“Who’s a Rat” Re-visited

By on September 16, 2004

Cops smell rodent at `rat’-outing Web site: Here’s a story about “Who’s a Rat,” the Web site that “outs” government informats. The backstory:

“It’s something that’s been needed for a long time. I’m trying to level the playing field,” said Bucci, 31, who is fighting marijuana dealing charges that landed him in jail for almost a year thanks to a “heroin junkie and crack addict” snitch, whose stories led the DEA to mount cameras on a pole in front of his house for nine months.

“From that I got a deep, deep hate for the system for the way they handle informants. It’s sick. They take these big fish to catch minnows,” said Bucci, a North Shore resident. “The site was designed as just a tool to help people.”

Nothing like the Internet to get even with the system. Sadly, when the first person dies because they were outed on this site, Bucci is going to have a civil lawsuit on his hands that dwarves his criminal charges.

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Comments

  1. Tracy Smith 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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  2. Bill says:

    " Sadly, when the first person dies because they were outed on this site, Bucci is going to have a civil lawsuit on his hands that dwarves his criminal charges."

    Wrong, Wrong, You are very Wrong and here is the US law and federal case law that gives All webmasters including Bucci & All Internet service providers etc. Immunity from any liability from any 3rd party post.

    47 USC s. 230(c),

    Ben Ezra, Weinstein, & Co. v. America Online Inc., 206 F.3d 980, 985-86 (10th Cir.2000)

    . Batzel v. Smith, 333 F.3d 1018, 1026-27 (9th Cir.2003).

  3. Christin Gano says:

    Bitch poses as a driver and when you get pulled over she give's it all up on you, And anything else in the car. 2 Rather it's yours or not , big girl and loves her oxyz

  4. Becky says:

    I'm glad someone else is helping out the Lil guys I'm sitting on felony possession cuz my ex couldn't do the time

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