Over at Wired there's an interesting story describing what happened when a 20 year old found the FBI's GPS tracker that was surreptititously placed on his car. At right is a picture of the device courtesy of the Wired story. Apparently the target of the surveillance brought his car in for an oil change. The mechanic saw a wire sticking out from underneath the car and pulled out the device. The target of the surveillance posted photos of the device on-line to find out what it was. It turns out the device is an Orion Guardian ST820 an older model GPS tracking device. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long for the FBI to show up at the target's door demanding their device back.
The target of the surveillance is Yasir Afifi, a U.S. born citizen, business student and son of an Islamic-American man who died in Egypt last year. The ACLU has jumped onto the case declaring to Afifi "This is the kind of thing we like to throw lawyers at." According to the report, "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."
A very interesting story, well worth the read.