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Old 06-11-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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First post here, but I was curious about a something that crossed my mind the other day. I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but I wonder what would happen if writing partners were emailing and calling back and forth about a story plot that was, say about a terrorist attack? Would these things be flagged and the writers tracked for awhile? And further, unless you had credentials of some kind, how would a writer prove it was just a story?

It's just hypothetical, but I'm curious what you guys think? Could writers communications ever be misinterpreted?
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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No matter what you're doing, if you're not on some kind of watch list, you're living wrong.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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It's highly unlikely, but who can say for sure. Look at it this way, if you do end up being sent to some secret government detention center because you were researching your script, it will make a pretty good movie based on a real life story -- assuming you're not just held indefinitely of course.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Yeah, you're pretty much screwed -

http://banoosh.com/blog/2013/06/11/2...-frighten-you/
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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With some of the weird things I've searched for (missing nuclear weapons, details on security at government installations, etc) I've always wondered the same thing.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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First post here, but I was curious about a something that crossed my mind the other day. I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but I wonder what would happen if writing partners were emailing and calling back and forth about a story plot that was, say about a terrorist attack? Would these things be flagged and the writers tracked for awhile? And further, unless you had credentials of some kind, how would a writer prove it was just a story?

It's just hypothetical, but I'm curious what you guys think? Could writers communications ever be misinterpreted?
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:09 PM   #7
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Yes. I think about it with every wild google search I make. I also host a lot of notes documents on the cloud (google drive) so I can add to the same list from my home computer, phone, and work computer. Lots of great terrorism keywords there. Yet the phrase "child porn" seems to make me more uneasy than those.

I'm also sure my past political activism wouldn't do me any favors with the government either.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #8
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As for that linked page - Boo-friggin'-hoo.

As for OP - Is it possible? Yes. But consider how many people IN THE WORLD might be e-mailing that sort of stuff every day. If NSA's system snagged everyone who simply used certain watchlist words in e-mails, its system would be worthless because there'd be too many leads to follow.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
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Honestly, on reflection, I don't really see why so many people are uppity about this. I mean the privacy invasion aspect, sure, but somehow I just can't bother. More like I feel sorry for whatever poor bastard has to listen to the wiretap on me and the three hour singalongs I do.

If I ever actually had confirmation that my car was bugged or something, it'd be worse because I'd have a new best friend. One month of that and whatever government spook was listening to me would have his own gun in his mouth.
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First post here, but I was curious about a something that crossed my mind the other day. I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but I wonder what would happen if writing partners were emailing and calling back and forth about a story plot that was, say about a terrorist attack? Would these things be flagged and the writers tracked for awhile? And further, unless you had credentials of some kind, how would a writer prove it was just a story?

It's just hypothetical, but I'm curious what you guys think? Could writers communications ever be misinterpreted?
There's a writer on the Zoetrope forum who received a visit from a FBI agent after researching _____ making. (You can figure it out).

It all came to naught, but I'm sure her name is on a list.

Also, the NSA is building a huge data center in Bluffdale, Utah.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

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