Im sure the gov. has their informants on the internet, just like they do all over the world. the question is how many do they have. what 3, 7, or
how bout 250 hacking the web to see what people know. im sure they have people on ats who come in and post topic threads and see what people know
about certain things. look at this article, i dont have the thread url. but i have the article
a word to the wise
For all my LJ-loving friends, this is a word of warning, a word to the wise, and a word of utter exhaustion after the wringer I've been put through
in the last twenty-four hours.
A couple of weeks ago, following the last presidential debate, I said some rather inflammatory things about George W. Bush in a public post in my LJ,
done in a satirical style. We laughed, we ranted, we all said some things. I thought it was a fairly harmless (and rather obvious) attempt at humor in
the face of annoyance, and while a couple of people were offended, as is typical behavior from me, I saw something shiny and forgot about it, thinking
that the whole thing was over and done and nothing else would come of what I said.
I was wrong.
At 9:45 last night, the Secret Service showed up on my mother's front door to talk to me about what I said about the President, as what I said could
apparently be misconstrued as a threat to his life. After about ten minutes of talking to me and my family, they quickly came to the conclusion that I
was not a threat to national security (mostly because we are the least threatening people in the entire world) and told me that they would not
recommend that any further action be taken with my case. However, I do now have a file with the FBI that includes my photograph, my e-mail address,
and the location of my LJ. This will follow me around for the rest of my life, regardless of the fact that the Secret Service knows that I am not a
Obviously, I cannot link to the original LJ post that I made, because I have removed it from my LJ to protect myself and those who commented in that
thread from receiving any further visits from the FBI. I apologized for the miscommunication, though I did *not* apologize for voicing my opinion of
George W. Bush. I will never apologize for speaking my mind. I will, however, apologize when I say something wrong way and for unintentionally
offending/threatening someone, because I am an extremely nonviolent person.
After having consulted an attorney to make sure that speaking about what happened to me will not incur another visit from the Secret Service, I am
making this public post to tell you all several things:
1. Once and for all, I want to state for the record, again: I am a nonviolent person. As I told the Sekkrit Service last night, I don't know how to
operate a gun. I've never had any military training. I don't even know how to throw a punch. I failed gym. I duck and cover when threatened with
violence. I've said before that I could never join the military because I would totally start crying and wuss out and be the worst soldier ever, not
because I want to sabotage the government, but because I'm just not cut out for it. Totally respect anyone and everyone who does, but me, personally?
You don't WANT me in your army. In fact, you want me on the OTHER GUY'S team, because I will undoubtedly # things up. I'm a klutz.
2. Actually, #1 is so important that I'm repeating it again: Despite my occasional liberal ranting, I am a NONVIOLENT INDIVIDUAL. I would NEVER
encourage others to harm another person, let alone the President of the United States, and I would never actually wish any serious bodily harm to come
to him. I may wish other things (like I wish he would get thrown out of office in disgrace, or I wish that he would learn how to pronounce the word
"nuclear", or I wish that he'd totally go ape# on television and ruin himself by saying things like "RAAAAH I JUST SNORTED A BUNCH OF COKE AND I
HATE OUR COUNTRY AND I BOUGHT MY PRESIDENCY RAAAAH!!!!11"), but I would NEVER wish bodily harm on another human being. It's just not my way.
3. What happened to me CAN happen to you. This is really the main reason why I am posting this publicly. I WANT you to make an example out of me. I
want you to tell your friends to be CAREFUL about what they say on the Internet, because someone IS reading it and it CAN come back and bite you on
the ass. And as nice as the Sekkrit Service dudes were (and honestly, they WERE very nice - we even gave them coffee and #, and they laughed with us
and were generally very cool about the entire situation), you don't want them coming to your house. It's just not very fun. Because …
4. What you say on the Internet can affect your real life. Due to what I said online, I now have an FBI file. And due to certain policies that a
certain administration has instituted, I could now be placed on the government's "no-fly" list, could be subject to random searches of private
property without my knowledge or permission, and could be subject to wiretapping surveillance. I doubt that any of these things will happen (except
with the "no-fly" list - according to my attorney, that's a strong possibility and is something we are looking into), and I could just be being
paranoid, but after the Secret Service showed up on my doorstep, I think I'm entitled to a little paranoia. Because #, I never thought THAT would
happen, either. So be aware.
5. What happened to me happened because someone on LJ reported me to the FBI. This is not idle speculation on my part. The Secret Service agent told
me as much last night - the reason why they were there was because the FBI received a report about my post. It was not found through Google or through
keyword searches. It was found through someone on LJ. This is just … mind-boggling and ridiculously wanky. I have my suspicions about who may have
turned me in, but I'm not going to voice them because, well, what's been done is done. That being said, for anyone else out there who wants to get
snarky and report others to the FBI, I'm telling you this right now: because of what happened to me, I am now going to have an FBI file following me
around for the rest of my life. This may cause future problems for me in several different aspects of my life, and that kind of damage is permanent.
So, yes, I am upset by the knowledge that someone on LJ would do that to me, but it teaches a valuable (if sad) lesson: you cannot trust LiveJournal,
and you cannot trust fandom.
6. Because of what happened to me, I will now have to make changes to the way I use my LJ. I have always been very open on LiveJournal. I have never
locked posts unless they directly dealt with my RL, and I have never deleted comments that others have made in my LJ. However, in order to protect
myself (and YOU) legally, I am going to have to start carefully monitoring comments made in my LJ. I do not think the FBI will continue to monitor
this journal, but I refuse to take chances with my life. So consider this a word of warning: If you make a comment in my journal that could in any way
be misconstrued as a threat against any high-ranking official, I will have to delete it. It's nothing personal. It's just self-protection.
7. In spite of what happened to me, I will not lock any political posts I make, nor will I stop making political posts. This is important. I will not
allow any form of government to make me afraid of voicing my own opinion. The way that I voice my opinion will certainly be impacted by what happened,
but I will not stop talking altogether. And neither should you. I don't want to discourage my friends from speaking their minds. I simply want to
tell y'all that you have to be ridiculously careful about how you do it, because otherwise, you can get into trouble.
I did make a locked and filtered post last night after all this first happened, because, well, I needed to talk about it. And I want to thank everyone
who commented in that thread and gave me support and WTF and information, because it was EXTREMELY helpful and comforting in a time of great stress
and OMGWTFBBQ THE SEKKRIT SERVICE CAME TO MY HOUSE OMG
Now, at this juncture, I am not planning on making any kind of formal complaint with the A.C.L.U., as some on my friendslist have suggested. I did not
feel that my civil rights were violated by the visit, and I did not feel intimidated by the Secret Service agents. I have, however, contacted an
attorney simply because I want to ensure that my rights are protected in the future, and because the Secret Service were less than clear about what
exactly can be construed as a threat and what would be done with my FBI file and any medical records they requested. I am not making any efforts to
contact the media, and I doubt that I will in the future.
I want people to be aware that what they say on their LJ can cause problems for them in RL, because I love all of you and I don't wish what happened
to me on you. You are more than welcome to discuss this post in your journal, and you are more than welcome to link to it from your journal. If you
want to post this in a community, go for it. Hell, if you want to put me on fandom_wank, it's probably not a bad idea. The wankers would have a FIELD
DAY with this. I know I would. Please, feel free to make an example out of me. So share this with your friends. Tell them what can happen. It's
beneficial to all of us to know that this can happen, and hopefully, it'll prevent something like this from happening again.
sorry mods for posting whole article, i dont have the url. i think it might have been posted on ats somewhere thoug.