Ex-FBI Counterterrorism Agent Says US Surveillance State Beyond Our Imagination

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he real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.  

Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old American widow of the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As part of their relentless stream of leaks uncritically disseminated by our Adversarial Press Corps, anonymous government officials are claiming that they are now focused on telephone calls between Russell and Tsarnaev that took place both before and after the attack to determine if she had prior knowledge of the plot or participated in any way.

On Wednesday night, Burnett interviewed Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent, about whether the FBI would be able to discover the contents of past telephone conversations between the two. He quite clearly insisted that they could:

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.”


4 thoughts on “Ex-FBI Counterterrorism Agent Says US Surveillance State Beyond Our Imagination

  1. Your conversations are documented and put in a dosier. The voice is not recorded but is translated to print through voice recognition software. Every persons dosier is filed using ssn, dob, dna and facial recognition, there is no escape. The people who own this technology could care less if you go down the street and murder your neighbor. This technology is to ensure corporations have a complete monopoly on their products, political representatives such as Presidents, Congressman and Governors are kept in office if they co-operate favorably. Remember what General Petraus said when he headed the CIA “we have bugs and recording devices in everything, even your refridgerator”. If he said that publicly just imagine what he can’t admit to.

    1. The voice is recorded. It’s simply very restricted.

      And yes, it’s likely run through a speech-to-text program, and then run through a keyword filter. Certain terms would likely flag the conversation such that a real human being would then listen to it more carefully.

  2. TV’s, Video screens, lap tops, cell phones, I-Pads, tablets – they are all interactive.
    Communication chips are now being installed on all household appliances and the info from these is transmitted via your Smart Meter. And then there’s your GPS and on board tracking system (On-Star etc) in your automobiles. This is being sold to the public “for your own security” of course, just in case you should “fall – and I can’t get up…” How many people now have security systems in their homes which are constantly monitored by a security company?
    For a quick lesson on how much we are being surveilled and how it’s done, watch a few episodes of the TV series “Person of Interest.” It’s very educational besides being an excellent show. All the technology you see is here and now.

  3. A video of your entire life; every minute of it, can now fit on a chip no bigger than a sugar cube, so data storage capabilities are endless.
    I doubt that they’re printing every word (Joe in JT, above), but I’m sure they’re saving every word, and pulling the conversation up later as needed, and searching every conversation for specific keywords that would indicate it’s something they want to spend man-hours looking more deeply into.

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