CTA Radio Hacker Says He Didn't Mean Any Harm

CTA Radio Hacker Says He Didn't Mean Any Harm
CTA Radio Hacker Says He Didn't Mean Any Harm

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03 August 2009

CHICAGO (CBS) =E2=80=95 Could you have been in danger on the CTA? A young 
Chicago man is accused of hacking into their radio system hundreds of 
times. The Feds say he even gave fake directions to some buses and 
trains. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov sat down with the suspect Monday, and he has 
an unusual defense.

Marcel Carter, 20, says he didn't realize what he was doing. But it may 
not make a difference as he's now been charged under a post 9/11 
terrorist statute.

The constant coming and going of CTA trains rely on radio communication 
to keep things on track.

But last week, a 20-year-old Chicago man, was arrested by the FBI and 
charged with interfering in those important communications hundreds of 
times over the past 14 months.

When asked what he would say in his defense, Carter said, "I would just 
say give me a second chance."

How that will play before federal prosecutors or a judge isn't clear. 
They allege the south side college student's initial radio interference 
in June of 2008 was more of a nuisance, but say it escalated until it 
became a safety concern.

The complaint charges Carter with interfering with the operation of a 
mass transit vehicle, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


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