Saturday, April 3, 2010

The FBI might be your new face book "friend"

So the other day I'm perusing MSNBC and i find an artical that says the FBI might be your next friend on facebook. The reason that they are doing this is because they want to keep tabs on felons or sexual offenders, like rapists and molesters. Well, it says, and i quote, "U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting."

The document, obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, makes clear that U.S. agents are already logging on surreptitiously to exchange messages with suspects, identify a target's friends or relatives and browse private information such as postings, personal photographs and video clips. I feel its an invasion of privacy on a grand level which the goverment can't do legaly. But I also feel like its a good idea becuase of the felons and criminals trying to commit other crimes, but without the warning of facebook and other social networking sites investigators can check suspects' alibis by comparing stories told to police with tweets sent at the same time about their whereabouts. Online photos from a suspicious spending spree — people posing with jewelry, guns or fancy cars — can link suspects or their friends to robberies or burglaries. So in conclusion, I think its a good thing to do this because of the fact its protecting me and my friends, and people who might be at risk of getting shot up or stabbed b/c of rasist violence, gang releated, or just cause someone was mad at some one. Enough said.

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