Shocking news to report from Texas - where a 71-Year-Old pedophile has been arrested for child pornography - but even more disturbing is how Best Buy's Geek Squad - the technical support crew for the electronics chain - invaded the privacy of their customers to discover it.
There's never a valid excuse for pedophiles and their obsession with prepubescent child pornography to have such disturbing images, but many are left wondering why Best Buy's "Geek Squad" feels as if it has the right to explore a person's personal files, to begin with.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">San Antonio "Geek Squad" suspect, 71-Year-Old Robert Luis Batze. Credit: <a href="http://www.khou.com/mobile/article/news/local/texas/man-busted-by-geek-squad-for-child-porn-on-computer-police-say/285-524078891"> KHOU </a> </span>
The 71-year-old alleged pedophile, Robert Luis Batze, first took his computer to a Best Buy location in the 17400 block of La Cantera Parkway in San Antonio last October, asking for a hard drive replacement.
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The police affidavit says that during that visit to the Best Buy location, Batze had also asked for the "Geek Squad" team of technicians at the business to transfer files from a portable hard drive to the new internal drive he was purchasing.
This can be done with relative ease simply by copying the entire contents of the portable drive onto the internal drive, as many know, and takes a matter of minutes to a few hours dependent upon the size of the contents.
Later that day, one of the "Geek Squad" employees contacted local law enforcement to report that he had found what he believed was child pornography via thumbnail images on the man's portable hard drive, according to ABC affiliate<a href="https://www.ksat.com/news/computer-tech-uncovers-child-porn-on-mans-hard-drive-police-say"> KSAT 12 </a>in Houston.
Apparently law enforcement then worked jointly with the employees of the "Geek Squad" to set up a sting operation without any warrant, waiting for Batze to arrive to pick up his device and then having police seize it from his possession.
At that time, Batze was allowed to leave by police.
After already having seized Batze's computer and allowing him to leave, law enforcement then obtained a warrant for the computer and found 2,200 disgusting images of child pornography.
Batze was then arrested on the charges of possession of child pornography.
Now, any great defense attorney will either get this case thrown out entirely in court, or have his client plea down to such a lesser charge that it makes the illegal search and seizure worthless.
Yes, a pedophile could walk free because of this practice. Let's go into this more.
This is incredibly disturbing. Not just the fact of suggesting the alleged pedophile had child pornography on his computer, but that the Geek Squad worked in cooperation with law enforcement to apprehend a suspect after having went through the man's files.
It's positive no doubt that a pedophile is caught, but we do have rights in America and clearly Best Buy's "Geek Squad" has a history of invading the privacy of customers.
For example, a female employee of Best Buy filed a lawsuit against the company several years ago after she alleged that one of the "Geek Squad' employees stole nude photographs of her from her computer after bringing it in for a repair and later published those photos on the internet where they began circulating, according to<a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/customer-sues-best-buy-alleges-geek-squad-worker-stole-published-f6C10929636"> NBC News</a>.
<b>Below is a copy of that lawsuit against the company:</b>
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There's several other rumors and allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also closely aligned with the "Geek Squad" of Best Buy.
In fact, the<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/02/FBI-tries-to-bypass-Fourth-Amendment-Safeguards-by-using-Geek-Squad"> Electronic Frontier Foundation </a>filed it's own lawsuit against the FBI to produce records of what it claims are paid FBI informants working from within the "Geek Squad" of Best Buy to assist law enforcement.
The EFF reported the following:
<blockquote>We think the FBI's use of Best Buy Geek Squad employees to search people's computers without a warrant threatens to circumvent people's constitutional rights. That's why we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today against the FBI seeking records about the extent to which it directs and trains Best Buy employees to conduct warrantless searches of people's devices.</blockquote>
Below is the lawsuit from the EFF against the Department of Justice for the FBI Informant practices of illegal search and seizure:
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There's a similar case, as reported by<a href="https://gizmodo.com/fbi-drops-all-charges-in-child-porn-case-to-keep-sketch-1793009653> Gizmodo</a>, where the FBI busted a pedophile using the "Geek Squad" at Best Buy.
Gizmodo reported the following:
<blockquote>"The FBI claims to have used "network investigative techniques" (also known as malware) in order to uncover people's real identities on the network. In court, however, the agency refused a request for information about its techniques, choosing to drop all charges against a defendant rather than reveal its secret spying methods. Federal prosecutor Annette Hayes explained the move a court filing."</i>
Now on the surface, you hear "pedophile captured" and it sounds like good news, but the reality is the overtly sketchy spying methods of the FBI using the "Geek Squad" as a means of warrantless searches or wiretaps.
For example, in the Gizmodo-reported case, the FBI was forced to drop all charges and a pedophile walked free because of it. Insanity, and could have been avoided entirely had the FBI used legal means of obtaining evidence against the pedophile.
So not only have federal law enforcement agencies, and in the Texas case apparently local law enforcement illegally intercepted private property and violated privacy laws, but they're risking a sickening criminal walking free in doing so.
Who benefits from this? Is the FBI testing the boundaries on how far it can extend illegal, warrantless wiretaps and searches by using private citizens as ‘informants," in cases against criminals such as pedophiles who are so sickening that none would defend them, in an effort to normalize this practice?
I believe that's exactly what's happening.
This is a very concerning practice, and it circumvents both a solid prosecution, and the Constitution.
Again, there's no defense for a pedophile but at what point do Americans willingly sacrifice their freedom and liberty in the name of security?
Privacy laws are put in place for a reason, and if the FBI is allowing paid informants to report their findings, you're risking a legitimate criminal case against someone like a pedophile being thrown out of court because of a violation of their rights.
It's preferable that in a nation of <i>"innocent until proven guilty"</i> that every person be granted due process, and if someone as horrendously disturbing as a pedophile is caught its done so legally so that they're sent to prison for their evil crimes.
We have the Fourth Amendment in the United States of America. No matter how disturbing the alleged crimes of the perpetrator may be, we have to investigate and prosecute Americans by the book, otherwise pedophiles or worse can walk free as a result, and innocent people can also be targeted with similar practices.
I prefer to not have liberties given up in the name of security, and I cannot stress the importance of this or due process. The FBI's practices are illicit and oftentimes illegal, and the disturbing trend of the "Geek Squad" of Best Buy in further exploiting the rights of Americans is terrifying.
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