Skip to comments.Feds on Facebook
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.
i am always legal
Um, my brother-in-law is one of my Facebook friends. Is that a bad thing?
How do we know you're not a Fed?
Fact is, sites like Facebook are for kiddies and strangos.
Oh well. If they are on my list, maybe they’ll learn something.
Bet your bottom dollar they are here too.
I do most of my political networking on facebook. I post Free Republic threads frequently. It’s great! You should try it.
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.
Yep. Along with DHS.
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?
We just turned on your camera and are monitoring you. We didn't even know they still MADE Hamm's Beer...
Post your facebook link!
No, because you know who he is personally.
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.
Oh, my! I play Mafia Wars on Facebook...I am SURE to be
on their hit list! LOL!
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.
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.
If you have nothing to hide, what’s to worry about? / s
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.