Who’s a Rat?

By on September 2, 2004

Who’s A Rat – Largest Online Database of Informants and Agents: I’m fascinated at the legal implications of a site like this.

Who’s A Rat is a database driven website designed to assist attorneys and criminal defendants with few resources. The purpose of this website is for individuals and attorneys to post and share all information that has been made public at some point to at least 1 person of the public prior to posting it on this site related to local, state and federal informants and law enforcement officers.
The level of professionalism on this site is a little disturbing — I mean, where’d they get the stock photo for the guy in the header graphic, and why pick that one? Does he represent a “rat” of some kind?

As a designer, how would you even approach a project with a subject matter like this? I can imagine the pitch, “We’re thinking of using this photo for the banner, because this guy, well, he just kind of looks shady…”

The Internet has made the world a very small place.

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Comments

  1. Wendi says:

    This site will allow anyone to post a profile on anyone. This should not be legal. They are putting people's lives in danger!

  2. Anonymous says:

    whosarat.com is long overdue, kudos to the webmaster.

  3. FORTHERIGHTTOKNOW says:

    Who'sARat is a GREAT site. I have been thinking of doing this myself for several years. This site is legal and a great tool to fight the government with their unethical and illegal methods. COINTELPRO never ended. And for those that think OPERATION TIPS was cancelled. Think again. It has been in place since 1980.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank God someone finally came up with the whosarat.com website idea. This corrupt informant situation is out of controll. Whosarat.com may be new to the net scene but from what I hear it has become very popular. You would not believe how many people are talking about the site in a positive way.

  5. Tracy says:

    WhosARat.com Continues to Expand in Spite of Criticism by Law Enforcement__

    BOSTON, March 06, 2005 - Despite - or perhaps because of - scattered rumblings by police agencies and ethics watchdog groups, the "rat out a rat" Web site Who's A Rat (http://www.whosarat.com) has enjoyed rapid growth in the six months since its launch. The site now profiles nearly 800 law enforcement agents and informants in an attempt to assist criminal defendants and their attorneys._

    Though Who's A Rat has opted to remove photos of law enforcement agents in recent months, it has made no other concessions on behalf of those it names as rats. "Why should we?" asked Who's A Rat spokesman Anthony Capone. "Who's A Rat exists to provide the facts about agents and informants who have skeletons in their own closets. And they can't argue with facts."

    Which is precisely why the site is thriving. It receives enough traffic each day to push its bandwidth usage sky-high. But thanks to a small army of donors, many of whom wish to remain anonymous, Who's A Rat can handle the steady flow of visitors it receives.

    So just who is interested in finding out Who's A Rat? Most, said Capone, fall into two groups: Concerned citizens, and people who have been burned by informants or crooked law enforcement agents and need information about said informants and agents that could discredit them in court. Some are there out of curiosity after having read about the site on a blog or in an article. One was a "Rat of the Week" who objected to being profiled on the site. And one is a mother on a mission to find out the truth about her son's murder by a paid police informant; her story can be found at http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/whosarat/vpost?id=251016.

    In spite of protests to the contrary, the operators of Who's A Rat do not want to see law enforcement officers come to harm. The site's disclaimer asks users to post information on informants who are involved only with non-violent crimes; it goes on to state that Who's A Rat does not promote violence or obstruction of justice. And Who's A Rat acknowledges that some information posted by users should be taken with a grain of salt - after all, anyone with a working e-mail account, anonymous or not, can submit information to the site, which takes no responsibility for its accuracy.

    "The bottom line is that we're providing a free service to people who may need to dig up dirt on agents and snitches," explained Capone. "Many of our profiles are backed up with verifiable documentation, which we also supply for free. We're not here to libel anyone. Who's A Rat is simply a resource for those who have few options in defending themselves against paid informants."

    CONTACT: Anthony Capone Who's A Rat contact@whosarat.com http://www.whosarat.com

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  6. Esther says:

    Who's a rat website,is good and bad so u have a positive and a negative it could be helpful and harmful to those who indulge.if you support your community some things your not going to tolorate in your community.but overall it is said :mind your own business until people,places,and things put you in it.

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