what ever version of the patriot or sunshine and kittens or what happy but totally terrible act that passed lets them do this in the name of "security"
FLIR Security | 06/09/16 02:32pm
This 'news' story is completely slanted - and just plain wrong.
The reporter says the actions of the FBI in this case were 'legal' - even though the court case to decide this had not even happened yet (at the very end they mention that the case is set for May 25th).
This case involves the FBI planting bugs around a courthouse in Alameda County to try and catch real estate investors colluding and rigging bids in bank foreclosure auctions.
"Federal agents planted hidden microphones and conducted secret video surveillance at Alameda County’s Rene C. Davidson Courthouse for ten months, despite having no court warrant. The surveillance operation was part of an investigation into alleged bid rigging at foreclosed property auctions where thousands of houses and apartment buildings were sold by banks. But defense attorneys for some of the individuals accused say the FBI's surveillance tactics violated their clients' constitutional rights, and everyone else whose conversations might have been captured on tape."
That is from this story - which contains the full details of what the FBI did in this case - including how the FBI did the very same thing in San Mateo County prior to this (which is a separate, but obviously similar case).