Online trash-talking is not a legitimate threat
The NSA is wasting time and money spying on online games such as World of Warcraft [“8 Internet firms unite in call to rein in U.S. spying," page one, Dec. 9].
My main problem with this issue is how the NSA will tell the difference between actual threats and mindless trash-talking. There is a lot of trash-talking that goes on in these online games and it is impossible to be 100 percent sure that what someone says is a legitimate threat or not. Will the NSA start arresting everyone who makes threatening comments? Will children, teens and adults be jailed because of a sarcastic threat they made, just like Justin Carter was for his Facebook post?
Unless a threat is actually carried out, the NSA has no proof that a person had an actual intent to harm. This is a huge waste of money and won’t have positive results. If they start arresting these potential terrorists, more than a quarter of the gaming community would be behind bars.
— Kyle King, Seattle