If You Have Comcast Email, You Could Be A Terrorist

Brad Chacos

Hey, are you "overly concerned about privacy" online or use anonymizers and Web portals? Do you like to check your ISP-provided email account on the road? How about talking to your cohorts in PC games? Yeah? Well, here's some bad news: according to the FBI and DoJ, there's a good chance that you're a terrorist if you do any of that in an Internet café -- and they encourage others to track your license plate, ethnicity, name  and more if you exhibit any of those "potential indicators."

Slashdot pointed us towards the Public Intelligence website, which first reported on the issue. Public Intelligence hosts a copy of the cyber-terrorist flyer that the DoJ/FBI created (PDF) as part of their "Communities Against Terrorism" initiative. (We recommend hitting the flyer link and checking it out.) Checking Google Maps or paying in cash means you're probably a terrorist, too, by the way, so you might consider switching to plastic to keep The Man from breathing down your neck.

Actually, even the FBI/DOJ admits that you might not be an full-blown terrorist if you check your AOL email at a cyber café, but it encourages readers to let the authorities make that call. "Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to determine whether there is a basis to investigate."

Whew! At least us normal folks don't have to think for ourselves.

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