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Who is Yasir Afifi?

Home - by - October 8, 2010 - 13:04 America/New_York - 35 Comments

Some kid brought his car to a mechanic. The mechanic found a cylindrical device in the under-carriage. It was an FBI tracking device.

The stories on this range from “snickering that the FBI had the temerity to demand the device back” to “the ACLU getting involved because of the assault on civil liberties.

My question is, who is Yasir Afifi? Was he chosen for surveillance because the FBI is bigoted? Was his name pulled at random out of the Arab phone book?

I don’t think we have the full story. And I don’t think it will be possible to obtain at this point.

» 35 Comments

  1. Admin Girl

    October 8th, 2010

    I’m gonna go look under my car right now!

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  2. old_oaks

    October 8th, 2010

    Nice, the FBI has nothing better than a tube of D-cell batteries and a headphone jack as equipment to power the thing?

    Love the mounting bracket too, 20 button magnets!

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  3. Webonot

    October 8th, 2010

    If you have OnStar, you already have one.

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  4. Webonot

    October 8th, 2010

    I would have to say that there is quite alot more to this than meets the eye. The FBI generally tends to avoid doing things like this to an American.

    My guess is that they had to go to a judge to get the OK and therefore had a bunch of stuff on this kid or his dad or both.

    Student? Can you say radical? Probably, we will find out that he had a website or two that was not so nice to America and the people in it. Maybe a threat or two?

    Should be interesting to see the rest of the story.

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  5. Webonot

    October 8th, 2010

    @xxx… Unless you are a far right wing conservative that loves country, guns and liberty, you are not me.

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  6. My2Cents

    October 8th, 2010

    Is that an FBI tracking device in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

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  7. Tim

    October 8th, 2010

    Looks like something out of a 50s spy thriller.

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  8. joebafett

    October 8th, 2010

    Im with “old oaks” is that the best the fbi has some gigantic dinosaur looking commador 64 thing? how old is that? if so what the hell are they doing with the money ther’re given for technology research. I want to see some cool ass area 51 shi^$%$! more bang for my buck

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  9. Grandpa Cracker

    October 8th, 2010

    Tupid kid. Shoulda just headed to the closest interstate rest area, put it on a Fed-X truck, then headed off to mountains for a little woodsy vacation.

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  10. Doc

    October 8th, 2010

    FBI…Fukin Big Idiot…can you say RADIO SHACK?

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  11. FreeMan Pumpkin Butt

    October 8th, 2010

    This is the backup battery for his Chevy Volt.

    If I were the mechanic I would have shit a Mac Truck thinking it was a pipe bomb.

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  12. FreeMan Pumpkin Butt

    October 8th, 2010

    Oh – and if you ever find one on your car, stick it to a bus or dumpster. Play time.

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  13. scr_north

    October 8th, 2010

    Um, what makes anyone think (other than this kids word) that the FBI had anything to do with this? When I was young and not blessed with the fine judgement I have today, I was known to get hammered up and do stupid things.
    I mean threatening the kid with dialog out of a bad B movie is a little tough to swallow. Having said that, if it was the FBI’s then it would be pretty interesting to find out why they felt it was necessary to bug his car with that whacking great clunker of a tracking device.

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  14. Toxic Negro

    October 8th, 2010

    fug the FBI and fug you too xxx.

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  15. Angry Pancreas

    October 8th, 2010

    From what I read a couple of months back,
    The FBI and Homeland inSecurity do not need
    a judge’s permission to track your car.
    They can just walk up to your driveway and on your property and tag your car. This includes ALL Americans, terrorists and whomever. well, probably except the illegals…

    So I wonder if they’ll be tagging taxis and city buses too? You know, for the people who can’t afford the honor of getting their cars tracked.

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  16. Snowball the Sourpuss

    October 8th, 2010

    I worked 10 years for a retired FBI SAC. He covered the southern Utah region from 1948 to 1962, which in those days, included Vegas. Before that he was army intel in the European theater. Boy, did he have some stories!

    Regarding that tracking device(?), it reminds me of some kind of cool wireless electronic instrument you’d see Bella Fleck playing.

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  17. Angry Pancreas

    October 8th, 2010

    Scr-

    Yeah, that does look like a soviet style clunky device, anyway. LOL

    I wonder if it’s a power strip and a RC car remote.

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  18. old_oaks

    October 8th, 2010

    That thing would rust-out in 2 weeks time here in the Salt Belt in winter.

    Still thinking Maxwell Smart had better equipment.

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  19. MickeyMoussaoui

    October 8th, 2010

    Where the hell does the FBI shop? Radio Shack?

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  20. old_oaks

    October 8th, 2010

    I dunno Mickey, I have lithium-poly pack that are 3 cells and half the size of a cassette tape that’d probably run that thing for a month or two.

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  21. jclady

    October 8th, 2010

    Really don’t think this is FBI equipment. Looks to me like the kid fabricated something he thought was a cool tracking device and took advantage of the “geez, I’m just an innocent mooslim, why are you profiling/tracking me” scenario.

    I’m waiting for Matt to chime in, but I think any respectable American mechanic would see a tracking device and notify the proper authorities instead of removing it for internet fodder.

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  22. old_oaks

    October 8th, 2010

    Dunno jclady, nobody touches my stuff besides me, dealers have always fubared something when I’ve had to use them, like recalls.

    But, mechanics abound in places other than dealerships. Some good, some bad but guessing based upon experience 99% of the ‘local places’ would notify the owner first.

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  23. Geri

    October 8th, 2010

    Is that a woman holding the tracking device, or does he have man boobs?

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  24. Dale

    October 8th, 2010

    The FBI Is known for going after innocent people. Engaget seems like a bunch of lefties. If Engaget was being targeted I bet they would call the FBI for help.

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  25. I Luv Bacon

    October 8th, 2010

    I’ve found “Secret Squirrels” nesting in my ’72′

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  26. Ultra Conservative Doc

    October 8th, 2010

    It’s probably just some goatfukin raghead muzzie thinkin’ he’ll put together a bunch of useless crap from Radio Shack, and then get that ambulance chasseing Gloria what’s her face to represent them and get a bunch of money.

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  27. Bomb???

    October 8th, 2010

    The story seems incomplete. In this day if someone had a pipe with wires coming out of it i would call the bomb squad.
    I think parts of the story may be made up.
    Im also wondering why admin girl would need to look under her car.
    As a law abiding conservative person,which I am, and I assume she is. Why would the FBI target you.

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  28. Google his name

    October 8th, 2010

    It’s the father the FBI is tracking. He of course could use his sons car. I knew all the info seemed incomplete. The FATHER is the Mark. Every mooslim should be under the eye of the FBI.

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  29. Secret Squirrel

    October 8th, 2010

    Since the government obviously just tracks people at random for no reason at all, I hereby announce that the FBI, CIA, NSA, and AARP are freely invited to track my vehicle any time they want to. I disclaim any liability if they die from boredom. home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-grocery store-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-grocery store-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-home-work-home. Wait, I see a pattern here….

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  30. J Edgar Dustbuster

    October 8th, 2010

    If that really is an FBI tracking device, the idiot mechanic needs to be indicted for interfering with a legal federal investigation, probably of a possible terrorist.

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  31. Dale

    October 8th, 2010

    They can follow a cell phone, Most people carry a cell phone.
    The car bug looks pretty old school. Why not use a lo-jac, they fit in lap tops. Odd story. I agree with tracking all muslims.

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  32. reeko

    October 8th, 2010

    that is not an FBI device, but the BATF will probably want to take a very close look at it.

    and u can trust me on this. ;)

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  33. Frosteetoes

    October 8th, 2010

    Something in Kasmir smells rotten. Seriously, the FBI couldn’t do better than that? If that is the most sophisticated tracking equipment that the FBI has then we’re the one’s in trouble. Was there any response from the FBI about all this?

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  34. Leftshot

    October 16th, 2010

    According to the Associated Press Oct. 16, 2010:

    - Yasir Afifi is a a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student

    - FBI agents did go to Afifi’s Santa Clara apartment and demanded the return of their property — a global positioning system tracking device

    - Afifi’s father was a well-known Islamic-American community leader who died last year in Egypt

    - His attorney Zahra Biloo, stated Afifi has extensive ties to the Middle East, which include supporting two brothers who live in Egypt and makes frequent overseas trips

    How many 20 year olds do you know with “extensive ties to the Middle East” who have both the time and the means to make “frequent overseas trips” to the Middle East while attending college and working?

    Sound mighty suspicious, doesn’t it?

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  35. Leftshot

    October 16th, 2010

    This 20 year old full time college student and part time computer salesman also seems to have enough money to support himself in Silicon Valley, pay for frequent trips to the Middle East AND provide financial support to his two teenage brothers who live in Egypt. REALLY??? What is he selling Crays?

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