[Hpn] SNITCH SITE COULD LEAD TO INTERNET HITS ON RATS

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Mon, 26 Sep 2005 08:01:53 -0400


http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/28598.htm

SNITCH SITE COULD LEAD TO INTERNET HITS ON RATS

By TODD VENEZIA and MURRAY WEISS

September 26, 2005 -- 

Watch out, "rats" - a Web site claiming to expose snitches, informants and 
undercover cops is online and out to get you.

The Who's A Rat site has law-enforcement officials steaming, because it 
allows anyone who can log onto the Internet to post pictures of alleged 
stool pigeons, alongside information about where they can be found and what 
they've done.

The operators of the site say it's "designed to help attorneys and criminal 
defendants with few resources."

But the NYPD thinks it's also a way to put cops in the cross hairs.

"It would appear that under the guise of defendants' rights, the site 
recklessly puts lives at risk," said NYPD spokesman Paul Brown.

"They have a right to their opinion under the First Amendment and so do we," 
said Anthony Capone, spokesman for the www.whosarat.com site, when asked for 
comment.

Capone said the site was created by Bostonian Sean Bucci, who after being 
busted on a marijuana charge "got an insight into how these agents and cops 
utilize these informants that are more of a threat to society than their 
targets."

The site has nearly 300 entries claiming to have information about cops and 
federal agents. It also has more than 1,000 entries about civilian "rats" 
and other informants.
There are no NYPD officers listed on the site, but there are federal agents 
for several departments listed, some with their pictures. The FBI in New 
York thinks this could put the agents at risk.