Internet Search ‘Pressure Cooker’ & ‘Backpacks,’ Get a Visit from Police

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Editor’s Note: Now that the NSA leaks about the government wholesale spying on American citizens has come to light, it as basically legitimized an illegitimate and unconstitutional program. Our President then went so far as to say that we have to make some compromises and give up a little liberty for this new ‘security’.

Question: Does THIS make anyone feel secure? Government witch hunts??? And it’s only going to happen more and more.

Google ‘Pressure Cookers’ and ‘Backpacks,’ Get a Visit from the Cops
The Atlantic Wire
August 1, 2013

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?

Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit.

[T]hey were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. …

Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.

The men identified themselves as members of the “joint terrorism task force.” The composition of such task forces depend on the region of the country, but, as we outlined after the Boston bombings, include a variety of federal agencies. (The photo above is from the door-to-door sweep in Watertown at that time.) Among those agencies: the FBI and Homeland Security.

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