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December 25, 2004 10:05 PM   Subscribe

Worried that the new guy might tip off the feds about your "concrete company?" The internet gives you the perfect research tool.
posted by drezdn (11 comments total)

 
Can someone explain this site to me- I'm really confused after looking at the profiles. It's a site to post information about people who have committed crimes?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:12 PM on December 25, 2004 [1 favorite]


This websites purpose is for defendants with few resources to investigate, gather and share information about a witness or law enforcement officer.

I guess the unsexy explanation is that it's for people who've been accused of crimes to find more about the people who may have tipped off the police, and call into question their integrity.
posted by drezdn at 10:32 PM on December 25, 2004


The Links section is much more valuable and interesting than the main site.
posted by DV8 2XL at 11:01 PM on December 25, 2004


I love the affiliate site list. Categories include "Biker News", "Dating for SEX", and "Marijuana". This site has some pretty interesting opinions about its target demographic.
posted by rhiannon at 11:14 PM on December 25, 2004


1/ double post
2/ reckless & harmful
posted by juggernautco at 11:54 PM on December 25, 2004


I guess the unsexy explanation is that it's for people who've been accused of crimes to find more about the people who may have tipped off the police, and call into question their integrity.

Undoubtably it's also used for more nefarious purposes.
posted by mstefan at 1:14 AM on December 26, 2004


Heh. Kinda reminds me of DoctorsKnow.Us, although I can't really imagine what the real purpose of this site might be.
posted by aerify at 4:29 AM on December 26, 2004


I sure hope their on-line store opens soon. A "Who's A Rat" baseball cap would make my husband's Valentines Day
sweet!
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:27 AM on December 26, 2004


Hmm, should be called www.AmIRatOrNot.com (which is still free, incidentally).
posted by fvw at 7:45 AM on December 26, 2004


First the California sex offender locator, now this. Nice.
posted by Termite at 12:47 PM on December 26, 2004


This site will never get any real high-level informants. They are by nature are one-time-only; nobody knows they're informing until the indictments come down, and they never have the opportunity again.

However, at the much lower level of street crime, there are thousands of people around the country who make a living, or some part of it, as regular informants for the local cops. Because the criminals they're burning are UNorganized and work more or less indiscriminately, the informants can do it again and again. The criminals targetted always take a plea once they're caught (thanks to the informant) red-handed with the drugs or stolen property, so the informant never has to testify and blow his identity. Even when he DOES testify, nobody but the public defender in court knows who he is, and it's not like public defenders (one would hope) have a regular means to communicate with the broader criminal community.

A site like this, if it really catches on, might put a crimp in that kind of police work, since even the laziest and most degenerate of street criminals have internet access these days...

However, I can't see how any defense lawyer could possibly participate. Put up a link to a known snitch and then have that snitch get shot = disbarrment in record time.
posted by MattD at 5:48 AM on December 27, 2004


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