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Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the rms-detained-on-hooliganism-charges dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 343

fermion writes with news of Windows computers being forcefully liberated: "The campaign headquarters of Michael Grimm, a U.S. House of Representatives member from New York, were vandalized. What has not been reported everywhere is that Linux was installed on one of his computers, erasing data in the process. Is this a new attack on democracy by the open source radicals, or it is just a random occurrence?" From the article: "'In fact, one officer said to me today they see this as a crime against the government, because I am a sitting United States congressman and they take it very seriously. You know, especially in light of what happened with Gabby Giffords, we're not in the world today where we can shrug things off,' Grimm said. ... [GNU/]Linux, an open-source operating system, was installed on Grimm's computers, erasing the hard drive contents, which included polling and voter identification data. But staff had backed up the hard drive contents hours beforehand. Grimm and his staffers said the vandalism — cement blocks were thrown through the office's windows — is a cover-up for the attacks on the computers."

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Attack against Microsoft (5, Funny)

Mkaks (2738943) | about 2 years ago | (#41462421)

I see this as a radical open source movement. Some people hated to see that government was using Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X on their computers and decided to take the matter in to their own hands. Linux was forcibly installed on the computers and the suspect was caught seen masturbating in a dark corner as the progress meter went further and further.

Re:Attack against Microsoft (5, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#41462491)

Police say that they suspect a member of the radical Penguinite cult is behind it. Other devices belonging to government officials are being inspected for Linux installations. Suspected devices include laptops, tablets, automobiles, toasters and those sneakers with flashing lights in the heel.

Re:Attack against Microsoft (5, Funny)

mellon (7048) | about 2 years ago | (#41463335)

Holy Crap, Batman! I think I see The Penguin's evil fingerprints on this computer!

Re:Attack against Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463339)

I only run BSD on my toasters

Re:Attack against Microsoft (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462937)

Your post was funny, awesome, amusing, and witty. Yet, some dickless FOSStard or sexually frustrated Linux Zealot modded you a troll. THIS is why the turd that is Slashdot keeps sliding further and further down the crapper.

There's more to this story. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462473)

Elsewhere it was revealed that it was a young kid who threw the rocks, and a staffer "accidentally" wiped the computers with a Linux disk.

I say accidentally because he was being investigated for illegal use of campaign funds, and some of the data that may have been of interest to the investigation was lost. And it's not exactly trivial to accidentally wipe your disks with a Linux disk. I can see someone doing it, but you do have to go through enough steps that you have to have been trying to do *something* with that disk even if it wasn't wiping the system.

Re:There's more to this story. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462569)

To follow up, here's the link: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/09/rep_michael_gri_1.php

Link doesn't mention anything about illegal funds (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463363)

Your link doesn't mention anything about illegal funds, I was going to call you out for trying to mislead but then I Google'd it:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/michael-grimm_n_1853232.html

Wow, pretty murkey Eric Cantor (Republican head of the House!) in there too receiving the monies, so you can bet this one will be buried quick.

Re:There's more to this story. (5, Informative)

realxmp (518717) | about 2 years ago | (#41462577)

Elsewhere it was revealed that it was a young kid who threw the rocks, and a staffer "accidentally" wiped the computers with a Linux disk.

I say accidentally because he was being investigated for illegal use of campaign funds, and some of the data that may have been of interest to the investigation was lost. And it's not exactly trivial to accidentally wipe your disks with a Linux disk. I can see someone doing it, but you do have to go through enough steps that you have to have been trying to do *something* with that disk even if it wasn't wiping the system.

Yep, New York Daily New has the story here [nydailynews.com] . Apparently like the data wasn't deleted and whoever they had to do their IT didn't know enough about Linux and partitions to realise.

Re:There's more to this story. (5, Insightful)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | about 2 years ago | (#41462855)

Because 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda' is just so fucking difficult. Maybe it would have worked better to have the staffer throw rocks, and a young kid wipe the hard disk.

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463175)

'shred -z -v -n 5 /dev/sda' might be a bit easier to remember, although just 'shred /dev/sda' should work....

Re:There's more to this story. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463325)

No wonder that guy never got it wiped, jesus fuck.

Re:There's more to this story. (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 2 years ago | (#41462899)

You just can't hire competent criminal IT staff these days.

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 2 years ago | (#41462987)

corollary: what does it take for a competent IT professional to get hired in this town?!

Re:There's more to this story. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462939)

I think the highlight of the story is this...

But a law enforcement source said it appears that a campaign staffer wiped the hard drives accidentally after mistakenly inserting a Linux system disc into a Windows machine.

The deleted information was backed up, the source said, but the campaign’s IT worker may not have realized that, and may have told Grimm that the information was gone.

Can you say DOH!? Evidence destruction by an incompetent IT person foiled by backups done by a competent one.

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#41462963)

Just inserting the disk is not going to do anything. Hell many of the desktop install disks go to a live disk if you try to boot them. At the very least you get some sort of installer.

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

rgbatduke (1231380) | about 2 years ago | (#41463079)

You mean like the Fedora installer that pops up when you boot the live disk and says "Click here to install to disk"? It takes maybe five minutes to put Fedora 17 live onto a hard drive, saying "use entire disk" when it asks. Not as good as dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda' though (preferred because somebody who really really tried could probably resurrect the old data through a mere zeroing, but it would be a lot harder if overwritten with random bytes, and way harder if you executed this command five or six times in a row).

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

gravyface (592485) | about 2 years ago | (#41463093)

Maybe they left the live CD in the CD tray.

Re:There's more to this story. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462611)

I'd also like to note that the only place the word "terrorism" appears is in the headline of the slashdot summary. The word is not used at all in either the summary nor in the linked article.

captcha: distorts

Re:There's more to this story. (5, Insightful)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | about 2 years ago | (#41462709)

Yeah, terrorism is supposed to inspire terror. It's kinda in the bloody name. While concerning, my imagination fails to give me goosebumps with this news.

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462797)

Then, try imagining a shrieking woman's voice...

"Oh my God! They installed... LINUX! NOOOOOOO!!!"

Hm... nevermind, it still more amusing than terrifying.
Carry on.

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

LordNightwalker (256873) | about 2 years ago | (#41463197)

Not to mention, the original submission didn't mention terrorism either. Slashdot is going down the drain...

Re:There's more to this story. (1)

Zemplar (764598) | about 2 years ago | (#41462735)

He was trying to get to the GUI on DBAN. [dban.org]

Re:There's more to this story. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462741)

It would depend on the distro. I've tried some distros that were very much like Windows installers where everything was click next to continue.

Re:There's more to this story. (2)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#41462805)

So in other words, as accidentally as Rose Mary Woods erased 18.5 minutes of the Nixon tapes. Got it.

By Linux do they mean Darik's Boot And Nuke? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41462819)

It seems to me, that that the vandals, were probably just using Boot and Nuke as a quick and easy way to clear out a drive, to an unrecoverable state.

Should have used a live cd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462475)

They should have used a Puppy Linux live CD to examine the contents of the computer without leaving much evidence.

Inside job! (2, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#41462479)

It was an inside job by Government's agents. They are trying to get Linux install media on the list of illicit substances. ("Citizen, you have a Debian media set in your handbag! That was used in the most recent attack on a Congressman's privacy! You're under arrest!")

you can not be serious.. (1)

Hagaric (2591241) | about 2 years ago | (#41462483)

The "terrorism" stories have been getting wierder & wierder thelast few weeks.. I figured that the chinese fishing boat armada setting off for the "disputed islands" had jumped the shark, but this is either a joke, or totally surreal.

Re:you can not be serious.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462655)

Richard Stallman finally gets his revenge...I mean "The Revenge of the GNU" appearing in a US Congressional office near you. ;)

Re:you can not be serious.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462761)

The only terrorist plots in the United States recently have been conceived, contrived, planned, mapped out, devices built for and personnel trained by the FBI.

Talk about entrapment on a grand scale. Why hasn't the NSA, CIA and or the Army been brought to bear on the nations 2nd largest terrorist organization? The largest being our own Senate / House of Congress.

Sneaky, I like it! (1)

Type44Q (1233630) | about 2 years ago | (#41462905)

Why hasn't the NSA, CIA and or the Army been brought to bear on the nations 2nd largest terrorist organization?

Sneaky, I like it! Call in the wolves to deal with the foxes in the henhouse; they will not be expecting that! ;)

Next on FOX: Open source is now a crime (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462503)

What kind of stupid reporting is this, to make a suggestion that this is (1) open source is a movement, which (2) commits acts of terrorism and (3) will occur more often? The suggestion sounds awfully rhetorical, and will probably be picked up by some retarded right wing news agency.

First of all, the guy had everything backed up. No damage done, just some inconvenience.

Secondly, America is not a democracy - they just claim to be one, just like Iran. So attacking a US politician is certainly not an attack on democracy itself.

Re:Next on FOX: Open source is now a crime (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462935)

Someone else who's finally realized the horrible truth; America is not a democracy, never was, never will be, ass defined by the constitution, it's a republic. Common votes don't mean a thing when the president is chosen by the electoral collage.

The question is why did the electoral college choose an illegal immigrant to be president?

Re:Next on FOX: Open source is now a crime (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463009)

Because no one wanted that nutjob Palin having access to the button.

Re:Next on FOX: Open source is now a crime (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463289)

"the president is chosen by the electoral collage."

I thought the president was chosen by the electoral decoupage...

Noob Hackers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462505)

Probably some idiot trying to use a live boot USB to get at the files and clicked the wrong button

Re:Noob Hackers. (3, Informative)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#41462523)

And then selected the wrong keyboard and language settings, and then chose the wrong partitions to format and then selected the wrong packages to install...

Re:Noob Hackers. (4, Insightful)

Tx (96709) | about 2 years ago | (#41462671)

You'd be amazed how clever some idiots are.

Re:Noob Hackers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462875)

If you just keep hitting enter and/or select next, eventually all the defaults will install the system. Even the prompts that require input like name and password will be entered automatically by most people.
From what I see, most don't think about name/ password the way IT people do. They see it as something in the way of what they want to accomplish.

Now is the time for all moderate (0)

Compaqt (1758360) | about 2 years ago | (#41462507)

<del>Moslems</del> open sourcers to condemn this wanton act of (non?)violence.

congressman=ruling class? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462517)

because I am a sitting United States congressman

Does anyone else get an air of elitism when people say things like this? "I work for the government, I'm better than you, and these things should only happen to you plebs." I feel that as long as our politicians think like this, we're doomed as a democracy.

Re:congressman=ruling class? (5, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#41462565)

I sensed an air of laziness. If he were useful, he would be a standing, running, jogging or working congressman, not just a sitting one.

Re:congressman=ruling class? (3, Insightful)

CodeheadUK (2717911) | about 2 years ago | (#41463287)

Like this guy?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/9563847/Police-log-reveals-details-of-Andrew-Mitchells-pleb-rant.html [telegraph.co.uk]

Once elected to office, the snout goes in the trough and they take all they can while thet rest of us pay for it.

Likely improved their security 100% (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462535)

Likely improved their security 100% :)

Re:Likely improved their security 100% (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41463023)

Superglue in the USB Ports?

Linux was just the tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462541)

to get to the data. It has as much relevance to the story as the concrete block used to get through the window.

Re:Linux was just the tool (1)

Mkaks (2738943) | about 2 years ago | (#41462593)

So, it was useful and literally concrete piece of important information, then?

It's obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462549)

It was the same Pirate Party activists from Greenland who opened up the IEEE servers.

Lack of perspective (3, Insightful)

oobayly (1056050) | about 2 years ago | (#41462579)

In light of a the attempted assassination of a congresswoman, throwing a lump of concrete through a window and flattening a computer definitely should be the highest priority for the police.

Re:Lack of perspective (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | about 2 years ago | (#41462679)

How exactly is formatting your own computer to hide evidence of crimes the same as being shot in the head by a lunatic?

Re:Lack of perspective (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463213)

the result is that both targets are wiped permanently?

Re:Lack of perspective (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462869)

What attempted assassination of a congresswoman?

Uh... what? (2)

kiriath (2670145) | about 2 years ago | (#41462587)

I had to check the ol' calendar to ensure that I didn't sleep till April 1.

What kind of hooey is this?

Who would want to break and enter to install linux? Really?

Let me put it to you this way Mr Congressman: They did you a freaking favor, thank them and move on.

Gabby Giffords? (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 2 years ago | (#41462589)

OMFGWHAT?

I'm sure getting his computer attacked was just as bad as getting shot in the freaking head.

Re:Gabby Giffords? (1)

gaelfx (1111115) | about 2 years ago | (#41462777)

Exactly my sentiment. This guys computer gets wiped and he compares his situation to a senator being shot in the head. To (almost) quote Lewis Black:

It is my firm belief that if you are [a senator], you absolutely have to know where you are in the time-space continuum

Re:Gabby Giffords? (2)

cvtan (752695) | about 2 years ago | (#41462917)

Maybe his brain was on the hard drive.

Sounds like data theft (0)

concealment (2447304) | about 2 years ago | (#41462601)

If you want to steal data, it's best to cover your tracks. Boot up a five year old live CD, sudo apt-get update and LOL as the computer overwrites its disk a few thousand times.

Re:Sounds like data theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462681)

If you want to steal data, it's best to cover your tracks. Boot up a five year old live CD, sudo apt-get update and LOL as the computer overwrites its disk a few thousand times.

Yea because "sudo apt-get update" overwrites my disks every time. Have you ever used Linux before? Try this one: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda

Re:Sounds like data theft (0)

LordNightwalker (256873) | about 2 years ago | (#41462883)

Surely you mean: shred -z /dev/sda dd is not secure enough; residual magnetism could be used to retrieve the drive's previous contents. At least, replace /dev/zero in your command with /dev/urandom

Re:Sounds like data theft (1)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | about 2 years ago | (#41462695)

I sure hope that's a joke...

Re:Sounds like data theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463351)

and you could have at least typed "sudo apt-get upgrade" (since you said a 5 year old disc and there's no doubt a new distribution released since then)... but still off of a live CD....

But the real question is... (4, Funny)

gentryx (759438) | about 2 years ago | (#41462609)

Was he satisfied with his new Linux desktop? And did they install KDE or Gnome?

Re:But the real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462821)

There is only one distro suitable for government use: this one [ubuntusatanic.org] .

(This is not a joke.)

Re:But the real question is... (1)

gaelfx (1111115) | about 2 years ago | (#41463015)

Then why is it so funny?

Re:But the real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463035)

Because you have a sick sense of humor.

Re:But the real question is... (1)

gaelfx (1111115) | about 2 years ago | (#41462823)

It was actually a beta of Ubuntu 12.10, and I hear he actually flolloped when he saw the amazon search results in the dash

What distro was it? (4, Funny)

erikwestlund (1003368) | about 2 years ago | (#41462621)

Tin Hat Linux by the looks of it.

Misdirection or smear campaign (1)

cybervegan (1440999) | about 2 years ago | (#41462633)

Sounds like some kind of warped attempt to discredit FOSS to me. It just doesn't sound like the sort of thing that "the community" would do. It's rather counter-productive if someone thinks it will make people start to take FOSS more seriously. I can't help thinking that this is only part of the story.

Re:Misdirection or smear campaign (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about 2 years ago | (#41462881)

Sounds like some kind of warped attempt to discredit FOSS to me. It just doesn't sound like the sort of thing that "the community" would do. It's rather counter-productive if someone thinks it will make people start to take FOSS more seriously.

I can't help thinking that this is only part of the story.

Is he a Republican? We ALL know that Linux is Communism. Damned Socialist Penguins. Always plotting to undermine our Defenders of Free Enterprise and the American Way!

Re:Misdirection or smear campaign (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463075)

Sounds like some kind of warped attempt to discredit FOSS to me.

Not to worry. Roy Schestowitz and friends have doing that job for years now.

BULLSHIT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462635)

Gabby Gifford was shot in the head. That hardly makes a good comparison. Members of congress that equate a PC reformat with an act of terrorism are bent. Clearly they do not know what terrorism is.

It's not terrorizing to have a computer wiped, but the bills they are introducing, which allow and encourage infringement on our constitutional rights, IS terrorism.

I wonder what the political terrorist are planning to do against the people now. WAIT, I KNOW. It's propaganda to help promote Obama's own Cyber Security Executive Order.

So basically... (4, Funny)

dargaud (518470) | about 2 years ago | (#41462673)

...does that mean that you can install Linux in the time it takes for a cement block to go through a Windows(tm) ? Guerrilla advertisement is getting worse and worse.

terrorisim? really? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#41462683)

After reading all the links.... Can we get a bit more sensationalist?

Slashdot - The Fox news of the tech world... no wonder Taco left.

Re:terrorisim? really? (1)

phil_aychio (2438214) | about 2 years ago | (#41463199)

It wasn't considered terrorism until they saw the Unity desktop (rimshot)

Consensual Install (5, Funny)

Firemouth (1360899) | about 2 years ago | (#41462691)

I'd say this was consensual install. Had it been legitimate non-consensual install, the computer has a way to prevent itself being impregnated with an open source operating system if the install was not consensual.

Re:Consensual Install (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463071)

When you have Gnome on a computer, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no - and you can't find any data from outside the computer to get in the computer, because the Windows won't open. I don't know why it won't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous.

Re:Consensual Install (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463353)

You sir, are very wise indeed.

Choice of OS irrelevant... (2)

ignavus (213578) | about 2 years ago | (#41462693)

If anyone accesses your PC without permission and destroys your data, that is a problem.

If they do it by installing some other OS, that is just the same problem. You weren't going to keep your compromised OS, were you?

If the other OS is Linux, that is no different to putting (say) MacOSX or BSD or MS-DOS even on the PC.

Heck, doing a clean install of an older version of WIndows would be just as bad.

Your data is gone. That is the news.

This is a joke (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 2 years ago | (#41462699)

Terrorism by installing Linux? The act of erasing data was the destruction but being there was a backup nothing was lost, still calling out Linux being installed as terrorism is just insane. Besides everyone knows that Osama hated Ubuntu.

Terrorism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462701)

It's only terrorism if it's Ubuntu.

Too soon. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462707)

Linux isn't ready for the congressional desktop

just wait for the clueless Congress to ban linux (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 2 years ago | (#41462733)

just wait for the clueless Congress to ban linux and with that take down a big part of the web running linux servers.

Re:just wait for the clueless Congress to ban linu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462813)

The way things work anymore I wouldn't be surprised. OWS is infiltrated by corporate shills that cause violence to make the organization look bad enough that it is okay to call in the cops. If someone wanted to take down Linux, this would be a great move. Make Open Source sound like something evil, then you can go in and ban it.

Sad (1)

argStyopa (232550) | about 2 years ago | (#41462771)

I like how he egregiously throws Gabrielle Giffords into the conversation, as if terroristic acts of violence against authority/government figures weren't part of the frikkin' job. (If I was a clever /. poster I'd do the neat thing where each word of "part of the frikkin' job" would be a link to a separate story of political assassination from Abraham Lincoln, to Sissi of Austria, to President McKinley, to Archduke Ferdinand...)

I'm not saying what happened to her wasn't tragic; I'm saying it's PART of the position when one takes a seat of authority that ultimately, someone may object (crazy, right?).

And since William Tell, the ability of one of the governed to "reach out and touch" their government members has been ever-increasing (or is our society so incredibly safe and comfortable that we've forgotten this basic fact?).

For him to draw a line connecting some office vandalism to attempted murder is anyway pretty specious.

Backed up the data hours beforehand? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462779)

"But staff had backed up the hard drive contents hours beforehand"

It seems they were expecting the computer to be targeted. I mean only the guilty claim to have backed up the data on their computer mere hours before their office is vandalised. I suspect the congressman is trying to cover his own tracks or planning to shift the blame to the very "terrorists" his campaign manager hired to get rid of the evidence. Those damn penguins are notorious criminal underworld characters led by none other than a hippie named Stallman and a Finnish computer hacker named Torvalds. Someone please release the penguins from the New York City zoo and I bet they'll return to the scene of the crime. LOL

In other news... (1)

Type44Q (1233630) | about 2 years ago | (#41462827)

Sources report that terrorists left a box of organic, whole-wheat donuts at FBI headquarters last night...

Caught my eye (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462831)

"Whoever did this, the people responsible are very ignorant, and they don't understand that this is not just an attack against me or my campaign," Grimm, a freshman, told the Staten Island Advance. "This is an attack against a federal campaign office, which is an attack on our democracy as a whole. It's an attack against what we stand for, for free elections."

When they start throwing shit like this around without even investigating the perpetrator's motives it's a scary sight. In seats of power there is a big difference between the seat and the person in the seat. With logic like this, at least failing to investigate motive, one could say "Obama is a moron" and have it taken as a verbal attack against the president even though the comment was clearly aimed at the person and not the seat.

Can't I mark the title of the post as misleading.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462861)

...but should be able to.

Make it so!

He did not.. (1)

zeroryoko1974 (2634611) | about 2 years ago | (#41462933)

He did not just compare getting shot in the head to having his computer loaded with Linux did he?

This is a non-story. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462949)

This congressman is currently under investigation for misappropriation of funds. Here's a much more convincing story:

1. Congressman misappropriates campaign funds
2. Congressman comes under investigation
3. Congressman slips IT guy $50 to ransack the office at night and make some key financial data "disappear"
4. Congressman acts shocked and appalled, decries this act of "terrorism" and labels himself as a helpless victim.
5. Media gobbles it up because it contains the word "terrorism"
6. ...
7. Profit! (from misappropriating campaign funds)

Signs Of Political Ponerology And Pathocracy. (1)

unlocked (305145) | about 2 years ago | (#41462959)

The way it is laid out like other posters have pointed out bringing up the above the people attitude, and equating a harmed human to harmed objects. It is all a part of the system of control and superiority these type of empathy-disordered people use to control and manipulate the masses with or they them selves are manipulated and controlled by someone else above them in the pathocracy to regurgitate some completely contrived problem. Welcome to the world run by the psychopathic personalities.

http://www.systemsthinker.com/blog/2012/03/biological-evil-introduction/
http://www.systemsthinker.com/blog/2012/09/anarchism-and-psychopathy-thoughts/

Is this a new attack on democracy by the open... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41462999)

source radicals

Complete and utter FUD.

Or... (1)

Guru80 (1579277) | about 2 years ago | (#41463003)

Grimm and his staffers said the vandalism — cement blocks were thrown through the office's windows — is a cover-up for the attacks on the computers.

Or you know, a way in ;-)

I knew open source was evil!! Incoming raids at Torvalds house

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463191)

does this has anything to do with recent Torvalds' comment on Mitt Romney?

Mysterious computer shutdown (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 2 years ago | (#41463159)

so... someone broke into his office just to install Linux on one of the laptops. And they've connected this to "thefts of lawn signs" and "recent mysterious computer shutdown in the middle of the night." ..Riiiiight... I can't figure out what they are trying to cover up here, but this has got to be one of the most outlandish excuses I've ever heard.

Just a thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463169)

Did anyone think to take the Knoppix disk out of the drive?

Did they leave the source code? (2)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | about 2 years ago | (#41463239)

Or, at least, an offer to come back with the source code at any point in the next three years?

Linux FTW! We are the 99%! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41463247)

Oh, wait...

Should be easy to identify the culprit (4, Funny)

TarPitt (217247) | about 2 years ago | (#41463349)

They left distinctive footprints walking across the yard in front of the office:

Actual Forensic Photo From Evidence File [nationalge...cstock.com]

Don't see shoes like that every day in New York

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