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posted by richyoung (121 comments total)
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A mechanic noticed a strange device under the hood of a customer's car and offered to remove it for him. The customer, an Egyptian-American student named Yasir Afifi, shows his roommate, who posts pictures of it on Reddit to find out what the heck it is. Turns out it's an FBI GPS tracking device
, and the agency turned up quickly demanding he give it back. The ACLU is reportedly getting involved.
An interesting blog post on Forbes connects the dots and points out that this confirms the US government is monitoring social media sites
such as Reddit and Digg. (But surely not The Blue, as we're all patriots here!!1!)
Of special note is the rather prescient original post
by Afifi's roommate, Reddit user khaled the gypsy
, which may be the reason for the surveillance in the first place (though there is also speculation that Afifi's late father was the catalyst for the investigation).
bombing a mall seems so easy to do. i mean all you really need is a bomb, a regular outfit so you arent the crazy guy in a trench coat trying to blow up a mall and a shopping bag. i mean if terrorism were actually a legitimate threat, think about how many fucking malls would have blown up already.. you can put a bag in a million different places, there would be no way to foresee the next target, and really no way to prevent it unless CTU gets some intel at the last minute in which case every city but LA is fucked...so...yea...now i'm surely bugged : /