ALL phone calls in the US are recorded and accessible to the government, claims former FBI agent

Daily Mail

A former FBI counterterrorism agent has  hinted at a vast and intrusive surveillance network used by the U.S. government  to monitor its own citizens.

Tim Clemente admitted as much when he  appeared on CNN Wednesday night.

Discussing the Boston Marathon attack and  past telephone conversations of Katherine Russell and her now deceased husband,  suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clemente said that those conversations would be  available to investigators.

Clemente discussed the issue in this exchange  with host Erin Burnett, as recorded by the CNN transcript.

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.

He reiterated those statements again on CNN  on Thursday night, adding that ‘all digital communications in the past’ are  recorded and saved.

He stressed that no digital communication was  secure.

The Guardian noted that such practices have  been hinted at before, such as when AT&T engineer Mark Klein revealed that  the company had helped build a special network for the National Security Agency  to have total access to all data about telephone calls.

And Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Mark  Udall have said for years that the public would be ‘stunned’ to learn the  lengths its government went to to monitor them.


The Total Information Awareness program has  been slowly instituted in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks with  little controversy.

However the actual government practices have  been kept secret.

Some new polls suggest that Americans have  become increasingly concerned that they are giving up civil liberties to the war  on terrorism.

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2 thoughts on “ALL phone calls in the US are recorded and accessible to the government, claims former FBI agent

  1. I have just a couple of words for the useless nosey sons of bitches one and all! F**K THEM ONE AND ALL! They have proved that they do not have brains to pour piss out of a boot with the directions written on the heel! Jist take a look at Boston Bombing that could have bee prevented! Perhaps it is time we retaliate on those murderous people that our so called FBI and DHS are supposed to be aware of and on top of! What good are they if they cannot or will not do their jobs that they are paid for!

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