Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Identity theft could fit into an enemy's asymmetric warfare strategy
Could identity theft motivate an unusually brazen or Hollywood-plot type of crime?
Imagine a controversial writer or blogger who works alone and lives alone. Suppose he were indeed abducted, perhaps murdered and body destroyed without an obvious trace. Since he is alone, it’s a while before others notice he is missing. In the meantime, the criminals impersonate him, even destroy his social media presence, or manipulate it to change what the public perceives about the person.
No, I haven’t written a screenplay around this particular “logline”, but the thought is chilling enough.
That’s why I think there are some lines that can’t be crossed, and some crimes or deliberatively combative attacks (asymmetric warfare against persons) cannot be stopped if a potential enemy were determined enough. I had given some specifics on a Wordpress blog in August 2014 here.
The story of Molly Norris, detailed here in a Seattle paper is disturbing enough. The idea of “law and order” could not save her, and the FBI reportedly insisted she go into hiding. The 2006 film “Family in Hiding” (Timothy Bond) about a mob case was similar.