Monday, March 05, 2007

Big Brother?

Are we going too far? I'm not one prone on being paranoid and the majority of my conversations would put most people to sleep...but I still like having my privacy.


At 10:19 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Who needs a mic?

You can hear everything cell phone people say anyway.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Good point...but not from 50 mi. away.
I had no idea the FBI had this technology.

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And there's a device I have seen and heard that picks up cordless land line phones. Never use the cordless to check bank accts, credit cards on it; use the base!

The technology has been avail. Like when the Chinese grounded our surveillance plane awhile back, it has all kinds of listening devises.
And new cell phones are being fitted with GPS chips.
A little hacking into the chip may support the 'turn on' option. (?)

In this regards I say they need a warrant to eavesdrop on cell phone users.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

I'm sure the ACLU is going to be all over this one.

During the investigation of my own stalking case, the FBI loaned me a regular old plug-on attachment to record phone conversations. Was hardly a 007 high-tech spy apparatus. Looked more like something you find at the corner electronics store.

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this world of telecommunications, I'm not at all surprised.

Consider this: most phone closets (i.e. wiring closets, tone rooms) aren't even locked. If the FBI wanted to run a tap on anyone, they could walk in there without a warrant and just place a tap line on your circuit. All that is is a wire with two alligator clips on either end.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

It really doesn't bother me, AC. Probably because I know what they are listening for and they aren't going to find it by listening to any of my conversations. Besides that, I only use a cell phone for a driving emergency, so it's hard for me to sympathize. Whoever wants to listen in on any of my phones risks the danger of being bored to death! :)

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

LOL at UI's first comment!

I do think a warrant should be involved in listening in, just as a land line.

At 6:12 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...


I guess that I'm not too worried as I'm not advocating the overthrow of our government.

Still, learning that this technology--reminiscent of James Bond movies--exists is a bit daunting. I can see lawyers salivating over it.

At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it goes to say, if you're not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about.
How ya feeling AC?

At 5:24 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Like I said earlier, my conversations will put most FBI agents asleep from boredom, but I still don't want anyone listening in. High-tech surveillance in most cases don't even involve warrants as the surveillance capabilities have increased dramatically.

At 7:42 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...


In this day and age we may have to live with it. The stakes are just far too high.

We should state ahead of time that if we are attacked with a nuclear bomb. Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Tehran, Quom and Karachi all get attacked in minutes.

Let the crazies know the stakes ahead of time.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

"We should state ahead of time that if we are attacked with a nuclear bomb. Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Tehran, Quom and Karachi all get attacked in minutes."

No problems from me there except I would have Tehran at the top of the list.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger nanc said...

i have nothing to hide that hasn't already been hidden.

what do you think about this, a.c.?

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Ok, let me see if I can comment on this one without giving away any restricted information........

Tapping a cell (or cordless) phone is actually much easier than most people realize. All you need is a decent scanner that can be purchased from any corner electronics store. If you are within range of a cell tower, all you have to do is hit "scan" and sit back and wait.

Targeting a specific device is much more complicated and I won't get into that here (due to both space and security concerns).

Here's some more statistical analysis for you: On an average day, there are over 30 billion (yeah, I said Billion) phone calls placed in America. The intelligence agencies have much fewer listeners than that. What do you think the odds of your phone being tapped are?

I'd say the threat of Little Johnny next door listening to your conversation is much higher than having a government agent tapped in.


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