Best Buy and the FBI has been denying that the Geek Squad was being used to circumvent the Constitution to spy on Americans but Maury Povich proclaims, “THAT IS A LIE!”
New evidence has surfaced that the Geek Squad has been regularly used by the FBI to EXTENSIVELY spy on Americans using the unfettered access they have while being paid to fix computers.
Not only have they been lying about spying, evidence suggests a close relationship between the two.
Recently unsealed court documents prove it really did happen.
The FBI actually TRAINED Best Buy employees in law enforcement tactics, gave them lists of targeted individuals, and actively encouraged computer repair technicians to search customers’ computers for evidence.
The OCWeekly explains:
Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.
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.
One agency communication about Geek Squad supervisor Justin Meade noted, “Agent assignments have been reviewed and are appropriate for operation of this source,” that the paid informant “continues to provide valuable information on [child pornography]matters” and has “value due to his unique or potential access to FBI priority targets or intelligence responsive to FBI national and/or local collection.”
Other records show how Meade’s job gave him “excellent and frequent” access for “several years” to computers belonging to unwitting Best Buy customers, though agents considered him “underutilized” and wanted him “tasked” to search devices “on a more consistent basis.”
This is insane! The Justice Department has been getting out of control for a long time, but during the Obama administration, it has gone insane!
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.”
Benjamin Franklin made it very clear: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
I understand wanting to catch bad guys. I also understand wanting to sanitize the world of child pornography! But you do it within the Constitutional boundaries! That is the ONLY way to keep it from sliding into tyranny! There is NO DOUBT in connection to recent government spying revelations that this goes MUCH further than pornography. This is the tip of the iceberg.
Technology is growing exponentially and we all put too much out there. But it is not the job of government to spy on people so that they can catch a bad guy! Where does it stop? This is hideous!
This is not good for Best Buy or their Geeks Squad. Did they not think that when this came out, that it would end up on Drudge and hundreds of millions of people would find out? I have a feeling there will be some cheap stock to buy very soon.
Sad day for America and for the FBI. Insanity! Even J. Edgar Hoover would be rolling in his grave!
This was in January and Best Buy was denying and the FBI was saying, “No Comment!” Maury Povich proclaims, “THAT IS A LIE!”
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