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Tue Dec 18 2007 (Updated 12/21/07)
Do Police Read Indymedia (and Myspace, etc.)?
Tue Dec 18 2007 (Updated 12/21/07)
Indymedia, Online Communities and the Police State
RT writes, "Myspace, blogs, and online networks are like a dream for police investigators. Where they used to have to go out and interview people, check records, walk the street, now they merely have to go online. Investigation from the convenience of their offices.

I took part in a demonstration and was arrested. Afterward, the police contacted my employer to suggest that they check up on me. I got a copy of the police report yesterday and was surprised to find that the police had gone beyond just the basic facts of my arrest.

They had tracked down the website for my band, followed a link to our myspace page, and from there tracked down my personal myspace page. In my profile I had some pretty cheeky anti-authoritarian hyperbole and that was quoted in the report. "Subject says in his myspace profile that he is 'looking for someone to turn over and burn police cars with,'" a dumb comment that had been part of my online profile for many years. There was a print out of my entire myspace profile, band website, etc. All of this info had been passed on to my employer." Read More

see also: CrimethInc Primer on Security Culutre | The ABCs of Fuck MySpace (A Very Rough Draft) | Does what happens in the Facebook stay in the Facebook?
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