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BLOG: Google searches for 'pressure cooker' and 'backpack' return police interrogation

Colin Neagle | Aug. 2, 2013
A man in New York was interrogated after he and his family had simply conducted Google searches for information on pressure cookers, backpacks, and the Boston Marathon bombings.

From there, the interrogation apparently cooled off, but also revealed a particularly scary bit of information about the authorities who showed up at her home:

They mentioned that they do this about 100 times a week. And that 99 of those visits turn out to be nothing. I don't know what happens on the other 1% of visits and I'm not sure I want to know what my neighbors are up to.

The specifics about the "joint terrorism task force" are still unclear. A spokesman for the FBI denies that its agents were involved in the interrogation in a statement to The Guardian, claiming that Catalano's husband was questioned by members of the Nassau County police department who worked "in conjunction with the Suffolk County police department,"

In a follow-up question, the Atlantic Wire asked FBI spokesman Peter Donald if the FBI had provided information to the task force. Donald reportedly said he didn't know and that he couldn't answer the question.

Donald also said that no members of the "joint terrorism task force" visited Catalano's home, contradicting her initial claim.


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