Google AutoCorrects Man’s Search Query; Government Targets Him In Elaborate Surveillance Campaign

It’s difficult to determine if these accounts are truly accurate, because all we have is one man’s testimony recounted in a lawsuit that he and his lawyer have filed against the feds to the tune of $60 million. However, no part of his account is unbelievable.

Knowing what we know about the NSA’s and CIA’s gathering of data on every American citizen and the FBI’s invasive surveillance techniques, it would not at all be surprising to find out the lengths to which these same government agents would go to keep their own contractors “in line.”

Jeffrey Kantor worked for Appian Corporation, a company that does contract work for the U.S. Army as well as the Department of Defense. His story starts back in 2009, when, according to his complaint, he wanted to find out how to build something for his son on his birthday.

So, he went to Google and attempted to enter into the search query text box “How to build a radio-controlled airplane.” Thanks to AutoCorrect, Google completed his query so that it read “How to build a radio-controlled bomb.” Then, he hit enter before realizing what AutoCorrect had done.

And from that point on, according to his complaint, he had to endure home and work surveillance and harassment, not just from federal investigators, but also from co-workers. It eventually led to his being fired from Appian.

But even after he left, the harassment, the monitoring, the tracking and the surveillance didn’t stop. Now, he just wants them to stop stalking him. Hence, his lawsuit, which names Eric Holder, James Clapper, John Brennan, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry among other federal agency directors as defendants.

Courthouse News reported:

Kantor claims he was visited at work by government investigators who took a “good cop/bad cop” approach with him, with the “bad cop” making “anti-Semitic comments repeatedly over the course of five months.”


He claims government officials monitored his book purchases and home computer, and implied that everything he did was being monitored.


“Kantor’s coworkers at the Army, including Northrop Grumman contractors Quem Lumi, Stephanie Buchner and Mike Steinbeck, would repeat back Kantor’s private information, including emails, websites he went to, library books he got from the library, conversations he made in his house or in his car, phone calls, information about the contents of his house…


“If Kantor ever got angry after his private information was repeated back (by slamming a cabinet or typing loudly on his computer), the [subcontractor] CRGT and Northrop Grumman employees would tell the same story about how there was a neighbor in their community who seemed like such a nice guy, but then went on a murder suicide,” the complaint states. “If Mr. Kantor stayed calm after they repeated back his private information, they would instead spend the hour talking about how people drop dead from hypertension. Kantor believes these conversations were veiled death threats. This happened every day for almost three months.”
 

Kantor claims the stalking spilled over into his personal life when the government secretly attached a GPS antenna to his car to track him.

It’s something straight out of a psychological thriller. Everyone around him pestering him, just waiting for him to finally snap. And all he wanted was to know how to build a remote-controlled bomb airplane.