If you shot somebody tomorrow, how would the post you put online today read in the mind of Miss Mary Poppins sitting at her breakfast table?
Unbelievable as it may sound, this was probably the first recorded tactical law enforcement call-out conducted over Facebook. Even though I rarely use Facebook, I knew my officers did and better yet they monitored it. The call-out was successful and the suspect was apprehended.
New technology and modern practices are saving wear and tear on everything from budgets to personnel. In an era of doing more with less, it just makes sense.
The Citizens Empowerment Act is an attempt to thwart criminal investigations by launching them into the court of YouTube. It would require federal officers to serve written notice to people under investigation that they are entitled to record interviews with the officers.
Lone wolves operate on the fringes of extremist movements, with such loose associations being encouraged by terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, and that makes them harder to detect.
Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.