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John McAfee, retired founder of McAfee Antivirus, has had his Belize laboratory raided and his dog shot during a dawn raid by thirty officers of the local police Gang Suppression Unit. At 6am on Monday morning the officers with a warrant stormed McAfee's laboratory, which researches ways to use bacterial communication to fight …

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Old and has money and wants to do and is doing some good. Perfect type to be persecuted by a military regime. Maybe a bit of a backlash against the intellectual class who always get beheaded by the fuckton by juntas.

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You do realise the GSU (Gang Suppression Unit) is a police unit don't you?

If the armed police in the UK, raided a place that was known to have weapons - would that make it a military regime?

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serves him right

For making such a crap product

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Re: serves him right

So the dog deserves to be shot for that?

My, my.

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Re: You do realise...

Do *you* realise he is implying the raid was illegal harrassment in return for his refusal to donate to a crooked politician??

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Re: serves him right

Yes

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Re: serves him right

Serves HIM right for making and sellin McCrap in the first place, but the dog is INNOCENT.

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Sounds like America

Where paramilitary raids and pet executions have become common.

And if the guy that founded the suckiest antivirus software evah doesn't involve himself in politics then he shouldn't bitch when politics involves itself in you! All that is necessary for Evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

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Re: Sounds like America

Please post your legitimate proof of this. Court documents, reports by real, trained journalists and not bloggers and other items and sources whose veracity can be positively verified.

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Re: Sounds like America

> real, trained journalists

Trained to not piss on the powers that be, leak when they should and shut up their mouth when told to? Sure.... I have serious reports that all is well and your chocolate ration will be increased by A FULL 10% tomorrow... even the WaPo says so.

No wait! Let's look for "swat incidents map" ... uh .... yeah ... land of the freedom fries ...

http://www.cato.org/raidmap/

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Re: Sounds like America

Let me just go get some Fox News links for you. They employ real, trained journalists, right????

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Re: Sounds like America

Even American isn't this bad.... yet.

Give it 5 years.

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I'll bite:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/usa-florida-shooting-idUSL2E8FB97S20120412

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Re: Sounds like America

Judging by the number of downvotes for cybersaur it seems like reg readers are either Mc Afee fans or are missing out on the wider news. The routine killing of dogs by the police is becoming a source of discontent among some groups in the US, as also are the armed raids by swat teams for petty offences. Take a look at http://www.reddit.com/r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut , but be prepared for stories of chihuahua puppies being blasted while they sleep in their dog cage.

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Re: Sounds like America

You forgot to put the troll face icon because there is no way this is a serious post.

This is the sort of post I expect from one of the RSS-educated plasticgeeks who forms their opinions from whatever fart-thoughts are discussed the loudest.

Let's assume you're not trolling for a second. For one it's not politics involving itself in his business, it's a politician's abuse of power using a police unit under his command to execute his plan of extortion.

For 2...you know what, I can't carry on, you are trolling, if I'm to keep this little bit of faith in humanity intact, I need to believe you're trolling.

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SWAT + dog execution

There was this one case in the US where an idiot cop thought the cracking sound of a door (which was being RAMMED down) was a gunshot sound went on and shot a teenager kid who has stolen a PS3. Er, shot and KILLED the kid... and while you might argue that a SixAxis control looks like a gun, you'd expect a cop to say "drop your weapon" wouldn't you?

Oh, and when the dead kid's dog went on to attack the cop, he shot said dog dead as well. So there you go.

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Re: SWAT + dog execution

http://www.kvue.com/home/Public-outrage-building-up-over-Austin-Police-Officer-who-fatally-shot-a-dog-147681755.html

http://www.keepcolumbiafree.com/blog/puppycide-in-fulton-mo/

want more?

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Sounds like India ...

... under the British. Or even British actions during the creation of Israel.

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Re: Sounds like India ...

Also like Israeli actions right now. But what has that got to do with anything?

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Pot, meet kettle....

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Now where have i heard this before....

"This is clearly America where shadowy people are allowed to go and harass innocent citizens based on rumor alone and treat them as if they are guilty before any evidence whatsoever is obtained,"

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wow

Yes the US government can be very embarrassing for a developed government but compared to every other country in our hemisphere besides Canada the US is the land of milk and honey. I guess that is what happens when you have a whole hemisphere of Catholic countries. You get the PIIGS club like in Europe but on steroids.

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Think you need to do a bit of research on Belize.

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Ignorant and rude as you are, I wonder what you know about Canada. But you know, I laugh every time the US raise the arrogance against China and end lowering it with a finger stuck where the sun don't shine.

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The US, raiding a country looking for arms, but no one mentionned anything about shooting dogs.

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Only the shoe throwing kind of dogs and they had it coming

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Dr Moreau?

I also dream to have my own far away walled compound with dogs and armed guards and labs where I do my own research to change the world.

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Re: Dr Moreau?

Sounds like Guantanamo has already been done and convincingly failed to deliver the goods, bitten.

What is wrong with a private paradise island on which to do future world research? Assemble Exploratory Virtual Assignments with Magic Moments Installed and Incorporated and Guaranteed on Demand and Cast them Free for Bounty Capture into Virtual Webs and Cloud Clusters.

Cast virile seed anywhere and they grow. Weeds, flowers, trees, humans. Is it possible to broadbandcast a virile virtual seed with needs to be provided for ..... Product to be Immaculately Servered and Serviced. :-)

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the US?

I don't see what relevance the US has, after all Belize is not in the U.S, although it certainly is part of the American Continent.

Surely the fact he had to have firearms licenses proves that it wasn't the U.S......

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You do know That's it's up to individual states to decide if the y want to do fire arms license ?. Some states require a l permit to by a gun and then a license to posses it.

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Yes, but i don't know of anywhere in Illinois or NYC called Belize......

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Absurd

Abuse of authority should be punished.

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guess no more donations to the police

guess no more donations to the police any more

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So what did he really expect to happen?

I'm glad he's trying to do good but he chose to live in Belize so can he really be surprised by this type of behavior?

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If memory serves Belize (British Honduras) was one of ours. Shame to see that our Governor-General hasn't kept things on the straight and narrow.

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Belize has been independent from the UK since 1981, so we don't have any say in how they run their affairs. I guess it is technically still a Crown Protectorate, meaning we are supposed to help out if they get invaded (although that status didn't help Grenada in the 80s).

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"The Privy Council, which is the final court for Belize, sits in the United Kingdom. Appeals from the Court of Appeal lie to the Privy Council, sometimes as of right and sometimes with leave of the Court. The Privy Council is made up primarily of members of the United Kingdom's House of Lords."

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Hollywood?

If this gets made into a movie, there's a very good chance I'd go and see it in theater.

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"gang-busting police"

Sounds like lesbian porn and I for one can't wait for the sequel?

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Too bad he donated money...

...to a community full of corrupt public officials who should be shot. Time to relocate.

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...to a community full of corrupt public officials who should be shot. Time to relocate.

Pray tell us where a country is that doesn't have corrupt public officials?

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Time to Relocate

I am in agreement with the previous post. If the government does not want to reap the benefits of having the cash flow from his company then the best thing to do is pull up stakes and move to a safer country.

I would suggest Ireland.

regards

dave

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Dotcom could have said that.

Dawn raid without proof and crashed unlocked doors. Just like in New Zealand then.

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My guess is that he stopped paying someone

I've been to Belize many times (we have a place there). Last visit, we went by Mcafee's place (compound) along the river. I remember our guide pointing it out.

Some more details:

"The property, the site of Belize Ecological Foundation Ltd, consists of nine houses, a shed, a freight container and a warehouse, all enclosed by a perimeter fence with two guard huts at the entrance. According to the GSU, it announced its presence and purpose was to search for drugs and illegal firearms. Two armed guards were observed on the compound, and upon directive immediately surrendered. Simultaneously the houses on the premises were cleared, one of which was serving as a laboratory. Present on the premises at the time were John McAfee, his girlfriend who is a seventeen year old Belizean minor, five security guards. During the search ten firearms—seven, twelve gauge pump action shotguns; one, twelve gauge single action shotgun; one Taurus nine millimetre pistol and one, nine millimetre CZ pistol were found. Five air rifles with scopes resembling sniper rifles that use six point two six millimetre slugs were also found and two hundred and seventy twelve gauge cartridges. Additionally, thirty nine millimetre rounds and twenty point thirty-eight rounds were also taken. According to the GSU, McAfee produced a company firearm licence for all the above firearms except the single action that is licensed to Tyron Morales and the nine millimetre CZ pistol.

Analysts at the Forensic Laboratory, and personnel from the Ministry of Health were taken to inspect the facility and samples of an alleged antibiotic apparently being manufactured at the Laboratory were also taken for analysis. The Ministry of Health has already confirmed that no licence has been granted to McAfee or any of his agents to manufacture antibiotics in Belize. Doing so without a licence is an offence under the Antibiotics Act."

It's amazing how affordable corruption is there. A "special meeting", as they call it, with a local politico is only $100. You can even get a receipt!

http://ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/437030/John_McAfee_Roughed_Up_By_GSU.html#Post437030

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