If You Catch Them Spying On You It’s Your Fault

via Sharp As A Marble here’s some cheery news

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.

In a friendly, non-threatening, non-Big Brothery way the agent told him

“We’re going to make this much more difficult for you if you don’t cooperate.”

Thank you, Ninth Circuit.

8 Responses to “If You Catch Them Spying On You It’s Your Fault”

  1. Mark says:

    My temptation would have been to call it “abandoned property” and keep the device and tell the FBI to come back with a warrant, or meet me in a lawyer’s office…

  2. ricki says:

    Or sell it on e-bay.

  3. JeffS says:

    Better yet, stick it on a random truck heading out of state.

  4. Rob says:

    That’s a great idea, Ricki. Send it US Post.

    I’m saddened mostly by the FBI telling the kid that they had all of the information they needed and that he wouldn’t need a lawyer because he’s boring. I’m definitely boring now but, at 20? Well, I was considerably less boring … 🙂

  5. Skyler says:

    Tell them they need a warrant to get it back!

    Putting it on a truck or in the mail is not such a good idea. He should give it to his lawyer.

  6. Rob says:

    I don’t know, Skyler. A showdown between FBI agents and postal workers kind of intrigues me … from a very safe distance. 🙂

  7. mojo says:

    “Oh, sorry, I lost it. Last seen on a semi from Alaska…”

  8. JeffS says:

    Why not, Sklyer? It’s a GPS tracking unit. They can find it anytime. That’s the idea.

    The fact that it would pi$$ off the FBI agent is gravy.

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