FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance
Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 10, 2017
To sidestep the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, for example, potential child pornography on customers’ computers without any prodding by the government. Assistant United States Attorney M. Anthony Brown last year labeled allegations of a hidden partnership as “wild speculation.” But more than a dozen summaries of FBI memoranda filed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this month in USA v. Mark Rettenmaier contradict the official line.
But evidence demonstrates company employees routinely snooped for the agency, contemplated “writing a software program” specifically to aid the FBI in rifling through its customers’ computers without probable cause for any crime that had been committed, and were “under the direction and control of the FBI.”
In 2016, the defense lawyer claimed the FBI made Best Buy an unofficial wing of the agency by incentivizing Geek Squad employees to dig through customers’ computers, paying $500 each time they found evidence that could launch criminal cases.
And you thought just Verizon, AT & T, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, computer companies and chip manufacturers were out to get you. Hold the phone! Wait just a minute! You find all those people in Best Buy!
I wonder if the Geek Squad can turn on your device camera and microphone like the CIA does.
Pretty soon there will be no one left to buy from that isn’t scum.
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