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Submission + - Virginia Says Slashdot Users May Be Terrorists 6

megamerican writes: A leaked document from a Virginia Fusion Center titled 2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment lists Slashdot users and other websites alongside Al-Qaeda, HAMAS, "Lone-Wolf Extremists" and many others as potential terrorists. Slashdot and other websites have been labeled under the ominous sounding title of Anonymous:

A "loose coalition of Internet denizens", Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube. Other social networking sites are also utilized to mobilize physical protests. Anonymous has no leader and is reliant on the collective power of individuals acting in such a way that benefits the movement.

According to the Report, cell phones, digital music players are signs that you may be a terrorist. It lists podcasting as a cause for concern citing a recent ban by Australia. Citizens for a legitimate government, where the document was leaked to has a write-up here.

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Virginia Says Slashdot Users May Be Terrorists

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  • Aha! I always KNEW there was something suspicious about us!

    • I didn't think we were apart of anonymous stupid cowards.

      • by bersl2 ( 689221 )

        Tell that to the authors of this report, the distribution of which is a crime, at least according to the opening pages:

        This is LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE information and is protected by Code of Virginia Title
        52-48 and 52-49 unless otherwise noted. Further distribution of this document is restricted to law
        enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, and Department of Defense organizations only.
        Prior approval shall be obtained from VFC for dissemination to other agencies. Persons or
        organizations violating distribution restrictions may be prosecuted and will be prohibited from
        receiving future documents. NO REPORT OR SEGMENT THEREOF MAY BE RELEASED TO ANY
        MEDIA SOURCES. Please contact the Virginia Fusion Center at (804) 674-2196 if you have any
        questions or need additional information.

        Obviously, I have no plans on going to Virginia anytime soon.

        • by bersl2 ( 689221 )

          Well, maybe I should have read the relevant law [] more carefully, as it seems only the original disseminator is criminally liable:

          52-48. Confidentiality and immunity from service of process; penalties.

          A. Papers, records, documents, reports, materials, databases, or other evidence or information relative to criminal intelligence or any terrorism investigation in the possession of the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center shall be confidential and shall not be subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act ( 2.2-3700 et seq.) or the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act ( 2.2-3800 et seq.). The Department shall conduct an annual review of information contained in any database maintained by the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center. Data that has been determined to not have a nexus to terrorist activity shall be removed from such database. A reasonable suspicion standard shall be applied when determining whether or not information has a nexus to terrorist activity.

          B. No person, having access to information maintained by the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center, shall be subject to subpoena in a civil action in any court of the Commonwealth to testify concerning a matter of which he has knowledge pursuant to his access to criminal intelligence information maintained by the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center.

          C. No person or agency receiving information from the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center shall release or disseminate that information without prior authorization from the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center.

          D. Any person who knowingly disseminates information in violation of this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If such unauthorized dissemination results in death or serious bodily injury to another person, such person is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

          E. For purposes of this chapter:

          "Criminal intelligence information" means data that has been evaluated and determined to be relevant to the identification and criminal activity of individuals or organizations that are reasonably suspected of involvement in criminal activity. "Criminal intelligence information" shall not include criminal investigative files.

          (2008, c. 792.)

          Sucks to be whoever it was who leaked this!

  • Accurate intelligence gathering is hard with slashdot.
    Slashdot does not have a real leader's server to raid.
    There is no focal point for the feds to direct their rage.
    There is nothing to infiltrate, entrap and destroy.
    The feds hate the thousands of different one liners and links exposing and opposing them.
    Slashdot is a thousand posts of resistance.
    Like a story which moves up the firehose when needed and disappears when not, so must the exposure of the Virginia Fusion Center be.

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