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  •  It could at that... (3+ / 0-)
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    The chat I had with the guy at the coffee shop was strange. I'm there doing my work, he asks in a friendly "whatcha doin'" kinda way. Since I was excited about my work, I tell him about how political communication works via street murals in some countries. He rec's something, no idea what it is...but I have a feeling I don't want it or need it. So I write it down to be polite.

    He talks some more about stuff and then sits down to do his own work. Only thing is, he turns his computer on, fiddles with this really cool 3x5 card file thing that I comment on, turns his computer off and leaves.

    And I spend the better part of 10 minutes wondering if I'd just been interviewed/questioned without really knowing it.

    At the time, my ILL list would be enough to now trigger a whole bunch of questions. But given the resources available at my college, ILLs were the way to go.

    And I wondered if it was connected to a friend who was going through his clearance check for a fed job at the time.

    It was a weird chat...

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 06:48:08 AM PDT

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    •  K, if it was an interview about someone else (3+ / 0-)
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      they start by showing you ID, explaining the process and asking your permission to take information.

      Security checks are not surreptitious.

      It was either nothing or else another notation in your FBI file.  We'll have to wait for the next administration for FOIA to change back so we can again request our FBI files to see what has been logged over these eight years.

      Reminds me of meeting my cousin who lived in Moscow in 1990.  We went to a bar in the Cosmo Hotel and he and I talked freely about what living in Moscow was like.  A guy was sitting next to us in a lounge chair and kept glancing at us.  My cousin said

      Two years ago, if I came here, that guy there would be KGB and he'd take notes and I would get called in for an "interview".

      Today, he's still KGB and I say (as he turned to the fellow), FUCK YOU!"

      The guy knew enough English to be startled.  Maybe he was KGB.

      Ninety percent of life is just showing up. Woody Allen
      The other 10% is homework. Anonymous student.

      by captainlaser on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 08:07:08 AM PDT

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      •  yeah... (1+ / 0-)
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        I've gone through part of that Bureau background process since then. The badge does tend to get flashed...

        It was just kind of an odd conversation. I've talked to other people at coffeeshops, metro, planes.

        Heh. Some of my friends will tell you that I'm an odd conversation magnet. Some stick out because of their topic...like the colonel who spent like 3 metro stops growling about Blackwater and other contractors. Most others blur together into a "conversation zone."

        This guy? Something felt really weird...especially when he bolted after just turning his laptop on...and the thing with the card holder (turns out their Moleskin...bought one a week later from the Boulder Bookstore).

        "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

        by kredwyn on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 08:35:20 AM PDT

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        •  Turned on his computer (2+ / 0-)
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          saw the email from his girlfriend that he was supposed to meet her for dinner across town at that time

          and

          opened his Moleskin to find he'd written the wrong time down.

          Y chromosome stuff.  Lots of missing bits on that broken off chromosome.

          Ninety percent of life is just showing up. Woody Allen
          The other 10% is homework. Anonymous student.

          by captainlaser on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 03:47:45 PM PDT

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