Be Careful What You Say Around Rocks and Light Fixtures

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What you can't see at this very bus stop might shock you.
What you can’t see at this very bus stop might shock you.

Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations and they don’t need a warrant to do it.

Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”

FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.

The Feds are trying to catch real estate investors in The Bay area who they believe are guilty of bid rigging and fraud.

Harp said, “An agent can’t just go out and grab a recording device and plant it somewhere without authorization from a supervisor or special agent in charge.”

A lawyer for one of the accused investors is trying to get the tapes thrown out on the basis of one having an expectation of privacy in a public place during a private, protected oral communication.

With smart appliances, smart TVs, smart cars, smart phones, you won’t have privacy in your home either.

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