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Q3: 7/15 in Berkeley [details]

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Best Buy Geek Squad Informant Use Has FBI on Defense in Child-Porn Case [updated]

FBI agents and prosecutors usually strut inside Santa Ana’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, knowing they’ve focused the wrath of the criminal-justice system on a particular criminal. But an unusual child-pornography-possession case has placed officials on the defensive for nearly 26 months. Questions linger about law-enforcement honesty, unconstitutional searches, underhanded use of informants and twisted logic. Given that a judge recently ruled against government demands to derail a defense lawyer’s dogged inquiry into the mess, United States of America v. ____ _ ____ is likely to produce additional courthouse embarrassments in 2017. Full Article

Update Jan 11

FBI Agent Admits Best Buy-Recovered Photo ‘Not Exactly’ Child Porn in Case Against Doctor

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  1. abolishtheregistry.com

    This isn’t the only avenue the cops employ this tactic and others. Anywhere your device is hooked into government provided internet, it’s being scoured through. It also happens directly, as in the story, when you drop your device off for anything. Taking your phone to att to get serviced? Yep! How about pawning your tablet? Yep!

    Brave new world…

    • ml

      To me it should be clear that anyone being paid by the government is an agent of the government. As soon as the agent had probable cause, they should have gotten a warrant. All of the lies and covering up I think are now par for the course with law enforcement. Many of these things were very similar in a case that I am very familiar. One thing after another where government theory is sustained time after time. Justice system? Conviction system.

  2. Stephen

    I sent in a camera to be fixed by them and it came back in worse shape.

  3. Jon

    Who is to say that the tech I planted the image because he wanted the extra cash. He would have the equipment and skill to do this and hide when it happened… that’s and easy $500 for them, and what do they care they ruined that man’s life, they don’t know them…

  4. Michael

    Trust the FBI about as far as you can sling a piano. They’ll lie, cheat, steal, plant evidence and toss their mama’s under the bus in order to get a conviction.

  5. WaPo story on this

    The WaPo is a bit late to the story, but here is the latest:

    Records show deep ties between FBI and Best Buy computer technicians looking for child porn

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/records-show-deep-ties-between-fbi-and-best-buy-computer-technicians-looking-for-child-porn/ar-BBzfwKp?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartanntp

  6. Michael

    The FBI, in particular, is one of the largest purveyors of child pornography, and “Operation Pacifier” is barely the tip of the iceberg.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/fbis-massive-porn-sting-puts-internet-privacy-in-crossfire/

    ….

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