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Threat Detection

September 28, 2009

At the request of the US Secret Service, Facebook has removed this poll from its site:

According to ABCNews, the Secret Service is investigating the creator of the poll “to determine intent.” But if the goal is to identify threats to the President rather than police hate speech, wouldn’t it be more logical (and easier) to go after those who voted “yes,” “maybe” or “if…”?

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Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of 'Innocent Women and Children': Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians (Ashgate, 2006), Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights
Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond (Columbia, 2010), and ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda-Setting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security (Cornell, 2014). Her main research interests include national security ethics, the protection of civilians, the laws of war, global agenda-setting, gender and political violence, humanitarian affairs, the role of information technology in human security, and the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.