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Are Your Cell Phone Calls Private? No, they're not.


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#1 ONLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:24 AM

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.

 

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."

 

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:23 PM

I've assumed for years that anything that is broadcast via airwaves is being intercepted by somebody. And people laugh at my tin foil hat.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:52 PM

I've assumed for years that anything that is broadcast via airwaves is being intercepted by somebody. And people laugh at my tin foil hat.


Where did you get your first tin foil hat? I got mind at Walmart.:)

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:57 PM

For years I've assumed that all my electronic communications were either being monitored by an automated program such as Echelon or Rendition, either in real time or cached for future review. Further, I've considered that certain key words, whether spoken or transmitted, such as "bomb", "gun", or "attack", as well as hundreds of other words would be flagged for human review. Whether on a cell, landline or typed, I consider all my communications to be subject to govt and or private monitoring. Now where is my tinfoil hat?


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:43 PM

For years I've assumed that all my electronic communications were either being monitored by an automated program such as Echelon or Rendition, either in real time or cached for future review. Further, I've considered that certain key words, whether spoken or transmitted, such as "bomb", "gun", or "attack", as well as hundreds of other words would be flagged for human review. Whether on a cell, landline or typed, I consider all my communications to be subject to govt and or private monitoring. Now where is my tinfoil hat?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:44 PM

Seems like the folks so inclined to overwhelm the system could organize themselves somewhat and just start using words on the list as synonyms for more prosaic activities.  One might also speculate a second generation attempt at overwhelming the system, and provoking the guv'mint into investigating itself, would be to sprinkle the conversations already spiced up with the 'words' from the list with the names of congress critters, administrators, and bureaucrats.



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:55 PM

Where did you get your first tin foil hat? I got mind at Walmart. :)

 

Walmart? Surely you jest.  Not since they started using RFID chips have I been in a Walmart. :rolling:


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:17 PM

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:59 PM

Walmart? Surely you jest.  Not since they started using RFID chips have I been in a Walmart. :rolling:


I actually got my first tin foil hat at the old Five and Dime but was a shame to say so.:)

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:57 PM

For years I've assumed that all my electronic communications were either being monitored by an automated program such as Echelon or Rendition, either in real time or cached for future review. Further, I've considered that certain key words, whether spoken or transmitted, such as "bomb", "gun", or "attack", as well as hundreds of other words would be flagged for human review. Whether on a cell, landline or typed, I consider all my communications to be subject to govt and or private monitoring. Now where is my tinfoil hat?

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:53 AM

Where did you get your first tin foil hat? I got mind at Walmart. :)

 

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:25 AM

Woolworth's Five-n-Dime didn't carry them in my town, so we had to make our own, unfortunately out of aluminum foil.....


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:09 PM

It used to be worse, you could hear cell phone calls on a common Radio Shack or Bearcat scanner.  Even after it was outlawed it was common knowledge which diode to cut to enable the cell-phone frequencies.  After it all went digital it requires more expertise but I'm sure it can still be done.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 02:52 PM

Woolworth's Five-n-Dime didn't carry them in my town, so we had to make our own, unfortunately out of aluminum foil.....

Only the ones you make yourself are trustworthy, anyway.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:11 PM

It used to be worse, you could hear cell phone calls on a common Radio Shack or Bearcat scanner. Even after it was outlawed it was common knowledge which diode to cut to enable the cell-phone frequencies. After it all went digital it requires more expertise but I'm sure it can still be done.


Go back far enough, you might have a neighbor listening on the party line, land line.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:44 AM

Go back far enough, you might have a neighbor listening on the party line, land line.

 

Had 4 other families on the original party line, was interesting sometimes



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:10 AM

It used to be worse, you could hear cell phone calls on a common Radio Shack or Bearcat scanner. 

 

We used to do that on the way to NASCAR races.  We would listen to cell conversations on the scanner that I would use at the track.  Of course back then most cell phones were attached to cars.


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