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Phoenix Police Seize PCs of a Blogger Critical of the Department 515

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logicassasin sends in a story about a blogger in Phoenix, AZ, who runs a site that is critical of the local police department. The police recently raided his home and seized his computer hardware. "Jeff Pataky, who runs Bad Phoenix Cops, said the officers confiscated three computers, routers, modems, hard drives, memory cards and everything necessary to continue blogging. The 41-year-old software engineer said they also confiscated numerous personal files and documents relating to a pending lawsuit he has against the department alleging harassment — which he says makes it obvious the raid was an act of retaliation." A local publication quotes Pataky saying, "We have heard internally from our police sources that they purposefully did this to stop me... They took my cable modem and wireless router. Anyone worth their salt knows nothing is stored in the cable modem."
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Phoenix Police Seize PCs of a Blogger Critical of the Department

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  • by unts (754160) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:08AM (#27458033) Homepage Journal

    Anyone worth their salt knows nothing is stored in the cable modem.

    Which is exactly why I've stuck a flash drive in mine that I can run a USB cable to when I want to do some "backups to my modem".
     
    Wink wink.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by bigman2003 (671309)

      More interestingly, is the use of the phrase; "Anyone worth their salt."

      This is a very old phrase, originally used when salt was a very, very expensive commodity. Roman soldiers were typically paid for their duties in salt. So a good soldier was 'worth their salt.' (Obligatory Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salary [wikipedia.org] )

      So back to the topic on hand. I don't think this phrase is appropriate here, because we are taking geek assumptions (knowing that a router/modem do not store data long-term (ot

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Solandri (704621)

      Anyone worth their salt knows nothing is stored in the cable modem.

      Hate to post this under a joke, but wouldn't the police have to seize your cable modem in any case involving Internet activity? The only evidence they'll have prior to getting a warrant to search your property is a bunch of logs from the cable company. Those logs won't point to an address, they'll point to a MAC address (or whatever cable modems use). The cable company's records will say that MAC address belongs to a modem at such and su

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ScrewMaster (602015) *
      Face it, the guys collecting "evidence" probably don't know what a cable modem is, they just grabbed anything that looks computerish. And if they did know, they'd probably take it anyway just to make it harder for him to get back online and post about their activities. My first impression of this is that those cops are dicks, but it'll be up to the courts to make that official.
  • by pecosdave (536896) * on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:12AM (#27458055) Homepage Journal

    This guy's obviously already been in court. ACLU time, and even up to the supreme court. The Phoenix police department is about to get a federal raping.

    • by mysidia (191772) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:19AM (#27458115)

      Unfortunately, it seems that if you want to blog and say anything remotely negative about the Phoenix police department, you better move out of Phoenix first.

      This is tyrannical, a clear abuse of power. Everyone aware and responsible for this farce and the reason for the seizure needs to be jailed.

      Apparently the standards and scrutiny imposed to ensure "probable cause" for a search before a warrant can be issued (or before a search can be done) aren't high enough.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by pecosdave (536896) *

        I moved out of Phoenix 12 years ago, but I never actually had problems with them aside from 1 traffic ticket the whole time I was there. I did have to call them to, my truck was broken into, I was actually surprised they finger printed when they were obviously dealing with a junky stealing stereo's for a fix.

        • by ushering05401 (1086795) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @02:14PM (#27459513) Journal

          As someone who was under L.A. Rampart jurisdiction for a while let me hip you to a little something, pecosdave.

          There was one person who left prints in your car that would require almost no trouble for the police to track down and prosecute for a crime.. YOU.

          A crime scene is a crime scene, you run all the prints - and no, they are not going to be paying lab fees to get an additional minor charge tacked onto a junkie stereo thief's sentence when they finally track him/her down for some unrelated crime.

          This is a tactic pretty much specific to places that have gang/drug trafficking issues - and even 12 years ago the Phoenix street was heavy in that regard.

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by dereference (875531)

          I did have to call them to, my truck was broken into, I was actually surprised they finger printed when they were obviously dealing with a junky stealing stereo's for a fix.

          If I were a cynical type, I'd suggest that perhaps they were just taking that as an opportunity to collect your fingerprints.

      • by linzeal (197905) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:35AM (#27458215) Homepage Journal
        Um, the whole fucking county is crooked [examiner.com] and they are bad at their jobs [goldwaterinstitute.org]. I would not step foot into that county if you paid me a 1000 bucks, well also because that is where all my ex-gf live.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Mr2cents (323101)

        I'm beginning to think the world is one big Milgram experiment...

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by redelm (54142)
        Maybe, mabe not. This guy appearently was accused of spousal abuse, not prosecuted, then decided to turn the tables. Who knows?

        But there's a _very_ easy remedy: his lawyer asks for summary judgement or a directed verdict in his suit against the cops. His case has been compromised, aned those are reasonable remedies.

        Judges do not like to grant summary, so s/he might review the probable cause the warrent-granting judge signed off on. I expect some pointed questions under oath of the requesting officers

      • by Zero_DgZ (1047348) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @01:11PM (#27459017)

        People need to wake up to the realities of this shit. Modern day police departments are filled with tyrannical people who enact tyrannical policy purely for the sake of their own egos. (Not all of them, but enough bad apples to ruin the bunch in a lot of cases.) The modern day police department is a THREAT to security and liberty in this country, not a protector of it, and in all honesty people need to start fighting back against it. Unfortunately, the police are also the ones with all the guns and tear gas and media connections who will label protestors, detractors, and other enemies of tyranny as "terrorists" or "criminals." And they have their egos in a bunch over their presumed notion that everything they do is "in the right," and anything anyone says or does against them is automatically "in the wrong," largely because we've let them think that way for entirely too long.

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by mysidia (191772)

          Uh, I wouldn't go so far at this point as to say they're not a protector.

          They may not always protect your personal liberty with every single action, but they do protect society, which ultimately protects your liberty in real terms.

          Your ability to blog whatever you want is no good if hackers keep breaking into your web hosts servers and deleting all your content.

          Your ability to blog whatever you want is no good if some stranger keeps breaking into your house and stealing stuff.

          The very existence of

          • by grahamd0 (1129971) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @02:04PM (#27459435)

            Your ability to blog whatever you want is no good if some stranger keeps breaking into your house and stealing stuff.

            Like the Phoenix police dept?

          • by EsbenMoseHansen (731150) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @04:02PM (#27460159) Homepage

            Uh, I wouldn't go so far at this point as to say they're not a protector.

            Your ability to blog whatever you want is no good if hackers keep breaking into your web hosts servers and deleting all your content.

            Hacking is, contrary to myth, not that hard to avoid, no matter the resources. If push comes to shove, you could run the server yourself (as I do, though I don't blog).

            To elaborate: Hacking is not like forced physical entry. It is entirely possible to perfectly lock out hacking your computer remotely. In contrast, you can only delay a determined person gaining entry, unless you are willing and able to use force directly against said person: No mere lock or wall will keep out a determined person.

            Sort of like death really. TREMBLE BRIEF MORTAL! FOR I AM DEATH WHOM NO LOCK CAN HOLD NOR FASTENED PORTAL BAR! (yeah, yeah, shamely Pratchett quote there)

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by AmiMoJo (196126)

      It's surprising that the police didn't realise that this would almost certainly look very bad for them, especially if there is already a lawsuit and the took files specifically pertaining to it.

    • by erroneus (253617) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:54AM (#27458375) Homepage

      Yes, this is the Streisand effect on steroids. The dirty cops and the people who would otherwise be embarrassed are obviously trying to find the leaky cops. But the more of a ruckus they stir up, the more people who are going to notice.

      This is what brought U.S. Federal attention to Dallas.

      An interesting thing though. Village Voice Media (formerly New Times before they bought VVM and took their name) is HQ'd in Phoenix... They own papers in several major markets which includes Dallas. I haven't checked yet, but I wouldn't be surprised to find a story or two surrounding any police corruption in Phoenix in the New Times publication in Phoenix.

  • by MinistryOfTruthiness (1396923) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:13AM (#27458063) Homepage Journal

    When the Police came for the bloggers,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a blogger.

    Then they locked up the rich,
    I remained silent;
    I was not rich.

    Then they came for the gun owners,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a gun owner.

    Then they came for the press,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a member of the press.

    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out for me.

    • by maxume (22995) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:21AM (#27458123)

      Good thing people are talking about this, huh?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:36AM (#27458227)

      Then they locked up the rich,

      Fail.

    • by gorehog (534288)

      Yeah, this should never have happened. Unfortunately too many people stood silent on similar issues for the past ten years. When war protesters and anti-Bush people were being arrested and held without reason all over this country there was no real outrage. When the Patriot act was passed to "protect" us there was no real outrage. now the groundwork for real fascism is in place and it is happening.

      The more I read your post the more ironic it sounds. Bloggers have been getting arrested and raided for years.

    • by Scrameustache (459504) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @01:00PM (#27458927) Homepage Journal

      When the Police came for the bloggers,
      I remained silent;
      I was not a blogger.

      Then they locked up the rich,
      I remained silent;

      LOL!

      The police locking up the rich is a very ironic concept, considering that their purpose is to protect the rich.

  • Backfired! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tryle (1159503) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:13AM (#27458071)

    This is what happens when panic'd decisions are made. The police force thinks they can go in and silence the whole thing with a BS warrant and put an end to it, only for the story to be picked up nation wide and now they're drawing way more attention than ever.

    Serves them right. This looks like a clear cut abuse of power by the department and now that the story is national, hopefully some heads will roll.

    • Re:Backfired! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by langelgjm (860756) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:32AM (#27458195) Journal

      The real question is, who's the judge who signed the warrant?

      If the guy's done nothing wrong, the department either fabricated information in requesting the warrant, in which case heads should roll, or the judge is incompetent, in which case the judge should be fired.

      • Re:Backfired! (Score:4, Informative)

        by McGruber (1417641) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:59AM (#27458421)

        The real question is, who's the judge who signed the warrant?

        FTA: "Maricopa County Judge Gary Donahoe (http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/JudicialBiographies/Judges/judicialBio.asp?jdgID=19&jdgUSID=121) signed the search warrant"

      • Re:Backfired! (Score:4, Insightful)

        by russotto (537200) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @12:04PM (#27458447) Journal

        If the guy's done nothing wrong, the department either fabricated information in requesting the warrant, in which case heads should roll, or the judge is incompetent, in which case the judge should be fired.

        How do you fire a rubber stamp?

      • Re:Backfired! (Score:4, Informative)

        by LackThereof (916566) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @05:04PM (#27460533)

        The warrant the judge signed was for Petty Theft, and "Computer Fraud with the intent to Harass".

        The blogger is suing the City of Phoenix over it, which means the judge and the police will both be examined, if the case goes anywhere.

        The alleged petty theft was for several officer's nameplates, which are actually copies made at a local trophy shop. Etched black lettering on a silver 2x8" plaque, Times New Roman, 48pt for the title, 72pt bold for the name.

      • Re:Backfired! (Score:5, Informative)

        by hot soldering iron (800102) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @10:03PM (#27462393)

        You forgot the other option: There wasn't any warrant issued. I happened to "see" a raid executed several years ago without a warrant (in Dallas). When we asked to see it, the cop in charge said,"Don't worry, we'll have one by the time we get to the jail." I spent 4 days in a holding cell before being released with all charges dropped against me. My friend wound up in court with a disbelieving judge catching the arresting cops in lies, and who dismissed the whole case after 15 min of police testimony. It still cost my friend several months and thousands of dollars for his lawyer to prepare a defense.

        That absolutely killed ANY trust in the legal system (there is no JUSTICE in it).

  • The real question is (Score:3, Interesting)

    by peragrin (659227) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:14AM (#27458075)

    How long before people understand the Streisand Effect??

    This just seems like bullying(who started it and why is something else). Do cops not know of internet cafe's? freedom of speech? or are people just willfully ignorant of reality around them. Like the town that tossed out google streetview. If I close my eyes the bad people can't see me cause i can't see them?

    one day I hope humanity grows up? unfortunately I will have been long since dead.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:27AM (#27458171)
      I am so glad I do not live in Phoenix anymore. My friend who has HIV was on his way to the doctors when he got pulled over and arrested for a suspicion of a DUI and had to spend 24 hours without his medicine. They laughed at him in his holding cell and said things like, "Cold enough for you faggot?" when he started shivering from lack of his meds. If you are considering raising a family there remember Phoenix is one of the #1 places in the country for shooting underage suspects, often unarmed. Almost no one ever gets prosecuted for police misconduct there. Scary fucking place.
    • by whoever57 (658626) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:34AM (#27458211) Journal

      How long before people understand the Streisand Effect??

      Perhaps it is too soon, but a search on Google news suggests that this story is getting little attention in news media.

      • I think that has something to do with the media. They seem to be going down the road where they think something like this isn't news, isn't important, and nobody in America would care.

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      Humanity will grow up and idiots like this guy will stop taunting people who can make their life a living hell...

      I hope you are right. But I doubt it will happen anytime soon, as you have yet to figure it out yourself.

  • by fava (513118) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:20AM (#27458119)

    Harassing a critic is just a bonus, what the police really wanted was the names of the internal informants so that they can be silenced.

    No informants = No credible criticism.

    • Here's hoping Jeff did not leave any evidence of who the informants are on his computer...
      • by peragrin (659227)

        Which is why I have a battery powered wireless NAS that looks like a block of wood holding up my desk. The fact that it is made from a block of wood helps with the disguise.

        My router logs are the only hint that it exists. but since logs don't show where physically something is hiding they won't ever find it.

        And you know who they are *wink, wink*

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by GuldKalle (1065310)

          The problem is, when they see your collection of tinfoil hats, they'll split every molecule of your house in search of what you're hiding

  • by linzeal (197905) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:21AM (#27458125) Homepage Journal

    ...to explicitly layout stronger civil and criminal penalties for abuse of office in the US.

        Use of the office to start an unjustified war, death and 50 million dollars or 50% of your wealth whichever is greater.

        Use of the office to murder, death and 50% of assets.

        Use of the office to take bribes, death and repayment of any contracts lost by competing companies.

        Use of the office to facilitate violence or cause violence against a person, 25 years to life.

        Use of the office to intimidate, threaten or harass, 15 years.

        Use of the office to deny someone their constitutional rights, 5 years.

        Anyone want to help get this on the ballot in 50 states while we still have the populist fervor going?

        Public servants need to be held to a higher standard because of the amount of power they have been given. If we continue allowing politicians and police to be above the law than we have lost our way as a people. We need to remake the laws so that this sort of thing carries penalties that these police officers and district attorneys will be forced to reckon with when they demonstrably are routinely operating as criminals with badges and warrants.

    • You missed one (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Shivetya (243324)

      Using the office to put future generations into debt beyond reckoning should result in jail. Using the office to write laws to deprive them of their property (to include cash) for merely punitive matters should result in jail time.

      I don't know why so many don't see their money being taken as a violation of their rights. It is the profit of your labor yet so many turn a blind eye to its taking and outright abusive spending.

      Why should locals care? We let Congress run amok all the time so its not like the l

  • by ternarybit (1363339) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:21AM (#27458135)
    Orwell got everything right except the year. The Thought Police are now a reality, at least in Phoenix.
  • by fjo3 (1399739) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:24AM (#27458153)
    ...that law enforcement agencies are still foolish enough to harass people in such a public and blatant way. Over time they will gain more technical expertise and find other, more difficult to detect, methods of harassing citizens who dare to criticize them. I fear the day when the police get a little bit smarter about disguising their abuses of power. Until then it will continue to be relatively easy to bring the enforcers of law to justice.
  • More (Score:4, Insightful)

    by amclay (1356377) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:25AM (#27458155) Homepage Journal
    It's only going to bite us once the police report what he may have been actually doing, or what was not published. Where I find it horrible that they would do it for no reason, I also find it unlikely that they would go to such efforts, when it is obvious that it was retaliatory. My guess is there's more than they reported or know.
    • Re:More (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Antique Geekmeister (740220) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:32AM (#27458199)
      Possibly. But the chilling effect on possible informants is real. And having people with guns show up at your house and root through your possessions is always disturbing. There's also the opportunity to plant evidence, or to find evidence of an unrelated and real offense, however minor, to continue to bother our blogger with.
    • "It's only going to bite us once the police report what he may have been actually doing .. My guess is there's more than they reported or know"

      "Jeff Pataky, who runs Bad Phoenix Cops .. Inept, Dishonest and Just Plain Wrong! Internal Corruption within the 4th Floor of the Phoenix Police Department, under Wanna-Be (Chief) Jack Harris"

      The link at the top of Badphoenixcops [blogspot.com] points to a video of cops cutting the wires to video cameras before they help themselves to the owners goods and money

      "once the ca
  • by Atari400 (1174925) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:28AM (#27458177)
    I don't live in a police sta%%%CARRIER DISCONNECT%%%
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by DoofusOfDeath (636671)

      I don't live in a police sta%%%CARRIER DISCONNECT%%%

      Well duh, none of us lives in a police station. Sheesh...

  • I don't think you have a way to silence him.

    Enjoy your Streisand Effect.
  • grain of salt (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fermion (181285) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:33AM (#27458205) Homepage Journal
    First, as shown the power of the government is out of control. Homeland security and the like began this trend, and people were happy with it which certain parties were in power because it was used to harass certain other parties they did not like. However, in America giving too much power to the government is dangerous because control shifts and such expansions of power can come back and bite you in the ass. Given that the second hit on google news for this story on a site that advertises the item "The Obama Deception" and has many survivalist stuff, one might assume that the slant in the story is derived from one being hoisted on one's own petard. To be fair though, it seems like the site does speak out against government excesses in general, but it did have a Nazi ad at one reload.

    Second, this appears to be a simple domestic dispute. Guy gets a divorce and wife starts accusing him of what he says are false claims. Judge, probably just seeing that this couple can't stand each other, and probably does not want to waste time sorting out the truth, just drops the charges. Who knows who is telling the truth in such cases. I know people who have been accused of cutting other peoples phones off to harass them. I know for a fact that they didn't do it how can you prove it one way or another?

    So what does this guy do. Start collecting 'tips' from persons inside the department and posting these accusations online. OK, that makes sense, you get slandered by unsubstantiated charges, so you go out and do the same? This is a good way to make friends with the police. Tell the world that one of them is a child molester, even though it may or may not be true. I telling you this is what I live for. Trying to do my job by helping two people that are too immature and uncivilized to get along with each other, I mean the police are required to investigate any reasonable charge, and then what do I get. My face plastered on the internet as a child molester. Oh yeah, that brightens my day.

    Predictably this guy goes too far and gets himself in trouble and the police uses the excuse to take out a problem. Again, overkill, but so is calling a soon-to-be cop a child molester on the internet is not the way to go, especially when all the documentation is apparently yet to be delivered.

    Arizona seems to have it's share of messed up policing, but there must be a better way to go about this than ranting on the internet with unsubstantiated claims.

  • by AmigaHeretic (991368) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @11:43AM (#27458263) Journal
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gr4RsI2V6Y [youtube.com]

    Check out the video. Some college kids from the UofO are out in the "Ken Kezzie Free Speech" plaza in Eugene protesting the spraying of pesticides and get harassed by the cops and the taserd.

    I mean look at the kids out there, 18 or 19, doing one of the great things about this country and that is letting you're thoughts be voiced.

    This is crazy!
  • by deAtog (987710)

    Anyone worth their salt knows nothing is stored in the cable modem.

    Something tells me he hasn't heard of the mysterious black smoke.

  • those police folks - aren't they?

    One has to wonder how they react in a real emergency situation. One can feel very protected by this kind of police....

     

  • backups (Score:4, Insightful)

    by quickOnTheUptake (1450889) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @12:01PM (#27458427)

    âoeThey broke into my safe and took the backups of my backups,â he said in a phone interview with Photography is Not a Crime on Wednesday.

    Let us use this as an instructive moment: Always keep important backups at a seperate physical location.
    Especially if we are dealing with information that important, powerful, or underhanded people may want destroyed.

  • by EWAdams (953502) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @12:03PM (#27458445) Homepage

    The guy was, at best, running an ongoing campaign of character assassination against certain Phoenix police officers. No crime there, although what he said may have been libelous. But if he was accusing police officers of breaking the law, then it is his duty as a citizen to present his evidence to whatever the local equivalent of the Internal Affairs Department is. If he was withholding that evidence, he was obstructing justice.

    Bloggers aren't journalists. They don't have to live up to any standards of ethical journalism, and so they don't get protection for their sources. If that's what he's claiming, he's going to get a rude shock.

    Bottom line is, we don't have all the facts. Phoenix isn't some podunk town. It's hard for me to imagine that both the cops and a judge in a large metropolitan area would do something this egregious.

    • by russotto (537200)

      The guy was, at best, running an ongoing campaign of character assassination against certain Phoenix police officers. No crime there, although what he said may have been libelous.

      And the smoke blowing begins.

      But if he was accusing police officers of breaking the law, then it is his duty as a citizen to present his evidence to whatever the local equivalent of the Internal Affairs Department is.

      Said the spider to the fly.

      If he was withholding that evidence, he was obstructing justice.

      You seem to have confused

  • Wow, so let me get this right, he is in a lawsuit against the Phoenix PD for harassment, they seize the computers that contain the harassment evidence for 'unrelated' reasons; I wonder if this is more than retaliation, a quick sneak peak at his sources, evidence, etc...... talk about stacking the deck. I'll bet there will be goat.se or alter boy photos found somewhere on his system.

  • Not so obvious (Score:3, Informative)

    by Guillaume Castel (1002740) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @01:12PM (#27459029)

    Anyone worth their salt knows nothing is stored in the cable modem.

    I don't know about the USA, but in France, all major ISPs provide their customers with "boxes" that can not only act as a modem/router/wireless access point, but also provide phone service over IP, IPTV, and sometimes include a hard drive for PVR functionality; mine can even act as a FTP server (that's an advertised functionality), with either the included hard drive or even a USB flash drive plugged into the box.

    Anyone worth their salt knows that, right? Anyway, I don't expect the police to be fully aware of the latest advances in consumer hardware, so I don't think it's completely illegitimate for them to seize anything that looks related to computing equipement.

  • The blog in question (Score:3, Informative)

    by wolf12886 (1206182) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @04:02PM (#27460157)

    http://badphoenixcops.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com]

    Obviously the AZ police didn't like what this guy was publishing. I figure the more exposure it gets, the better.

  • He's lucky... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by WoollyMittens (1065278) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @04:15PM (#27460235)
    He's fortunate to not have been beaten half to death while they were at it. It's very easy for the police to claim he "assaulted" them.
  • by EEPROMS (889169) on Saturday April 04, 2009 @05:16PM (#27460617)
    "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live--did live, from habit that became instinct--in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."

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