Barefoot Bandit – once again a topic of discussion

Since yesterday was the anniversary of the Barefoot Bandit’s capture, I felt a followup may be in order.

In July of 2016 he was released from prison. He will not be able to crowd fund his flight school until he is done paying restitution to his victims. I suspect that when he does go to flight school and sit with an instructor there will be some interesting discussions.

There were two movies done on the subject:
The Barefoot Bandit Documentary (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1884273/), another called Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2108517/)

As part of his plea deal, he is not able to profit from publishing rights.

Did you want to read a fictional story in a add-a-line format with the Barefoot Bandit?
http://www.pissedoffpirate.com/barefoot-bandit-meets-griz-redeux/

Sextortion – are you aware of it?

As so many are flocking to cell phones and the ages of the users are getting younger, there is a topic that parents need to be aware of.

Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. Sextortion refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion.[1]

We as a society need to be able to band together to combat this psychological attack against our youth. 83% of the victims are female, and 46% are minors. Like physical sexual assault, it is estimated that only a third or less of the victims report the crime. 60% of the perpetrators knew the victim before the incident.

I have reviewed the evidence of one of these cases personally. No, I will not share that data as the victim does not deserve that. The portrayal below is based on that incident but is sanitized for her privacy. This was properly reported to the appropriate authorities.

Here is how this abuse occurred:

  • Victim received a text from an unknown source
  • criminal claimed that they had nude photos of the victim
  • They also recited her street address, including which room within her apartment was hers
  • the pictures were going to be shared on all forms of social media unless she complied with the criminal
  • the criminal wanted her to disrobe for more pictures
  • on a the second day the criminal resumed texting with a more aggressive tone
  • the same intent of getting more pictures
  • Criminal escalated to calling the victim and pressuring her to an online video chat service in Scandinavia (I believe in Norway) to excuse herself from family to go to a bathroom to disrobe and put herself on display.

As I and my colleagues tried to trace the evidence and find the personal data exposure, we were impressed with the victim’s awareness of protecting her data. She does not have her college address shared with any databases other than Amazon, and even they did not have which room was hers.

Text messages are very hard to trace unless you are law enforcement. Even for them, they are not easy. Because of my role, I was able to provide the FBI with the owner (not the user) of the phone numbers used to text and call the victim.  I was also able to  alert the abuse team at the video chat service so that they could review the actions of their users. Since I did not have a subpoena, I was unable to get data to relay to the FBI.

When the victim returned to campus, she found that her roommates were also victims. Since the issue was clearly involving a local perp, the apartment management was advised. They had a very lame excuse that this was a data breach when someone restarted the internet. I am still stunned with how stupid this answer is. The apartment management company did say that seven women had come forward. This number ended up rising to twenty when published by a local media source. The article was a plea for other victims to come forward. It is my personal opinion that the apartment complex has a rogue employee that needs to be identified, arrested, and prosecuted. So far this particular incident is limited to the complex.

When I asked if the abuse has continued, the victim stated that there has not been a peep since the police report was filed. The situation is getting great exposure on campus so the student body is much more aware.

If you check the links below, you will find that this situation is not isolated, but becoming more and more common.

Parents need the same level of awareness. This is the tool that you need to arm your kids (regardless of how grown that they are) so that they can fend off these pond scum samples.

Obviously the first line is to make sure that they do not have these kinds of pictures TO BE shared in the first place. I also know that this is wishful thinking, just like abstaining from sex before committed relationships. It is talking to them so that they know if they do not have content for the criminals to share, then why co-operate with their demands. Do not delete the texts, call logs or any other evidence. The local police (and likely the FBI) need to be contacted. Take the time to file the report. The perp needs to be caught. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Even if your kids DID have content that could be exposed, this is not the time to blame the victim. They did nothing to deserve this. My thought is to treat that situation as you would when your kid calls form a party/bar after drinking. Get them to safety then discuss when it is more mentally safe to do so. If your kids know without a doubt that you will stand with them, then they will be more likely to tell you of the incident so you can help them through it.

I hope that nobody that you know has to go through this, but the numbers indicate that it will hit close to home.

Related useful links:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/sextortion

https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/news-podcasts-inside-sextortion-and-the-lucas-chansler-case.mp3/view

Prosecutors: ‘Sextortion’ Cases Targeting Young Women At Alarming Rate

Sextortion

Artificial Intelligence and Sex

A couple of times a day as part of my job, I flip through my Twitter feed looking for the emergence of cyber security threats. Sometimes, some of the entertainment/technology feeds bring some fun topics.

It is expected that very soon, 2025 I think, we will be faced with a series or ethical and legal dilemmas.

We are about to enter an age that will include robotic involved sex.

 

Yes, we current;y have a phenomenal amount of toys, photos, videos, etc. There are those that have opted to include console games for their sexual pleasure as well.

Now, as artificial intelligence, cyberskin, and robotics march down this road, how long will it be before we will have to look at legal issues?

 

Currently in Washington, there are two or more parties; one the prostitute, and the john(s). The johns being the simple customer of the prostitute, fine. The prostitute must be a person to meet the other part of the crime. So if the pimp is offering up a bevy of robotic beauties, where is the crime? The viable objection to prostitution has always been the victimization of the sex worker. Once you take the person out of the equation, what do you have? Just the moral aspect of a married person? what is they are single?

To criminalize the act, you would have to make an AI robotic a person. That seems legally almost as intriguing as the ethical/moral aspects.

Are we ready to give computerized devices rights?

 

Ferguson, yes I have views too

So the world has been watching to see where this went.

Before I begin, I was not there, nor was I in the grand jury, so I know only what the public knows.

I am in a different camp than Wil Wheaton, and others. I am probably in the minority of Anonymous, as the vocal side is stomping their feet that this was such a travesty.

I do not know what factors told the officer that deadly force was the best reaction.  Perhaps he SHOULD have used a non-lethal.

Am I racist? no, will I be called racist, could be.

We knew that the chance was high that there was going to be trouble either way tonight.  How many riots or destruction has occurred after winning a pro ball game or hockey game? People get overly excited and lose their common sense.

The bottom line is that the grand jury did not see enough to compel ANY of them to put forth charges. Not ONE!

We know from the strong arm robbery shortly before his death, that he was not in his right mind. He may have been kind and gentle normally, but not that day.

Sorry, this was blown way out of proportion, and most of us knew it in August. So much money and time spent. I will not call it it a waste, because our society seemed to feel the need for it to be intense. So be it.

We also knew in August that the masses were no going to accept the outcome.

Now it will go to a civil case where you don’t really have to prove a case. At least not anywhere near as conclusively.

God help those who have been directly impacted; family, friends, the community, even the police…

To those protesting: Please do not rip up your communities…

One school shooting you WON’T see on the national stage or in the media.

The best way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.

http://bearingarms.com/good-guy-with-a-gun-armed-school-officer-stopped-arapahoe/

 

So why won’t the media give praise to this officer, when they are more than willing to condemn gun owners for one persons actions when it isn’t stopped quickly?

Government Oppression

At what point does our government slip from a republic to a police state?

There is an argument that during the Bush years it had slid to more of a monarchy (yes, even with Congress in place.)

So where does this question come from? Well this week we had the protest at the Walmart distribution center where the local police brought out an LRAD (Long Range Audio Device) and it was used as a threat against the protesters. LRAD are deployed on cruise and merchant ships to repel pirates. They will damage the ears and make you physically ill. It is my understanding that they can be fatal if used incorrectly (or perhaps I should say in a manner not for crowd dispersing).

While I was reading more about the LRAD, I found that the Chicago police have one and threatened to use it at the G-8/NATO meeting protest. The Pittsburgh police have one and they actually did deploy it against citizens that were protesting the G-20 meeting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV88Ndffr1c You can hear what it sounds like there.  This over-reaction has resulted in lawsuit over the hearing damage to bystanders. LRAD have been provided all over the country for use against citizens.  http://www.infowars.com/lrad-sonic-weapons-to-be-deployed-throughout-america-for-crises/

I also discovered a military field manual that was disturbing as a vet, and a citizen.

http://info.publicintelligence.net/USAMPS-CivilDisturbanceOps.pdf

I still have to finish reading this manual, but to this point, I have to wonder where our government is going.

Before you start the Obama bashing, this manual was put into place in 2006, during Baby Bush’s reign. Of course some blame is to be had, but not stopping it after taking office.

We are seeing the pendulum swing back to the direction of the government and local police departments. Rights are under assault, but our legislators are useless fucks and don’t give a shit. Their short dicked club, is in it for their best interests, not the country’s.

We have to pay attention, speak, and be heard.

Why should our military be planning on killing citizens on us soil?

We know that we found out about their exercises to seize the firearms from citizens if we were to get too uppity about illegal immigrants.  They yielded when it was leaked and changed the exercise. Fuck you, government you work for us. You have gotten too big, you are reaching too far, you are spending too much overseas, hell you are spending too much in general.

You are to protect the citizenry, not make plans to eliminate it should it exercise its rights.

Griz’s Grand Experiment Part Deux

So I am going to post the list in two ways, one is as a post.
The other will be as comments.

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How can this not be a hate crime?

On the story about the teen in Missouri who was set on fire…

What the hell? Provided that the quote is correct (preferably heard by a third party) then there is little doubt as to this being a hate crime.

I found it interesting that two of the sites that I read as I was looking for more details commented on how it was ironic that the kids mother’s last name was coon. It seems a little racially charged doesn’t it?

Unless… it is a bullshit cover story that the kid made up to cover that he was into something that he should not have been. A shake n bake meth batch gone wrong? whatever…

Criminal History

This will be news to those that have not followed me for quite a while, but for those who has been swapping emails with me for longer than a year already know things about me.

Just to bring everyone to the same sheet of music, lets do some history.

When I came out of the Army in 1989, I was one of a multitude of homeless vets with service connected injuries. Some people have support networks in place, others, well others have to do what they can to survive. While I have not always made the BEST choices in life, I have continued to choose to continue my life. (sometimes it was a close call) Where am I going with this? I was living in the woods of a county park with two tents, one was home, the other was a closet.

I broke into a someones home and stole food (some wine as well) and a pistol. I got a job a week or so later, of all places in a mall working security. It was a job that would only last about five months as while I was at work a guy that was staying out in the woods with me for a few days found the pistol (A Ruger .22) and decided that he needed to be a dumbass and fired a few rounds getting the attention of a jogger. The State Police had to bring in three cruisers to haul my little campsite away. Imagine my surprise when I got home in the middle of the night to find the camp gone… I ended up sleeping in one of the empty storage units under the mall, and got caught. The situation was reported to the chief. He referred me to one of the little Honduran gals down in the food court as she had a room for rent.  It wasn’t a full month later of phone tag, that the county sheriff’s department figured out where I was. Funny thing about living in the woods with all of your military records and uniforms (remember I was just trying to live, not sneak) that they are able to figure out your identity in a hurry.  When they dropped by the mall to see me, they really enjoyed the fact that the only difference between my uniform and theirs was the badge, gun, and the stripe on my pants was twice the width of theirs. The humor was not lost on me while I was cuffed in  their office.

So, I sat in the detention center in the same cell that would later house one Michael Tyson, playing cards, watching TV, and eating indescribable hotdogs with kerosene-kraut. They charged me with Burglary with Theft Over. When it came time to go before the judge, the DA made me an offer that I could not refuse (or face up to twenty years as it was a night time burglary). I was given a once in a lifetime deal of Probation Before Judgement (PBJ). With PBJ if you complete the probation, pay the fine (and recently, do a little county lockup time (30 days or so)) then the court will have your records expunged. Legally you never have to admit that the arrest ever happened, let alone the court appearance.  So I had a year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and twelve years later found out about a 110 fine/fee. Had I stayed in Maryland for the duration of the probation, things would have been a bit easier.

I called my mother for Thanksgiving and discovered that she had a heart attack and wanted me back in Vancouver to take care of my sister (11 at the time) in case anything happened to her. So I called my PO and asked what I could do since I was not permitted to leave the state. The State of Washington was kind enough to accept the transfer of my probation. I went to Andrews Air Force base and caught a Lear jet to Colorado Springs and from there a Greyhound to Vancouver. I finished out my probation and put it out of my mind for several years.

I had a problem crossing the border into Canada, seems that the FBI/Interpol records (or where ever they pull your criminal files from) showed my arrest, but nothing for adjudication.  I was able to finesse my way into Canada on a one time pass. However I was aware that there was a problem with my legal situation. When I got home, I called Maryland and found out about a fee/fine that had yet to be paid. Boom, done fixed that with a quick money order. About six months later I received a few letters confirming expungment of the documents and certification of completion of the courts wishes.

A couple of years ago, I went to buy my son his first rifle and was denied at the federal background check. barooo? A couple of days ago, I was reminded of the rifle purchase so I emailed an address I found for the Washington State Patrol dept of records.  Tomorrow I will fax all of the documents I have and see if they will be able to restore the records to their rightful status.

While I was going through the documents, I found a familiar name. They were processed with the County Sheriff being Charles Moose. I had to laugh about that connection. It was however about four months before the DC Sniper opened fire. (perhaps another post about how close the sniper his to my various residences.)

With any luck, I will have another (much shorter) add on to this post soon. Wow 945 words. sorry all, sorta.