SAN FRANCISCO – Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student, took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage.
The wire was attached to a strange magnetic device that puzzled Afifi and the mechanic. They freed it from the car and posted images of it online, asking for help in identifying it.
Two days later, FBI agents arrived at Afifi's Santa Clara apartment and demanded the return of their property — a global positioning system tracking device now at the center of a raging legal debate over privacy rights.
One federal judge wrote that the widespread use of the device was straight out of George Orwell's novel, "1984".
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Answer by Anonymous at 9:09 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Sweets, You've now relinquished the right to EVER complain about past or future terrorist attacks, by questioning the right of the FBI to THEIR JOBS and investigate leads! Do you REALLY think the best way of stopping a terrorist plot, is by police by chance pulling over a truck loaded with explosives en route to it's destination?!
"One of the agents produced a printout of a blog post that Afifi's friend Khaled allegedly wrote a couple of months ago. It had something to do with a mall or a bomb, Afifi said. He hadn't seen it before and doesn't know the details of what it said. He found it hard to believe Khaled meant anything threatening by the post. 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.“
Answer by LoriKeet at 9:30 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Hmmm, that's pretty effed up. I am reasonably sure that there is more to the story.
That said, I don't know what right the FBI has to demand their device back after abandoning it with someone that didn't even realize it was there. How can he be responsible for something he knows nothing about?
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Answer by figaro8895 at 11:31 PM on Oct. 16, 2010
Did the FBI have a warrant or not to put it on his car? The courts have been all over the place on whether they need a warrant or not. The Obama administration has been arguing with the courts that the federal government does not need a warrant.
It's going to take the Supream Court to figure this all out.
Answer by Natesmom507 at 12:43 AM on Oct. 17, 2010
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