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A New York couple were surprised when a swat team from the Joint Terrorism Task Force showed up at their door.


They were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. ...

Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.

Turns out the couple had googled the words pressure cooker and backpack separately within a certain amount of time, and so apparently it raised flags with the NSA or some other agency or contractor (who knows?).


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