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Team Sp00ky's video equipment seized by Homeland Security

Posted by Nate 'Nyoro' Young • September 27, 2011 at 12:57 p.m. PDT
Updated: Sp00ky will be on the show !@#$ Slasher today at 2 p.m. PDT, 5 p.m. EDT to discuss the situation. You can check it out here.

Several members of the site wrote in to say that Sp00ky has updated with a new video that explains that his streaming equipment got confiscated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Because of this development, Guard Crush will be streamed on Min's channel tomorrow. Future tournaments are going to have to be streamed on an older setup that Spooky owns as well. Watch the video for more details.

Sent in by Legendary Kiryu, Rafael2487, TheFragile, neoWhite, Gemakai and Alex_MMorales.

Comments

Hakansoilbarrel said on September 27, 2011 at 1 p.m.

(What is this...I don't even?)

#1
Oroku_Saki said on September 27, 2011 at 1 p.m.

lol really¿! Must be for some crazy reason. Watching the video now.

#2
J said on September 27, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

Dang, that sucks. :(

#3
Uinseann said on September 27, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

All those fights with people shooting out fireballs and doing all kinds crazy stuff must be people prepping to take over the US.

#4
NyuBomber said on September 27, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

CIA is making its own Daigo-clone and needs this valuable tech.

But for serious, what the heck?

#5
SAMURAI said on September 27, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

swag, swag, based, swag,...

#6
SAMURAI said on September 27, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.

But yeah, it sucks, Spooky is really a nice guy.

#7
triplefierce said on September 27, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

someone put the call out- this is a job for Ultra David@

#8
Graphf said on September 27, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

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#9
Spacecacti said on September 27, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.

What is this garbage?

#10
BestAlgorithm said on September 27, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.

What is there even to say?

#11
CharlieKun said on September 27, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.

I am now upset

#12
Ett said on September 27, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.

Someone needs to liberate the American people from this oppression.

#13
kara said on September 27, 2011 at 1:13 p.m.

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#14
Anim8td_fan said on September 27, 2011 at 1:13 p.m.

Wow, that totally sucks for Spooky.

#15
MODOKKK said on September 27, 2011 at 1:16 p.m.

hopefully he will get his stuff back. this really is senseless.

#16
DestinyZX1 said on September 27, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.

Aw crud. I didn't see this coming. Be strong Spooky and I hope that you get your stuff soon or better yet, get new video equipment.

#17
NvhA said on September 27, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.

Its time to repay back Sp00ky!
Damn shame. I hope this won't dent his determination to continue streaming and hyping up the FG scene.

#18
yes4me said on September 27, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.

republicans fault... again =(
PS: Obama is a republican in my book.

#19
SaintAvi said on September 27, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.

This is some bullsh!t, bad things happening to good people make me sick to my stomach

#20
kaka said on September 27, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.

government got nothing better to do but some petty sh?t like this. aren't you tax-paid f?cks suppose to save us from 'terrorism' instead of going around harassing citizens? useless sh?ts in the office

#21
Graphf said on September 27, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.

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#22
SaintAvi said on September 27, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.

Publicizing this garbage may put some pressure on the government to give him his equipment back, Im going to write gaming sites

#23
Ninjanuity said on September 27, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.

Is the government f--king retarded? How about they solve all of the other problems going on instead of confiscating sh-t from civilians? Is that their number one priority? Homeland Security, F--k you.

#24
SimSimIV said on September 27, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.

If someone knows anything we can do to help out Spooky, please tell us, because I know there are a lot of people here who would put down some work for this man.

#25
Q80Warlock said on September 27, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.

Homeland security ! Fighting game streams...in A-ME-RI-CA. Someone's been smoking serious $#!t, what's next weapons of mass destruction in Team Spooky's basement !

#26
Busboy said on September 27, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.

One of the best things we can all do is write / email our senators and congressmen about this and continue to show them first hand how crap like the Patriot Act and HLS is screwing up our society. Most politicians in Washington are slime but a few truly care and listen, and it only takes a few minutes of your time to do.

#27
Heroscaper said on September 27, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.


It is because of that stupid fraud Jaha and his non stop spamming based swag bull sh*t wannabe thug.

Jaha should be banned from the community from now on !!

#28
xShonuffx said on September 27, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.

Homeland Security basically means legalized boosters. Sorry this happened Spooky. Damn.

#29
yes4me said on September 27, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.

#9: "America is not free"? ROFL... you didn't know?

You pay more taxes than the rich people, and (Millionaire) senators, mostly republicans, want more tax cut on millionaire to "create more jobs".
American people get arrested for having opinions on internet.
Heard of "Georgia work$"? It is a program to get you to work for free.
Right now, republicans are trying to pass a bill to remove the minimum wages... in order to pay you even less than $7.

And worse of all, Obama is signing everything like a dog =(

Seriously, at the moment, we lack info to make up an opinion... but it definitely sucks.

#30
PropLeXed said on September 27, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.

This is straight up BS, I hope spooky gets his equipment back sometime soon.

#31
jhayze said on September 27, 2011 at 1:43 p.m.

its time to light up ULTRA DAVID signal in the air!

#32
Aviseras said on September 27, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.

Apparently this is extremely common and standard practice for anyone returning across the border with any electronics. Do a quick search and you'll see tons of results. It's a huge waste of time and manpower to do a blanket search on absolutely everything. Other than the legal standing of probable cause, there is the practical element of having way too much data -_-

#33
Aviseras said on September 27, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.

Long story short, don't take any electronics out of the country because you won't keep them coming back in.

#34
Eckin said on September 27, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.

Man, this is ridiculous.

I've been following the fighting scene thanks to great guys like Spooky, because I can't travel around and I don't even live in the US, so it really annoys me that a guy who work so hard for the scene has his tools of trade seized like that "FOR NO REASON"...

Because no matter what they say (as if they'd say anything!), it was for no reason for me, damn.

#35
Boogityboy said on September 27, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.

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#36
Rahavic said on September 27, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.

UltraDavid GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! For real this could honestly all jokes aside literally be the time to call in David Graham he'll pick this case up. I'd call him Vic if your reading this.

#37
mcb650 said on September 27, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.

Wow, I'm impressed. There's a post about the government doing something stupid and no one's used the words "Nazi" or "fascist" yet.

#38
jupiter said on September 27, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.

sorry spooks. that sht sucks, man. america is a paranoid, supremist bitch, thought you all knew this...

#39
zombiebrian said on September 27, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.

I dont think this is Udavids area tbh hes mostly into copy right. If i were american id be kinda pissed that people are getting stuff seized and not returned. Theres another name for that theft.

#40
xRELLIKx said on September 27, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.

While I'm glad this jack can't happen to me, ain't not retarded senator or what not I can write to bout this jack.

This is total F-ing BULL$#!+!!!!!!!!!!!!

#41
DashXero said on September 27, 2011 at 1:58 p.m.

@#27

If only that would work. There are no politicians who are good people. The second they start being politicians, they stop being people. They're a cancer upon American society - reaping all of the benefits, doing little actual work, and oppressing those they have been charged with representing. The politicians are what is wrong with this country.

To be quite honest, I'm more terrorized of US politicians than I've ever been of Al Quaeda or any other terrorist group.

#42
fightmejimmy said on September 27, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.

Im do glad I live in Australia

#43
Ninjanuity said on September 27, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.

#38 This is wrong, but what made you think people would go as far to call it Nazism or fascism?

#44
zombiebrian said on September 27, 2011 at 2:08 p.m.

@45

Cause its not like eh to be as levelheaded as they are being

#45
jupiter said on September 27, 2011 at 2:09 p.m.

america has been terrorizing its own country ever since 9/11. al qaeda at least claims allah as its reason for their actions. can't say as much for america. oil? seems too obvious of an excuse. freedom?? as if al qaeda could ever take that away.

it's like when a school bully gets humiliated publicly on the playground, he'll viciously come after each and every single one of you just to reinstate his role as an impenetrable force that feeds on fear. yup. ah, america. just like bullies, america will be NOTHING when high school is over.

how does it feel to be the youngest country?

#46
zombiebrian said on September 27, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.

wow bringing 9/11 into it bit much isnt it?

#47
error3 said on September 27, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.

9/11 WAS A INSIDE JOB!!!!!!!!!!

#48
powdertoastzman said on September 27, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.

@48 exactly...way too much

#49
DemonDethchase said on September 27, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.

@yes4me

well going by what you're saying really proves what I said about the US health service "Land of only those who can afford to live there" and with their gun crazy ownership laws "And the home of the not as brave as they like to think or have you believe"

But yea thats lame as hell! so much for going after the real bad guys

#50
SsjBizzle said on September 27, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.

Sounds like he kinda expected this. Spooky worked for OSAMA!?!? Ohwowowo

#51
JustIceRei said on September 27, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.

UltraDavid to the rescue!

#52
gensnroses said on September 27, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.

#45 Godwin's Law?

#53
MrPavy said on September 27, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.

If you guys actually do support spooky you can donate here

http://tinyurl.com/donatets

#54
NRR said on September 27, 2011 at 2:29 p.m.

Actually under the Patriot Act what HLS did to Spooky is 100% legal. The Patriot Act makes it so agencies like HLS can detain people, items, pretty much whatever they want without a warrant and merely on the basis of suspicion.

Sorry to say to Spooky: civil rights have nothing to do with this situation. It's all about a bill which was introduced by George W. Bush (and extended by Obama) that monitors and restricts ALL citizen's rights in this country.

#55
jupiter said on September 27, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.

@48 zombiebrian

well, i mean, isn't the dept of homeland security confiscating property beCAUSE of 9/11? you were allowed to bring a bottle of water before then, right? i'm just saying that the dept of homeland security is over-reacting. what connection is there between sp00ky's streaming equipment and terrorism? don't they even conduct interviews with the accused anymore before they steal your sht?

#56
jupiter said on September 27, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.

so i guess no one can bring 9/11 into it when 9/11 started it. i'm not trying to be insensitive, but 10 years later and america is still in shambles? for shame.

#57
ShinMagus said on September 27, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/homelandsecu...
https://twitter.com/#!/dhsgov/

Oh, 4chan... I wonder if we should call upon the masses for raw pressure now. heh o_o

#58
xRELLIKx said on September 27, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.

@56
I'm amazed you think such.
How bout I just jack your living room and walk off with half your gear?

Let me hear you say that when it happens. (i'll have a papre badge and eveything ^_^)

It's a matter of principal and it's BS.

#59
Boogityboy said on September 27, 2011 at 2:40 p.m.

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#60
BlankaBeast said on September 27, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.

Son, I am disappoint

#61
xShonuffx said on September 27, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.

@56 Yup that pretty much sums it up. You can thank Bush for that one.

#62
Teemo said on September 27, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.

The paper most likely states that the property is his and they are simply "revising" it. So their is nothing spooky can do, they will return it to him. But unfortunately they don't return it. Government jobs like state-border patrol have really bad follow through and are the systems are devised to reward low moral ethics.

They won't send the stuff back, and they won't even start reviewing it ever. If Sp00ky calls them on the status of it, they will simply say that its still in review and to wait, or call some other turdhole who will say the same thing.

#63
DemonDethchase said on September 27, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.

@trannypolicefu
hahaha that sounds crazy! Very much like a "Dude! What the **** is this ****!" moment right there lol

#64
ury said on September 27, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.

@9

We have the right to remain silent.....

#65
Graphf said on September 27, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.

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#66
Graphf said on September 27, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.

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#67
Soren said on September 27, 2011 at 3:15 p.m.

@NRR

The federal government could confiscate property at the border before the Patriot Act was ever passed. Please educate yourself.

#68
Fallacy said on September 27, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.

This is absolutely ridiculous, I can't believe someone can just run up to you with a piece of paper and steal your property.

#69
XequR said on September 27, 2011 at 3:24 p.m.

what the hell lol america is funny in germany i could bring DHS to court to get my stuff back

#70
JasonLee said on September 27, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.

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#71
mohandu said on September 27, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.

Way to ruin the day HLS. Yo, even plenty of republicans can see a problem with this infringement on personal property. Guvermint, you can get the hell out! We support sp00ky, down with oppression!

#72
Maylevil said on September 27, 2011 at 3:32 p.m.

Just saw this in /v/ on 4chan!

http://boards.4chan.org/v/res/1116796...

#73
AsukaRock said on September 27, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.

The Krusty Krab is unfair.

Mr. Krabs is in there.

Standing at the concession.

Plotting his oppression.

#74
Gameplan said on September 27, 2011 at 3:37 p.m.

Damn, this sucks man. :(

#75
HyperCombinationFinish said on September 27, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.

I'm not saying Spooky did anything wrong here, but isn't it possible that maybe he accidentally caught something on camera that might be important to national security? I'm not gonna sit here with almost no information and act like I KNOW for a fact the government took his equipment for no reason. Maybe someone at EVO was a terrorist casing the event to blow it up next year and Spooky accidentally caught him on camera.

Who knows? Certainly not any of you. I understand this sucks for Spooky and I can sympathize with him obviously, but it's possible that they took it for a reason based on a single person he may have filmed for a couple seconds at a large event.

#76
caruga said on September 27, 2011 at 3:38 p.m.

Haven't you heard? America ain't the land of the free anymore. Next thing they'll do is order Youtube to take this video down.

#77
OSM said on September 27, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.

What the ****!

Poor Sp00ky. D:

#78
ESTAKA said on September 27, 2011 at 3:50 p.m.

@78 Rare footage of someone actually committing a terrorist act?

#79
Ironmonk said on September 27, 2011 at 3:50 p.m.

Until an official reason is release for why it was ceased, it's retarded to assume it's on some BS!

#80
SolarPlex said on September 27, 2011 at 3:51 p.m.

i guess spooky wont go to canada anytime in the foreseeable future

#81
MonkeyCha0s said on September 27, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.

@ 64
that was a hacker. it wasnt a joke of spookys or anything like that. they took care of it though.

#82
kuiper_felt said on September 27, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.

The USA allows people to have guns, but comes down heavy on gambling , as anyone who has followed the full tilt poker debacle since black Friday will be fully aware of. Now I see this BS has happened to spooky, WTF? What is up with the American law system? I am no expert but it just seems completely irrational.

#83
kuiper_felt said on September 27, 2011 at 3:54 p.m.

my bad this happened in canada, didnt catch that from reading the intro.

#84
HyperCombinationFinish said on September 27, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.

@81 Just a person of interest. Doesn't even have to be a terrorist, could just be someone who knows a terrorist or has had contact with one, whether they know it or not. There's literally a million possible reasons why they may have taken it.

#85
ChunLi said on September 27, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.

This is beyond ridiculous.

Beyond more ridiculous than mark_morrison's border breaking lol.

#86
Akro said on September 27, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.

man that's fk'd up, RIOT!

#87
senpai said on September 27, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.

FFCK THE FEDS!..they just see nice equipment and want it for themselves...bullshat!

#88
Shinkada said on September 27, 2011 at 4:18 p.m.

Yeah... It is a shame this is perfectly legal on their part. Or else I'd say to call in the Ultralawyer. lolamerica.

#89
GamePirate420 said on September 27, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.

I just have to say that the PSN SF3oe Update is making things worse!! Ive never had a match in slow motion/ frame skipping before!

#90
Asmiliz said on September 27, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.

Uhh now the gamers are mad because they dont get streams anymore. Its your own fault for not fighting the patriot act in the first place. If people would have thought about what that deam thing means in the first place it wouldnt be like this. Anything else then burning cars on the streets would have been unexaptable for a political move like that. Yeah, start to think about politics when it bites you in the backside, but not a second earlier.

#91
ShadowoftheDarkgod said on September 27, 2011 at 4:27 p.m.

THAT IS SO F-CKED UP.

Nice Amerikuh. This is how you combat terrorism. FU HOMELAND SECURITY.

UltraDavid help!

#92
ESTAKA said on September 27, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.

@87 I don't think DHS would go through the countless hours of footage spooky had while he was a the border. I think what probably happened was that they were suspicious of all the equipment he was carrying with him and when they questioned what it was being used for, they didn't understand so they decided to confiscate it.
That just my guess, but considering how they gave him paperwork that didn't give any explanation, there's no way of knowing.

#93
DarkDiscyple said on September 27, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.

What the hell does streaming video games have to do with terrorism? This just looks like a form of harassment to me. This sucks Sp00ky. Sorry.

#94
ShadowoftheDarkgod said on September 27, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.

Spooky, if you need to setup a drive, I'm willing to donate. It seems you won't be able to get your equipment back. Godspeed Spooky.

#95
NRR said on September 27, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.

@#60 You'd have to be part of some law enforcement agency in order to abuse the Patriot Act. It's not a matter of principle since for some reason HLS had reason to believe Spooky's equipment or Spooky himself was suspicious so they acted within the boundaries of the Patriot Act.

@Soren It's true property could be confiscated prior to the PA, however the act allows agencies such as HLS to take such action based on as little as "a gut feeling". Based on Spooky's account of the incident, his equipment was detained through abuse of the PA; the equipment was confiscated, he was served a notice and that was that. Detainment of property prior to the PA being instituted would most likely involve warrants and detainment of Spooky himself for suspected illicit activity.
I'm not an expert on law, but I can recognize the Patriot Act when I see it.

#96
WinstonChurchill said on September 27, 2011 at 4:52 p.m.

Long live Sp00ky!

#97
Put_Elena_in_SF said on September 27, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.

We are with you spooky. Very sorry to hear about this.

#98
JIHADJOE said on September 27, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.

I guess the USA ain't so free after all.

=P

#99
Soljah said on September 27, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.

as much as I don't like spooky's voice, it's crap that his stuff got taken away. This isn't bomb equipment... it's recording. How do big name movie devs get their stuff around?

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