Skip to comments.FBI Spies on Student, Retrieves GPS Device
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..."
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October 08, 2010
“Don’t worry, you’re boring.”
I posted this earlier under Front Page News.
What else would a diligent force do with someone named Yasir?
“Does this mean the FBI is after us? (self.reddit.com)”
submitted 4 days ago by khaledthegypsy
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!
Fascinating article Cindy. Thanks for the thread. Boring my foot!
I ran some key words and title words and couldn’t find it.
Sorry about that.
Can you add your url to this thread?
Ok, I checked your posts and got it.
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.
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Once he discovered the device, he should have slapped that sucker on the first garbage truck he saw.
Smiling at you MamaDearest.
Yea, right. Want to bet that someone in his family or his mosque has terrorist ties?
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ADDING TO “You’re boring...” post no. 2:
“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, “Hes a smart kid and is not affiliated with anything extreme and never says anything stupid like that. Ive 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 individuals house or workplace, and there are issues that arise from that.””
Super duper. We can’t even do anything about them when they talk about planning to blow up malls.
He should have sold in on Ebay.
Ok, there must be a reason they are spying on him.
Interesting comments at reddit via mypetjawa, Cindy. Thanks for posting.
Thanks for that. The battery pack size is surprising given today’s technology on all things electronic.
No...taxi cab to drive the FBI nuts. A garbage truck's pattern is too regular and would be quickly revealed as obvious.
it might do audio (including cell phone monitoring) as well as video even depending where it's placed
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
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.
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.