NSA and phone sex: Eavesdroppers listened to intimate conversations

Summary:Military linguists have come forward to say that the intelligence services routinely listened in on Americans overseas calling home and on the communications of non-suspect groups like the Red Cross. And, they say, they listened in and even transcribed couples' phone sex, The New York Times reports.

Military linguists have come forward to say that the intelligence services routinely listened in on Americans overseas calling home and on the communications of non-suspect groups like the Red Cross. And, they say, they listened in and even transcribed couples' phone sex, The New York Times reports.
David Murfee Faulk, a Navy linguist, told ABC that he and his colleagues listened to “personal phone calls of American officers, mostly in the Green Zone, calling home to the United States, talking to their spouses, sometimes their girlfriends.”

He said the eavesdroppers would swap recordings of intimate calls for entertainment. “At times I was told: ‘Hey, check this out. There’s some good phone sex,’ ” he said.

Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, promised a probe into the allegations, calling them "extremely disturbing."

“Any time there is an allegation regarding abuse of the privacy and civil liberties of Americans it is a very serious matter,” he said.

The accusations are clear violations of the rules Congress approved, which required personnel to drop calls as soon as they established they were from Americans.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility

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