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Caution, caution

Update: This turned out to basically be a non-story. What happened was a company noticed that an employee that they had just let go was searching for phrases like "pressure cooker bombs" from his work computer, which is something the company was able to see, and they notified the police (which i think was probably a good idea!). What's disappointing is how many liberal blogs (Digby, Daily Kos, even Kevin Drum to a lesser degree) jumped on this and immediately assumed it was an NSA issue.

Original post below...

Articles referencing this story are making the rounds. Here's the Atlantic.

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?

If true, holy crap. But it's all a little weird. First, it seems like things have progressed way beyond what even Snowden's leaks have revealed. Second, the Atlantic wasn't able to get confirmation from any law enforcement agency that they were responsible (again, if true, that's part of the story). Third, take a look at the original poster's website. She's a professional writer and her site is full of strange stories told in the first person.

I would be very careful about assuming this is true until it's better confirmed.

By fnord12 | August 1, 2013, 7:06 PM | Liberal Outrage


i hope my employers don't find out about the phrases from the Archer cartoon that i'm looking up at work.