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FBI Arrest Sheds Light on Twitter Crime Scenes

twitter4 [1]The FBI is being forced to be well versed in such social networks as Twitter and Facebook. Welcome to the new frontier.

By OMAR EL AKKAD
Toronto Globe and Mail

The arrest this month of an Oklahoma City man who is accused of posting death threats on Twitter shines a light on how law-enforcement agencies are conducting investigations in the age of microblogging, when blogs and MySpace sites can be far more useful than fingerprints.

The FBI arrested Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, earlier this month for allegedly issuing death threats on April 11. Several posts were made under the handle “Citizen Quasar,” in relation to the “tea party” anti-tax protests in U.S. cities. One such protest was scheduled for Oklahoma City.

Among the posts on April 11 (all posts are as they appeared online): “The WAR wWIL start on the stepes of the Oklahoma State Capitol. I will cast the first sotne. In the meantime, I await the police.”

A few minutes later, another post reads: “I really don’ give a shit anymore. Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the on the State Capitol steps.”

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Read ticklethewire.com columnist Greg Stejskal’s column on the Internet and Freedom of Speech [3]