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May 4th, 2010
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Facebook and Terrorism
So, I was intrigued to hear that the picture for Faisal Shahzad (arrested while on a plane about to take off for Dubai) that the FBI used to identify him was from his facebook account. I looked him up. There are a few of them, none identified as residents of Connecticut. Interestingly, although the pictures of the Faisal Shahzads are all men, the info identifies every one of them as female. This is peculiar.

The first one is here. S/he lists his/her activities as:

Reading Books, Palying Football, Snooke, Using Internet, Study Books Related Current Affairs

I suppose "buying cars to commit terrorist acts" would have made it too easy.

Btw, I also find it bizarre that the radio news keeps announcing that the FBI is trying to find out if Faisal Shahzad "hooked up with any terrorists" while in Pakistan. Does it matter whether he had sex with terrorists :-)?

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From:talktooloose
Date:May 4th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
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"tr4tr.com, hooking up hot terrorists since 2001!"

Nice to see you online.
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From:mofic
Date:May 5th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
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LOL on tr4tr.com.

I think about posting to lj more than I post...
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From:executrix
Date:May 4th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, of course. His virgins and/or raisins would be upset.
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From:mofic
Date:May 5th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
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Raisins?
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From:alilypea
Date:May 5th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
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That is fascinating.

I wonder if Faisel had a privately unsearchable account. I think that would make it more interesting, to learn how much the creators of facebook are cooperating with the police.
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From:mofic
Date:May 5th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
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The privacy settings seemed not very strong - I could see a lot of his profile. My understanding is that they just used facebook for a recent picture, in order to stop him at the airport.
From:lux_apollo
Date:May 5th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
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I've seen the discordant 'Sex: Female' with a male picture, or other male identifiers on a number of profiles before... and not just on Facebook. There does seem to be a strong pattern of that occuring with people for whom English is a second language... Could it be a misinterpretation of the statement as meaning "I like to have sex with: Females"?

*shrug*
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From:mofic
Date:May 5th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
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That's a reasonable explanation. I figured it's a language issue. Still, he's a USAmerican citizen, recently naturalized. I'd expect his English to be better than that.
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Date:July 10th, 2010 08:58 am (UTC)

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