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Armed police at Merseyside school after FBI warning

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A friend showed me this yesterday. There is more than one key piece of information

discovered here.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/merseyside/10319053.stm

 

Police mounted a major operation to protect pupils at a Merseyside school after they were alerted by the FBI.

Armed police were called to St Aelred's Catholic Technology College in Newton-le-Willows on Friday after reports someone had made threats to kill there.

The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation raised the alarm after picking up a threat posted on social networking site Facebook.

A 19-year-old man was arrested and later released on bail.

More than 1,000 students, some of them taking their GCSEs, were in the Birley Street school at the time of the alert.

All entrances and exits were sealed while police investigated.

'Leaving this world' The school said it was the FBI who raised the alarm after internet scanning software picked up a suspicious combination of words.

It picked up a posting showing a picture of a gun being held above a scrawled note, which read "tomorrow - last day of school" and went on to mention bullies and "leaving this world".

Headteacher Edward Marr has now written to parents explaining how the situation came about.

He wrote: "Police officers attended school at 0800 am on Friday morning. They had a photograph from the internet and asked if I could identify a person on it.

"It emerged that a threat had been made against the school which had been picked up by the FBI in America and passed eventually, as the school was identified, to Merseyside Police.

 

"Staff at the school were able to suggest the identity of the man on the photograph and an arrest was made."

Some parents have criticised police over why their children were allowed into classes while officers were investigating a possible armed threat.

Ch Supt Chris Armitt, from Merseyside Police, denied suggestions that officers could have closed the school as soon as they were aware of the threat.

He said: "We received some information between 1am and 2am, that information was imprecise and what we had to do was clarify what the information meant and what it related to.

"Once we were able to identify that school as potentially being at risk, we took steps quickly to get with the school staff."

He added: "They were able to help us identify the possible threats that we faced and we were then able to deal with that well away from the school premises."

 

 

 

 

 

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The school said it was the FBI who raised the alarm after internet scanning software picked up a suspicious combination of words.

It picked up a posting showing a picture of a gun being held above a scrawled note, which read "tomorrow - last day of school" and went on to mention bullies and "leaving this world".

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a given that intelligence agencies scan social networking sites for keywords. They scan everything for keyword. This, however, indicates that they have technology to scan pictures for words and images (depicting guns, explosives, etc)

 

 

Very impressive, FBI. Very impressive.

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Check out some of the counter surveillance software there is available these days.

 

Also very impressive.

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Why the fuck do people put all that shit on facebook?

 

Its all a cry for help, too bad they dont go in blazing on these school shooting retards like they do little girls in detroit.

 

But yeah, congrats to the G-men for busting a very potential tragedy

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fuck any school in Merseyside is probably like this on a day to day basis, scousers!! I'm sure the crime rate would have gone down if a school got shot up! haha

 

one a serious note, that is pretty impressive invasion of privacy by the FBI

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If the photo was public then no I guess...?

 

 

You're missing "it". They have scanning software that scans social networks, in this case Facebook, it found a picture of a gun with a handwritten note in the pic, and read the fucking note where it found keywords. This was flagged and probably reviewed by an actual human agent.....

 

 

This is not only stunning for security issues, but it's amazing for what kind of software the FBI has.

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Some of the new content aware features in photoshop are also pretty impressive. Doesn't really surprise me that the FBI has scanning tech like this.

 

 

Difference is that content aware scans the pixels nearby for patterns (sky, water, etc).

This shit read a damn note in a photograph.

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What is it about crossfire that attracts the spam?

 

I mean this FBI software is all well and good but let me know when we get software that punches spammers in the face.

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