Anonymous asked: The FBI in Fairfax, Virginia has been visiting my Jahar blog. I have stat counter installed, so I know it's them. Why are they looking at my blog? Should I be concerned? They're probably watching you too.
I always assume they’re checking in from time to time, we are discussing bombs and terrorism all the time. I’m not worried about it.
Anon: Can I ask what the point of tracking people is? Is it that important to know who is visiting your site? The real watchers/investigators would not have trackable IPS address that identified themselves as the FBI. And hackers can and do change their IPS address and provide false links/IPS addresses. It can be done. Not saying someone working at the FBI is not visiting these blogs but it’s rather obvious why this is questionable. But like PV said, it’s possible. People should assume anything written on the internet is susceptible to disclosure by others, even in PM.
True. Plus as I have learned from personal experience, those trackers are not consistently reliable. They don’t always show correct locations.
To the anon, are you just assuming that because it’s in Fairfax, VA, it must be the FBI? I can assure you, there are people on this tag who live in or around Fairfax. Maybe one of them visited your blog. Also it bears noting that though Fairfax has been proposed as the likely new headquarters for the FBI, they’re not headquartered there yet.
I think the people who like to claim that they caught the FBI/NSA/CIA visiting their blog are usually the same people who are into government conspiracy theories and/or bloggers who simply like to make themselves feel important. In reality there’s no way to know if the authorities have been tracking your online activities (unless they want you to know) and I’m skeptical of the claim that you can identify their IP addresses using some shitty tumblr stat counter. (Hell, I have a North American IP address and yet I’m in the Southern Hemisphere).
Unless anyone following this case has posted content that could be interpreted as expressing support for violence or extremist ideas then there’s no need to be worried about the authorities “watching” you. We’re not under surveillance just for having an interest in the case. I’m sure the authorities have probably looked at some blogs on here, especially back in the day when Jahar had lots of “supporters” and “Free Jahar” was at its peak, but unless you’ve posted anything suspicious or incriminating then there’s nothing to be paranoid about :)
Anonymous asked: If Jahar didn't want to work with the lawyers why did he plead not guilty? The defence really did seem taken aback by the request to him him present. I feel some people presumed that Judy Clarke was some hotshot that would lead this but in her previous cases the outcome didn't come easy.
Judy Clarke does not have a mentally ill client and she may not have a remorseful client either. If both are the reality of the situation, the defense has a big problem. Also the relationship between the defense team and Jahar, and Jahar’s family may have changed drastically since July 2013. Jahar’s state of mind may have changed too, as there have been hints that he may not be working with his defense team. Maybe too much has been read into those hints and the relationship between the defense and their client might be perfectly fine.
If he does appear in court on Oct 20th I hope someone from the tumblr community can attend the hearing and report back to us about his body language, general appearance and interactions with his defense team. There’s still no way to know what’s going on in his mind, but could be revealing.
Yes, please let someone from this community attend Oct 20, especially if he’s in attendance. If he is expected to attend, I suspect I know for sure one person who will attend. :)
I’ll make sure to attend and do a write-up if Dzhokhar attends. (I missed the last two status conferences because I’m saving up my vacation time for the trial, but the next one will be worth going to if he makes an appearance.)
I hope you make it!
Shit just got real…
So an ISIS supporter who threatened Prime Minister Tony Abbott just got shot and killed by the police after stabbing 2 police officers. This comes less than a week after the biggest anti-terrorism raids in Australia’s history (during which an ISIS plot to behead random people on the street in Sydney was foiled).
Well fuck. I’m actually scared for the safety of Muslims in my country now. This is going to bring us back to post-9/11 levels of hate and Islamophobia.