Tag Archives: FBI

The Star(t) Chamber


Take note; the FBI has given itself expanded powers to potentially examine information such as databases or your household trash; based on flimsy – or non-existent – evidence.  This is more of a "be aware" notice as some jurisdictions have been doing this already.

But it reminded me of the movie, The Star Chamber, because there was a scene in which evidence was tossed due to agents searching a suspect's trash and the court later finding that this required a warrant; because at the time of the search, the trash was deemed not to be in the public domain.  Based on several higher-court decisions, it's unlikely one would obtain that ruling today.

So here's my question.  What're they going to do when they're searching someone's computer trash folder?  Will it depend on the location of the machine?  Are discarded electronic files the same as discarded physical trash?  Will I be making this argument in a future court hearing, someday?

At first glance, this may seem specious, but I know many people who never empty their trash folder.

v-Discovery Insights: Everything ‘Pops’ with Pringles – Just ask the FBI…

Pop: (verb – transitive): slang.  To Arrest, e.g. "Johnny got popped selling heroin."

Courtesy of MSNBC.com, this video illustrates beautifully (if you can call it that in this context) how easily one may hack into your router – and the amount of trouble you may get into as a result.  This is what cyber-crime really looks like.  Do you want to bank on a competent law-enforcement technician believing your explanation, then doing the legwork necessary to establish that you're not a child-pornographer?

Remember when I said I was going to start posting videos on this blog?  Yeah, me either…it was that long ago that I said it, but obviously haven't done it.  Well, I'm going to do it, but in the meantime, I've been sitting on "v-Discovery Insights", which I was diligently saving for the occasion.  I've decided it would be good to use with all of my posted videos – whether they're mine or not – so that you can select them as a category.  So, there you go.  From now on, all videos posted here will have that tag.

Now comes the hard part – deciding whether I want to go back through 325 posts and tag the prior ones!