FBI Wants Its GPS Back After Device Is Found By Student

Afterwards, agents told him not to worry … because he’s “boring”… but apparently he was just interesting enough to merit between 3 to 6 months of observation … and a GPS tracker under his car. From Kim Zetter at Wired. Enjoy the article … and consider its ramifications.

GPS Tracking Device

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 their 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.

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  • Ironaddict06

    Great. That makes the FBI look like amatures, but atleast they are doing there job.

    • Hadrian999

      i’m worried if that is the fbi’s job.
      it makes the guys from “the good guys” look like stone cold professionals

    • malatesting123

      The FBI’s job, since its founding to the present day, has been to be the nations political police. Just ask the the Move survivors. Hey, its just C4 man, no biggie.
      Yes, at least they are doing their job. Keeping America safe from dissidents and dark skinned people one frame up at a time.

  • Ironaddict06

    Great. That makes the FBI look like amatures, but atleast they are doing there job.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yikes! Well, there goes the notion that you can coordinate hundreds of gubmint minions to seamlessly perpetrate the most elaborate scam in the history of civilization!

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      More like a cruel lesson in how clumsy things really get when you give them carte blanche to transform narrowly targeted investigation into a flash flood of massive snooping. We’re in more danger of wasting effort and muddying the water than ever before…because the level of unsupervised overkill is off the charts these days.

    • Andrew

      How so? You can easily coordinate hundred of thousands of gubmint minions to seamlessly perpetrate the most elaborate scam in the history of civilization because people like Ironaddict06′s believe they’re doing the right thing and most of the rest refuse to believe it’s possible.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        I agree with your point that the extent of the surveilance programs has become excessive.

        I guess I was just making the additional point that, as VoxMagi says, as the investigations become broader and less targeted, they become correspondingly sloppier and farcical.

        Today being 9th October, John Lennon’s birth day, it may be worth mentioning his experience with the FBI in New York. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130401193

        Yeah, Nixon sicked the FBI on John Lennon. Tried to have him deported on the basis of a pot conviction years earlier in London. They eventually found memos going all the way up to Nixon himself proving the fact.

        But the agents were hidden in plain sight. They were so comically amateurish about the whole thing that they didn’t have anyone fooled for a minute. What with ridiculous number of “telephone repairs” going on at his apartment and the strange increasing popularity of crew cut hair styles among neighborhood residents . . . .

        But Lennon kept his cool, got a lawyer, successfully challenged the deportation order all while continuing to speak his mind. He got a green card and was set on track to become a U.S. citizen before he went on to his reward.

        I’ll never forget Lennon’s response to reporters congratulating him on successfully challenging the deportation. Asked whether he held any resentment towards Nixon or the FBI he said no, not at all; “Time wounds all heels”.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yikes! Well, there goes the notion that you can coordinate hundreds of gubmint minions to seamlessly perpetrate the most elaborate scam in the history of civilization!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    More like a cruel lesson in how clumsy things really get when you give them carte blanche to transform narrowly targeted investigation into a flash flood of massive snooping. We’re in more danger of wasting effort and muddying the water than ever before…because the level of unsupervised overkill is off the charts these days.

  • Andrew

    How so? You can easily coordinate hundred of thousands of gubmint minions to seamlessly perpetrate the most elaborate scam in the history of civilization because people like Ironaddict06′s believe they’re doing the right thing and most of the rest refuse to believe it’s possible.

  • Haystack

    “I’m sorry, I once I found your device I hooked it onto a random tractor trailer. No wonder you thought I was making a run for the border.”

  • Haystack

    “I’m sorry, I once I found your device I hooked it onto a random tractor trailer. No wonder you thought I was making a run for the border.”

  • Hadrian999

    i’m worried if that is the fbi’s job.
    it makes the guys from “the good guys” look like stone cold professionals

  • Anonymous

    I agree with your point that the extent of the surveilance programs has become excessive.

    I guess I was just making the additional point that, as VoxMagi says, as the investigations become broader and less targeted, they become correspondingly sloppier and farcical.

    Today being 9th October, John Lennon’s birth day, it may be worth mentioning his experience with the FBI in New York. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130401193

    Yeah, Nixon sicked the FBI on John Lennon. Tried to have him deported on the basis of a pot conviction years earlier in London. They eventually found memos going all the way up to Nixon himself proving the fact.

    But the agents were hidden in plain sight. They were so comically amateurish about the whole thing that they didn’t have anyone fooled for a minute. What with ridiculous number of “telephone repairs” going on at his apartment and the strange increasing popularity of crew cut hair styles among neighborhood residents . . . .

    But Lennon kept his cool, got a lawyer, successfully challenged the deportation order all while continuing to speak his mind. He got a green card and was set on track to become a U.S. citizen before he went on to his reward.

    I’ll never forget Lennon’s response to reporters congratulating him on successfully challenging the deportation. Asked whether he held any resentment towards Nixon or the FBI he said no, not at all; “Time wounds all heels”.

  • hunter349

    If this is the FBI doing their job then a taxi driver who crashes into 20 cars on the way to your destination is just doing his job too.

  • Anonymous

    If this is the FBI doing their job then a taxi driver who crashes into 20 cars on the way to your destination is just doing his job too.

  • malatesting123

    The FBI’s job, since its founding to the present day, has been to be the nations political police. Just ask the the Move survivors. Hey, its just C4 man, no biggie.
    Yes, at least they are doing their job. Keeping America safe from dissidents and dark skinned people one frame up at a time.

  • 5by5

    I would so “accidentally” drop it while handing it back to them. “Oops! My bad! Sorry about that!” LOL.

    The irony is that they want it back because it’s “government property”. Well this guy is an American citizen, so in principle, his tax dollars paid for that thing. He owns it, the agents don’t. In fact, he pays their salaries, and they work for him. In America, “We the People” ARE the government.

    The problem here is really that some of these people working at the alphabet soup agencies don’t seem to understand who their bosses are in a Democracy. They are under the mistaken impression that they live in East Germany and work for the Stazi.

    • Hadrian999

      personally I would have rented a car and installed it on the car and returned the car, or maybe on a greyhound bus, ya gotta have fun with a fascists

  • Anonymous

    I would so “accidentally” drop it while handing it back to them. “Oops! My bad! Sorry about that!” LOL.

    The irony is that they want it back because it’s “government property”. Well this guy is an American citizen, so in principle, his tax dollars paid for that thing. He owns it, the agents don’t. In fact, he pays their salaries, and they work for him. In America, “We the People” ARE the government.

    The problem here is really that some of these people working at the alphabet soup agencies don’t seem to understand who their bosses are in a Democracy. They are under the mistaken impression that they live in East Germany and work for the Stazi.

  • Hadrian999

    personally I would have rented a car and installed it on the car and returned the car, or maybe on a greyhound bus, ya gotta have fun with a fascists