The unbelievable stupidity and ineptitude of the government goes unchecked when a 20 year old U.S. born citizen of Egyptian descent is secretly GPS tracked by the FBI, who then gets caught, and shows up in force to get their GPS unit back. I’m wondering which event came first, the tracking or the 9th Circuit Appeals judge stating it’s legal to trespass when the government is spying on it’s citizens. Well, maybe that’s not how the decision was actually stated, but the results are the same, yes?
Now what was I saying last night….?
STOP SPYING ON AMERICANS with cameras, illegal wiretapping, data mining protocols, etc. Tighten the supervision of America’s intelligence community, and require them to share the data they do acquire.
A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do.
It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted its expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday.
The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device.
Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, cooperated willingly and said he’d done nothing to merit attention from authorities. Comments the agents made during their visit suggested he’d been under FBI surveillance for three to six months.
An FBI spokesman wouldn’t acknowledge that the device belonged to the agency or that agents appeared at Afifi’s house.
“I can’t really tell you much about it, because it’s still an ongoing investigation,” said spokesman Pete Lee, who works in the agency’s San Francisco headquarters.
Afifi, the son of an Islamic-American community leader who died a year ago in Egypt, is one of only a few people known to have found a government-tracking device on their vehicle.
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.