Glenn Greenwald asks the question “Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?” He knows the answer already and the answer is yes. We’ve known this for years. He spotlights this admission of that by a former FBI counterterrorism agent on CNN:
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.”
But this is not the first time this has come out. Former AT&T technician Mark Klein revealed this years ago in his book Wiring Up The Big Brother Machine…And Fighting It. He actually saw the installation of equipment that allows the NSA to read and hear every electronic communication in the country. And NSA whistleblower William Binney has previously revealed that the federal government literally has trillions of electronic communications stored from that data mining process.
All without a warrant. All with no safeguards whatsoever. All with total secrecy and immunity from legal challenge because of the State Secrets Privilege, the abuse of the standing doctrine and all the other ways the Bush and Obama administrations have ensured that the constitution does not apply to the executive branch. Welcome to the National Security State, citizen.