious is Obvious, not Follow Up
 
2013-08-02 01:20:22 PM
So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't
 
2013-08-02 01:23:02 PM
The reason so many people freaked out is because this incident, which in the past would have been dismissed out of hand or not even reported, is now plausible, The government is watching people like never before, and in the wake of the Boston bombing, you expect law enforcement to be overzealous, just like after 9/11 and people taking photos of government buildings.
 
2013-08-02 01:24:10 PM

Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't


If you've just been fired, then yes.
 
2013-08-02 01:26:00 PM
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2013-08-02 01:30:23 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

You're unbelievable
 
2013-08-02 01:30:39 PM

Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't


An employer reviewing searches on the employer's computer.  Diabolical.
 
2013-08-02 01:33:31 PM
They were doing these searches at work? That may have been an important piece of information, lady. I was under the impression they were just lounging about, doing this at their own computers. Goddamnit. Way to cry wolf.
 
2013-08-02 01:34:21 PM

Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't


I can't even look at porn on my work computer anymore? This is bullshiat! What happened to AMERICA?!
 
2013-08-02 01:35:55 PM

Car_Ramrod: Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't

I can't even look at porn on my work computer anymore? This is bullshiat! What happened to AMERICA?!


Employer: Bad
Government: Bad
Slackers: Good
 
2013-08-02 01:36:57 PM

Car_Ramrod: They were doing these searches at work? That may have been an important piece of information, lady. I was under the impression they were just lounging about, doing this at their own computers. Goddamnit. Way to cry wolf.


At the time of the search, that was the impression the cops gave her. A couple of days later after being informed by the cops otherwise, she corrected her article.
 
2013-08-02 01:37:15 PM

Car_Ramrod: Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't

I can't even look at porn on my work computer anymore? This is bullshiat! What happened to AMERICA?!


img.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-02 01:37:50 PM

VRaptor117: The reason so many people freaked out is because this incident, which in the past would have been dismissed out of hand or not even reported, is now plausible, The government is watching people like never before, and in the wake of the Boston bombing, you expect law enforcement to be overzealous, just like after 9/11 and people taking photos of government buildings.


Yea... they've been doing this for like 10 years, and most people that paid attention knew about it at least 6 years ago. But there are actual safeguards and procedures that need to be followed now. That's why the story smelled like bullshiat to anyone not hoping it was true: two people search for relatively normal terms, and that leads to people at their doorstep? Not so much.

"But my son's reading habits combined with my search for a pressure cooker and my husband's search for a backpack set off an alarm of sorts at the joint terrorism task force headquarters.

That's how I imagine it played out, anyhow. Lots of bells and whistles and a crowd of task force workers huddled around a computer screen looking at our Google history."


then

"The piece I wrote was the story as we knew it with the information we were told. None of it was fabricated. If you know me, you know I would never do that."

Sigh.
 
2013-08-02 01:42:35 PM

mr lawson: Car_Ramrod: They were doing these searches at work? That may have been an important piece of information, lady. I was under the impression they were just lounging about, doing this at their own computers. Goddamnit. Way to cry wolf.

At the time of the search, that was the impression the cops gave her. A couple of days later after being informed by the cops otherwise, she corrected her article.


What was the impression the cops gave her? That they were using their own computers instead of their work computers? That doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

"Most of it was innocent enough. I had researched pressure cookers. My husband was looking for a backpack."

is different than

Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee.  The former employee's computer searches took place on this employee's workplace computer.   On that computer, the employee searched the terms "pressure cooker bombs" and "backpacks."

She acted like she was minding her own business with her own effects. But no. She left out key pieces of information, because that would've led to reasonable doubt.

This pisses me off because I have misgivings on this whole surveillance situation, and we don't need false positives like this tainting the truth.
 
2013-08-02 01:47:08 PM
Wow a journalist jumping to conclusions over a single incident without verifying or cross checking their facts? LIES I SAY!

Even if it was her own personal account, she still had a responsibility to figure out what was going on before writing her bullshiat story. Her excuse was even more pathetic. I hope this incident ruins her career as a shiatty "journalist".
 
2013-08-02 01:55:39 PM

nmrsnr: And I'm sure all those people who jumped to the conclusions of the governments all-seeing eye will just as loudly correct their error, right? That's how journalism works, isn't it?


Yeah right after the people railing on the fark thread about how their right to google whatever they want without the feds coming to their house will apologize for being misinformed.

I think specifically the guy who was convinced the feds had come because the picture in the article had feds with guns in it. (not realizing it was from the boston bombing situation)

Kudos to the guy yesterday who initially called the report total BS, and shame on the guy who linked her blog as a credible source.
 
2013-08-02 01:59:20 PM

justtray: I think specifically the guy who was convinced the feds had come because the picture in the article had feds with guns in it. (not realizing it was from the boston bombing situation)


That was my favorite part of the whole thread.

Also, there were 342 comments in the thread about outrage. There are (now) 21 in this thread about, "Oh, nevermind".
 
2013-08-02 02:05:34 PM

VRaptor117: The reason so many people freaked out is because this incident, which in the past would have been dismissed out of hand or not even reported, is now plausible, The government is watching people like never before, and in the wake of the Boston bombing, you expect law enforcement to be overzealous, just like after 9/11 and people taking photos of government buildings.



So...it didn't happen..BUT IT COULD HAVE!!!!!! OMGPONIES!!!
 
2013-08-02 02:06:08 PM

hailin: I hope this incident ruins her career as a shiatty "journalist".


Who happens to have been the founder of the Command Post.org website.

"When we created The Command Post on20 March, 2003, it quickly generated a lot of attention, soon becoming the first massive-scale group citizen journalism weblog. Over the next two years hundreds of people contributed, we were credentialed to both2004 presidential conventions, and several of our pages were added to the Library of Congress MINERVA on-line collection."

Horrible legacy, I tell ya!
 
2013-08-02 02:06:15 PM
Ahem.... "bullshiat"...  Thanks.

SO the NSA that's spying on everyone and everything, but wasn't actually "spying" on everyone and everything even though they saved the world 54 times by spying on everyone and everything but never bothered to tell you about it, is only "kind of" spying on everyone and everything, except for this story that sure as hell looked like they were spying on everyone and everything cause that didn't look like "suffolk county cops" in paramilitary gear to me.  Is no longer spying on everyone and everything, even though they admitted to being an "anti terrorism task force" and  that they performed this kind of smash and "interview" 100 times a week as a result of their spying on everyone and everything.....
Is now officially NOT spying on everyone and everything any more.
They promise.
Well, that's perfectly clear now isn't it.
 
2013-08-02 02:08:45 PM

Car_Ramrod: justtray: I think specifically the guy who was convinced the feds had come because the picture in the article had feds with guns in it. (not realizing it was from the boston bombing situation)

That was my favorite part of the whole thread.

Also, there were 342 comments in the thread about outrage. There are (now) 21 in this thread about, "Oh, nevermind".


I am expecting some lame "This is Fark and that is just how we are, man.  Don't like it?  Well, you can get out." response.

/was clever, cynical, and friendly
//now loud. angry, and formulaic
///just about done here
 
2013-08-02 02:10:05 PM
Boy The Guardian jumped all over this story too. Definitely shows how they have a hard anti US agenda.
Their way of correcting the story? "Yeah...well...it sounded true and we heard it on the internet. America is bad tho!"

/ and those comments lol
/America has traffic laws?! TYRANNY! EMPIRE! EMPIRE! AUSCHWITZ!
 
2013-08-02 02:14:47 PM

computerguyUT: Ahem.... "bullshiat"...  Thanks.

SO the NSA that's spying on everyone and everything, but wasn't actually "spying" on everyone and everything even though they saved the world 54 times by spying on everyone and everything but never bothered to tell you about it, is only "kind of" spying on everyone and everything, except for this story that sure as hell looked like they were spying on everyone and everything cause that didn't look like "suffolk county cops" in paramilitary gear to me.  Is no longer spying on everyone and everything, even though they admitted to being an "anti terrorism task force" and  that they performed this kind of smash and "interview" 100 times a week as a result of their spying on everyone and everything.....
Is now officially NOT spying on everyone and everything any more.
They promise.
Well, that's perfectly clear now isn't it.


Actually, it is pretty clear. The NSA stores metadata, but cannot access information for those on US soil unless it has probable cause. The local FBI office, which has an anti-terrorism task force because... they're the FBI... got a tip from their employer of searches a former employee was doing on company property, thus the visit and light interview... which has nothing to do with the NSA.

So, despite your attempts, it's a pretty clear cut case.
 
2013-08-02 02:15:09 PM
So everything that was established in the first thread . . . and the second thread . . . is now established again . . . in the third thread.

/waiting eagerly for the 4th thread
 
2013-08-02 02:18:46 PM
When will we be able to safely Google Arizona Iced Tea, Skittles and hoodies?
 
2013-08-02 02:22:52 PM

belhade: When will we be able to safely Google Arizona Iced Tea, Skittles and hoodies?


BOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
2013-08-02 02:30:00 PM

belhade: When will we be able to safely Google Arizona Iced Tea, Skittles and hoodies?


Drink?  I'm not sure what to do here.  Do you have to say his name?  Has he become like Bloody Mary?
 
2013-08-02 02:50:27 PM
But ... how did the employer know the searches were run?
 
2013-08-02 03:06:07 PM
When I was a younger the only thing illegal about a pressure cooker was the shrooms or moonshine you made with the device.
 
2013-08-02 03:12:39 PM

Diogenes: belhade: When will we be able to safely Google Arizona Iced Tea, Skittles and hoodies?

Drink?  I'm not sure what to do here.  Do you have to say his name?  Has he become like Bloody Mary?


No, more like Candleja
 
2013-08-02 03:15:23 PM
Did somebody say backpack?

imageshack.us
 
2013-08-02 03:20:04 PM
Bloomberg and the Total Fark libs better ban backpacks.
 
2013-08-02 03:20:55 PM

Car_Ramrod: Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't

I can't even look at porn on my work computer anymore? This is bullshiat! What happened to AMERICA?!


Porn is fine, just not kitchen accessories or personal luggage
 
2013-08-02 03:22:36 PM

SandmanEsq: But ... how did the employer know the searches were run?


Google: employer monitoring internet

It's not rare.
 
2013-08-02 03:35:10 PM

Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't


I've been saying this for a while now. Your employer is more intrusive than any government agency. We allow employers to demand pee as a condition of employment and continuing employment. Nothing you do in the workplace is private. Many things that you do on your own time are fair game to your employer. If we really ran the country like a business, we all would have far fewer rights and far less privacy.
 
2013-08-02 03:39:29 PM

SandmanEsq: But ... how did the employer know the searches were run?


The employer has a right to see what his computer is being used for. I would guess he just pulled up the history.

Never put anything you don't want your employer to see on your employer's computer or other electronic device or send it through their network.
 
2013-08-02 03:43:31 PM

Walker: So the NSA isn't spying on what you search, your employer is. I feel much better now.

/No, no I don't


Meh, there's always the Deep Web.
 
2013-08-02 03:45:39 PM

Nemo's Brother: Bloomberg and the Total Fark libs better ban backpacks.


If you're going to ignore the article and the thread, I really don't see why you even bother posting.

Except:

memedepot.com

I also don't recall any of us thinking Bloomberg's soda ban was a good idea.
 
2013-08-02 04:32:45 PM
See it was all a big mis-understanding and you should all be ashamed of yourselves for ever believing that your government would spy on you. No go sit in the corner.

/at this point it was the most logical conclusion anyone could have drawn.
//We're not spying on you, now don't talk about it or do anything to inhibit us spying on you.
 
2013-08-02 04:38:03 PM

HypnozombieX: See it was all a big mis-understanding and you should all be ashamed of yourselves for ever believing that your government would spy on you. No go sit in the corner.

/at this point it was the most logical conclusion anyone could have drawn.
//We're not spying on you, now don't talk about it or do anything to inhibit us spying on you.


Yep, totally logical:

"But my son's reading habits combined with my search for a pressure cooker and my husband's search for a backpack set off an alarm of sorts at the joint terrorism task force headquarters.

That's how I imagine it played out, anyhow. Lots of bells and whistles and a crowd of task force workers huddled around a computer screen looking at our Google history."
 
2013-08-02 05:08:14 PM

tinyarena: Did somebody say backpack?

[imageshack.us image 400x325]


Well played, but I was thinking more along the lines of
images.wikia.com
 
2013-08-02 05:56:51 PM
Ha... That's just what they want you to think.
 
2013-08-02 07:06:36 PM
Well, here's one of the list of words that *in certain combinations* would (allegedly) get you inspected by the ECHELON system, as of 2001.  And it likely has some overlap with PRISM (US-984XN), NarusInsight (FBI)(supersedes CARNIVORE), CALEA, ADVISE (DHS), and other government intelligence, government police and commercial systems.

Face it, if you are wondering why YouTube takes so damn long to load, this is probably why.
 
2013-08-02 07:31:13 PM
So if I were to show up at the airport with an electric pressure cooker in a checked suitcase, what are the odds that some TSA agent would freak out?

/I get tired of eating out all the time when I travel
 
2013-08-02 10:30:02 PM
It is now safe to Google "pressure cooker" and "backpack" again. *freedom tear*

But, uh, not at work.
 
2013-08-03 09:13:05 PM

anfrind: So if I were to show up at the airport with an electric pressure cooker in a checked suitcase, what are the odds that some TSA agent would freak out?

/I get tired of eating out all the time when I travel


Coming home from Christmas five years ago, I went through security with a ceramic heater (a Christmas gift) in the suitcase.  They pulled us aside, looked at it, and had us on our way in a minute or two.  I can't really say it was unreasonable; I can only imagine how that must've looked on the X-Ray.
 
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