Hidden FBI Microphones Exposed In California

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An anonymous reader writes: “Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations, ” reports CBS Local, noting that for 10 months starting in 2010, FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures, and also at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse, to record conversations without a warrant. “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment, ” a security analyst and former FBI special agent told CBS Local. “I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because thats the intent!” Federal authorities are currently investigating fraud and bid-rigging charges against a group of real estate investors, and the secret recordings came to light when they were submitted as evidence. “Private communication in a public place qualifies as a protected ‘oral communication’…” says one of the investor’s lawyers, “and therefore may not be intercepted without judicial authorization.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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