Michele Catalano, writer for Forbes, Boing Boing and several other publications claimed she and her husband received a visit from a Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Yahoo News has a little more on the subject.
*Disclaimer* From the first time I heard this story, I thought it was a little fishy. Something just didn't seem right about it. But, according to the internet, I don't know anything.
Apparently, Michele wasn't even home at the time. They talked to her husband, asking him questions like if he could make a bomb out of a rice cooker. They spent about 45 minutes there and were polite.
Well, according to the FBI and the Nassau County Police Department, they were never there.
Spokespeople for both offices say there is no record of anyone paying them a visit.
Now, what we have here is a she said/they said situation. Who do we believe?
At this point, I'm going to believe the authorities. And let me explain why:
- If a joint terrorism task force is going to send 6 agents to speak with you, they are going to know if you're home or not. And if you're not, they are going to go where you are and talk to you at the same time they talk to your husband. That prevents one suspect from escaping if there was in fact a threat. That's standard operating procedure.
- She has no proof they were there. None of her neighbors have come forward, as far as I know. Her husband hasn't spoken about it, as far as I know. (if they have, please let me know so I can stop being dumb)
- While she is a professional journalist, if you look at the publications she has contributed to, they are all the sorts that tend to come down hard on the government every chance they get.
- While the authorities haven't supplied any proof they weren't there, what could they produce? An alibi for every agent/officer that works for them?
- Michele has refused to discuss the incident with the press. Her response to an interview request was, "You don't believe my story? Ask any of my followers about my credibility. Then kiss my ass." This is a very defensive posture to take when asked for a simple interview. (granted, I don't know who asked for the interview). Generally when someone goes immediately on the defensive about their claims, they turn out to be untrue, or grossly misrepresented.
I am not going to say she's lying. Something may have happened that is being exaggerated or misrepresented.
But, she is acting like someone who was caught telling a story that's not 100% what she says it was.
Think about it. A journalist refusing to talk about something that could be an incredibly huge story? The only reason to not discuss it would be if she's writing a story about it. But, it was supposedly a 45 minute visit. She's had 2 days to write the story.
No, there's more to this than we're hearing. Someone is lying. Right now, with the way she's acting, it looks like her.