Monday, May 06, 2013

Are All Telephone Calls Recorded and Accessible to the US Government?

This is something that some of us have long suspected, but now it seems evident that this is actually the case.  Which makes people who cherish authentic freedom and privacy (as opposed to the token facsimiles) very uncomfortable - this is creepy as hell. What does this tell you about the mindset of the people who are running this country? Still think you live in a "democracy"?

By Glenn Greenwald, Guardian UK

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.

Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN's Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old American widow of the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As part of their relentless stream of leaks uncritically disseminated by our Adversarial Press Corps, anonymous government officials are claiming that they are now focused on telephone calls between Russell and Tsarnaev that took place both before and after the attack to determine if she had prior knowledge of the plot or participated in any way.

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".

On Thursday night, Clemente again appeared on CNN, this time with host Carol Costello, and she asked him about those remarks. He reiterated what he said the night before but added expressly that "all digital communications in the past" are recorded and stored... More here.


Blogger Father Tyme said...

The, at least indirect if not direct, result of those who planned and orchestrated 9/11.

Harken back to the Project for a New American Century from the mid 90s with such notables as Bauer, Rumsfeld, Cheney and other nematodes who advocated the need for a 21st Century Pearl Harbor.

Then fast forward to December 2000 and the 5 member(less) Supine Court for giving the go-ahead to the fascist states of America.

Really, this land has become a corporate if not total anarchy and that's what was wanted in the first place. People killing each other, racism, just plain hatred, vigilantes, paranoia, distrust, lies, mistrust all fomented by those in charge to keep the population from the real terrorists.

If we fight among ourselves, it just plays right into what the PTB set up.

Time to die! - Blade Runner!

But just maybe, not alone.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

And I keep telling people...snail mail, bbs's, codes and encryption. But no one is listening but for a damn few of us.

I didn't do anything! Why should I worry?

Why? Because you live...and aren't at least one of the 1 percenters. And are therefore, expendable along with your family whether you like that thought or not.

with tongue firmly in cheek:

Dear Mrs., Mr., Miss, or Mr. And Mrs. 99 Percenter:
Words cannot express the deep personal grief I experienced when your husband, son, father, or brother was killed, wounded, or reported missing in action.

6:14 PM  

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