Monday, June 30, 2008

Now That's Social Engineering!

A federal agent strolls into a small Missouri town and helps clean up their meth problem, spearheading a string of arrests. The only problem is that he wasn't really a federal agent, or any kind of law enforcement officer at all. Monica Davey for the New York Times writes:

Those whose homes were searched, though, grumbled about a peculiar change in what they understood, from television mainly, to be the law. They said the agent, a man some had come to know as “Sergeant Bill,” boasted that he did not need search warrants to enter their homes because he worked for the federal government. Sergeant Bill, it turned out, was no federal agent, but Bill A. Jakob, an unemployed former trucking company owner, ...