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Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks, Get a Visit from the Cops

Posted By julie wilson On August 1, 2013 @ 12:14 pm In Tile,U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Philip Bump
Atlantic Wire [1]
Aug 1, 2013

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?

Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit.

[T]hey were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. …

Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.

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[1] Atlantic Wire: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/08/government-knocking-doors-because-google-searches/67864/#.UfqCSAXy7zQ.facebook

[2] Backpacks, Pressure Cookers, and the Truth: http://www.prisonplanet.com/backpacks-pressure-cookers-and-the-truth.html

[3] TSA Now Confiscating Pressure Cookers?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-now-confiscating-pressure-cookers.html

[4] Best and Brightest: College Students Sign Petition to “Ban Pressure Cookers” *Video*: http://www.prisonplanet.com/best-and-brightest-college-students-sign-petition-to-%e2%80%9cban-pressure-cookers%e2%80%9d-video.html

[5] Is the Boston pressure-cooker bomb a lie and a hoax?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/is-the-boston-pressure-cooker-bomb-a-lie-and-a-hoax.html

[6] FBI Surrounds Saudi Student’s House After Neighbors See Him with Pressure Cooker: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fbi-surrounds-saudi-students-house-after-neighbors-see-him-with-pressure-cooker.html

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