“This was like a scene out of 24”, said the neurosurgeon whose supposed Twitter update lead to the whole fiasco.
Dr. Jack Kruse from Nashville, TN boarded the Carnival Magic in Galveston, TX on Sunday to give a presentation about his unique diet plan. But before the ship could even leave port he had his room crawling with FBI and Homeland Security agents.
“They blew up the room looking for things. They went through my bags,” said Kruse. “I had no idea what I was being accused of. They went out of their way not to tell me.”
So how did this all start? It all began with someone who was using Twitter as Dr. Kruse himself and posted a tweet about having a vial of a disease for a bio-hazard attack on the ship.
You can read the “bleeped-out” tweet below:
Someone noticed the tweet, contacted Carnival, and Carnival contacted the FBI. Dr. Kruse was later removed from the ship while he was questioned.
Yesterday, Carnival released a letter stating confirmation that the tweet did not come from the real Dr Jack Kruse. You can read the letter here. In the letter the cruise line apologizes for any inconvenience to those who were going to attend the diet seminar from the Doctor.
After clearing his name, Carnival offered to fly Kruse to the next port of call to meet up with the cruise ship and rejoin the voyage, but he had to refuse due to another speaking engagement.
Although it might seem like an overreaction, the FBI and Homeland Security agents were just doing their job, and it is unfortunate that Dr. Jack Kruse had to endure these kinds of accusations. But it would have been even more unfortunate had this been a real bio-attack and nothing was done.
The real question this situation raises is how other people can use social media accounts in your name. This is something that should have been confirmed before Dr. Kruse’s room was torn apart, but there are plenty of “fake” accounts out there both on Facebook and Twitter and even Google Plus.
With legal experts not giving any insight in how to keep this from happening again, it’s up to you to search for any other accounts in your name and contact those websites. One legal expert recommends suing any person who is impersonating your with their social media account, but seek legal counsel first.
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