Google Searches Result in Visit from Joint Terrorism Task Force

August 2nd, 2013

Any lawyers who click through are likely to experience grand mal seizures when they read about how the suspect dealt with this bogus fishing expedition.

Suspect: Invited Joint Terrorism Task Force (mainly FBI, but could actually include people from a variety of agencies) inside his house.

Suspect: Consented to a search of his house.

Suspect: Answered questions posed by law enforcement without being in the presence of a lawyer, possibly incriminating himself.

Since they asked to search his house, it means that they didn’t have a warrant. Sure, if the suspect had asked for them to come back with a warrant, they probably would have, and they probably would have trashed his house in the process of conducting the search.

Bonus gift for all questionable Google search suspects: Free membership in Club MAIN CORE.

Have a nice day.

Via: Medium:

It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history.

Most of it was innocent enough. I had researched pressure cookers. My husband was looking for a backpack. And maybe in another time those two things together would have seemed innocuous, but we are in “these times” now. And in these times, when things like the Boston bombing happen, you spend a lot of time on the internet reading about it and, if you are my exceedingly curious news junkie of a twenty-year-old son, you click a lot of links when you read the myriad of stories. You might just read a CNN piece about how bomb making instructions are readily available on the internet and you will in all probability, if you are that kid, click the link provided.

Which might not raise any red flags. Because who wasn’t reading those stories? Who wasn’t clicking those links? 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.

This was weeks ago. I don’t know what took them so long to get here. Maybe they were waiting for some other devious Google search to show up but “what the hell do I do with quinoa” and “Is A-Rod suspended yet” didn’t fit into the equation so they just moved in based on those older searches.

I was at work when it happened. My husband called me as soon as it was over, almost laughing about it but I wasn’t joining in the laughter. His call left me shaken and anxious.

One Response to “Google Searches Result in Visit from Joint Terrorism Task Force”

  1. alvinroast Says:

    I think they’re just testing to see if anyone is bothered by this. They already have ALL of the data.

    Could someone on the Joint Terrorism Task Force have been worried that there was a potential bomber not already on the government payroll? Maybe. Could they have been looking for a patsy for some operation we may never know about? Possibly. The most logical answer I can think of is that a real person didn’t appear to be behaving the same way as their Main Core Sim.

    As a cryptogon reader I’m sure I have far more “questionable” searches online, but the Joint Terrorism Task Force hasn’t come to my house and asked me if I had bombs. Really?? They asked him “Do you have any bombs?”

    I’d like to know what the author’s husband does for a living. It sounds like he’s most likely a defense contractor or on the government payroll. In which case he invited the agents in to avoid any trouble at work.

    “They mentioned that they do this about 100 times a week. And that 99 of those visits turn out to be nothing. I don’t know what happens on the other 1% of visits and I’m not sure I want to know what my neighbors are up to.”


    So I’d say either 1% of folks investigated are terrorists or they’re just trying to make fishing expeditions the new normal. What do you think?

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