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Of Course Big Brother Was Spying On Trump’s Calls – The Shocking Truth Is That They Spy On All Of Our Calls

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Big Brother Spying - Public DomainThe mainstream media is all in an uproar over Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama personally ordered the phones in Trump Tower to be “wiretapped” just before the election. But nobody should really be surprised that the government was listening to Donald Trump’s phone calls. After all, the truth is that they systematically collect the content of all forms of digital communication, and this has been going on for many years. During Obama’s presidency, nobody really got too upset when it was revealed that the Obama administration was spying on friendly foreign leaders (including Angela Merkel), nobody got too upset when it was revealed that the Obama administration was spying on journalists, and nobody got too upset when it was revealed that the NSA was grabbing baby photos and nude selfies off of the Internet. But now that Trump has gotten extremely angry because the government was listening to his calls, maybe something will finally be done about all of this unconstitutional surveillance.

Before I discuss how the government is systematically monitoring all of us, first let’s talk about Trump. Back on January 11th, the Guardian reported that before the election the FBI applied for a warrant two separate times to monitor the communications of members of Trump’s political team…

The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.

The warrant was needed to get access to the digital communications of those individuals and to use those communications in a criminal investigation. As is the case with all other Americans, the digital communications of those individuals were already being gathered on a systematic basis, and the FBI wanted to dig in to those communications to see if anything illegal was going on.

For more evidence that the FBI was looking into the digital communications of members of Trump’s team, you can check out an excellent interview with Mark Levin on Fox News right here

Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey made headlines all over the country on Sunday when he admitted that it was probably true that there was ongoing surveillance of Trump and his team…

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Sunday said that President Trump is likely correct that there was surveillance on Trump Tower for intelligence purposes, but incorrect in accusing former President Barack Obama of ordering the wiretapping.

“I think he’s right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general — at the Justice Department,” Mukasey told ABC’s “This Week.”

But once again, it is vital to understand that nothing special was done to any of their phones. The truth is that government spooks can listen to any of our phones any time that they would like, and in a classified briefing to Congress the NSA even admitted “that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls“…

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed on Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”

If the NSA wants “to listen to the phone,” an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. “I was rather startled,” said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

Most Americans simply do not realize that the content of every single call that they make is recorded and stored indefinitely. Once in a while this even gets mentioned on the mainstream news. For example, the following is a from a transcript of an exchange that took place when Erin Burnett of CNN interviewed former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente…

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.

When asked about this systematic collection of material, the former chief technology officer of the CIA once made the following statement: “We fundamentally try to collect everything and hang onto it forever.”

So you should never do anything on the phone or on the Internet that you would not want to be made public.

And no, I am not exaggerating whatsoever.

If you doubt what I am saying, just consider the following example

And the NSA would never abuse its awesome surveillance power, right? Wrong. In 2008, NSA workers told ABC News that they routinely eavesdropped on phone sex between troops serving overseas and their loved ones in America. They listened in on both satellite phone calls and calls from the phone banks in Iraq’s Green Zone where soldiers call home. Former Navy Arab linguist, David Murfee Faulk described how a coworker would say, “Hey, check this out… there’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out.” Faulk explained they would gossip about the best calls during breaks. “It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, ‘Wow, this was crazy.’”

Every intimate conversation that you have ever had on the telephone in recent years is stored in a government server somewhere.

And the same thing is true regarding pretty much everything that you have done on the Internet in recent years. According to the Washington Post, the federal government is “tapping directly into the central servers” of nine top Internet companies…

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.

The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has not been disclosed publicly before. Its establishment in 2007 and six years of exponential growth took place beneath the surface of a roiling debate over the boundaries of surveillance and privacy. Even late last year, when critics of the foreign intelligence statute argued for changes, the only members of Congress who knew about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues.

So don’t do anything on the Internet that you would not like the government to see, because they are watching.

Many of the very large technology companies that are involved in this data collection effort are probably very familiar to you. Here is more from the article quoted above…

The technology companies, which participate knowingly in PRISM operations, include most of the dominant global players of Silicon Valley. They are listed on a roster that bears their logos in order of entry into the program: “Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

And as I mentioned above, the government is systematically scooping up and recording baby photos, selfies, medical records and a whole host of other data without our permission. The following comes from CNN

Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs.

That’s according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington Post — disclosures that show just how easy it is for Americans’ private conversations to be swept into the spy agency’s traps.

Snowden provided the Post with what it said were 160,000 intercepted conversations, including e-mails, instant messages, photographs, social network posts and other documents. The trove included messages exchanged from 2009 through 2012, and some were hundreds of pages long.

To store this vast amount of information, the NSA has constructed the largest data center on the entire planet in Utah.

It has about a million square feet of storage space, it cost approximately two billion dollars to construct, and it takes about 40 million dollars a year to pay the energy bill for this ridiculously oversized facility.

And according to Fox News, this data center has the capability of storing 5 zettabytes of data…

The NSA says the Utah Data Center is a facility for the intelligence community that will have a major focus on cyber security. The agency will neither confirm nor deny specifics. Some published reports suggest it could hold 5 zettabytes of data. (Just one zettabyte is the equivalent of about 62 billion stacked iPhones 5′s– that stretches past the moon.

Sadly, they aren’t exactly respectful of our data once they have gathered it. It has been reported that “nude photographs picked up of people in ‘sexually compromising’ situations are routinely passed around“, and it has also been reported that the NSA even has the ability to remotely activate the cameras and microphones on your digital devices.

We have become a “Big Brother society” where literally nobody is safe from government surveillance.

One survey that was conducted by Pew Research found that 64 percent of all investigative journalists believe that the government is spying on them. And in her book entitled “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington“, former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson claimed that she actually has evidence that government spooks remotely activated her personal computer numerous times, monitored her keystrokes and even buried incriminating documents on her hard drive.

For years this kind of unconstitutional surveillance has been talked about, but no action has ever been taken to try to stop it.

But now that the president of the United States himself has been a victim, perhaps something will finally be done.

  • K

    A totally correct story. And many of us here have known this for over a decade.Now add in your cellphone that they can turn on and listen, even if you have shut it off. Your smart t.v. that they have more control over, than you do. We won”t even talk about those so called digital assistants some of you have. The saddest thing out of all of this, Trump was surprised. That saddens me greatly.

    • vaccines have Hg

      Also ALL deleted comments on a disqus site can be seen by the mod of that site unless you overwrite it first. Then a mod will see the overwritten deleted comment. All a mod needs to do is click onto your ip or other data and a list of EVERY comment with that ip pops up. You can filter the comment list of each person by IP, deleted, email, etc. and see everything.

      Unfortunately I just discovered the n pics I put on my site are there forever. I put them there with a non mod account then edited the comment with a mod account/IP (moderators can edit comments) and banned my other account/IP and it locked me from removing my disqus photos with the non-mod account AND the mod account. I unbanned my non mod account & I still can’t remove the photos! If I press delete comment it will just show up on the deleted comments tab on the disqus moderator panel.

      I could post pics with a 3rd account and then do the same software procedures and then permanantly delete the third account. If that works then I know that if I delete an entire account the photos also delete. If not then the only way to delete the pics is remove disqus & possibly this mod account. Signing up for disqus with the same email might cause the pics to reappear in the mod panel if I put disqus on the same site.

  • b99998532a

    And they still can’t find Hillary’s deleted emails?

    • If Donald had an ounce of integrity, he’d have gone every bit as batsh!t about the email hacking as he’s going about supposed wiretapping.

      But again, notice the sentence began with “if”.

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  • Paul Patriot

    What ever you post on the internet can and will be used against you.

    • Wem

      Public Wi-Fi with new computer each time and location and no familiar browsing habits or logins.
      Put computer each time into wilderness place using GPS coordinates & hide the coordinates far away.

      The catch: new cars track you.

      • Wem

        Forgot to mention the GPS keeps a trail where you go so turn that feature off.
        I use a GPS when hiking so normally that’s a good feature for not getting lost. Also big companies like Garmin are less likely to be trusted. Cell phone GPS automatically spies as everyone knows.

  • DJohn1

    Reminds me of times past when I worked at a newspaper and they had microphones in the ceiling everywhere.
    I used a portable tape player to search them out because microphones set up a squeal when another microphone is nearby.
    Everyone thought I was listening to musical tapes.
    IF you want to feed them information that is the way to do it.
    So I systematically misinformed them while I was a union leader.
    Never anything important was ever said on the floor.
    But any number of conversations with my assistants was fed to them.
    They never ever had a clue! My assistants never knew either.
    Which brings up the point that these “pros” should know better but don’t.
    Snowden is right. They have no business doing what they are doing and they know it is illegal. For that reason alone he needs to be pardoned by the President.
    The only way to stop it would be to fire them all off the job.
    That has severe intelligence crippling consequences and before that is done Trump really needs to sit down and figure out what he needs to do and what he needs to cover up.
    Until someone out there doesn’t have at least one thing they need kept secret, every one out there is vulnerable.
    Which makes the case that the entire agency needs to come down.
    Insurrection is an ugly word. But if and when the intelligence services decide to take a political opponent down then they need to be brought down immediately.
    The politics of D.C. are getting very bad when they are using illegally tapped information against an elected President.
    There is a need for the Secrets act to cover us when there is information about some new weapons or even where older weapons might be vulnerable.
    Much of what is secret in America today has no business being put under the secrets act. Not when it is used to cover criminal activity and I have no information about that, but it is obviously being done by the previous administration.
    Neither is information about the previous administration possibly planning an insurrection against the current administration. Yet that is being openly discussed on this site and others as Mr. Obama has 30,000 people doing something.
    Snowden’s point was it has gotten way out of hand. Oversight of these agencies is obviously not working.

    • Octofin

      To fry cameras all you need to do is shine a powerful laser at it.

  • Ray S.

    The less you can do without a phone, laptop, or computer, the less you are able to be tracked. I sometimes wonder what it costs taxpayers for the government to capture, maintain, and store everyone’s emails and phone calls? Not to mention the amount of man hours spent looking and organizing… It must be astronomical.

    • gmo wine yeast

      just don’t connect it to internet in the case of a computer & they can’t ever spy

      easier said than done, esp. if u work on a network like me
      sadly a phone is necessary if u need an alarm to wake up a different time each day–a regular alarm won’t do that. also 4 work

    • Computers and A.I. handle the last sentence. Nothing would be capable of those “man hours” but for computers and A.I.

  • gmo wine yeast

    People should see how good Google’s image recognition technology is.

    Go to Google, click images, click the camera icon, click upload an image, click choose file, click visually similar images.

    • pharmadeathclock.com

      Actually image recognition search could be a big invasion of personal life as the technology improves.
      Imagine a boss or relative searching your face then images someone took of u without your permission at the n resort pop up in Google. Next day at work, “you’re fired!” Esp. teachers.

    • RageHard84

      It’s not perfect. If you look at motivational memes online, you’ll have a hard time finding the original image the motivational comes from.

  • I don’t use Twitter (because no one with a three-digit IQ uses Twitter), but I saw this in some “Best Of” compilation:

    Obama’s Master Plan:

    1.) Wiretap the opposition
    2.) Gather damaging info
    3.) Say nothing
    4.) Let him win
    5.) Ride off into the sunset

    Yeah, sounds legit!

  • There was an excellent TV show on CBS the last couple of months, called “Hunted”. It showed how the U.S. law enforcement can listen to phone calls that have already ended. They type whatever it is they type into their computer, and it’ll pull up the recording from the time and phone umber they entered.

    Anyway, the series Hunted was about various couples who signed up to “be fugitives on the run” for 30 days without being caught. The government agents* used so, so, so many resources to discover every stinking move of the contestants. The series is viewable on YouTube (and maybe CBSdotcom too).

    * The show didn’t hire current Government agents, but rather former & retired ones. No current government employees were wasting their time f4rting around with a reality TV show.

  • davidnrobyn

    I always post as though the government is reading. In fact, a lot of what I post is for the benefit of government bureaucrats. Nothing crazy, you understand, just letting them know that I know. And letting them know what I think of them.

  • Strange Coincidence

    The news makes it sound like Obama would never have spied on Trump, but no one seems to remember when Obama was caught surveilling heads of state of countries from around the world and our own Senate and Congress members.

    As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the National Security Agency has been spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the past several years. The surveillance was initially authorized by both Obama and Congress over concerns that Israel would take unilateral military action against Iranian nuclear facilities. According to the Journal, the NSA program expanded and included eavesdropping on conversations between members of Congress and Israeli officials and even American Jewish groups. The private conversations were reportedly used by the NSA in intelligence reports sent to the Obama administration. The flap comes after Obama promised in 2014 to stop spying on friendly heads of state, and a little more than a year after the Central Intelligence Agency admitted its staff had spied on employees of a Senate intelligence committee. According to the Journal, the Obama administration is now concerned it is going to be accused of spying on Congress and private American citizens. President Barack Obama knew of the organization’s spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel – and approved of the efforts, a National Security Agency official has reportedly told a German newspaper. The Economic Times writes the “high-ranking” NSA official spoke to Bild am Sonntag on the condition of anonymity, saying the president, “not only did not stop the operation, but he also ordered it to continue.”