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The VICE Podcast Show - Chris Soghoian from the ACLU

A few years ago, FBI agents busted through Chris Soghoian's front door, ransacked his house, and confiscated his computers. Why would this happen to a mild-mannered techie guy with no history of criminal activity? Because Chris had made an ingenious...

by Reihan Salam
Jul 11 2013, 4:46pm
 

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The VICE Podcast Show is a weekly unedited discussion in which we go inside the minds of some of the most interesting, creative, and bizarre people we've come across. This week, host Reihan Salam talks with the ACLU's principal technologist, Chris Soghoian, about online security and his run-in with the FBI. A few years ago, federal agents busted through Chris's front door, ransacked his house, and confiscated his computers. Why would this happen to a mild-mannered techie guy with no history of criminal activity? Because Chris had made an ingenious website that showed users how to create and print their own counterfeit plane ticket, and how to circumvent the TSA's no-fly list. He did it as a demonstration to show the TSA how badly needed to revamp their security measures. The charges were eventually dropped, and now Chris has a cool job at the ACLU.

Previously on the podcast we spoke with the Nation's Jeremy Scahill about the film Dirty Wars and national security.

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