Identity theft prompts bioterror scare on cruise ship
Fake tweet gets doctor kicked off boat
- Duration 5:22
- Date May 10, 2012
Fake tweet gets doctor kicked off boat
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That will impaired case of identity theft prompting a bio terror scare on -- ship the cruise ship in Texas.
It happened when somebody posing as a doctor on that ship started tweeting about dynamite and a vial of legionnaires' disease.
For a quote epic bio -- Of course the FBI and homeland security and the Coast Guard got all and -- stormed the cruise ship.
The Doctor Who was there is a guest speaker.
Says it was like a scene out of a movie.
Trace Gallagher is following -- -- -- you spoke with this doctor at the center the whole thing right.
And -- he says he was totally cut off guard because on top of that Twitter message you just talked about he was also a phone call may -- carnival cruise claiming the doctor was planning to unleash his harmful bacteria once the ship got to see well -- security called -- homeland security and within minutes the ship was crawling with police.
The doctor was in his -- and unpacking and getting ready for his speech on his a low carb diet.
That's when he was contacted listen.
I mean I had like your first of all what they were talking about when I got -- all the room.
And stayed there as the captain wanted to come talk to me and next thing I knew a knock at the door ignorance you know five -- -- police officers there.
US Coast Guard and Homeland Security.
-- and after they checked his computer and scoured his room they quickly found out the doctor was the victim shot of an impostor.
But but they wouldn't let him back on the -- how come.
-- -- VHS and FBI watch him off the ship along with all of his belongings -- -- took a few minutes but they did -- evidently clear him.
And then carnival -- let him on the cruise -- -- DHS city was cleared carnivals and hold on a minute issuing this statement saying quote every security threat is taken seriously.
And fully investigated since the investigation was ongoing.
At the point the ship needed to -- part it was in the best interest of all guests and crew.
To air on the side of caution and the doctors said -- fully understands listen.
I put in the context of what articles been true and what's going on and our world I mean it's you just put the TV on today and listens to the news.
We've got stories in Yemen we've got stories of explosions in Syria.
You know we live in a different world than we did.
Just you know ten or fifteen years ago.
By the way carnival has of course been through a couple of high profile incidents in recent months the doctors afraid he's gonna be a victim again when he speaks at Harvard next month.
He thinks somebody who was against his low -- -- -- -- Carbohydrate.
Is behind -- this year.
-- agree Trace Gallagher thanks spectral lawyers now Arthur and Randy how do you guys feel about low carb I think I think the -- -- runs only possible.
Halted until the vote seriously if you send out a tweet with a threat of that kind that could be considered terrorism and you could get.
It's horrible I think it would be considered terrorism I don't know from the technology point of view shepherd is how old.
Fast and the authorities.
Whether it's really your Twitter account I should backup is there a way to verify.
Is is really Shepard Smith shorter count.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But I just don't know what with the resources or -- -- there is the ability how -- they know.
Well I guess it really don't know.
If I'm somebody seeing this and I'm DHS and there's a ship full of people I don't really bother I go do we get that get they're now.
I don't take the time for that but I hear it would be nice but if it would be Dicey you know if you if you get word that if if somebody calls -- the house burning down you you go check.
-- -- Yeah usually make sure is not I think call we -- -- into houses and burning you'll note for a -- And by the way if you get there and the houses and -- you don't stop pouring water on it.
And Boston up the world and that's exactly what they did here and by the way we know that they have the technology because they clear the guy before the ball left.
And still kept them up about how does that instill confidence in the passengers by the way we had this threat.
We verified that isn't deductible we keep them off the -- -- and we hear about this.
If something had happened on that ship after I would wanna be that doctor on board there is everybody might think I did it even though I didn't.
I don't know this I don't thing was thinking that far ahead but knowing often doing nothing like as we saw with the cost to -- you to now they -- -- I mean what do we get a riot like maybe somewhere and.
-- you doctors say it is a moment ago it's true yeah we live in a different world now and you have to err on the side of caution it's an inconvenience a lot of people.
These before on the it's the impartial what is he was just a passenger.
They're on this -- to hear him speak.
The ship leaves without them.
And -- don't even get what they would I'd check to see where doctor Atkins was so Tony -- is that part of a balanced -- for Albert bell died around stuff the brown so brown the brown Boston had a brown possible brown rice.
Brown all did should be dark the brown left the grounds that I would check with believes he's Leno on how quickly can verified address.
He's the only gaming mobile phone and that's all those congressmen -- -- movement that we've.
It's called leaving cookies from if you have a plan B coming from the hole and -- under a leave it to -- and we know we're here and minds at all.