Want to ruin someone's Vacation/Career/Life? Just send an anonymous tweet!

Discussion in 'Railways, Highways, Waterways' started by JoeBas, May 9, 2012.

  1. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Mods, meant to post this in Rail/Waterway, please move accordingly...

    A Nashville neurosurgeon was pulled off a Carnival cruise suspected of planning to commit a bio-terrorist attack, after a tweet from an impostor account claimed the doctor had a vial of harmful bacteria on board.

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    A tweet posted by an account “s***krusesays,” which we’ve edited because of an expletive, said, “security confiscated dynamite. talk won’t be as explosive as one at PaleoFx. still have vial of Legionnaires for epic biohack. #lccruise12.” The fake Twitter account, which parodied the doctor, has been deleted.

    “It was like being in a movie, and it was surreal,” Kruse said in a statement about the incident. ”Having the room completely trashed, and I was asked all of these crazy questions. I had no idea what they were talking about.”

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    In a letter to the passengers of the cruise, Captain Giovanni Cutugno apologized that the doctor would not be available to speak.

    “Since the safety and well-being of my guests and crew is my number one priority, every security threat is taken seriously and fully investigated,” Cutugno wrote. “It is for this reason that I felt it was in the best interest of all my guests to err on the side of caution and not allow him to set sail as planned.”

    http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/201...led-off-cruise-after-fake-bioterrorism-tweet/

    This country is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO screwed...
     
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Another cowardly Italian captain. I wonder if his navigational skills are as spot-on as Schettino's.

    Like a stupid dog, chasing his tail. Really, if this silly reaction occurs with mere rumor, I wish someone would start applying these rumors to DHS and TSA folks.

    The doctor should be able to sue these people if all they had to go on was one anonymous tip.
     
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  3. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    I wonder what would happen if someone simultaneously were to take a major city, and send in bomb/bio threats to maybe 15 major targets in that city, over the space of 12 hours.

    I wonder if their precious little EM head would explode... out of an abundance of caution.
     
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Give it time.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If an anonymous tweet nets you a warrantless search, we have no 4th amendment left. A government provocateur can always arrange an anonymous tweet.
     
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  6. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    What "if"? Seems to me like it just happened.
     
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