Joint Terrorism Task ForceJoint Terrorism Task Force visited a family because of Googling a backpack and pressure cooker

One of police officers told “that they do this about 100 times a week, and that 99 of those visits turn out to be nothing.” BE CAREFUL what you Google!

Michele Catalano, a freelance writer, decided to cook quinoa in the pressure cooker, and her husband wanted a new backpack. Like in most cases, the couple decided to Google the future purchases.

At first, it took its normal course, however, soon, the married couple was visited by policemen from the terrorism task force department. The matter is that her husband left his job, and his boss decided to check the history of the web-browser, and then he turned to the law-enforcement authorities.

The boss told the policemen that there were records about the Google search of “backpack” and “pressure cookers” on the computer. Exactly these items were used for big bombing in Boston.

Google searches

The married couple found out the visit of the law-enforcement authorities when Michele’s husband saw three black sport-utility vehicles in front of the house one of which blocked the car of the husband.

Then the following situation happened: “Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house, two toward the backyard on one side, two on the other side, two toward the front door”.

Terrorism Task Force

In the words of Michele the men introduced themselves as policemen from the terrorism task force, and asked the husband if he had a desire to make a bomb with a cooker. Moreover, the husband was asked a lot of questions about identification of his personality, availability of the cooker and interest in making bombs. The law-enforcement authorities left in 45 minutes.

The Catalano indicate that one of the policemen told that they pay about 100 such visits per week, and 99% of them are false.

“All I know is if I’m going to buy a pressure cooker in the near future, I’m not doing it online” – summed up Michele in her blog.