Court Filings Suggest Tie Between FBI and Best Buy

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Transcript for Court Filings Suggest Tie Between FBI and Best Buy
We're already talking about it, back now with our big board and have our legal eagles, Dan Abrams and sunny Hostin here at the table with us. Let's start, okay, with that Best Buy bombshell. Are there ties between the geek squad and the FBI? A new probe is under way after court filings allege the feds were using some technicians as paid informants. This is some big stuff here. A lot of people hand over their computers and this all stems from a probe in California, a doctor there, about child pornography. Yep. He put in a plea of not guilty. Tell people more. Basically the doctor goes in, wants his computer fixed. Goes to Best Buy, Best Buy takes it, says we need to take it, send it to Kentucky to fix it. The doctor signs document that says if there is child pornography on here, it's going to be reported to the authorities. Okay. So, in Kentucky, they then look at the computer and lo and behold what do they find? Child pornography. The doctor is charged with the crime. Two issues, number one, was the geek squad effectively working with the FBI? Meaning, were they an arm of the FBI at that point? And, number two, where it was found on the computer. It was found on what's called unallocated space meaning it's the place where people put deleted items. It could have been something where he had gotten the computer from someone else, there's no control over it at that point so those are the two key legal questions in the case. Now but the most interesting one is this question of whether the geek squad is effectively working as arms of the FBI. That and I think it raises a lot of questions about privacy issues when you hand over your computer, how does it pretext you from unreasonable searches which could be the argument. The fourth amendment protects us from the government coming into our homes and going through our effects and cars but we've all said, all three of you, handing over the computer. Right. Not only did he hand over the computer, he signed a document waiving his rights under the fourth amendment so I was a prosecutor that prosecutes child sex crimes, internet trafficking and law enforcement officers need help and there are mandatory reporters all the time. Cops, teachers, why not the geek squad. The geek squad in my view are heroes in this case and there's just no question about it. You got child pornography on your computer. Why are you handing it over. There are some that feel there has to be a line drawn. The question becomes were they just good citizens meaning did they see it and then report it or were they intentionally searching for it and that becomes the key legal question because if they were intentionally searching for it -- Heroes. I'm kind of leaning towards sunny. Child pornography. Defending a broad legal principle against child pornography is going to be a tough fight to win but it's not as easy as it may seem. A whole different look at a geek squad. Yeah. Kind of cool actually. And, you know, we have another story we want to talk to you about, the bizarre bank robbery livestreamed on Facebook. A man claimed to be armed with a bomb reportedly taking his Uber driver hostage forcing the driver to record the robbery and now that video is part of a police investigation and I just have a question for you, sunny. This video of a young man being tortured on Facebook live and now you have this. Do these social media platforms, do they have any responsibility to crack down on what's being put out? Look, I think it's really difficult to police the internet, to -- you know, it's sort of the wild, wild west and takes the law a long time to catch up. So, no, third party host, if they don't have responsibility for what's being posted because that would be too much. But once they're put on notice that this stuff is happening then I think we want good corporate citizens and want them to do something and seen that all the time. I did a report for "Nightline" airbnb. There was discrimination. Once they found it was happening they put systems in place to make hour it didn't happen. Match.com, other websites now have child -- there were predators on it but what did they do? They put in systems in place, so background checks now for people that are on dating websites is what we want. We don't want to shut down these companies. When it comes to live, when it comes to something going out live, I don't know what you want to do. I mean, basically then you're going to say, look, we can't let individuals do anything live That's true. So it becomes a question, you could punish someone after the fact. You can say, look, that person won't be allowed to use our platform again. Maybe cut the feed. Maybe cut the feed. By the way, good for law enforcement. Hey, you guys want to videotape your crimes, terrific. We can catch you now and you know we've got evidence. I mean -- When you think of the billions and billions and billions, it's hard to police all of that. I mean -- You can't. You can't and that's why you're not going to see, I don't think, policing particularly of live. You may see people say this person will be banned, et cetera, but the whole live thing is a totally new game. Agree on that. It's amazing what people post. It really is. It is amazing.

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