Meet former defense contractor Jeffrey Kantor. He was having another normal day until he logged on to Google looking for advice on how to build a radio-controlled airplane.
That’s when his life got flipped and turned upside-down.
For the majority of people in the world, Google — current owner of the Internet — is a great tool; autocorrect just helps make up the minds of the feeble and brilliant alike. In fact, there is even a great website dedicated to the many foibles Google Autocorrect can unveil. However, for Kantor, Autocorrect unleashed the federal government on him…and could have led to his placement on a terrorist watch list.
Kantor claims that his search for “How do I build a radio controlled airplane” was corrected by the search engine to “How do I build a radio controlled bomb.”
From there, alarms went off, his computer shut off and the Feds were en-route. According to the story shared above, the fun really began:
He was subsequently fired by Appian Corporation for reasons involving the search, and he has since sued “a host of government officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry in Federal Court, alleging civil rights violations, disclosure of private information and retaliation,” Court House News reports.
This happened in 2009. For some reason, it has taken this long to break news and get some spotlight. Oh wait, here’s why: Kantor is seeking “$13.8 million in compensatory damages and $45 million in punitive damages, as well as an injunction ordering the government to stop stalking him.”
MEMO to the NSA: The PR keeps getting better for you, huh? Snowden who?