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Published On: Tue, Jun 11th, 2013

NSA spying on Americans detailed in 2008: listening in on journalists, soldiers and ‘phone sex’

Despite pledges by President George W. Bush, President Obama and American intelligence officials to the contrary, hundreds of US citizens overseas have been eavesdropped on.

An ABC report from 2008 detailed how calls to friends and family back home prompted NSA to listen to calls made by soldiers overseas, according to two former military intercept operators who worked at the giant National Security Agency (NSA) center in Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Intercept operators allege the NSA is listening to citizens’ phone calls.

The NSA program may be getting headlines, but dates back years with reports of abuse photo  Roguegeek via wikipedia and wikimedia commons

The NSA program may be getting headlines, but dates back years with reports of abuse
photo Roguegeek via wikipedia and wikimedia commons

“These were just really everyday, average, ordinary Americans who happened to be in the Middle East, in our area of intercept and happened to be making these phone calls on satellite phones,” said Adrienne Kinne, a 31-year old US Army Reserves Arab linguist assigned to a special military program at the NSA’s Back Hall at Fort Gordon from November 2001 to 2003.

Kinne described the contents of the calls as “personal, private things with Americans who are not in any way, shape or form associated with anything to do with terrorism.”

US military officers, American journalists and American aid workers were routinely intercepted and “collected on” as they called their offices or homes in the United States.

Another intercept operator, former Navy Arab linguist, David Murfee Faulk, 39, said he and his fellow intercept operators listened into hundreds of Americans picked up using phones in Baghdad’s Green Zone from late 2003 to November 2007.

“Calling home to the United States, talking to their spouses, sometimes their girlfriends, sometimes one phone call following another,” said Faulk.

Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of “cuts” that were available on each operator’s computer.

“Hey, check this out,” Faulk says he would be told, “there’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, ‘Wow, this was crazy’,” Faulk told ABC News.

Faulk said he joined in to listen, and talk about it during breaks in Back Hall’s “smoke pit,” but ended up feeling badly about his actions.

Full report from ABC, go here

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  1. Slim shady says:

    Ft Gordon has been using Eisenhower hospital to implant bugs in people! Don’t believe me then why has my songs been sold to the public without my consent to do so! It’s my money, I want it NOW!

    Slim shady

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