Jails / Prisons : You are a Facebook/Email password away from Federal Prison.

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  1. skuderjaymes

    skuderjaymes Contextualizer Synthesizer MEMBER

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    Yet another case that highlights how easily you could end-up in prison:



    Christopher Castillo Arrested After Threatening To Kill Obama On Facebook


    A Florida man was arrested this November after posting threatening messages about President Barack Obama on Facebook. When Secret Service agents came to question 28-year-old Christopher Castillo about his violent comments, The Smoking Gun reports that the situation quickly deteriorated.

    On Nov. 1, Castillo wrote the following on Facebook, apparently in response to Obama's views on health care:
    That’s the last straw, if he gets re-elected I’m going to hunt him down and kill him watch the life disappear from his eyes.

    Threatening the U.S. president's life is never taken lightly. After a tip-off from a concerned citizen, Secret Service agents arrived at Castillo's Melbourne home on Nov. 8 to investigate his intentions behind the Facebook post.
    According to the felony complaint report filed by the Secret Service, an agent asked Castillo what his actions would be "if the President was standing here right now?" The angry man didn't hold back his opinions, replying he would “***** slap him, and beat the **** out of him.” He also stated he would scream and call Obama a terrorist.

     
  2. SlickBeast

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    My advise to people on the net, don't be a douche and don't threaten the President. It's hard to know whether somebody is trolling or serious. The President is the most important man in the US, so you cannot threaten to kill him and get away with it.
     
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    Not true. This man is and has been since the kennedy assassination.....Take a look at where the gala was held.

    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2060844,00.html
     
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    If I remember correctly, people got in trouble for threatening former Presidents over the phone. It would be odder if Presidential threats were not prosecuted over facebook.
     
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    You would seem to think that people nowadays would know that it is better to stand in the middle of town and scream that, than go on the web and type it. Someone has got them all believing that the internet is safe, secure and confidential.
    What did he say at the very end of School Daze.....

    WAKE UP!
     
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    Threatening someone's life on the Internet (or otherwise) is against the law, even if they aren't the POTUS.

    Though certainly doing it to whoever holds that office, rises to a higher level / concern.

    Seems reasonable to me.

    :heart:

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    The point of this was not about the threat. It was to highlight how easily a person could be framed for a crime. This did not exist before. No one could walk up as you and make a threat. No one could easily forge your handwriting and make a threat that would get you arrested. But I can very easily guess/hack your password to an account that you may not even be using and get you arrested. And that's the point. Imagine what that of capability would have meant to the FBI during cointelpro of the 60's. It's no longer necessary to break in and plant evidence, it can all be done remotely. And the same goes for jilted lovers or enemies.. There are no real barriers of protection for the average user of these technologies. While the technologies themselves have sprinted forward at breakneck speeds, the protections for the users of the technologies have not and as a result most people are completely unprotected. Browsing histories, child pornography, threats, terrorist plans, emails from girlfriends, etc.. can be planted within a couple of seconds.. And since most users have no idea how their computer or internet connections work, they are completely vulnerable.

    How many people have a webcam plugged in or built into their computer? And how many of them know that that camera and mic can be turned on remotely.. and that the light that indicates the camera is on can be switched off through software?

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2013289/georgia-outs-russia-based-hacker-with-photos.html

    And all of this really is the fault of manufacturers and developers that have focused on what is best for them with little regard for the user.. and also the legislature, which is full of old-world technology-illiterate politicians, for not requiring clear protection for citizens.

    that don't really understand the implications of technologies like facebook. If you're accused of a facebook status crime, if your lawyer doesn't understand the technology.. or the judge doesn't understand it, you may be going away for a while.. and let's not forget that even if you were drunk or if you are completely innocent, you can wait in Jail for months for a court date.. and by the time that court date comes around you may be facing more charges for defending yourself in Jail.

    Their really needs to be a higher awareness of this kind of thing among the average non-technical computer users.
     
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    skuderjaymes ... i'd imagine that false accusations are more prevalent, and should be discouraged and/or extra attention given to protecting one's self from such, but nothing in your opening post said any of that.

    In fact, the guy featured in the opening post, when asked ... "what his actions would be "if the President was standing here right now?" The angry man didn't hold back his opinions, replying he would “***** slap him, and beat the **** out of him.” He also stated he would scream and call Obama a terrorist."

    It wasn't a story of false accusations, though i do think that would be a great topic ... :wink:

    Thanks for steering me in the right direction, after i dun went 99 miles the wrong way ... :running:

    Much Love and Peace.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    I would never make threats towards anyone online. But this is making me think about deleting my facebook account. I never use it anyways.
     
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