FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

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.

To sidestep the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, for example, potential child pornography on customers’ computers without any prodding by the government. Assistant United States Attorney M. Anthony Brown last year labeled allegations of a hidden partnership as “wild speculation.” But more than a dozen summaries of FBI memoranda filed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this month in USA v. Mark Rettenmaier contradict the official line.

One agency communication about Geek Squad supervisor Justin Meade noted, “Agent assignments have been reviewed and are appropriate for operation of this source,” that the paid informant “continues to provide valuable information on [child pornography] matters” and has “value due to his unique or potential access to FBI priority targets or intelligence responsive to FBI national and/or local collection.”

Other records show how Meade’s job gave him “excellent and frequent” access for “several years” to computers belonging to unwitting Best Buy customers, though agents considered him “underutilized” and wanted him “tasked” to search devices “on a more consistent basis.”

To enhance the Geek Squad role as a “tripwire” for the agency, another FBI record voiced the opinion that agents should “schedule regular meetings” with Meade “to ensure he is reporting.”

33 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    This should do wonders for Best Buy’s bottom line. When I get a computer the first thing I do is wipe the hard drive and reinstall the software.

    Hopefully some class-action lawyer will work to establish a class action lawsuit against Best Buy and its geeks. For the present it appears Best Buy is truly a Worst Buy. Everyone whose computer has been touched by a Geek Squad member needs to understand that it has probably been loaded with government snooping software courtesy of the Geek Squad.

  • Tiger says:

    Most, so called Conspiracy theories we out here have professed through these years of Torment under O, have proven to be correct. We hear out in the open daily, Shadow Government, Deep State, One World Order. One might want to look at who was considered “Potential Domestic Terrorists” under O’s time in office. Sure wasn’t Muslims. Anyone and everyone who believed in those things that are America were on it. 72 new definitions, when they came out I was on a site, now dying out that became flaming liberal, jumped on it and me saying they were going to turn me in. O did have sites on the net to turn people in who didn’t like O care etc.

    So all this wiretapping of all of us comes as no surprise. My Conspiracy Theory, they fully intended to turn us One World Order, go full Monty Socialist, round up Dissidents and get rid of the opposition. The Fusion Centers were started under O. 73 of them, not regulated gathering information daily. The one in Florida is under investigation by our Governor.

    We came close, very close to more than losing our country, losing our freedom and being put down and away. Neil Bortz said it years ago, he pulled his money out, sold his plane and mansion and left. Smart man we are still on the edge of being swallowed by the “Swamp Boogies”.

    1. Glenda Jordan says:

      Good morning Tiger. Your post brings to mind the conspiracy theories that floated ’round regarding FEMA camps. For several years I gave it the poopoo now the past couple years..piece by piece I/we can understand the reality and the truth in your last sentence alone.

      1. Tiger says:

        Morning Glenda, under H.R.645 800 long term, family friendly detention centers built across America. All near train tracks and air landing strips. They are surrounded by high double fences topped with razor wire and all empty. No 55,000 children or any illegals who ran in here in them. We still don’t know where he put the 55,000 children.

        1. Glenda Jordan says:

          Should we venture to guess?? I think we could safely assume many of the teens are now our street gangs and the pre-teens were disbursed among the many perv organizations and terrorists barry brought in to be raised/instructed in jhad. These children are nothing more to them but pawns and pieces for their evil plan of world dominance.

          1. Tiger says:

            You know I heard from someone in Texas who said they saw many of them brought there and they have a huge child sex trafficking problem and feared some of the children fell into that. I don’t doubt anything anymore.

            Also heard that on Texas ranches they have entire populations of Muslims with many wives and children who practice killing us. Contractors called into work for them said it.

          2. Glenda Jordan says:

            Yes…I read somewhere ’bout the Texas ranches as well. I would bet a sweet fairy tale being spread somewhere that some of the children were adopted by nice families on Texas ranches.

          3. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

            Placed in red states to cause more trouble and financial insecurities as they need to provide education and refugee benefits.

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            NO REFUGEES, ask all of Europe!! WAKE UP PEOPLE, you can not tame a rattlesnake!!

          5. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

            I like the idea of housing them in their homeland but don’t want OUR military being the babysitters that have to keep them safe. Make the Saudi king or princes guarantee the peoples safety!

            To me the definition of refugee is starving women and children and elderly that would be murdered or abused if left in their homeland.

            Obama’s refugees of young military aged men, all with cell phones and numerous identities flies in the face of reality!

          6. Rodney Steward says:

            I agree about the young, old and women, but you won’t see them, they are forced to stay behind except a few to make things look good! Did you know that Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates will not allow any refugees of any kind into their countries and these are some of the richest countries over there! That’s telling you something, but they want all other countries to take them, and another thing, the young grow up and like a rattlesnake, they never change!!

          7. Glenda Jordan says:

            Probably correct for many MyRose…but for many more (w/ an ache in my heart for them) I believe the globalists have/had a more sinister plan for their lives.

      2. Rodney Steward says:

        The camps are real, one was just completed 25 miles from my house on an old Army Fort, my friend won the contract to pave the 2 1/2 mile road going to it from a main road on the Fort! He didn’t know what it was, just said it had armed guards at it and later found out what it was! ALREADY ARMED!!!!!!!!

        1. Glenda Jordan says:

          Hey Rodney-I should of been clearer…I have no doubt regarding the existence of these camps. I was a doubter up ’til a couple years ago what the intended use for them was…now there is no doubt maybe only to those that wear blinders.

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            Trump was proof of the removal of blinders!! We’ve got to stay on top of things by keeping ourselves informed and thinking outside of the bubble!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

          2. Glenda Jordan says:

            Absolutely agree!! As sad, evil, and unbelievable it may be…we may want to turn away in denial but @ this point that would cause our demise.

          3. Rodney Steward says:

            Exactly!!

      3. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

        Not surprised by their hypocrisy!

        My state just finished several years of apologies to the Japanese Americans interred during WWII. It wouldn’t surprise me if they have 3 or more FEMA camps set up under BO to reeducate those of us that disagree with sanctuary cities, heroin safe zones, vote by mail, certain huge global companies that keep importing Indians, Russians and Chinese while discarding America workers that get the jobs done faster/better but not cheaper!

    2. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

      The Birther conspiracy is anew with his own half brother releasing a Kenyan birth certificate. If validated all of the 44th Presidency should be immediately reversed AND sedition charges filed against BO and Treason charges filed against Pelosi, MO and a whole host of others that ‘knew’ and chose to defile our system and rules of Government!

      1. Tiger says:

        Your rose not only has thorns your rose has TRUTH and someday the TRUTH will set us free and put O in jail for life.

        1. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

          πŸ™‚

          1. Glenda Jordan says:

            I like the idea of a short “life” sentence…something satisfying to me of an image of barry suffering a couple/few years before being put out of his misery. Actually that image is now of a group….hil, jarret, holder….soros et al

          2. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

            I wonder if :a painting of them in orange jumpsuits and in line for public execution -would it be allowed to hang in the Capitol building?

            (artist’s choice-be it firing squad, hanging, lethal injection, electric chair, gas chamber, adult d&c)

          3. Glenda Jordan says:

            LOL Now you got me going on another issue…watching tv few days ago I saw a clip of President Trump welcoming visitors for reopening of tours…above him hung a huge portrait of that cackling witch-hil. I’m not pleased! I want to know who had the audacity….why it’s there etc. So many others in our rich history worthy of a portrait and yet there is a pic of that hag?? I say take it to the dumpster!

          4. Aprilnponder says:

            Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !du27c:
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !du2s7c:
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            ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialCashJobs317NetworkGeniusGetPaid$97/Hour β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ«::::::!du27c:….,…….

          5. Retired says:

            Gas chamber would be the most suffering which is needed , it should include some of his henchmen that went along with him .

          6. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

            I think I was routing for slicing them piece by piece with no pain relief…they are all supporters of abortion afterall

          7. Retired says:

            Chain saw would work for that.

        2. chocopot says:

          Jail? The nearest wall would be far more appropriate…

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