It's a fact of modern life that the government is watching our every move. But as scary as that can be, you at least assume that Susan, the FBI agent watching you through your webcam, is good at her job. How much scarier would it be if she were an idiot? What if you got put on a hate group list for flashing the "OK" sign? Believe it or that, that exact thing has happened. Well, maybe not that exact thing. But ...
The FBI Left Its Doors Unlocked Because Burglars Asked Them To
When most people picture trying to steal stuff from the FBI, they imagine a heavily trained group of black ops specialists, hardened muscle criminals, and a buttload of lasers. The Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI -- a group of peace activists determined to break into FBI offices in Pennsylvania in 1971 -- was nothing of the sort.
Their plan sounds like something a character in a movie would come up with to signify that they've been legally declared stupid. They figured they'd just pick the locks. When that didn't work, their next bright idea was to stick a note on a door requesting that it be left unlocked that night. When they came back hours later, presumably expecting to find it locked as usual so they could loudly conclude that they gave it their best shot and go out for drinks instead, they found that ... someone actually left it unlocked. By a miraculous stroke of luck, whoever was working security at the office that night was even dumber than they were. The burglars were so happy that one of them proposed leaving a thank you note, but in the end, they decided caution was the order of the day, not cheekiness.
Federal Bureau of InvestigationBetter not to specifically taunt a guy with no personal restraint whatsoever.