Federal Agents Exposed For Planting Surveillance Microphones in Public

fbi-spying-on-high-school-childrenBy Kevin Samson

It seems that every rock overturned reveals a new depth to government spying on its own citizens – in this case, literally.

Major cities have uncovered several secret operations in recent years that have sparked outrage. In 2013, Seattle police were forced to deactivate a hidden WiFi mesh network system that was funded by Homeland Security.  This past month a Phoenix, Arizona resident documented a strange box that appeared on his utility pole; it was later claimed by the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice – the ATF would neither confirm nor deny ongoing surveillance in the area.

Now the heavily populated Bay Area of San Francisco, home to nearly 1 million residents and countless millions more visitors, has been exposed to have been part of an ongoing operation to secretly record public conversations, perhaps dating from 2010. Emphasis added:

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!


Worse, it appears to have been done without a warrant as part of an investigation into alleged fraudulent activity committed by a group of real estate investors. Why exactly this should subject the public at large to potentially have their private conversations recorded as well has not yet been fully explained.

The expectation of privacy while in public space is becoming more hotly debated as continuous data collection is increasingly accepted as part of our digital world. I have previously written about the specific threat to civil liberties that blanket WiFi coverage poses.  New York City is turning thousands of its payphones into WiFi hotspots, while “Smart Pavement” is set for a massive roll-out across the UK.  This is occurring at the same time that NY senator Schumer has called for a federal investigation into high-tech billboards that spy on the public through facial recognition and mobile phone location data. Some assume all of this is being done for advertising purposes, but it’s also been revealed that many countries are using this to measure and manipulate political opinion.

We are clearly heading into very dangerous territory as all of our data is being opened up for scrutiny by government, while its own operations are being done in secret using the malleable framework of crime and terrorism to justify the means to its ends.

The good news is that an increasingly aware public, as well as a rising number of courageous whistleblowers, are shining new light about the depths to which our civil liberties are being erased.

Stay vigilant and take something from the government’s playbook – if you see something, say something.

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Also Read:
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Kevin Samson writes for ActivistPost.com. This article may be freely republished in part or in full with author attribution and source link.

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19 Comments on "Federal Agents Exposed For Planting Surveillance Microphones in Public"

  1. When you discover these devices, quietly remove them. Then post them on eBay and see who responds.

    • And end up just like LaVoy Finicum. Great idea Mr. Filthy Baby Incinerator.

      • He has a point. Out right to privacy is being completely violated and denied to us, whether in public or in our homes. We have The Right to privacy unless by PERSONAL warrant served directly to you.
        The law CANNOT violate that personal right without due cause or reason. The felons, illegal immigrants, or immigrants have no rights without valid citizenship. Talk is cheap, action is reason. Do the math.
        Explain this; Why did Rome fall?

        • “The felons, illegal immigrants, or immigrants have no rights without valid citizenship.”

          You must have been absent that day in civics class or you’re too young to have taken civics class because they stopped teaching it so the uninformed could have the crazy ideas you have.

          Any person within DUHmerica’s borders has the same rights under the constitution including those quoted from your comment.

          Just the way it should be.

          Just like you have the same rights as any citizen of whatever country you might visit. I stress might because its apparent you don’t get out much.

          • Alabamanative | May 17, 2016 at 11:50 am |

            The name is “America” and you do not have the same rights as citizens in other countries. You are a guest only and are treated as such. “Illegals” are as the name states. They are not legal citizens with protection under the Constitution. They have only been given a free pass because of the current adninstration. Im willing to bet YOU are a liberal and a non-vet.

          • No its DUHmerica because of dogshit stupid, ignorant, illiterate, uninformed and damned proud of it DUHmericans who spew the nonsense I corrected. Just for the record I’m not a liberal or a conservative and my DD-214 is in my safe deposit box.

            Have a great DUHmerican day, mind the gap between train and platform. Off you go now, bye.

          • you are the one who is confused. The illegal aliens do not have the same rights as American citizens. They may have some rights to due process but the present WH administration has the whole system messed up because the president doesn’t know how to enforce laws..just break them! As a vet you should know better! Put that in your safety deposit box!

          • Kindly cite exactly the case law supporting your assertion.

        • With drones buzzing around , and televisions that can see and hear those that watch them in their homes , and cell phones that have the ability to listen in to people even when they are not in use, ( yes, those things are a reality ) who can actually feel that they have privacy now?

    • I Am Who I Am | May 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm | Reply

      Is There A Thing To Detects Theses Mics They Have To Run On Current ?

  2. michael lawless | May 16, 2016 at 10:25 am | Reply

    im sure the pelosi tards in the gay i mean bay area dont mind at all

  3. Jam the transmitters. Since the “authorities” won’t admit they exist, they won’t come for you and prove that you’re bothering their activities.

    • knifemare69 | May 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Reply

      Spray paint over cameras, take a flathead screwdriver to microphones and drip battery acid onto spy transmitters. Make the commie vermin go bankrupt just replacing their paranoid spy tech…

  4. Mick McNulty | May 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Reply

    Overreaction has brought the west to the ridiculous position where a dozen malicious phone calls could bring whole countries to a standstill – a few airports, a military base, a few superstores, a few rail hubs, the stock exchange. Game over! The west is closed for business. Please stay at home. We screwed up.

  5. The Government is targeting Citizens for Surveillance Crimes with their Networked Groups of Criminal personnel, contractors/operatives/informants….. People who are Politically Incorrect and Outspoken, including Activists are at High Risk for being Targeted for Surveillance Crimes. I have been targeted for ongoing burglaries for over 4 years which the Police have done nothing about. The Government Criminals are Above the Law and openly robbing citizens. Even my safe deposit box was burglarized and my cat was tortured by their organized crime group. Anyone that can be profiled as a “Soft Target” is at high risk for being victimized by networked organized government operatives and agents.

    OTHERS are speaking out about being targeted for Surveillance, Gangstalking and Targeted
    Crimes by the Government Sponsored Criminal Network Involved in the Covert Targeting of Citizens for Crimes….. Karen Stewart (an NSA Whistleblower) has exposed some of the Crimes she has been targeted for by the NSA, as well as GangStalking and Harassment. Some of the Crimes she has been targeted for, as well as myself, include Mail Tampering, Theft of Keys, Warrantless Entry and Burglary. Her interviews are available on YouTube, as well as Kay Griggs video interviews.

    I believe there should be a Class Action Lawsuit Exposing the Government Crimes that Citizens have been targeted for. God only knows how many other people have been targeted by this Networked Group
    involved in Organized Crime Crime Activities and Targeting Citizens.

    • lightingstrikesthrice | May 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Reply

      I just watched the Kay Griggs interview over the weekend. Quite shocking to say the least. Appalled would more aptly describe it. I’m not shocked by anything our or other governments have and are doing anymore.

  6. Philip Haddad | May 27, 2016 at 11:19 am | Reply

    Can we be sure that it is OUR government picking up information?

  7. Mark the bathrooms XX or XY, that should solve over 99% of the problem. ..

  8. As far as allowing illegals to become instant citizens upon crossing a border ,if we allow this then shouldn’t a fence jumper who makes it into the White House be President. ???
    We’ve done worse. ..

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