|Orion Guardian ST820 by Cobham|
As much as it pains me to have to admit this publicly, I feel like an idiot.
The item pictured above is a surveillance device. I've found several of these pesky little things on the various vehicles that I have owned throughout the years and I have always assumed that they were left there by the jackasses at PepBoys:
Several days ago a 20-year-old Santa Clara, Calif. student discovered a GPS tracking device hidden on his car. After his friend posted a picture of it online, speculating about its its ties to a secret FBI investigation, the feds themselves came a-knockin', according to Wired.com. They wanted their toy back.
Based on the discussion with the six FBI agents who arrived at his doorstep, Yassir Afifi believes he'd been under surveillance for three to six months. When Wired asked an FBI spokesman about the case, he did not acknowledge ownership of the device, but said that there was an "ongoing investigation."That's pretty scary, is it not? Whenever I would find these devices, Peej and I would take turns hitting them with a hammer. Then we would carefully melt the pieces down and make a big pile of goop--plastic bits and metal and all that floating on a sea of hot crap. Then, we would pour the stuff into a steel bucket and let it cool. Then, we would throw the bucket off of the Bay Bridge. But, enough of my personal problems.
Is this all legal? Well, yes and no. Yes, there is a legal right for Johnny Law to track you, provided said Johnny Law has a court order to do so. If that's the case here, all well and good. If not...
It's a police state, after all. Johnny Law can do whatever he thinks he can get away with, and, brother, you and me just better keep our noses clean. Johnny Law can drive up behind you and shoot a dart into your car that will track you, too. Talk about getting a shock to your system on your way to the bread store. Who do we have to blame for this? You and me, brother, because we signed away our rights when they passed the Patriot Act.