STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
FBI Uses “Geek Squad” for Illegal Spying
By The Daily Bell Staff - March 11, 2017

As hard as the FBI tries, people’s rights keep getting in the way of their investigations!

The latest revelation came out of a court case in which a Doctor is being prosecuted by the FBI. The doctor was nabbed for child pornography, after one image was found on his computer by a Geek Squad employee in the obscure space that requires high tech digging to find deleted images and files stored automatically while browsing the web.

The image later turned out to not even be child pornography. The defendant alleges that the Geek Squad search of the computer was illegal in the first place, and therefore the case should be thrown out.

So the real issue is how the FBI searches for these crimes. They have been paying Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” employees to search client’s computers. In order to get around the requirement for a warrant, the FBI claimed that Geek Squad employees only reported to the FBI when they stumbled across illegal images while servicing a computer.

But more information has come to light that shows the FBI paid, and even trained, Geek Squad employees to go snooping around customers’ computers looking for a crime. And of course this was all done without warrants.

The FBI Distributes Child Porn

This is not the first controversial tactic the FBI has used in combating child pornography.

When the FBI took over the servers of a child pornography site called Playpen, they continued to host the servers for two weeks in order to catch criminals using the website.

They ended up catching a lot of sick criminals, and removing some children from abusive situations, which is clearly a positive result. But this is one of those cases where you have to wonder if the end justifies the means. What about the precedent set that it is okay for the government to break its own laws in order to catch criminals?

The government’s official position is that every time an illegal image of an exploited child is viewed, the child is re-victimized. This means the FBI victimized thousands of children in order to initiate criminal cases.

So if the FBI is willing to victimize children to get prosecutions, how far will they take that tactic? Would they continue to operate a sex slave brothel in order to catch the perpetrators? We know they provide fake assistance to potential terrorists in order to nab them; would the FBI actually let a suspect carry out a terrorist plot if it meant catching more terrorists?

Case Dropped Because the FBI Won’t Come Clean

Prosecutors actually dropped one of the cases against a man who was caught using the site Playpen while it was being hosted on FBI servers. The case was dropped because prosecutors demanded more information about how the FBI investigated the crimes in order to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The FBI however, would say no more than that they used “network investigation techniques.”

So the FBI would rather hide their, probably illegal, investigation tactics than prosecute a criminal suspected of crimes against children.

It sort of makes you wonder just how far the FBI does go into illegal territory to investigate crimes.

The fact that they use Geek Squad employees for illegal searches is just another piece of the puzzle. What other private companies is the FBI using to circumvent the rights of the accused?

And with the Vault 7 CIA revelations about their hacking tools that can remotely hijack and use a computer, can we even trust the federal agencies who investigate these crimes? Especially agencies like the FBI who have a long history of abusing citizens rights.

It seems framing suspects in cyber-space would be just too easy these days.

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  • georgesilver

    Oh come on. Please wake up. When a computer is ‘taken away’ to be investigated that’s when these images are planted on it. When the ‘authorities’ want someone to fall into line they make sure these images are on their computer. I never understand why a competent lawyer couldn’t insist on this fact.

    • MetaCynic

      With Wikileaks recent disclosure of the nature of the CIA’s spying shenanigans, these alphabet soup agencies no longer need physical access to our computers and cell phones. They can now remotely plant “incriminating” things on our electronic devices.

  • wildeyedliberal

    So, store your files (any file you value) to an external drive, and when your computer gets weird, repair it with a sledge hammer, paying attention to the hard drive. Engage repair by deleting the problem.

  • John Lock

    All Federal agencies have gone rogue and ignore the limits of the Constitution. IRS, BLM, USFS, CIA, FBI, NSA. NIS. EPA, and all the rest. Repeal the 14th, 16th and 17th amendments – this will restore States rights and powers. DC will have no money and no power.

    http://articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com/index.html

    • Don Duncan

      “…have gone rogue…”? Or are we just becoming enlightened as to the nature of a coercive govt.? Why should I want to support “states rights”? I don’t believe in that concept. Rights belong to the individual. States (govt.) should operate by privilege, quickly revokable when it uses fraud or force.

      • John Lock

        Then you do not believe in the Constitution – therefor you are for anarchy with no rule of law? Sadly we are ignoring that the US is a Constitutional Republic and not a democracy.

        • sadstateofaffairs

          “the US is a Constitutional Republic ”

          Yeah, that’s what the documents state, but it seems that the power was still concentrated in “elite” hands by 1791.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_Rebellion

          Else why would the newly formed government resort to the tactics of the one they just rebelled against for the exact same reason less than 20 year before?

        • Don Duncan

          Any action based in violence and not reason, such as Fed dictates, made possible by the existence of a inherently anti-reason system of social control called government, is doomed to failure. It is incompatible with our nature. We require freedom of action to flourish, the freedom to interact, organize, and exchange ideas, goods, and services. Little freedom exists. What does survive provides for us. It also feeds the engine of its demise, the collectivist mentality. As long as the producers keep sacrificing their wealth to the so-called common good, or “national security” or any abstract rationalization the con men (rulers) invent, the cycle of production/destruction (bust/boom) will continue.

          Did you notice I put “bust” before “boom”? That’s because “bust” is the production period, contrary to popular economic misconceptions taught by the mainstream economists. It is the elimination of malinvestiment/malemployment, clearing the way for capital to create. Also note how the concepts “malinvestiment” and “malemployment” are underlined in red when typed, as if they are misspelled. These concepts have been around long enough to be recognized by “spell correct”. But TPTB do not want them known. They do not want them debated. They have no rebuttal for them. These concepts are dangerous to collectivism. Moreover they challenge the coercive system of government which benefits a very small few in the short run, and hurts all of us in the long run.

          As long as the present situation of propaganda replacing free debate exists, suppressed concepts will struggle to spread, indoctrination will replace education, and truth will suffer.

          As long as TPTB exploit instead of inform, repress instead of encourage debate, they endanger our species. Since it is the masses who create a concentration of power under the misconception that it is needed, it is the masses who need an awakening.

  • sukTHEfac

    I went to the FBI site to report a crime; that some big organization is going around using blackmail and unconstitutional acts to spy on me and my fellow citizens…lol

  • SnakePlissken

    I suspect the reason these agencies get away with what they do is because they have extensive dossiers on politicians’ web history.

    • Don Duncan

      Govt. exists by majority forfeiture of sovereignty. That implies the govt. can do what it wants, until the majority take back their sovereignty, their life, their responsibility to self govern.

    • Maximiliano Plus Adrienne

      unless u r dirty u can not play! in the great movie clockers from spike lee, delroy lindo makes that point to mekhi phifer! same goes for members of skull n bones or greek letters fraternities, this is why one has to tell em even ones sexual experiences etc so that they could be coerced at any time in case they think about going off course….like doing something for the populace for instance which always against the interests of the 1% ers or the MASTERSOFPUPPETS!

  • autonomous

    The more one learns about the government, the more one deplores the fact of government. Regardless of John Lennon’s beatific prayer for a one world government, it is not a heaven above nor a hell beneath that are the threat to us underlings, it’s having men above or bellow us that is the threat to peace.

  • Don Duncan

    “…govt. to break its own rules…”? If you support the idea of a govt. you should know not to assume that the govt. obeys any laws. You support a “lawless institution” that exploits you by using law. The more you worship govt. or respect law, the more you suffer exploitation.

    Begin by thinking what this means, and soon you will be questioning, then resisting most law. It is a step toward freedom, both psychologically and materially.

  • We know they provide fake assistance to potential terrorists in order to nab them; would the FBI actually let a suspect carry out a terrorist plot if it meant catching more terrorists?

    Do you also know, for are there not many facts and instances to support it, that a system based and dependent upon a fiat currency and stock market manipulation and interesting financing wedded to the expansion and maintaining of a mighty military industrial complex, will carry out myriad terrorist plots to create more terrorists, in order to try to continue to survive and perversely prosper… until the corrupt machine that it is, is smashed by infernal internal revolution and increasingly sophisticated, deadly targeted dissent, leaking information and enlightening intelligence.

    But it is not as if both the ignorant and arrogant in humans were not well warned of the inherent danger and systemic vulnerability for mass zeroday exploitation, is it? Did you miss this virtual call to arms to beware and be aware of and be ready to slay a creeping stealthy enemy within its host body politic, 56 years ago now.?

    A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

    Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

    Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

    Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

    In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

    Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

    The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

    and is gravely to be regarded. …. Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

    • Thank you for sharing that, good information to know.

  • mary

    Boycott Best Buy. A boycott would wipe them out in a matter of months.

  • Praetor

    Geek’s, in other words Freaks. Origins, circus freaks. Now we know. Oddballs. Untrustworthy little nerds, the geeks revenge. Their power comes from the flow of electrons, without the flow of electrons their power is nil. The geek’s will never win.!!!

  • Alan

    Geeks is a term dummies use to dehumanize people who are smarter than them.

  • Apologies, there is an automatic filter for certain words to avoid spam.

    • NP. I’m interacting with quite a few Disqus sites and the settings seems to be different at each. Some are much too Draconian, some seem fine, and some do have a problem with spam – altough I mostly encounter a pattern “Work For Google…” spam that could easily be detected by a Regex and blocked on a custom basis. I feel that sites which block the use of links in comments are too restrictive, curtailing the user’s ability to support their points.

  • ILJAG

    The government more and more is the bad guy.

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