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FBI Spies on Student, Retrieves GPS Device
CBS NEWS.com ^ | October 8, 2010 6:17 PM | n/a

Posted on 10/08/2010 5:52:54 PM PDT by Cindy

PHOTO CAPTION: "Yasir Afifi said the FBI planted a GPS device on his car and later confiscated it when a friend posted this photo online. (Credit: khaledthegypsy/REDDIT)"

SNIPPET: "Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old student and U.S.-born citizen found a GPS tracking device on his car. A friend posted pictures of the device, which resulted in the FBI coming by Afifi's Santa Clara, Calif., apartment to retrieve the surveillance equipment. It seems the FBI was tracking Afifi's movements..."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: afifi; blog; blogger; cair; california; fourthamendment; gps; gpstracking; gpstrackingdevice; mall; santaclara; trackingdevice; warrantlesssearch; yasirafifi

1 posted on 10/08/2010 5:52:58 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

Hat Tip:

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/204306.php

October 08, 2010
“Don’t worry, you’re boring.”


2 posted on 10/08/2010 5:54:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

I posted this earlier under Front Page News.


3 posted on 10/08/2010 5:54:36 PM PDT by Stayfrosty
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To: Cindy

What else would a diligent force do with someone named Yasir?


4 posted on 10/08/2010 5:57:03 PM PDT by aces
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www.reddit.com/user/khaledthegypsy

#

Previously...

http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/dmh5s/does_this_mean_the_fbi_is_after_us/

2550
“Does this mean the FBI is after us? (self.reddit.com)”
submitted 4 days ago by khaledthegypsy


5 posted on 10/08/2010 5:57:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Wow, that’s not nearly as compact as I thought they would be, I’ll start looking for more obvious gear taped to the truck!


6 posted on 10/08/2010 5:57:45 PM PDT by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: Cindy

Fascinating article Cindy. Thanks for the thread. Boring my foot!


7 posted on 10/08/2010 5:58:36 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Stayfrosty

I ran some key words and title words and couldn’t find it.
Sorry about that.
Can you add your url to this thread?

Thanks.


8 posted on 10/08/2010 5:58:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Stayfrosty

Ok, I checked your posts and got it.

Quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2604057/posts

FBI allegedly caught using GPS to spy on student
CNN ^ | 10-08-2010 | Kim Zetter
Posted on October 8, 2010 12:27:44 PM PDT by Stayfrosty

(Wired) — A California student got a visit from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


9 posted on 10/08/2010 6:00:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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Once he discovered the device, he should have slapped that sucker on the first garbage truck he saw.


10 posted on 10/08/2010 6:01:09 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: MamaDearest

Smiling at you MamaDearest.


11 posted on 10/08/2010 6:02:26 PM PDT by Cindy
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According to Wired.com, Afifi cooperated with the officials, maintaining that he not done anything to provoke the FBI's attention.

Yea, right. Want to bet that someone in his family or his mosque has terrorist ties?

12 posted on 10/08/2010 6:07:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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ON THE INTERNET:

http://foxync.com/national/kclark2/arab-american-man-takes-car-to-mechanic-finds-fbi-tracking-device-in-car/

http://gawker.com/5658671/dont-post-pictures-of-an-fbi-tracking-device-you-find-on-a-car-to-the-internet


13 posted on 10/08/2010 6:07:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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ADDING TO “You’re boring...” post no. 2:

http://www.dailytech.com/FBI+Gets+Busted+Spying+on+ArabAmerican+Student+Demands+Tracker+Back/article19838.htm

“FBI Gets Busted Spying on Arab-American Student With Tracking Device”
Jason Mick (Blog) - October 8, 2010 11:50 AM

SNIPPET: “The FBI also indicated that aside from concerns about Mr. Afifi’s father, it also might be investigating Mr. Afifi because of a blog post that one of his college friends wrote that involved “something to do with a mall or a bomb.” The friend, Khaled (who helped Mr. Afifi post on Reddit), recalls writing “something stupid”, but says it wasn’t anything serious. Mr. Afifi defends his friend, stating, “He’s a smart kid and is not affiliated with anything extreme and never says anything stupid like that. I’ve known that guy my whole life.”

Now the FBI may be the ones facing the heat. Mr. Afifi has retained a high profile lawyer — Zahra Billoo of the Council on American Islamic Relations . He comments, “The idea that [government monitoring[ escalates to this level is unusual. We take about one new case each week relating to FBI or law enforcement visits [to clients]. Generally they come to the individual’s house or workplace, and there are issues that arise from that.””


14 posted on 10/08/2010 6:12:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: brushcop
The tracking device itself is about the size of 2 pks of cigarettes. The long thing is a battery pack. Looks like an extra-big battery pack. These things can be wired into a line using the vehicles electrical power which negates the need for the external battery unit.
(thats how most professionals do it...or so I'm told)
15 posted on 10/08/2010 6:19:01 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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Super duper. We can’t even do anything about them when they talk about planning to blow up malls.


16 posted on 10/08/2010 6:19:01 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Cindy

He should have sold in on Ebay.


17 posted on 10/08/2010 6:22:50 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Cindy

Ok, there must be a reason they are spying on him.


18 posted on 10/08/2010 6:26:15 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Cindy

Interesting comments at reddit via mypetjawa, Cindy. Thanks for posting.


19 posted on 10/08/2010 6:32:54 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Tainan

Thanks for that. The battery pack size is surprising given today’s technology on all things electronic.


20 posted on 10/08/2010 6:42:38 PM PDT by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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21 posted on 10/08/2010 6:58:48 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: bigbob
Once he discovered the device, he should have slapped that sucker on the first garbage truck he saw.

No...taxi cab to drive the FBI nuts. A garbage truck's pattern is too regular and would be quickly revealed as obvious.

22 posted on 10/08/2010 7:00:34 PM PDT by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: brushcop
Yup, I love the ones in the movies that are the size of a quarter. The FBI only wishes they had one that small.
23 posted on 10/08/2010 7:10:29 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: brushcop
my guess is it might be more than a simple beacon...

it might do audio (including cell phone monitoring) as well as video even depending where it's placed

24 posted on 10/08/2010 7:45:58 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Cindy

The FBI is grossly overpaying for a piece of crap GPS+cellular data network transceiver. Our tax dollars
being squandered. The 9 D-cell alkaline case goes for nearly 400.00

426-4Q ST820TK Guardian $4,781.11
426-4Q ST820TK-SW Guardian with Software $5,259.70
426-4Q ST970TK ST970TK Paladin $5,264.48
426-4Q ST820TDK Guardian $5,355.42
426-4Q ST820TDK-SW Guardian with Software $5,834.01
426-4Q ST820TK-SW-CS Guardian with Software and CS $5,929.72
426-4Q ST820TDK-SW-CS Guardian with Software and CS $6,504.03


25 posted on 10/08/2010 8:38:39 PM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Batteries and antennas with sufficient capture area
for GPS put a lower bound on size. A flat “polapulse”
battery as supplied with early Polaroid film cartridges
are fairly compact. A ceramic disk antenna is
about 1.25 inches square and 1/8” thick. A common
surface mount GPS chip is about 1” square. The
collection of parts rarely ends up smaller than a deck
of cards. There is also the matter of space for a
transmitter to send the location to a monitoring
receiver. Frankly, something like a Motorola Droid
has nearly an optimal mix of parts.


26 posted on 10/08/2010 8:41:31 PM PDT by Myrddin
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Yes


27 posted on 10/08/2010 8:44:19 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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Man, that thing looks like a pipe bomb. I am fairly certain I would call the bomb squad if I saw that on my car. Maybe the FBI can use it to find Obozo’s birth certificate.
28 posted on 10/09/2010 12:01:02 AM PDT by iowan in texas
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To: Myrddin
Yup, a droid tied into the vehicle power system and you can access the position for weeks or months. Way more concealable than the current Fed stuff. For many years now the chips have been very small, it is all the stuff needed to make them work and talk to the outside world that takes up space. I also like it in the movies when they are 100 miles from anywhere and the quarter size unit is sending data back to them. lol...
29 posted on 10/09/2010 6:13:28 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I’ve used some quarter size sensors running ANT protocol
and scavenging power from vibration of a piezo
electric device. The sensor sends brake shoe pressure
readings that are captured by a receiver that is
typically within 100 feet of the device. Nothing as
power hungry as a GPS receiver or cell phone trnaceiver.


30 posted on 10/09/2010 6:35:17 PM PDT by Myrddin
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Cool!


31 posted on 10/09/2010 7:03:40 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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