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Employee broke the law by downloading smut on his work laptop

Bo Jiang, a Chinese citizen,  was one of 281 nationals from countries designated as security threats employed at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  But following increased scrutiny by Congress and a month-long trip to China in December that raised red flags, Mr. Bo was fired from his Visual Information Processing lab position at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia -- on assignment from the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).  Mr. Bo was fired for violating agency security regulations by taking a NASA laptop and an NIA external hard drive with him on his trip.

Then in March, when Mr. Bo tried to leave the country for China, he was arrested at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C., suspected of violating the Arms Export Control Act (22 USC § 39).

Mr. Bo, who graduated with a doctorate from Virginia’s Old Dominion University in 2010 had been involved in retinex, a low clearance project working to development image improvement algorithms for space telescopes and other NASA cameras.

Unlike in some past cases where investigations confirmed suspicions of spying, a search of Mr. Bo's laptop showed that he was likely not passing NASA secrets to China, but that he was processing a different kind of image on his NASA laptop during his downtime.  Investigators found unlawfully downloaded copyrighted movies and sexually explicit films on the work machine.

Mr. Bo faces up to five years in U.S. prison on the porn/copyright infringement charges.  And when he does get out he likely won't be enjoying much adult entertainment; Chinese censors have a nationwide firewall blockade on pornographic content.

Source: Bloomberg

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By GulWestfale on 5/6/2013 6:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
no, it is "innocent unless proven guilty," not "until."
"until" implies that you are guilty, and it's only a matter of time before you are found out.

By SeeManRun on 5/6/2013 7:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure that was the point of my argument.. but regardless, you are incorrect. The common phrase is "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". You are innocent until you are proven guilty.

There is no presumption of guilt using the word until. Something does not happen until it does happen. The spacecraft does not explode until it blows up. That is not inevitability, that is English.

For more reference Google "council of Europe" open the PDF and go to article 6, paragraph 2. This is the document that most presumption of innocence currently comes from and is spelled out.

By GulWestfale on 5/6/2013 9:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
you are correct, although i was certain that the real phrase is "unless", not until. but yes, you are correct.

By SeeManRun on 5/7/2013 12:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
Good to challenge things. I am glad I did a bit more research and determined where it came from and that it was in fact clear in my head.

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