US Marshals raid Florida cops to prevent release of records of "stingray" surveillance


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  1. Gendun

    Cory, how do you justify prominently using "raid" in your headline?

    A few definitions:
    "a sudden attack on an enemy by troops, aircraft, or other armed forces in warfare."
    "a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed"

    From the ACLU's own report: "Instead of complying with that clear legal obligation, the local police allowed the records to disappear by letting the U.S. Marshals drive down from their office in Tampa, seize the physical files, and move them to an unknown location."

    Do you see the difference between "drove down from their office" and "suddenly attacked", and why it might be significant?

    This is what people imagine when they read "raid":

  2. robulus

    I know right? Its a fantastically important distinction and definitely what we should all be focusing on here. Anyway I'm starving, I'm gonna go raid the pantry. Oh no! I just accidentally used that word in a way where its meaning is commonly understood and yet completely inconsistent with the short list of definitions you showed!!! Damn its hard to discuss anything meaningfully!!!!!

  3. teapot

    If only there was some way for two men to produce offspring, I'd have Cory's babies in a heartbeat!

    Also maybe it's just me but this is what I think of when someone says raid:


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