ALERT!!! Law Enforcement Agents Create Fake Social Media Accounts To ‘Spy’ On Us!!!
Law enforcement agencies within every facet of the United States have taken crime prevention and punishment to a mind blowingly terrifying new level by creating fake user accounts, as well as posing as genuine people to gather information about common folk and the events of their lives. Agents put on a “digital mask” and pose as “members of the community,” allowing them to gather personal information about suspects they consider a high risk of being involved in a future crime or have existing charges which they think they have gotten away with.
The United States Justice Department has produced a ‘social media guide’ for agents instructing them on how to create fraudulent profiles. Facebook officially bans the practice, yet does nothing to stop it for some reason. Departments use predictive analytical policing software, which directs local law enforcement to patrol high risk neighborhoods based on social networking posts. If people are emotionally upset and publish it on social media networks, the software program flags the neighborhood as ‘high risk’ alerting law enforcement to occupy those areas to prevent a catastrophe. In some cases, however, a ‘stand down’ order is issued for reasons only important people in positions of power are privileged enough to know about.
In a recent article published by Business Insider one police officer answered a LexisNexis survey that he “was looking for a suspect related to drug charges for over a month. When I looked him up on Facebook and requested him as a friend from a fictitious profile, he accepted,” and “he kept ‘checking in’ everywhere he went, so I was able to track him down very easily.”
Another agent wrote, “Social media is a valuable tool because you are able to see the activities of a target in his comfortable stage. Targets brag and post … information in reference to travel, hobbies, places visited, appointments, circle of friends, family members, relationships, actions, etc.”
Out of 1,237 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that use social media today, more than 88% of the responsible officials said social media was a powerful tool for crime-fighting and that “creating fictitious personas or profiles on social media outlets for use in law enforcement activities is ethical and effective.”
The NYPD and other agencies have even gone to the extreme to use photos of young attractive women on Facebook to spy on gang members, the New York Times reported. No one seems to know if agencies use these photos with or without the consent of the person photographed. The officials apparently disregard public concern over this blatant invasion of privacy. As some of them proudly proclaimed, “The recent crime ring bust of underage prostitutes in San Antonio, Texas demonstrates just how necessary this course of action is to protect our children from the dangers they face in these troubling times- the sort of dangers we simply did not have to worry about in our day.”
Bradley Shear, an attorney and expert in social media and the law, is not quite sure how the justice system will handle challenges made to this style of policing. It is coming to light that the police often pose as prostitutes or drug dealers to catch criminals. When the criminals are caught, the information obtained from them leads to awareness of even more unreported crimes, and more criminals who are believing their actions have not already been documented. In fact, few people are consciously aware that the National Security Agency’s ‘Prizm’ program houses the largest computer in the world and it has on file every email, every text, and every cell phone call ever placed by anyone. Fewer still are even aware of Operation Shamrock. Every phone call which has every been made, even before the advent of cell phones, has already been recorded. Only the most ‘elite’ of these agents have direct access to this information.
How to identify a fake user account on Facebook:
1. Account was made recently 2015, 2016.
2. Account has no history published for earlier years, but Facebook says they have been a member since 2009, etc.
3. Most fake accounts have 1 image or no real profile photo of the person. Some may only have a select few photos over a long span of time. A well seasoned user would have more photos posted over a long period of time. A fake account may have 7-10 photos posted on the same day.
4. User has very few friends in common and or friends in general.
5. There is little to no interaction on their page with friends, no comments, likes or responses over their long time line.
6. Profile picture seems to good to be true, that hot model added you today! They even message you and are interested in you!
7. When in doubt deny, deny, deny. You just might have a ‘minority report’