http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/nyreg ... spect.html
All around New York City, cellphones blared on Monday morning with the dissonant, but familiar, tone of an emergency alert. But this time, the alert — typically used for weather-related advisories or abducted children — was different.
For what is believed to be the first time, the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster, identifying a 28-year-old man wanted in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.
Suddenly, from commuter trains to the sidewalks of Manhattan, millions were enlisted in the manhunt.
The message, probably received by millions, nearly at once, was simple: “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.”
of course in minority report, he was totally set up but they plastered his face on everyone's media device, instantly.
i get weather alerts on my phone. i recieve them, and i understand them. i had a "amber alert" on my phone too, but i was puzzled when i got it. now i'm getting wanted posters apparently, for Really Bad Men. but what if it's a local police department? what level are we going to allow this to come down to? people readily believe EVERYTHING authorities tell them, and will condemn any man to death based upon simply what a cop says (even though all cops are pigs, of course). should we really be doing this? i think this will encourage vigilantism