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Soldier’s Pillow Talk Getting NSA Hot

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Even though I might not be an American and my point of view just a tad bias I have never believed that the Patriot Act would do anything to really make the country – or its people – any safer. The ability to basically do anything you wanted to people’s freedoms; and supposed constitutional rights, under the guise of protecting them from terrorists only ends up putting too much power in the hands of people who will abuse it.

One of the areas where this is easily abused is in the ability of government agencies to spy on our daily lives and our communication with others. Whether it be making deals with telecommunication companies like AT&T or place people with opposing political beliefs on watch lists we will find abuses. One such case has come to light and as usual it involves a government agency operating outside of its mandate.

According to a report coming out of ABC the NSA has been routinely listening in on Americans’ phone calls in Iraq as they call back to the US. The people being targeted include government officials, journalists, aid workers and the soldiers who are putting their lives on the line every day to supposedly keep their country safe. The problem with this is twofold with the first being that the NSA isn’t suppose to listen in on any American in any fashion unless they get clearance from high ranking officials. The second problem is that Congress has continually been reassured that the NSA was not spying on Americans when the opposite seems to be the rule of thumb.

As bad as this is what is even more disgusting is that according the ABC it is a regular thing for NSA monitors to share the more private moments between the Americans they are spying on

Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of “cuts” that were available on each operator’s computer.

“Hey, check this out,” Faulk says he would be told, “there’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, ‘Wow, this was crazy’,” Faulk told ABC News.

I find this kind of thing totally repugnant and as Ryan Singel from the Threat Level blog says in a post about this

If the allegations are true, they show that when the government secretly tossed aside the decades-old credo that the NSA doesn’t spy on Americans, it did not simply make one or two exceptions — it shredded the it.

Yup that good ol’ Patriot Act has done a lot good eh.

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2 Responses to “Soldier’s Pillow Talk Getting NSA Hot”

  1. endgame

    More evidence that we are slowly and surely being waltzed into the grips of a totalitarian new world order. Get out your guns…

  2. CEWI_soldier

    I am amazed at the stupidity of the Americans today. Do you think that you know anything about the NSA? Do u know or have you ever worked for them? You are so blind to the issues that are facing our country today. The NSA listens to the conversations of soldiers to insure the “pillow talk” does not turn into the divulging of secrets or simply knowledge that could be used to put pressure on a soldier and extort him into doing something that might Interfere with the safety of other soldiers. Anything not putting us at risk is distroyed. Do you think that analysts have time to listen to the sex talks of every soldier in all the services. I have worked for the NSA and I do know that computers do most of the work and the only reason that a conversation would even be flagged for analysis is because a word or phrase that was determined by the computers to be questionable is sent to an analyst and if the conversation is not a risk then by law and by simple logistics is distroyed. where would they put all your phone sex conversations? It would take tens of thousands of terrabytes of storage just for you and your not worth their trouble to listen to. You and your idiot friends fail to see that these agencies have more important things to do than listen in on sexy conversation. The problem comes when that conversation my jepordize the ability of our soldier to protect the Constitution of the United States. If you had ever served you know that soldiers give up the rights of citizenship for the UCMJ and so they can ensure you are protected by the Constitution. More importantly they swear to defend the Constitution against all enemies – Foriegn and Domestic. Get the facts! Serve your Country instead of trying to distroy it from the inside out

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