MAINE, March 13, 2017 /Re-leaf LLC Kratom New/It's not everyday your going to have to deal with someone who intentionally tries to make you break the law. But, for the average kratom vendor, this happens at a way higher rate. Law enforcement officials aren't too happy about the South Asian leaf being easily dealt online. So, with this angry attitude, comes a focused effort from them, trying to take these vendors out, the only way they can. They will try to get the vendor to incriminate themselves. The person who does this, I call, a "Kratom Cowboy".
At least once a day, I have some peculiar profile, probably an agent of some kind, coaxing me to tell them how to ingest a non-edible product. I might be riddled with paranoia from my past experiences, but sometimes, its easy to spot.
That friend request you received on Facebook just one moment ago, or the follower you just got on Twitter, or, maybe even the subscriber you landed on Reddit, might just be a Federal Agent.
The advent of online undercover federal agent work, being a staple in today's society, was long ago ingrained in our country. For a kratom vendor, the only way to go to jail these days, is by selling your product to someone for consumption. That doesn't mean you won't go to jail. You bet your sweet little ass, thousands of online agents, have gotten that memo that says, "try and get kratom vendors to insinuate ingestion."
By 2017, online undercover work became a norm, with over a quarter of police officers using Facebook daily to help with their investigations. In today's society, online policing has been a main contributor, to many arrests. Thousands of cases have come and gone, with our posts and pictures, or even retweets, proving yet again and again we have limited privacy. In the court of law, your privacy, might just be a after thought. And that, "after thought" might just come in a jail cell, after you've been arrested, for doing something stupid. Like speaking with a fake person, that was really a cop. Hopefully, kratom wasn't involved. But, we all know what they would do to kratom in good ol' Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
In 2012 there were a reported 70 percent of agencies out of 1,200 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies surveyed that said they use social media at some point in their investigations. That info came from a LexisNexis survey. Facebook was by far the most popular network. A whopping 91 percent said they use Facebook for investigations, with everyday use slightly past 26%. And in a very disturbing part of that research, 83 percent of police reported they “have no concerns around the ethics of creating fake virtual identities as an investigative technique."
If there is "good news" in the upcoming paragraphs, it comes in the form of comfort. It could be quite possible, that your friend, "JOnyCOKEnose3", who you thought, invited you to the bar, and told you to "bring the dope". Might not have sold you out. He might have been forced to give up his own identity, logins, usernames, and anything else that would help a federal agent assume his personal online identity. That officer can, in "serious criminal cases" act like someone else entirely. Legally, taking your friends online identity, without his permission, only of course if they broke the law in a "serious" way.
That last part is a laughable statement. I actually laughed out loud when reading it. I'm not quite sure what a "serious" criminal case is, but I'm pretty sure, that it means something different to everyone. To me, the traffic ticket I forgot to pay, that eventually had my license suspended, years ago, was pretty serious. So, how does an officer define his own criminal cases as being serious? Well, that isn't outlined in the manual, and I suppose they drew a line on the ground, and then gave the federal agents their own eraser, and marker.
There is a ridiculous amount of ambiguity, in this now outdated handbook, from 1999. While being archaic, it is still very much in use. For a kratom vendor, this can be a game changing approach. A friend, asking you, "what do I do with kratom?"
Personally, I stalk everyone that approaches me online, and asks me questions. But, I am brutally honest with my friends, hoping they don't turn me in. So, if my friends identity was taken by a cop, they most likely would be able to get some good information out of me about kratom. Of course, I would never insinuate consumption to any human. But, what about a good friend I haven't seen in a couple years? Would I be able to defend that? Probably not, and, they can actually legally login as someone, and trick you. Undoubtedly, it would be extremely suspicious if someone just stepped in my life, from the left field stands. So, personally I am ready for it. But, it is a very real threat. I'll give you the vague explanation, quoted from the learning source itself:
..."appropriating identity is an intrusive law enforcement technique that should be used infrequently and only in serious criminal cases".
In 1999, the Federal Government released a handbook called, "Online Investigative Principles For Federal Law Enforcement Agents", and in that book, conveniently found in the link provided, is some real scary stuff. If you are the "tin foil hat type", you might just defecate yourself, when finding out what the law can, and, are expected to do, in certain "serious" criminal situations.
In certain circumstances, not definitively outlined in the handbook, an officer can actually assume someones identity. Here is an excerpt from a handbook used to teach these principles.
That quote, is from an actual handbook, used to teach people how to "appropriately" investigate people online. While, maintaining some sort of integrity. The word integrity is a huge, expansive word in this situation. The definition of that alone, is very controversial.
America is completely obsessed with being online. All of the agencies that we have governing us, are spending a whole lot more time on the web, then say, 10 years ago. American agents are following the bulk of the country, into the uber popular social media world. They go online, login is as someone else, and communicate with suspects, gathering their private information.
Federal documents are publicly available, making it very clear that U.S. agents are logging in to social networks, and garnering your photos, videos, posts, and even matching up tweets with alibis.
Or imagine, if you happen to rob a bank, or burglarize a home, (I don't support any of these things) and you happen to showcase your extravagant purchases, and/or your stolen items on Instagram. Bad move. Just because you can "unfriend" them or "unfollow" them, doesn't make you untouchable. It makes you incredibly stupid. Actually, doing something like that just increases suspicion. Imagine if you were a cop, and some guy accepted your friend request, then unfriended you, and deleted the suspect pictures. Your ass would be toast. Anyone would see that as a reasonable suspicion, pointing toward your guilt.
Wording things can be tricky, too. For the kratom vendor avoiding the attention of an online DEA agent can be as easy as, not saying something that implicates consumption. Just yesterday my business partner, and future wife, unintentionally worded a couple tweets, a "wee-bit" wrong. Causing us to browse out tweets, and delete the suspect comments. At no point, do we want to go to jail over semantics. The kratom vendor must watch out for the wording of every piece of digital information. This is where they will shove the law, right up your keester.
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