Friday, October 08, 2010

Guy finds FBI tracking device on his car -- confirmed when FBI shows up to ask for it back

From Valleywag, emphasis mine:
On Monday, a guy in California posted pictures of an FBI tracking device his friend found on his car to the social news site Reddit. Tuesday afternoon the FBI showed up at his friend's house and demanded it back.

Reddit user Khaledthegypsy posted this picture to Reddit, asking "Does this mean the FBI is after us? ... Afifi's deceased father was a prominent member of the local Muslim community and was on a federal watchlist.

The FBI left Afifi with "You don't need to call your lawyer. Don't worry, you're boring," according to Wired.
Read the Wired story, which adds:
His discovery comes in the wake of a recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it's legal for law enforcement to secretly place a tracking device on a suspect's car without getting a warrant, even if the car is parked in a private driveway.
Speaking of surveillance: This blogger says illegal surveillance by various agencies is increasing.

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