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."
"All of that stuff" - meaning every telephone conversation Americans have with one another on US soil, with or without a search warrant - "is being captured as we speak".
On Thursday night, Clemente again appeared on CNN, this time with host Carol Costello, and she asked him about those remarks. He reiterated what he said the night before but added expressly that "all digital communications in the past" are recorded and stored:
Let's repeat that last part: "no digital communication is secure", by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications -- meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like -- are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact.
To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is.
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My comment - So there you have it. The all seeing eye is ever present, and we are fully, unanimously screwed. And who controls all of this - the part left unsaid? GUESS WHO. I have spoken about the holonet, and that is the rest of the story.
The one thing that I get shilled over the most is the holonet, where your reality online is not what others are observing, it's just your own little world in your custom node on an NSA/CIA/FBI MOSSAD MEMORY BANK, doing everything it can to stifle you with bullshit screens and a fake reality. Boy do they hate it when I say HOLONET, HOLONET
HOLONET HOLONET HOLONET!!!!
And since they finally admitted to permanently recording and storing everything on everyone, the holonet is obviously the next big secret.
How about your car, and the fact that ALL cars after 2004 have a full time 3g connection going, with the microphone always on? That is being permanently recorded and stored at the NSA too.
How about your Intel CorevPro processor, with it's always on 3g connection as well? THAT is the NEXT big secret, your car and your processor ratting you out, FULL TIME, 24/7. It is happening NOW,
COUNT ON IT.
All Phone Calls Are Recorded & Permanently Stored