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Partial script from the military funded movie "Eagle Eye" starring Shia Labeof who admitted that the NSA has much of this system in place and proved it to him by playing back phone calls he made in private.
Welcome to Eagle Eyehttp://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/e/eagle-eye-script-transcript.html
What is this?
- This is you.
A series of purchases, preferences, and quantifiable data points that we define as your personality. We monitor every social network. Internet logs, instant and text messages, known associates, your friends, companions. E- mails received and sent. Cell phone usage. We utilize security, surveillance and traffic cameras to analyze movements. We use this data to form personality profiles. We know who you are. We are everywhere.
All programmed options, sector searches, and downloaded points of data will lead to this central command.
You're a computer.
Say hello to our Autonomous Reconnaissance Intelligence Integration Analyst.
We call her Aria.
She crunches all our raw intel, finds patterns, helps predict the movement of possible suspects, right down to behavior, motivation, even personality. Transferring primary search function to auxiliary display.
__________Article from 2008:http://voices.yahoo.com/how-widespread-nsa-eavesdropping-was-revealed-shia-1962600.html
How Widespread NSA Eavesdropping was Revealed by Shia LaBeouf on "The Tonight Show"
With a Recent Lawsuit from the Electronic Frontier Foundation Against the Bush Administration, FBI and NSA Surveillance is Going to Be Challenged
Greg Brian, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Sep 29, 2008
While visiting Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" on September 16, actor Shia LaBeouf revealed something about the FBI that brought a stunned silence from everybody in the studio, yet shouldn't surprise anybody. Promoting his latest film called "Eagle Eye", that has a plot utilizing our current age of insidious FBI surveillance, LaBeouf told about his experiences working with real FBI agents on the set of the film who apparently were consultants. Everybody knows that our security agencies are watching and listening to every move we make lately--yet we never think about it really happening to us. When LaBeouf mentioned that the FBI consultants managed to dig up an old tape of one of LaBeouf's private phone calls from a number of years ago, it was almost hard to believe.
And yet he wasn't telling any tall tale. This was the first time in U.S. history that a well-known actor went on a talk show and revealed that the FBI isn't just checking out some phone calls and what people are dialing up on the internet--they're checking out nearly everybody at this point. Why they'd be listening in to a phone call of a young actor who isn't any threat to society outside of getting into a bad car accident that wasn't even his fault is very alarming.
Yes, it was the first time an audience on "The Tonight Show" had collective jaws dropping to the floor rather than guffawing themselves silly, unless it was just resigned acceptance. But the thought that the FBI would keep a tape of a random celebrity phone call from a number of years back just points to an insidious and overly thorough surveillance in America that's really gone overboard. Certainly we'd be in the Twilight Zone if an FBI agent located a tape of a phone call you made five years ago, and LaBeouf looked stunned recalling his own experience with this.
Undoubtedly a lot of people watching at home were scared straight when hearing this from LaBeouf on a late-night comedy show with many being careful what they said on the phone to their friends or family the next morning. The same could be said about the internet, even though I suspect a lot of people realize that what they're dialing up might be eavesdropped by the government at least once. Well, when you enter the internet advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation into the picture, they already know all about it and don't like it all.
Now this nonprofit organization is hooking up with AT&T and forming a massive lawsuit against not only our security agencies but the entire Bush Administration. This is all based on the insider knowledge several years ago that the National Security Agency had a direct linkup through AT&T's fiber optic lines to listen in to any AT&T caller they wanted. Undoubtedly, that tape playback of LaBeouf's above-mentioned phone call was part of this procedure.
If you don't think the Electronic Frontier Foundation lawsuit doesn't have legs, think again. This thing could very well open up a new case similar to one two years ago where the always controversial ACLU managed to convince a judge that the NSA's practices were breaching our constitutional rights. Nevertheless, in perhaps to show how powerful our security agencies are, an appeals court overturned it and then the Supreme Court refused to get involved.
Sure, people are going to say the Supreme Court was bribed not to take it on because the Bush Administration is gung-ho on keeping this surveillance system operational. It'll be interesting then to see where this particular lawsuit goes and whether the Supreme Court will finally take it on once and for all. If they ever have to explore the case, a different President will be in the White House then who may have different ideas about surveillance and decide to shut down some of the procedures.
One thing seems to be certain in the here and now: A Hollywood actor inadvertently revealed to the entire country that our intelligence agencies are going too far in tapping into phone calls that more than obviously have no connection to terrorism or terrorists. If our security agencies are that dense and think an actor is plotting to do a terroristic act, then we're looking at a need for a future President to clean house. But it seems that the Bush Administration has allowed our security agencies to operate under their own accord without constantly being checked upon to see how far they're going.
Now we can't just assume that our phone calls fall under the random possibility they're free and clear of being eavesdropped. It's going to make talking about personal things to someone on the phone a lot more problematic for many people. Perhaps it's time to start sending carrier pigeons if we want to talk about personal things rather than thinking it'll be preserved for a number of years on a tape in a NSA archive for whatever purpose.
What that purpose is will probably be questioned in this new lawsuit. If millions of people who obviously aren't terrorists are having their phone calls archived, what that information is for should be easily explained, even though there probably isn't any explanation other than the signs of being hyperbolically overcautious...