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How Do You Plead?

The Record and Transcript provide updates on the Cole Field Three.

According to the police report, Sgt. Scott McGowan responded to Cole Field on the college campus on Sunday, April 15, at 12:42 a.m. when someone reported seeing a small fire there.

McGowan wrote that he saw an explosive device that was on fire but had not detonated. He said he found two plastic bags, one from a store and another with a product bar code on it.

His report stated that the bar code helped him determine when the product was purchased. He said he used this information to look at who had bought the item on Wal-Mart’s surveillance camera tape.

The tape showed a “white male,” allegedly *, buying the item with a “credit or debit card,” he wrote. McGowan wrote that he contacted members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain bank records showing the purchase.

Police then interviewed *, he wrote, which led them to also file complaints against * and * for allegedly participating in or being present for the explosive’s assembly.

The maximum sentence for possessing an infernal device was not listed in the complaint file. Maximum punishment for disorderly conduct is no more than six months in jail and no more than a $200 fine, or both.

We have been asked not to print the names of the students involved. We won’t. Comments which mention their names will be deleted. Kudos to Sgt. McGowan for an impressive investigation.

The students pleaded not guilty yesterday. Back to court on Friday. Condolences to the students (by all accounts good kids) and their families during a stressful time. It must be especially awkward since the three participated to different extents and, therefore, have different (and, perhaps, conflicting) interests in the case.

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#1 Comment By Anonymous On May 9, 2007 @ 12:03 am

What is your reason for withholding names? The community deserves to know the identities of students who are building bombs on campus.

#2 Comment By ’10 On May 9, 2007 @ 12:05 am

The names are in the Record and the Transcript articles, and I don’t really see why they’d have much significance to non-students.

#3 Comment By [space] On May 9, 2007 @ 12:14 am

Anonymous @ 12:03 — What, so you can drag them through the mud?

#4 Comment By Anonymous On May 9, 2007 @ 12:33 am

What is the logic behind not posting the names and then linking directly to articles that name the students? Isn’t that a little like obeying the letter of the request but not its spirit? Do you really believe those making the request will be relieved to see it honored in this way?

#5 Comment By Ronit On May 9, 2007 @ 12:37 am

I think it’s safe to assume that the Record and the Transcript have a combined readership that is bigger than Ephblog. DK’s decision about the names doesn’t make a jot of difference either way.

If you have an issue with their names being out there, contact your legislator, because by law those who are accused of a felony crime and are adults will have their names become part of the public record.

#6 Comment By Derek On May 9, 2007 @ 11:02 am

I’m just curious about the passive construction: “We have been asked not to print the names of the students involved.” By whom? If the names have appeared in the local papers, who asked Ephblog not to publich the names? This seems capricious both from whoever asked as well as from Ephblog given the tendency here to drop names at the drop of a hat whether out of prurience or legitimate interest.


#7 Comment By frank uible On May 9, 2007 @ 11:27 am

When in doubt, I vote for prurience.

#8 Comment By Derek On May 9, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

. . . which makes you a man with whom I could have a beer.


#9 Comment By [space] On May 9, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

Is it bad that I had to look up ‘prurience’?

#10 Comment By frank uible On May 9, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

You probably have a pristine background. My first exposure to the word came from following the law of obscenity.

#11 Comment By george On May 9, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

Given that EphBlog is the sacred home of David Kane’s personal schadenfreude festival, it seems unusual for him to not take advantage of a chance to run some people through the mud for our amusement and pleasure. How are we supposed to be entertained by silence? Let’s see their names and talk about how they are terrible people who should be abused mercilessly.

#12 Comment By Anonymous On May 9, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

“Let’s … talk about how they are terrible people who should be abused mercilessly.”

That would work only if they were in fact such as we’ve recently seen here: openly bigoted, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi hate-mongers.

#13 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On May 15, 2007 @ 1:37 am

What is the logic behind not posting the names and then linking directly to articles that name the students? Isn’t that a little like obeying the letter of the request but not its spirit?

One reason is that this post will not show up in an internet search for the names, or potentially in other (private and governmental) monitoring systems.

This is one of the many (fairly complex) reasons that I tend to use ‘munges’ or ‘crypts’ in various posts, which tends towards becoming a personal trait.

To stray somewhat afield, I knew one of the McAfee founders (who dated someone in our San Francisco house) only by an alias (which he uses professionally); I wouldn’t ever post that alias online, given his wish to separate the trails of his professional activities, his birth record “identity” and his private activities.

This may seem strange to many of us, but one of the obvious reasons (“privacy phreaks” notwithstanding) are serious concerns of avoiding consequences– such as the agents of various governmental, corporate or mafia security organizations showing up on your doorstep in a third world country. (When your business is thwarting illegal attacks of various kinds on corporations and other entities, the stakes are high, and your role is unique, you may wish to have a few separable personas).

Alas, I don’t have time to bore you with considerations of online community dynamics, and the significance of being able to find these individuals’ identities via ephBlog, but not having them displayed “in the plain.”

The (McAfee) individual above used our house as the mail drop for that identity, so… I’ve had a most interesting life.

A few weeks before September 11th, we spent breakfast going over his work analyzing a “hundreds of aircraft” takeover scenario; Vanessa is probably still bemused that one of my early reactions on that morning was a doe-eyed and somewhat relieved “is that all they’ve done?”

Heck, having once fooled around with the (publically available) Echelon code for some months, I tend to structure sentences and paragraphs based on predictive effects for the “Bayseian” weighting algorithms.

What was that about Baysean [sic, intentional] methods in the grade inflation ‘thread?’ What’s happened to the “Autonomy” boys? Heck of a method to base your GPA on…