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Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?


Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

Let’s repeat that last part: “no digital communication is secure”, by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications – meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact. To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is.

There have been some previous indications that this is true. Former AT&T engineer Mark Klein revealed that AT&T and other telecoms had built a special network that allowed the National Security Agency full and unfettered access to data about the telephone calls and the content of email communications for all of their customers. Specifically, Klein explained “that the NSA set up a system that vacuumed up Internet and phone-call data from ordinary Americans with the cooperation of AT&T” and that “contrary to the government’s depiction of its surveillance program as aimed at overseas terrorists . . . much of the data sent through AT&T to the NSA was purely domestic.” But his amazing revelations were mostly ignored and, when Congress retroactively immunized the nation’s telecom giants for their participation in the illegal Bush spying programs, Klein’s claims (by design) were prevented from being adjudicated in court.

  1. The Prodigal Son permalink

    Not only the US gov’t has access to all phone calls either…

    Watch all four parts:


    • Thanks 🙂

      After watching these, Fox news stories, what you’re saying is that no only are the NSA wiretapping but…
      Israeli companies have obtained the NSA wiretapping records.
      NSA seems to be aware that it’s lost control of it’s wiretapping via the TELCO’s and that the data is leaking to other nation states.

      So the fact that the US buys in it’s talent from dangerous Israeli allies, leaves their National security at risk.
      From Israeli spies… and Israeli corporations, who’s loyalties lie not with the US.

      I get you.:)
      The US should develop it’s own talent, and use US corporations.. to protect National Security.
      That does make sense.

      The scale of spying is also a separate issue – whether this is done by US corporations or Israeli corporations… we need to question what the devil is going on.
      Spying and node analysis is presumed to work. But does it? Or does it spying endlessly, putting freedom and liberty at risk, for little gain.
      The bad guys won’t use standard surveillance networks…. like facebook and twitter, so it’s effectiveness as a premise is on the line. clearly not on the telephone line… of course. Bad pun.


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