American Madness

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Posted by Matt Cipriano | 1 Comment

Every now and then criminals do things that just baffle me. Like posting details about their crimes on the internet.

Associated Press has an article today about Lt. Charles Cohen who goes around talking with police officers and detectives about the internet, specifically sites like MySpace, Facebook and Second Life.

Basically what Lt. Cohen is lecturing about is how folks, specifically criminals, don’t quite get that the internet is not their private diary, and that things posted on the web are visible are available to the public and can be tracked back to them. He is also working on breaking the police department mindset that the internet is another realm, not worth monitoring.

According to Lt. Cohen, criminals under the age of 25 “tend to think about what is public versus private information differently from the rest of us, and that is great for law enforcement investigators.”

To listen to Cohen is to walk through dark corners of the Internet. There are gang members boasting on MySpace, killers revealing their obsessions on LiveJournal, teenagers sharing drug-making tips on YouTube, prostitutes hawking themselves on Craigslist, child pornography flourishing on Internet Relay Chat, a specialists’ slice of the Internet separate from the Web.

And that doesn’t include the folks they have caught, like the 17 year old who wrote on his MySpace page “I just killed two cops.” or the detective who tracked “the killers of three college students by mining MySpace pages maintained by the suspects and their friends.”

I admit, I think stories like this are great, they highlight the stupidity all around us. Of course then you find yourself wondering a bit when you read how the article ends:

“Is this for people who don’t want social contact?” one investigator asks.

Cohen shakes his head as if to say it’s not that simple.

“This,” he says, “is our new world.”

Could this be anymore cliched?
Anyway, just remember, the lesson to be learned here is: If you or your friends have committed a crime don’t write about it on my space or in your blog.


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