09 October 2008

Whistleblowers on Surveillance: "Hey, check this out . . . good phone sex"

ABC News has an article up on NSA whistleblower accounts into surveillance of Americans in the Middle East. An Army Reservist listened to calls from 2001-2003 and reported what she heard.

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.
In a separate and uncoordinated release of material from a Navy Arab linguist, the account cuts a little closer to tawdry.
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.
Read the whole thing.