You'll be outraged by this tale
. A patron of an AMC movie theater was detained for three and a half hours on suspicion of movie piracy. He was wearing prescription Google Glasses, which he had turned off. The theater management thought that the glasses were active, and that the patron was using the device to film a copy of the movie.
Of course, the patron eventually proved his innocence. (Frankly, even if he had been guilty, I can't see how the results would have been on any value on the bittorrent sites. People move their heads constantly.)
What bothers me is this: The management called in two "federal officers" to interrogate the suspect. The patron presumed that he was talking to two FBI agents. But in an update to the story, we learn the truth:
For the sake of having all the facts right. I have been trying to find out who the agents that “interviewed” me at AMC were, so I asked help from a guy I know at FBI. I worked with this guy in the past when I was employed at a webhosting company. He did some digging, and he tells me the “federal agents” talking to me were DHS.
That's the Department of Homeland Security -- the folks who are supposed to be focused on terrorism
What the hell...?
One reader of the afore-linked article has opined that the entire story may be bogus. I would prefer to think so, yet I suspect that the tale is true. If it is -- then why the hell is the DHS involved with such matters?
There should be an investigation. What else
is the DHS doing that they have no right to be doing?
(Frankly, I think that a film piracy accusation, such as the one described here, isn't even the proper jurisdiction of the FBI. Leave it to the local cops.)