[FoRK] Hear Ye, Future Deep Throats: This Is How to Leak to the Press | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Mon Jun 10 08:21:52 PDT 2013

The first rule of staying off the radar of security lists, is not to 
talk about security lists.

My friend learned that the hard way on a routine flight to san jose, a 
wayward joke not long after 9-11 got him an easy SSSS, secondary 
screening security selection.   Namely, passengers who make jokes while 
being asked about dangerous materials or other person's bags.  (I told 
him he was an idiot as I had to wait for him).


In 1994, I told a friend of mine that the FBI kept a file on everyone in 
the US.  He incredulously (and rightly) told me that was not true. I 
said, let me prove it, file a FOIA request to see your FBI file and they 
will open a file on you with exactly one document, your FOIA request.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc....


On 6/10/2013 3:54 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 09, 2013 at 03:55:55PM -0700, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> If they're not watching a public list by a lot of well-connected
> Analyst eyeball time is expensive, so only pre-filtered information
> with sufficient cumulative score will be reviewed. Obviously they're
> mining (the *real*) social networks very deeply, so you might receive
> closer scrutiny just because you know somebody who knows somebody
> of interest. I expect that effectively every significant online
> information is being evaluated (with some having data profile depth
> of multiple years to several decades), so there'll be considerable
> fluctuation in your score.
> It's pretty easy to increase your score, use your imagination.
> (Of course once you're on the no-fly list it's pretty hard to
> get off it again, and it's a great punitive tool, even better
> than endless attention from the IRS).
>> somewhat intelligent people (with furriners!) discussing interesting
>> things, then they're missing out.  Watching dumb people (criminals
>> and other cretins) all the time can't be fun.
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