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Active duty soldier forgot to log out of his gmail account on a "community" PC at a cigar bar...

So, I'm delivering a few boxes to a Cigar Lounge here in town and was waiting for the manager to come up front to sign the delivery receipt. I wasn't in a hurry since its Saturday and I didn't have many stops on my route today. There's a community PC located in the cigar "bar" lounge that I occasionally use to see whats happening on the DP or to check my email when I have a few extra minutes.

Anyhow...today when I sat down in front of the computer I realized that someone had forgotten to log off their gmail account. They had recently received an airline conformation number via email and a prompt box was open asking if the conformation was to be printed. I clicked no and decided to see if the account had any saved contacts. It had over 250! The contacts were even catagorized into groups such as work, family, friends, etc.

I checked the sent items and determined that the guy was an active duty soldier who had recently returned from the middle east. The inbox had a ton of emails. Most had been read but it appears the guy never deleted anything. There was an email from Senator Grassly having to do with some paperwork that the guy was needing to fill out relating to his transition back home from overseas and there were bunches of emails coming from and going to .mil addresses.

I decided to take the opportunity at hand and send out an email to his entire contact list. Obviously this was unexpected so I didn't know what to send but I decided to send a link to the 14 minute video from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 truth that talks about building 7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ONo...

and...I also included a link to http://wanttoknow.info/ If I'm not mistaken wantoknow.info was one of the sites that helped wake me up.

Who knows if the people that receive the email will click on the links but hopefully they will. I did log off the email account after sending the educational information to all of his friends, family, and co-workers.

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Do you think what you did constitutes identity theft?


"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

WTF did I just read?

WTF did I just read? Someone snooping into someone's emails, and then using their account to send out personal emails with a political agenda? WTF?

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

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I will not down you for this. It may

not be what I would have done but, you do not deserve the abuse that is being heaped on you. I do think, I would have sent an e-mail to myself(this account) making the young man or woman aware of their leaving the account open. I might even have left him/her an education and left it at that.

This way I could have given them the idea that there is hope in their neighbor and we may have their back when they need it.

Just my thoughts.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

As much as it might tear into our integrity

I'd probably probe into anything I might be able to find myself. But under no circumstance would I lead the trailers to this site. This kid is a self aggrandizing fool that is desperate for approval.

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

If someone found my email account open

I hope they'd hit "log out" first thing.

You did what?

You hacked someone? Only full retards do that. You never go full retard

Semper Fortis

I was in the military.

From your responses it sounds like you have something against members of the military. I can tell you that a most of the people in the military are good people that are just trying to get live and get by like everyone else. Some high ranking officials might be corrupt and pander to military industrial complex bat that is probably less than one percent.

Don't just like dislike a group of people essentially because you don't agree with their bosses. Most of them are just regular old humans beings just like you and me. In the military you will find sweethearts, geniuses, geeks, nerds, assholes, jocks, idiots, psychopaths and any other type of person that exist on this world.

I ask that you please try re-evaluate how you look at people.

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    Is this legit?


    The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
    Ron Paul - The Revolution

    Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

    My momma told me "Stupid is as Stupid does"

    You need to consider the implication's of your actions and prepare for the ramifications.
    You've left a trail that the simplest minded detective could follow and announced it here and that is your crime, not the email's although I'm a bit concerned of the morality of that action. You work delivering cigars, they know what time and from where the messages were sent from a private account and then you utilize your SN here to announce it. There's a very good chance surveillance cameras from the area have already been accessed and not even the most secure individual here would doubt that we are monitored at this site. Good luck to you, you deserve the Darwin Award" for revolutionary pilgrims.
    Michael should pull this post ASAP.

    There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

    I deliver cigars? Hope the case isn't assigned to you Sherlock

    The fear mongering on this post is just too much. I could have deleted the post long ago and obviously Mike could take it down if he wanted to...but why? Do you people really live in such fear?

    What else would an intelligent person construe this as...

    "So, I'm delivering a few boxes to a Cigar Lounge here in town and was waiting for the manager to come up front to sign the delivery receipt."
    What were you delivering, toilet paper? Stop with your protestations and at least attempt to learn from your juvenile error. I'd place some one with your attitude and assumed placement of self importance on point as we traversed a mine field. The sooner individuals who are in this for their own aggrandizement are weeded out the better. Clowns that behave as recklessly as you force others to pay the consequences.

    There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

    Civil Disobedience is not without risk. But it does no harm.

    No vandalism. No coercive force or threat. No damage.

    Free includes debt-free!

    But it shouldn't be used

    as a tool to gain acknowledgement. The risk is leaving a brightly lit trail when you do something that is questionably legal, and I object especially when that trail leads directly to us. As someone below has pointed out, if you walk up to an ATM that the previous user left their card in and gained access to their account, the use of that account to gain access is clearly illegal. What makes anyone think a military email account would be looked at in a different manner? The deed is the crime and not the consequence, ask Assange.

    There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

    Considering the contents could have been sent to the cloud

    in a minute then off to Assange. The guy should consider himself lucky.

    Free includes debt-free!

    how pathetic

    I hope you can fix yourself someday.

    50% of Dr. Ron Paul's donations came from active duty military.

    This guy makes it home alive and you violate his privacy? Aren't we supposed to be defending everyone's right to be secure in their property? Evidently, some soldiers once they get in, have a change of heart and mind but are obligated to serve their term of duty. There has to be some way you can fix this. He's from Iowa if Grassley is his senator. If you remember his email address, send an apology. Otherwise, go sit at the cigar bar until he comes in again.

    Good for you...

    And anyone that says other wise can eat shit..We are engaged in an info war...Period...You gotta do what you gotta do...And if other people feel like fighting the battle in a different way, then so be it let them...The way I see it, You are welcome to fight your war however you see fit..A casualty of your war may the the war vet's precious reputation, then again...He enlisted for a tyrannical war...Then chose to take part in killing people that had their country invaded...AKA he drew first blood...Too bad he fucked up and left his 6 exposed...

    Bad food, worse weather, please rEVOLution the states so I can bring my family back home!
    Rosa Koire for for President!

    Your right cause if he wasn't

    Your right cause if he wasn't in the military this would be preposterous. Good argument clown.

    I'm not making..

    an argument for or against his action...Thanks for calling me a clown...I simply said this dude has the right to do whatever he wants (and suffer the consequences thereof) and anyone else that sees it differently has the right to do whatever they wanna do also (just like Bradley Manning)...This is a war...And if dude wasn't in the military then the dude could still do what he saw fit (same consequences abide)...And just so I do make my position clear...I am anti-war and anti ANYONE who volunteered to go to war, as it pertains to the war on terror and all other un-declared wars...

    Bad food, worse weather, please rEVOLution the states so I can bring my family back home!
    Rosa Koire for for President!

    That's a bitch move...


    Back off before I start freakin' out.

    In defense of 213:

    (unpublished as spam)

    Pandacentricism will be our downfall.


    don't tell any one next time.

    So I walked up to an ATM

    and there was a message that said would you like to make another transaction- so I said yes and proceeded to withdraw all the account holders reserve-notes. Since, this money didn't belong to me, I thought I'd do some good with it and gave it away to the first 10 homeless people holding signs for handouts.

    That's basically what you did asshat.

    In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

    No property was violated. Free speech ensued.


    Free includes debt-free!

    So if a Fed did this

    YOU would be OK with it?


    ....where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17(b)

    ***wants are unlimited, means are scarce...***

    As a Peace officer working under the contraints

    As a Peace officer working under the constraints of the Constitution you know full well it is treason to violate the Bill of Rights without a court order.

    I quit the Police department, got myself a steady job.

    On the other hand 250 pieces of spam is a cheep price for protecting his privacy by logging off.

    Free includes debt-free!

    Property was violated. He had

    Property was violated. He had no right to get on someone else's email, acting as this other person and sending out a mass email. Absolutely 0 right. This guy should be ashamed of himself.

    In your opinion. No arguments, no specific law violated.

    Problem: He has no right. (not established)

    Crises: Some people get extra spam.

    Solution: Personal shaming.

    Civil Disobedience is designed to provoke a response.

    A reasonable man, failing to take action to protect their privacy has abandoned his right to privacy in this situation. Latches is the legal principle at work.

    Free includes debt-free!

    you are such an asshole.

    You have no idea how that could have possibly harmed him. You are a complete fucking idiot.

    Do you realize you compromised his entire career?

    Fuck you for doing this. That behavior has no place in this community. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. I hope you are banned for this behavior.

    Id smack the shit out of you if you were in front of me.

    'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

    He did what he thought was right

    I don't agree with it or condone it but there is no need to talk to anyone like that. Let's just try to explain to him why it was a bad choice and see if he accepts our reason.

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