|The Chat Room Walls Have Ears|
(11/5/2001) There's nothing like sudden tragedy and the threat of terrorism to make ages-old common sense finally appeal to some people.
The advice is good, though the motivation behind it is ludicrous. The thought that authorities can't monitor chat room traffic is absurd. They can, have and often do when criminal intent is suspected.
It has never been wise to reveal personal information in a public forum. It's a shame that it took a tragedy of the scope of September 11 and a letter full of misinformation to make people paranoid enough to listen to the warnings the experts have been issuing for years. Break this Chain.