Authorities launch Muslim hunt with emergency text message: "see media for pic"


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/19/authorities-launch-muslim-hunt.html


#2

the stupid, it burns!

SMH


#3

On Amber Alerts, at least in California, what you mostly get on freeway signs, etc., is the make/model/color and license plate of the car believed to be involved, which is the best thing to be looking for anyway.


#4

He and I look very different, but I wouldnt necessarily trust someone who got a text to “see the media” to have good discretion. I might have seriously considered calling in to work Muslim, if lived in New York.


#5

You mean those ones that wake me up at 2am with that nightmare inducing emergency alarm on my phone?

Good luck going back to sleep after that.

I guess I wasn’t plugged in this weekend and missed this one. I saw somewhere that someone put up a HOAX on tumblr claiming the bombing was by a gay activists. Jesus, what a shit show. Some people have too much times on their hands.

But yes, this alert is useless.


#6

Are we sure that the suspect himself didn’t plant this message? I can’t think of a better way to disappear into a demographic cloud…

Just saying.

Inane, dangerous, ineffective AND counterproductive. A true grand-slam of stupidity.


#7

As one of those unfortunate souls roused from my morning slumber, I’ve gotta say, the text message was designed to stoke maximum panic.

Edit: not that this will affect most NYCers, I imagine. Mostly likely scenario is annoyance. The city’s basically center stage for security theater, and if we panicked over every brown person or person in a hijab we saw, we’d never leave our apartments.


#8

You mean like the one I got (In California) back on Sept 1st that said:
"Amber Alert Refer to local media for more information"
That was ridiculous…


#9

Sure, a bunch of Muslins probably got harassed or roughed up, but on the plus side that thing I just said.*
 

  • Trump 2016!

#10

We get those here too. Tell the truth - have you ever actively scanned the road for the amber car? Me neither. But remember the syllogism:

  • Something must be done!

  • I have done something!


#11

One of the first things that I do when I get a new phone is find the settings to mute emergency alerts.


#12

Or Arabic at all; I have some Jewish Mizrahi friends who could be his brothers.


#13

“Mad bomber on the loose” counts as an emergency in my book any day. Can we only publish the names of suspected bombers if they sound like “Richard Anderson”?


#14

Slap a fedora on him and he could be any one of countless neckbeards roaming the night.


#15

It worked! Sorta. Not really.


#16

I leave the weather ones out of habit from living in Tornado Zones.

I wouldn’t have known to seek shelter a year or so ago from the tornado that touched down a couple blocks away.


#17

When license plate or car description or other useful info is included, I think Amber Alert is pretty functional.

Also, they can be disabled.


#18

How about just brown? That guy could pass for Puerto Rican.


#19

This Muslin looks pretty roughed up:


#20

So, was there another text on the ERS saying that they had their man? Or are there people out there still using the first as an excuse to harass Muslim-looking people (or anyone else they feel like harassing)?