The FBI has been sending flyers to various types of businesses to be on the lookout for suspicious activity that might be terrorist.
Under the heading of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”, we have a flyer that is going out to internet cafes. For example, you might be a terrorist if you always pay cash. Gee, if I pay cash for a $2.00 cup of coffee I might be a terrorist.
To be fair, the bulk of the flyer is directed to users’ activities on computers while in the internet cafe. Suspicious activities include:
- Always pay cash or use credit card(s) in different names.
- Evidence of a residential based internet provider (signs on to Comcast, AOL, etc.)
- Use of anonymizers, portals, or other means to shield IP address.
- Are overly concerned about privacy, attempts to shield the screen from view of others.
Here is the actual flyer for you to look at.
I have circled two items in red. As you can see, if you pay with cash or you have a residential-based internet provider like Comcast or AOL, you might be a terrorist.
I wouldn’t let the flyer discourage you from paying with cash at the local coffee shop. I mean, who wants to whip out a credit card for a cup of coffee.