This is what the Internet was made for.
Farea al-Muslimi is the Yemeni who testified in front of a Senate subcommittee today about the impact of drones. That had to be the most awkward handshake in history.
Well-done, America. Our geographical illiteracy has finally caused this to happen.
I hate to use the phrase Orwellian, but “the homeland is the battlefield” is like the best way to describe a permanent war surveillance machine ideology.
This is the official twitter for Senator Lindsey Graham.
This is Lindsey Graham arguing we should violate the constitutional protections given to all suspects.
This is Lindsey Graham being an imperial asshole.
A single tweet references Mulugeta at the time his name was said on the scanner. A Twitter user named Carcel Mousineau simply said, “Just read the name Mike Mulugeta on the scanner.” It was retweeted exactly once. In the unofficial transcript of the scanner on Reddit, at least as it stands now, the reading of the name was recorded simply: “Police listed a name, unclear if related.”
The next step in this information flow is the trickiest one. Here’s what I know. At 2:42am, Greg Hughes, who had been following the Tripathi speculation, tweeted, “This is the Internet’s test of ‘be right, not first’ with the reporting of this story. So far, people are doing a great job. #Watertown” Then, at 2:43am, he tweeted, “BPD has identified the names: Suspect 1: Mike Mulugeta. Suspect 2: Sunil Tripathi.”
The only problem is that there is no mention of Sunil Tripathi in the audio preceding Hughes’ tweet. I’ve listened to it a dozen times and there’s nothing there even remotely resembling Tripathi’s name. I’ve embedded the audio from 2:35 to 2:45 am for your own inspection. Multiple groups of people have been crowdsourcing logs of the police scanner chatter and none of them have found a reference to Tripathi, either. It’s just not there."
I reblogged a tweet naming them last night, and I apologize for that. @Intelwire asked on his twitter feed for people who had heard the names being mentioned, and was only able to get two who had. However, nobody has been able to find audio of Tripathi being named.