Teenagers, social media, and terrorism: a threat level hard to assess
Authorities are leaning more toward zero tolerance of teenagers who fling around online threats about acts of violence or terrorism. As a result, what might have once merited a slap on the wrist may today result in criminal charges.
“The greatest mystery in life is the human mind. We don’t know what other people do until it becomes known. Our job is to figure it out, but we need indicators to know something’s not right,” says Sgt. Ed Mullins of the New York Police Department, who is also president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the city’s second-largest police union.
Using a zero tolerance approach to track domestic terrorists online is the only reasonable way to analyze online threats these days, especially after the Boston Marathon bombing and news that the suspects had subsequently planned to target Times Square in Manhattan, Mullins says. The way law enforcement agencies approach online activity that appears sinister is this: “If you’re not a terrorist, if you’re not a threat, prove it,” [he says?].
“This is the price you pay to live in free society right now. It’s just the way it is,” Mullins adds.
SADLY, THOSE WHO DO THE MOST KILLING AND THEREFORE TSHOULD BE CONSIDERED THE REAL TERRORISTS ARE THE GOVERNMENT AND THE THUGS THEY SET OUT TO DO THEIR BIDDING!