Docs: Best Buy’s Geek Squad basically acted as spy ring for FBI

Docs: Best Buy’s Geek Squad basically acted as spy ring for FBI
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[Ed. – This stuff didn’t start with Obama — see the original memo cited in the article, from 2008 — but it did get worse under him.  Bold in original.]

Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs. …

A Feb. 27, 2008, agency document memorialized plans “seeking the training of the Geek Squad Facility technicians designed to help them identify what type of files and/or images would necessitate a call to the FBI.”

Jeff Haydock, a Best Buy vice president, told OCWeekly in January there has been no arrangement with the FBI. …

But evidence demonstrates company employees routinely snooped for the agency, contemplated “writing a software program” specifically to aid the FBI in rifling through its customers’ computers without probable cause for any crime that had been committed, and were “under the direction and control of the FBI.” …

In 2016, the defense lawyer claimed the FBI made Best Buy an unofficial wing of the agency by incentivizing Geek Squad employees to dig through customers’ computers, paying $500 each time they found evidence that could launch criminal cases.

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