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Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back

Once again, I’m so thrilled that STFU, Islamophobes has been born! I bet this shit happens more often than we know - what an utterly shameful display of hatred and fear. Sickening.

stfuislamophobes:

savagemike:

sophiologist:

“A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do.

It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday.

The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device.

Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, cooperated willingly and said he’d done nothing to merit attention from authorities. Comments the agents made during their visit suggested he’d been under FBI surveillance for three to six months. …

Afifi, the son of an Islamic-American community leader who died a year ago in Egypt, is one of only a few people known to have found a government-tracking device on their vehicle.

His discovery comes in the wake of a recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it’s legal for law enforcement to secretly place a tracking device on a suspect’s car without getting a warrant, even if the car is parked in a private driveway.

Brian Alseth from the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington state contacted Afifi after seeing pictures of the tracking device posted online and told him the ACLU had been waiting for a case like this to challenge the ruling.

“This is the kind of thing we like to throw lawyers at,” Afifi said Alseth told him.

“It seems very frightening that the FBI have placed a surveillance-tracking device on the car of a 20-year-old American citizen who has done nothing more than being half-Egyptian,” Alseth told Wired.com

Afifi, a business marketing student at Mission College in Santa Clara, discovered the device last Sunday when he took his car to a local garage for an oil change. When a mechanic at Ali’s Auto Care raised his Ford Lincoln LS on hydraulic lifts, Afifi saw a wire sticking out near the right rear wheel and exhaust.

Garage owner Mazher Khan confirmed for Wired.com that he also saw it. A closer inspection showed it connected to a battery pack and transmitter, which were attached to the car with a magnet. Khan asked Afifi if he wanted the device removed and when Afifi said yes, Khan pulled it easily from the car’s chassis. …

Afifi considered selling the device on Craigslist before the FBI showed up. He was in his apartment Tuesday afternoon when a roommate told him “two sneaky-looking people” were near his car. Afifi, already heading out for an appointment, encountered a man and woman looking his vehicle outside. The man asked if Afifi knew his registration tag was expired. When Afifi asked if it bothered him, the man just smiled. Afifi got into his car and headed for the parking lot exit when two SUVs pulled up with flashing lights carrying four police officers in bullet-proof vests.

The agent who initially spoke with Afifi identified himself then as Vincent and told Afifi, “We’re here to recover the device you found on your vehicle. It’s federal property. It’s an expensive piece, and we need it right now.”

Afifi asked, “Are you the guys that put it there?” and the agent replied, “Yeah, I put it there.” He told Afifi, “We’re going to make this much more difficult for you if you don’t cooperate.”

Afifi retrieved the device from his apartment and handed it over, at which point the agents asked a series of questions – did he know anyone who traveled to Yemen or was affiliated with overseas training? One of the agents produced a printout of a blog post that Afifi’s friend Khaled allegedly wrote a couple of months ago. It had “something to do with a mall or a bomb,” Afifi said. He hadn’t seen it before and doesn’t know the details of what it said. He found it hard to believe Khaled meant anything threatening by the post.

“He’s a smart kid and is not affiliated with anything extreme and never says anything stupid like that,” Afifi said. “I’ve known that guy my whole life. “

The agents told Afifi they had other agents outside Khaled’s house.

“If you want us to call them off and not talk to him we can do that,” Afifi said they told him. “That was weird. […] I didn’t really believe anything they were saying.”

When he later asked Khaled about the post, his friend recalled “writing something stupid,” but said he wasn’t involved in any wrongdoing. Khaled declined to discuss the issue with Wired.com.

The female agent, who handed Afifi a card, identified herself as Jennifer Kanaan and said she was Lebanese. She spoke some Arabic to Afifi and through the course of her comments indicated she knew what restaurants he and his girlfriend frequented. She also congratulated him on his new job. Afifi got laid off from his job a couple of days ago, but on the same day was hired as an international sales manager of laptops and computers for Cal Micro in San Jose.

The agents also knew he was planning a short business trip to Dubai in a few weeks. Afifi said he often travels for business and has two teenage brothers in Egypt whom he supports financially. They live with an aunt. His U.S.-born mother, who divorced his father five years ago, lives in Arizona.

Afifi’s father, Aladdin Afifi, was a U.S. citizen and former president of the Muslim Community Association here, before his family moved to Egypt in 2003. Yasir Afifi returned to the U.S. alone in 2008, while his father and brothers stayed in Egypt, to further his education he said. He knows he’s on a federal watchlist and is regularly taken aside at airports for secondary screening.

Six months ago, a former roommate of his was visited by FBI agents who said they wanted to speak with Afifi. Afifi contacted one agent and was told the agency received an anonymous tip from someone saying he might be a threat to national security. Afifi told the agent he was willing to answer questions if his lawyer approved. But after Afifi’s lawyer contacted the agency, he never heard from the feds again until he found their tracking device.

“I don’t think they were surprised that I found it,” he told Threat Level. “I’m sure they knew when I found it. […] One of the first questions they asked me was if I was at a mechanics shop last Sunday. I said yes, that’s where I found this stupid device under my car.”

Afifi’s attorney, who works for the civil liberties-focused Council on American Islamic Relations, said this kind of tracking is more egregious than the kind her office usually sees.

“The idea that it escalates to this level is unusual,” said Zahra Billoo. “We take about one new case each week relating to FBI or law enforcement visits [to clients]. Generally they come to the individual’s house or workplace, and there are issues that arise from that.”

However, she said that after learning about Afifi’s experience, other lawyers in her organization told her they knew of two people in Ohio who also recently discovered tracking devices on their vehicles.

Afifi’s encounter with the FBI ended with the agents telling him not to worry.

“We have all the information we needed,” they told him. “You don’t need to call your lawyer. Don’t worry, you’re boring. “

They shook his hand and left.

Well that’s fucked.

That`s awful.








I got emotional too. I’ve been there as well…

Tim Gunn, I’ve never loved you more than I do right now xoxoxo

stfuteabaggers:

ryking:

Tim Gunn, for the It Gets Better campaign

<3 

(Source: diadoumenos)







thoughtcrime: Dear Americans,

"i hope a bear punches you in the face." FTW

stfuteabaggers:

coeus:

I’m sorry that you have such a bad track record with Presidents. I’m sorry that each of them seems to be worse than the one before.

I’m sorry that you have such a huge deficit, and that your children and grandchildren will probably spend their lifetimes trying to pay it off unsuccessfully.

well, this is a load of patronizing bullshit.

enjoy your government-run healthcare that got you where you are today, concerned canadian. i hope a bear punches you in the face.







STFU, Celebrities: STFU, Former Child Stars

Damn, now I’ve got this lil fantasy in my head about slapping $40M worth of shit out of Frankie Muniz O_o

stfucelebrities:

So Shia LaBeouf was all, “You could have put Frankie Muniz into any of the movies I’ve been in and those movies still would’ve still been No. 1.”

And then Frankie Muniz was all, “Dear Shia Labeouf. It’s getting creepy the fact that you can’t stop talking about me. It’s been 12 years now. I…







She wont get married until she loses weight… Obviously she knows nothing about what marriage really *means* - ya know, that “unconditional love” stuff? Pfft, who needs that, right?? UGH >:O

stfumarrieds:

I hope she walks right off the isle’s cliff and drops into a lagoon filled with very jagged rocks. Because we all know fat people can’t walk down the aisle. They’re too fat! They have to walk down the isle. Fucking fat brides, who want their day and their dignity. Only thin people deserve happiness. Pfffft.

Please, please, please let her future-husband dump her for a woman ten years older, twenty pounds heavier, 25 IQ points brighter, and a thousand times cooler than she is. And let it happen right after she’s taken her last emetic and inhaled her way into her two-sizes-too-small wedding dress. 

From the submitter:

This comment doesn’t look so bad unless you know that J is also somewhat overweight.  Way to rain on her dress-shopping day, R.







LOL!! I like the “I love sleep but I love you, too!” Haha :)

stfumarrieds:

Goddess? Are you sure she’s not a poet? A poet inspired by Sapphos who has patterned themselves after Artemis? Artemis was a goddess. Perhaps you’ve confused them.

For those of you who are curious about the tags and the commentary, please see the earlier posts.







Smoking bans… BAH! Jaysus hates smoking, I guess LOLOL. Whaddya wanna bet these people are “STFU-big-government” conservatives too?? I guess big government is teh kewls tho when it comes to banning smoking *rolleyes*

stfubelievers:

“K. is one of my sister’s (G.’s) stupid youth-group friends.  From what I’ve seen, all this kid ever talks about on Facebook is Jesus.  According to my sister, the random mention of Jesus in this argument about a completely unrelated topic is his attempt to convert me.
From someone who has supposedly ‘converted so many people’ (again, according to my sister), I’m unimpressed.  I wonder if K. just thought I would be an easy convert (ha! fat chance!) or if he’s really just THAT stupid.  I’m leaning toward the latter.”

That is a pretty weak attempt friend. Also, I guess K doesn’t go into cities with a lot of smog, drink any alcohol/do any drugs, or eat any unhealthy foods. Or drive. You get the idea. Everyone is killing themselves slowly, its called living. Get over yourself.

(Thanks anonymous)







Fuck Yeah, STFU!: Teabaggers Against Dogs PLEASE REBLOG

Taniada I think I love you ^_~

taniada: Oh hell no. You fuck with cute fluffy animals, you fuck with the internet.

feministslut:

fuckyeah-stfu:

Submitted to STFU Teabaggers as well

As a Missouri resident, human companion to 2 dogs and generally sane person, this pisses me off to no end!

***As if we needed more proof that the tea party teabaggers are soulless trolls, now they are banding together to oppose Missouri’s Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.***

Proposition B [Link: Information on Prop Bwould place new regulations on puppy mills [Link: What is a Puppy Mill?]  requiring that those in charge provide the dogs with things like “sufficient food and clean water, necessary veterinary care, sufficient housing, including protection from the elements, sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend his or her limbs, regular exercise, and adequate rest between breeding cycles.”

And the teabaggers vehemently oppose this!

Evidently making sure that breeding dogs have things like food, water and vet care is something that these bastards are gearing up to fight against

Puppy Mill Pictures - WARNING: GRAPHIC & SAD [Link 1]  [Link 2]

Seriously, who the fuck would organize against an anti-animal-cruelty proposition??  Teabaggers, that’s who! Check the links:

Teabaggers Against Puppy Welfare

Teabaggers Want Freedom to Abuse Animals

Please reblog this so more people can learn about this issue - and please encourage your followers to do the same. The more people overall who see this, the more likely Missourians will see it too - and hopefully they’ll vote to help these dogs! 

Even if you’re not in Missouri it’s still so important that people realize what’s happening to these innocent animals - and realize exactly who the people are who want to deny them protection and help! 

Thanks!! ~Maria

soulless bastards.

Oh hell no. You fuck with cute fluffy animals, you fuck with the internet.







Wow what a fucking douchenozzle! It takes a true asshole to ask a child for his/her citizenship papers O_o

thetart:
My Redneck Cousins Are More Heinous Than Your Redneck Cousins, Vol. 6
This is the infamous superBaptist, daugher of Teabagger Uncle. She teaches Pre-K in a very ethnically diverse school and apparently thinks this is appropriate humor. Nauseated? Because I am.
(fuzzed to protect my privacy, not hers. i’d love to blow her privacy to bits.)

Wow what a fucking douchenozzle! It takes a true asshole to ask a child for his/her citizenship papers O_o

thetart:

My Redneck Cousins Are More Heinous Than Your Redneck Cousins, Vol. 6

This is the infamous superBaptist, daugher of Teabagger Uncle. She teaches Pre-K in a very ethnically diverse school and apparently thinks this is appropriate humor. Nauseated? Because I am.

(fuzzed to protect my privacy, not hers. i’d love to blow her privacy to bits.)







Teabaggers Against Dogs PLEASE REBLOG

Submitted to STFU Teabaggers as well

As a Missouri resident, human companion to 2 dogs and generally sane person, this pisses me off to no end!

***As if we needed more proof that the tea party teabaggers are soulless trolls, now they are banding together to oppose Missouri’s Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.***

Proposition B [Link: Information on Prop Bwould place new regulations on puppy mills [Link: What is a Puppy Mill?]  requiring that those in charge provide the dogs with things like “sufficient food and clean water, necessary veterinary care, sufficient housing, including protection from the elements, sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend his or her limbs, regular exercise, and adequate rest between breeding cycles.”

And the teabaggers vehemently oppose this!

Evidently making sure that breeding dogs have things like food, water and vet care is something that these bastards are gearing up to fight against

Puppy Mill Pictures - WARNING: GRAPHIC & SAD [Link 1]  [Link 2]

Seriously, who the fuck would organize against an anti-animal-cruelty proposition?? 

Teabaggers, that’s who! Check the links:

Teabaggers Against Puppy Welfare

Teabaggers Want Freedom to Abuse Animals

Please reblog this so more people can learn about this issue - and please encourage your followers to do the same. The more people overall who see this, the more likely Missourians will see it too - and hopefully they’ll vote to help these dogs! 

Even if you’re not in Missouri it’s still so important that people realize what’s happening to these innocent animals - and realize exactly who the people are who want to deny them protection and help! 

Thanks!! ~Maria