Searching Google For Pressure Cookers and Backpacks Leads To A Visit From Federal Agents

I'll put this in the "It's on the internet so it's true" category, but assuming it IS true.... wow:

pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!:

"It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history."

[Update a few hours later] Unsurprisingly there's more to the story: Updates At The Atlantic Wire.

[And a few hours later another update] Employer Tipped Off Police To Pressure Cooker And Backpack Searches, Not Google

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I saw that before and didn't

I saw that before and didn't believe it then either.
Unless you are already someone being looked at for some reason there is no way searching for that sort of thing would cause a visit.

And now it seems it is

And now it seems it is related to something else, so they were already being watched!

Quinoa

So what the hell is quinoa

It is a South American thing

Quinoa is a sort of cereal/grain found in a couple South American countries. It is popular with the crowd who frequents Whole Foods and similar sorts of stores but is kinda stressed as to available quantities.

Ex-Employer, Not Secret Spying, Triggered Police Inquiry of ‘Pre

Ex-Employer, Not Secret Spying, Triggered Police Inquiry of ‘Pressure Cooker’ Search
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/08/pressure-cooker/

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