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The answer is not. Neither federal whistlerblower law nor its state statutory equivalents allow a private party extra rights to trespass and/or invade someone's privacy. So yes, that can be construed as a criminal
However, once that information is gathered, it can be used in civil court
. But by it being introduced, by virtue of it being authenticated, the party that gathered that evidence by illicit means itself may face criminal/civil charges for doing so.
Government investigators in a sting operation can indeed use this evidence, but again, unless a warrant has been provided, the evidence may be quashed in a criminal case, and in a civil case, that may be basis for a tort suit.
can police enter homes and use them as posts or stake-outs without the knowledge of the owner?
The answer is no.
can the police/homeland security compell a private citizen to engage in activities such as building/renovating a home to allow them closer access to something they are investigating?
The answer is no. The individual has to be a willing participant to any such matter.
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