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iCrime epidemic video released by DA's office, Palo Alto police

Original post made on Dec 19, 2012

A new video addressing an electronic-devices crime wave was released Tuesday by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. The video, called "The Epidemic of iCrime," seeks to educate the public about a serious and growing trend, the DA's office said.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

> Palo Alto police cracked a high-profile case when they tracked stolen iPads through GPS to a San Jose apartment in March. They discovered what has become the largest methamphetamine bust in U.S. history.

This is an interesting fact ... or admission. How can this be, that the random tracking of a cell phone led to this huge arrest, when we are spending so much money and resources on the "war on drugs?"

What occurs to me is that this was just completely lucky OR we have rampant corruption in the police because of the huge money to be made on drugs and the control that such power allows.

Think about it, if the one big arrest is random luck, what does that say about all the resources devoted to fighting drugs? Indirectly I think this says a lot. Someone or something is making giga-bucks playing both sides of this war on drugs, not to mention all the other "wars."

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Posted by dd
a resident of Southgate
on Dec 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Anon: at the risk of veering off topic, yes, the phony war on drugs is a disaster to all, except those rewarded by it (the prison-industrial complex, for one.)

The thing that caught my eye was six Dept of Homeland Security agents swooping into The City a couple months ago. Big time busts ensued. We are now all MUCH SAFER!

Terrorism? Nasty illegals? Meth labs? Financial crimes against broad swaths of the populace?

Nope, according to Anthony Ho, assistant special agent in charge with Homeland Security Investigations.

Agents were deployed to rid America of a several boxes of tee shirts. Entrepreneurs on the street were selling 10 buck tee shirts celebrating the Giants season, and we had to protect MLB's right to charge 40 bucks for a tee shirt inside the park.

Our multi-trillion dollar Department of Homeland Security, with an example of corporate welfare at work.

Save us from terrorists? Nope. Saving us from 10 buck tee shirts.

Who the hell wrote the charter for DHS?!?!?!

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Posted by victim
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

How much identity theft really happens via stolen iphones? How does that compare to identity theft via unauthorized access to corporate databases? I'm not talking about legal theft like what Facebook and Instagram are doing. Some corporate theft is via stolen laptops, but I'm guessing the majority comes from direct access to corporate servers.

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Posted by Tony
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

The FBI says that 12,000 laptops go missing at US airports EVERY WEEK! Now we know why!! Install anti-theft software like and track down your stolen stuff with GPS technology.

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