Posts Tagged ‘Files’
Confidential personal information is what some paradegoers found among confetti tossed during the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. That information included social security numbers and banking information for police employees, some of whom are undercover officers.
Ethan Finkelstein, who was home from college on Thanksgiving break, was watching the parade at 65th Street and Central Park West, when he and a friend noticed a strip of confetti stuck onto her coat.
“It landed on her shoulder,” Finkelstein told PIX11 News, “and it says ‘SSN’ and it’s written like a social security number, and we’re like, ‘That’s really bizarre.’
It made the Tufts University freshman concerned, so he and his friends picked up more of the confetti that had fallen around them.
“There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police.”
One confetti strip indicates that it’s from an arrest record, and other strips offer more detail. “This is really shocking,” Finkelstein said. “It says, ‘At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant’ area.”
A closer look shows that the documents are from the Nassau County Police Department. The papers were shredded, but clearly not well enough.
They even contain information about Mitt Romney’s motorcade, apparently from the final presidential debate, which took place at Hofstra University in Nassau County last month.
Most significant, the confetti strips identified Nassau County detectives by name. Some of them are apparently undercover. Their social security numbers, dates of birth and other highly sensitive personal information was also printed on the confetti strips.
“I’m just completely in shock,” said Finkelstein, 18. “How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?”
It’s a question that PIX11 wanted an answer to as well. The Nassau County Police Department told PIX11, via a written statement from its commanding officer for public information, Inspector Kenneth Lack, “The Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation. We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents.”
For its part, the sponsor of the parade, Macy’s, told PIX11 News that it uses “commercially manufactured, multicolor confetti, not shredded paper.”
Where the confidential confetti strips came from is still a mystery.
Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’ Twitter account was hacked today by a group labeling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). As soon as the hackers gained access to the account, they began sending out Infowars stories about the real situation in Syria.
One of the first tweets to be sent out after the hack was a link to a recent Infowars story entitled Syrian Rebels Ransack Christian Churches, which documented how rebels were desecrating places of worship.
Another tweet sent out was entitled “The truth finally revealed about Syria’s insurgency,” which included a link to our story from yesterday which was a compendium of videos showing how rebel insurgents were responsible for massacres, beheadings and other acts of brutality, as well as staging fake massacre and death videos to falsely implicate the Syrian government.
The SEA have been responsible for a number of cyber attacks in recent months, including one targeted against the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya News. The group also replaced LinkedIn’s blog page with a picture of President Bashar Al-Assad in military uniform following a hack attack in April. Harvard University’s website was also targeted by the group last year.
The chief hacker who fronts the group is known as “The Pro,” a Syrian who lives in Syria. The Pro describes himself as the leader of “thousands of activists” who “reject the onslaught of information and distortion of facts happening in Syria”.
Asked by Infowars why the group targeted Al-Jazeera, ‘the Pro’ cited a video report by Al-Jazeera Stream which was critical of the group’s hacking activities. He also mentioned Al-Jazeera’s “bad media coverage of what really happening in Syria.”
‘The Pro’ denied that the SEA were an Assad-backed operation, telling us, “We are not supported by anyone – we started this work since 15 March 2011 when we have seen a large numbers of terrorists spread around our country – so we decided to defend our country.”
In a previous interview, the Pro told journalist Faisal J. Abbas how the group were driven by their desire to avenge the murders of two of their members by anti-Assad activists.
As we have repeatedly emphasized, although some claim the SEA is tacitly supported by President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, Infowars is only interested in documenting both sides of the story about unfolding events in Syria, unlike the establishment media which has hyped alleged government atrocities while ignoring those committed by rebels.
We have no allegiance with Assad just like we had no allegiance with Colonel Gaddafi, but to portray events in Syria as a one sided affair, with the rebels, backed by Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists, personified as freedom loving democratic activists, is clearly a phony narrative that is being manufactured to grease the skids for another NATO-led “humanitarian” bombardment.
As we documented in our story yesterday, despite there being innumerable examples of crimes and atrocities carried out by NATO-backed opposition fighters, the media has virtually blacklisted the issue, just as they did prior to the attack on Libya which has now been turned into a sectarian hellhole.