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Twitter and goto jail
    #11186529 - 10/05/09 02:02 PM (8 years, 19 days ago)

A New York-based anarchist has been arrested by the FBI and charged with hindering prosecution after he allegedly used the social networking site Twitter to help protesters at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh evade the police.

Elliot Madison, 41, from Queens, had his home raided and was put on $30,000 (£19,000) bail after he and Michael Wallschlaeger, 46, were tracked to the Carefree Inn motel in Pittsburgh during the summit on 24 and 25 September.

The pair were found sitting in front of a bank of laptops and emergency frequency radio scanners. They were wearing headphones and microphones and had many maps and contact numbers in the room.

Official police documents allege the two men used Twitter messages to contact protesters at the summit "and to inform the protesters and groups of the movements and actions of law enforcement".

In all, almost 200 protesters were arrested during the two-day summit, which brought world leaders to Pittsburgh to discuss the global economic meltdown and other matters of common financial interest.

About 5,000 protesters were estimated to have taken part in demonstrations in the city.

Twitter has rapidly established itself as an important tool in the armoury of protest groups and demonstrators. During the summit, the police openly monitored Twitter to listen in to the protesters' communications.

The FBI said that as well as the computers and radio scanning equipment discovered at the motel, they also confiscated from Madison's home 11 gas masks, five pairs of goggles and test tubes and beakers. They said they also took away anarchist books and pictures of Marx and Lenin.

Madison is a social worker with a Manhattan-based programme attached to a psychiatric hospital. He is said to be a member of the People's Law Collective, a voluntary group that advises protesters on legal issues arising from actions. Wallschlaeger produces a talk show on radio called This Week in Radical History.




This is such bullshit. I hate where this country is going.


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Re: Twitter and goto jail [Re: trekie]
    #11186549 - 10/05/09 02:05 PM (8 years, 19 days ago)

lol they took away pictures of people?

best hide my giant Hitler portrait


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Re: Twitter and goto jail [Re: druqs]
    #11186638 - 10/05/09 02:18 PM (8 years, 19 days ago)

How could you even compare Marx and Lenin to Hitler.

I understand comparing Mao or Stalin to Hitler.


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Re: Twitter and goto jail [Re: trekie]
    #11186668 - 10/05/09 02:25 PM (8 years, 19 days ago)

i was pointing out the ridiculousness of taking away someones posters, as if the images are dangerous, not comparing the two people, obviously. :rolleyes:


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Re: Twitter and goto jail [Re: trekie]
    #11186687 - 10/05/09 02:28 PM (8 years, 19 days ago)

These guys are heroes. This will not go unnoticed.


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Re: Twitter and goto jail [Re: trekie]
    #11186699 - 10/05/09 02:30 PM (8 years, 19 days ago)

Quote:

trekie said:
... were tracked to the Carefree Inn motel in Pittsburgh ...




The Carefree Inn motel would seem to be a rather ironic name in this context.

But yes, the giant fascist Cop State is definitely getting out of hand...


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