Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area

Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Oakland).

Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.

Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing.  It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.

Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations.

Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”

Any public place is now effectively recordable. This used not to be feasible technologically, because of the huge number of people that would be needed to listen and check the recordings. But with computers able to recognize speech, widespread deployment is feasible.