Why you should not go to a restaurant where your government is installing an electronic surveillance system?
That’s the question at the center of a lawsuit by a woman who says she was arrested, detained, and jailed in 2012 for refusing to give up her cellphone password to the government.
The woman is seeking $20 million in damages from the government, and the suit, filed Monday, seeks the same amount from the restaurant that serves as the FBI headquarters.
The complaint alleges that the restaurant served as a recruiting station for the FBI in the months after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The lawsuit alleges that, according to court documents, the restaurant “was a recruiting base for the government’s domestic intelligence and counterterrorism activities in the United States and the world.”
The complaint says that after a warrant was issued by a judge in July 2012, the FBI installed the electronic surveillance equipment at the restaurant, according the complaint.
The restaurant’s surveillance system, the complaint alleges, collected records from customers’ phones.
It also stored the data for a period of time.
The restaurant, which is named in the complaint, “is named as a defendant in this case because of its role in assisting the federal government to carry out the National Security Letters program,” the complaint states.
The National Security Letter program allows the government to compel the telephone companies to turn over records of communications without a court order.
The law allows the FBI to install “a back door” in a phone to obtain customer records without a warrant.
It’s a program that has been criticized by privacy advocates as an invasive invasion of privacy.
The plaintiffs allege that they were unable to obtain any information from the phone service provider.
The FBI has not responded to questions about the program.
The lawsuit also alleges that FBI agents installed a surveillance camera in the restaurant.
The suit alleges that a judge approved the surveillance camera installation in August 2012, and that the surveillance was conducted by the FBI, the Secret Service, and others.
The location of the surveillance system was unknown to the plaintiffs, and they didn’t know where it was installed until after the surveillance had been completed, the suit states.
The FBI also installed the camera in a second location, which the plaintiffs say was in a parking lot outside the restaurant itself.
The surveillance system captured audio of the location, according with the complaint and other court documents.
The surveillance footage “shows numerous instances in which law enforcement officers and FBI agents were recording the locations of the plaintiffs and their families,” the suit claims.
The recording includes the recordings of conversations between officers and other employees at the location where the surveillance took place.
The case is the latest legal headache for the U.S. government, which has faced accusations of overreach in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations about secret surveillance programs.