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Are All Telephone Calls Recorded And Accessible To The Us Government?


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#1 simple simon

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:59 AM

http://www.guardian....rded-fbi-boston

The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.

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On Wednesday night, Burnett interviewed Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent, about whether the FBI would be able to discover the contents of past telephone conversations between the two. He quite clearly insisted that they could:



BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It's not a voice mail. It's just a conversation. There's no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?
CLEMENTE: "No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It's not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.
BURNETT: "So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.
CLEMENTE: "No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not."

"All of that stuff" - meaning every telephone conversation Americans have with one another on US soil, with or without a search warrant - "is being captured as we speak".

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Anyone surprised? Really?

btw, I would also question whether its correct to say "on US soil", as I bet this extends beyond US soil.

It might also include conversations between someone inside the USA and someone outside the USA, and even (for that matter) include conversations wholly outside the USA.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:38 PM

*'Sweeps' NOTE:
...Well, check out the following and join the fast coming...'PARANOIA' World Order. Most folks MAY have heard that the National Security Agency...is building the BIGGEST SURVEILLANCE facility in the State Of Utah (and the World) -U.S.A., but what's it all about and MUCH MORE...coming to infringe and drive down any REMAINING Privacy OR Constitutional RIGHTS we have left. Lock and Load people...or face the absolute coming TYRANNY/'S'

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)-IT'S TO SPY ON 'YOU' STUPID:


http://www.wired.com..._nsadatacenter/



AND....THEN THERE IS THIS....just 'Passed by Congress' while our attention-once again-was diverted by Boston Bombings and the Like.YEAH...'What the Hell is CISPA' huh? Anyone heard of it?/'S'