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Feds on Facebook
Fox 10 TV ^ | March 17, 2010

Posted on 03/17/2010 9:09:05 PM PDT by myknowledge

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

Think you know who's behind that "friend" request? Think again. Your new "friend" just might be the FBI.

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.

Among other purposes: 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.

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Be careful who you make friends with online...

...trust me, you DO NOT WANT an undercover fed as your Facebook friend.


1 posted on 03/17/2010 9:09:07 PM PDT by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

i am always legal


2 posted on 03/17/2010 9:13:39 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: myknowledge

Um, my brother-in-law is one of my Facebook friends. Is that a bad thing?


3 posted on 03/17/2010 9:14:19 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: myknowledge
trust me, you DO NOT WANT an undercover fed as your Facebook friend.

How do we know you're not a Fed?

Fact is, sites like Facebook are for kiddies and strangos.

4 posted on 03/17/2010 9:14:33 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: myknowledge

Oh well. If they are on my list, maybe they’ll learn something.


5 posted on 03/17/2010 9:14:57 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: myknowledge

Bet your bottom dollar they are here too.


6 posted on 03/17/2010 9:16:30 PM PDT by panaxanax (No matter what the outcome may be, I will not vote for a RINO.)
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To: dragnet2

I do most of my political networking on facebook. I post Free Republic threads frequently. It’s great! You should try it.


7 posted on 03/17/2010 9:17:41 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: myknowledge

I am going to have to post some photos of me with guns.

I have a facebook friend who will be in big trouble. He has a profile picture of him with a fishing rod.


8 posted on 03/17/2010 9:17:46 PM PDT by feedback doctor (Tyrants fear freedom loving people with guns. And well they should!)
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To: panaxanax

Yep. Along with DHS.


9 posted on 03/17/2010 9:18:57 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: feedback doctor
I am going to have to post some photos of me with guns.

LOL.

10 posted on 03/17/2010 9:20:09 PM PDT by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: myknowledge

There was a story last year detailing how various state revenue departments were using Facebook to track down tax deliquents.

Why anyone would want to post their entire life for the world to see is beyond me - what good can come from it?


11 posted on 03/17/2010 9:26:50 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Camelot sleeps with the fishes!)
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To: panaxanax
Bet your bottom dollar they are here too.

We just turned on your camera and are monitoring you. We didn't even know they still MADE Hamm's Beer...

12 posted on 03/17/2010 9:31:53 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: sageb1
I do most of my political networking on facebook. I post Free Republic threads frequently. It’s great! You should try it.

Post your facebook link!

13 posted on 03/17/2010 9:33:01 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: SoldierDad

No, because you know who he is personally.


14 posted on 03/17/2010 9:33:54 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Why anyone would want to post their entire life for the world to see is beyond me - what good can come from it?

Complete self-centeredness. It is like Twitter -- some people think anyone (or everyone) gives a $hit about the fact he/she is at the doughnut shop.

I keep the tiniest footprint possible in the Interwebz. As FD2003, yeah, I get around. As my RL name, just a few business sites and even then with no personal information.

15 posted on 03/17/2010 9:35:10 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: myknowledge

Oh, my! I play Mafia Wars on Facebook...I am SURE to be
on their hit list! LOL!


16 posted on 03/17/2010 9:35:51 PM PDT by LUV W (DIMs?......start packin'--you're fired!)
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To: myknowledge
DO NOT WANT an undercover fed as your Facebook friend

As long as they send my Maison frame parts in Farmville they could be FBI, NSA, DHS, DEA, CIA, and IRS not sure I care.

17 posted on 03/17/2010 9:41:46 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: myknowledge

This should come as no surprise as Facebook has been noted in the past to work as a great tool for the intelligence communities to track the population.


18 posted on 03/17/2010 9:51:58 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: myknowledge

If you have nothing to hide, what’s to worry about? / s


19 posted on 03/17/2010 10:00:52 PM PDT by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: freedumb2003
Great point!!! "Look at me"

Really, who gives a sh*t who's at a donut shop or that someone made an omelet with 3 eggs instead of 4. Fools that friend me on FB and post inane drivel like that are quickly de-friended. Twitter is a farce as well.

I'm with you regarding a tiny cyberspace footprint.

20 posted on 03/17/2010 10:08:24 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Camelot sleeps with the fishes!)
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To: Republic_of_Secession.

I sort of figured Facebook was actually started by the NSA.


21 posted on 03/17/2010 10:10:04 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: myknowledge

They would never try coming. Honest we won’t.


22 posted on 03/17/2010 10:11:51 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Sometimes I like nuts. That's why I am here.)
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To: myknowledge

I would be disappointed if they weren’t doing it. If some idiot criminal is going to post incriminating evidence online, then it would be negligent for the law enforcement to pretend it did not happen.


23 posted on 03/17/2010 10:19:32 PM PDT by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: feedback doctor

I have a facebook friend who will be in big trouble. He has a profile picture of him with a fishing rod.


You think that is bad........I actually have a picture of myself holding an actual fish!


24 posted on 03/17/2010 10:19:59 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: myknowledge

and that is why I would never use Twitter, Facebook or Myspace.


25 posted on 03/17/2010 10:27:26 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Go ahead, pass it you bastards, I will NEVER comply in any way. Read my lips, NEVER!)
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To: mojitojoe

Too paranoid?


26 posted on 03/17/2010 10:28:14 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge

I’m not sure if this is correct, but a friend of mine said Facebook will not let you log in if they detect you are using a proxy. Now why would they care unless they are tracking your IP address?


27 posted on 03/17/2010 10:30:25 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Go ahead, pass it you bastards, I will NEVER comply in any way. Read my lips, NEVER!)
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To: dragnet2

http://www.facebook.com/conniebrimmer


28 posted on 03/17/2010 10:41:14 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: cornfedcowboy

Dang! and I just put up my whole Bass on Fishbook.


29 posted on 03/17/2010 10:42:06 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: sageb1
Uh, I only get:

"The page you requested was not found."

30 posted on 03/17/2010 10:42:43 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Weird. When I clicked on it, I got my page.

This? If it doesn’t work, search my name.

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf#!/conniebrimmer?ref=profile


31 posted on 03/17/2010 10:45:10 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: myknowledge; All

OMGosh. I hope the Feds are not monitoring Free Republic.


32 posted on 03/17/2010 10:46:12 PM PDT by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: sageb1

Your name is Connie Brimmer?


33 posted on 03/17/2010 10:46:30 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: myknowledge

I’m sorry, but if you’re dumb enough to commit a crime, and then blab about it on Facebook, you deserve everything you get, and should consider yourself lucky that you didn’t get everything you deserved.


34 posted on 03/17/2010 10:46:54 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: dragnet2

Yep


35 posted on 03/17/2010 10:47:03 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: myknowledge

Thats preposterous ..... real militia members never use facebook. They meet at the hardware store. Usually over near garden tools.


36 posted on 03/17/2010 10:48:51 PM PDT by Fresno (Go Dogs!!!)
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To: sageb1
Oh, well hi Ms. Connie Brimmer!

I still can't get into your facebook site

37 posted on 03/17/2010 10:48:51 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

And, if you are on FB and want to add me, let me know who you are in freepmail or in fb request to add.


38 posted on 03/17/2010 10:49:20 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: dragnet2

You have to be registered at fb.


39 posted on 03/17/2010 10:50:28 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

OK Connie!


40 posted on 03/17/2010 10:50:44 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: myknowledge

I think this is very wise, actually. People go on Facebook etc. voluntarily and put out their information in public. Why should law enforcement ignore it?


41 posted on 03/17/2010 10:56:33 PM PDT by Persevero ("Our culture is far better than a retarded Islamic culture." -Geert Wilders)
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To: dragnet2

I’m also here:

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/03/18/if-there-were-a-nobel-prize-for-gaffetastic-ity/comment-page-1/#comment-905994

and on Hot Air, Twitter, Breitbart’s Bigs and a few others.


42 posted on 03/17/2010 10:58:57 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: dragnet2

I agree with that...kids and strangers...and scarey people who can’t find a date!

I have a friend in Calif. who soon learned the men she met there were not exactly the cream of the crop...rather the bottom feeders! I tried to warn her but some people are just stubborn. She could have gotten hurt ya know!


43 posted on 03/17/2010 11:04:51 PM PDT by caww
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To: mojitojoe

Me neither...in fact big warning of a huge Trojan Virus has been on facebook for a couple weeks from what might friend, who uses it, said. Really bad one.


44 posted on 03/17/2010 11:08:37 PM PDT by caww
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To: Fresno

hey,.. you’re not far from the truth you know!


45 posted on 03/17/2010 11:10:19 PM PDT by caww
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To: myknowledge

Uh no, I have a life and it doesn’t include stupid sh*t like facebook. My life isn’t the internet.


46 posted on 03/17/2010 11:19:40 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Go ahead, pass it you bastards, I will NEVER comply in any way. Read my lips, NEVER!)
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To: sageb1

I do too—joined up to communicate with other conservatives in the state and kids—nice to have other communication when FR has been down....


47 posted on 03/17/2010 11:24:13 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: dragnet2

Fact is, sites like Facebook are for kiddies and strangos

I’m sorry, but I take great offense at that comment..myspace is the more kiddie sight... strangos are everywhere ... I usefacebook to keep in touch with current friends and college friends long since moved elsewhere thank you.


48 posted on 03/18/2010 5:19:57 AM PDT by eak3
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To: sageb1

I only put on FB what is already public knowledge.. but as a FReeper, RIGHTWING ACtivist and UNION ACTOR, that will make the Feds’ heads explode... LOL


49 posted on 03/18/2010 6:03:55 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (OBAMA ... Orwell's 1984 was a WARNING ... NOT a TEXTBOOK!!!)
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To: dragnet2

**Fact is, sites like Facebook are for kiddies and strangos.**

And FR has Truthers and RONPAULBOTS... the difference is???


50 posted on 03/18/2010 6:05:46 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (OBAMA ... Orwell's 1984 was a WARNING ... NOT a TEXTBOOK!!!)
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