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Say What? NSA Workers Detail Eavesdropping on Americans

The Bush Administration says it taps conversations of Americans only if they involved al Qaeda. But two ex-NSA interceptors say Bush's assertions are a lie, and they have come forward after feelings that their conduct was immoral and illegal. ABC News shared a look into the details of intercepted phone conversations between overseas Americans and their friends, colleagues, or family back home. Now, the Senate's Intelligence Committee has begun its own investigation.

Among the saddest anecdotes shared by the NSA workers is the confession that US officers intercepted American soldiers having phone sex, and then proceeded to alert those around them so they could listen in. The details would then be the topic of conversation during smoke breaks. A US intelligence officer told ABC that all US government employees should expect their conversations to be monitored. For more on how the calls of humanitarian workers were also allegedly tapped,


Even when the system told NSA interceptors that callers were with organizations like the International Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders, they continued to monitor the conversations. One NSA interceptor said by casting the intelligence net to include Americans and aid organizations, the NSA made it harder to find the piece of information that might actually improve national security. The NSA has responded to these allegations saying that the organization follows the law, and that illegalities are not sanctioned nor tolerated. Will you watch what you say next time you pick up the phone overseas?


True-Song True-Song 9 years
I couldn't understand why more people weren't more pissed when the wiretapping thing broke. So many people were like, "I don't have anything to hide so I don't care." It was so frustrating.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
:o Haus!!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
i do it by hiding my liquids between the creases of my jeans in my carry on... shhhh!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I can't. I like expressing my civil liberties in stupid ways.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
you're about one google search of "home made bomb" away from gitmo jude! quit it!! :)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
oh your phone is SO tapped
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
CYL CYL 9 years
LMAO Jude!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Jude you live life on the edge! Rebel! He does the same thing though, and gets the biggest kick out of it.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
hf it was doubly creepy with the double post! :) when it comes to personell over there, there is a reason to listen in for operational security and make sure people aren't talking about things they shouldn't be (including phone sex), but if these allegations are proven to be true that is a gross abuse.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Sometimes I randomly shriek "HEZBOLLAH!" or "HAMAS!" in the middle of phone conversations, just to see what would happen.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
blue you just made me blush! :oops:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Well my bf thinks it's funny to say things over the phone that would get him in trouble if anyone was listening. Which always freaks me I'm sure if someone was actually listening he'd probably be in some deep doo-doo. And ummm...all our phone conversations (long distance, sigh) are completely innocent! :innocent:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Sorry for the double post. :oops:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Hahaha blue....don't worry I never listened to you...or did I?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
:o Harmony!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
ummmm....I was in Naval Intelligence. I hate to break it to everyone, this has been going on for some time.
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
CYL CYL 9 years
Please...people are surprised? The moment the Patriot came to was only a matter of time before people did that. Absolute power corrupts absolutely! ...and sides that field is dominated by men of course the phone sex thing would happen :P
stephley stephley 9 years
Why is George Clooney a keyword for this?
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I'm with Zippa, and most of the other people who posted here. This is unacceptable. Americans are supposed to be secure in their effects. This is way over the line.
Zippa Zippa 9 years
Micheal Hayden, former director of NSA, doesn't know the CONSTITUTION. Seriously, he says in an interview the 4th Amendment has no "probable cause" clause in it. And now Bush appointed him to head the CIA.
Zippa Zippa 9 years
Libertysugar: AWESOME post. Now if everyone who reads this can email it to everyone in their network. It doesn't matter if you are Dem or Rep. The "Patriot" Act must GO!!!! It's a legal law allowing the govt. to snoop on anyone, for any reason. And let's get rid of the NSA too.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
I knew it was just a matter of time before this came out. This is SICK. It is so nice to know that, even while eavesdropping, they can't take their jobs seriously (the phone sex thing). This makes me so angry. For so many reasons, no matter who wins in November, I'll never trust this government again.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
yikes. that's all i can say. yikes.
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