The Government Knows Everything You’ve Ever Done Digitally

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A CNN interview last week with former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente should give pause to any American citizen who is wondering what implications the latest technological gadgets have on privacy.

During an exchange with “Out Front” host Erin Burnett, Clemente indicated that the government has a system by which all phone calls could be monitored by Federal investigators even after they were over:

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.

During a follow-up interview, Clemente was asked if he was really suggesting that the FBI could know what was said during any phone call.

He said: “I’m talking about all digital communications are — there’s a way to look at digital communications in the past. I can’t go into detail of how that’s done or what’s done. But I can tell you that no digital communication is secure. So these communications will be found out. The conversation will be known.”

While Clemente was unable to elaborate on the methods used by government agencies to spy on American citizens without their knowledge, there is plenty of information available supporting the claim that everything you do digitally is subject to interception and examination by the government.

Via The Washington Post circa 2010: “Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications.”

Congressmen recently questioned the legality of the Department of Justice’s massive surveillance dragnet.

The government is collecting the information in bulk without any regard to whether the individual whose information is being stored is subject to criminal investigation at this time or is considered a threat to national security.

One of the most powerful tools at the state’s disposal in recent years has been so-called fusion centers, which allow for citizen data to be collected and stored in central locations for access by all levels of law enforcement.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

  • J.M.M.

    Just because the technology exists doesn’t mean the government should have the right to use it without limits. Technically the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is still the law of the land. It hasn’t been repealed. Why isn’t it observed properly, plus when will the government begin to consider an end to this so called “War On Terror” and restore our liberties we’re lawfully entitled to have? Government is supposed to be the servant of the people, to defend our liberty and Constitution but instead the government thinks the people are there to serve their purpose (not ours). Today the government is delusional and ignorant of what their proper lawful role is supposed to be in our Republic. Ron Paul seems to have all the needed answers, but like all the great prophets in history is not given the proper respect or decision making ability.

    • Michael Shreve

      The COURTS that are SUPPOSED to protect US have joined the enemy.

  • dan

    you mean I’m on record that I think Obama is a sociopath bent upon the destruction of the Constitution and the United States of America and should be tried for treason for subverting the Law of the Land by bypassing the legislative process with his dictates
    and that his pathological lying and misrepresentation through the abetting media and betrayal of our foreign representatives (Benghazi) and trafficking in arms to drug traffickers (‘gunrunner’) and our enemies ( Taliban/Syria) and failure to secure our borders as well as his fraudulent representation of his identity and eligibility to hold office and further the usurpation of elective office…..

    well, I guess I should pack a bug out bag for the Fema Camps or SOMETHING

  • Vapemans

    Why do you think they broke up MaBell? Because it was a Monopoly? Please, the Telecommunications field is MORE Monopolized now than it was before MaBell was Broken up. Fact is Ma Bell was broken up in the Late 70s, early 80s, because MABELL followed the Constitution, and told the FCC and NSA to take Long Luxurious Walks of Very SHORT Cliffs. MaBell (Southern Bell by tradename of the time) REFUSED to allow the Government to setup recording stations at all their Digital Switching Stations in 77/78. MaBell Protected the Constitution. But Uncle Chester the Molester didn’t like it, So Congress, Charged MABELL with being a Monopoly for not allowing NSA/FBI/CIA to have open wiretaps on ALL Telecommunications moving through MaBells New Digital Switching Stations. Yes you read that right. in the late 70s early 80s the NSA and Uncle Chester the Molester had MaBell illegally Broke up for being a “Monopoly”, when in truth, it was nothing more than the Perverted Uncle Chester the Molester dismantling a Company that would not allow the Gov to use its Equipment to Spy on ALL AMERICANS ILLEGALLY!

    Lets See, 1980 Bush/Reagan is elected, Uncle Sam is Suicided with two shotgun blasts to the back of the head, and Poppy makes Hustlers Chester the Molester as the New Uncle Sam…..

    Strange Days indeed!

  • Vash the Stampede

    Presidents (Obama) & the rest of Government have been a disappointment for they last 30 years or more. They have abusing their duties as representatives of the people for a long time. The Constitution what’s that never heard of it. From free speech zones to Illegal wire tapping. The people of America are not a money pot for them to dip into whenever they want to despite the consequences of the future outcomes. The current system works for it self more than it works for the people,if at all. You could write a book on it nuff said.

  • Michael Shreve

    NO phone call or internet communication goes UNMONITORED by BIG SIS.

  • LadyFloridaCracker