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NSA records every single cell phone call made in the Bahamas

NSA Records Every Single Cell Phone Call Made In The Bahamas

The Bahamas: a blissful island paradise, with sun, sand, surf ... and apparently, government surveillance.

Yes, another tidbit of information from Edward Snowden's treasure trove of classified NSA documents hit the press Monday. According to The Guardian, these new revelations center around a program that records every single cell phone call made in the Bahamas.

Documents published in The Intercept detail the top-secret NSA data collection program codenamed SOMALGET. Installed in the cellular network of the Bahamas without the local government's approval, SOMALGET allows the NSA to record and store the full audio of any cell phone call that passes through the network.

It's all part of the NSA's voice recording program, MYSTIC, which was first reported on by The Washington Post several months ago. MYSTIC allows the NSA to collect and store up to 30 days worth of cell phone conversations in a target nation.

The Washington Post: "This allows the NSA to go back 30 days in the past, and look at or listen to phone calls that might have been made by people they didn't know were suspects previously."

The agency has used something similar against at least one hostile country in the past. A retired NSA official recently told the Los Angeles Times they were "able to collect, sort and make available details of every Iraqi insurgent email, text message and phone-location signal" during the Iraq War.

But it's not quite as clear why the U.S. government might want to listen in on phone calls from an allied country like the Bahamas. The Intercept suggests the NSA might be using the country as a trial run for some of its MYSTIC programs.

Revelations about the NSA's widespread bulk surveillance practices are still roiling the tech community. According to CNET, the CEO of networking giant Cisco recently sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reign in the agency, following reports that the NSA had intercepted Cisco routers to install surveillance software on them.

The Intercept report lists five countries where MYSTIC is currently operating: full audio of calls is being stored in the Bahamas and another unnamed country, while metadata is being collected in Mexico, Kenya and the Philippines.

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obamaliedamericadied May 20 2014 at 10:49 AM

NSA spying
Fast & Furious
Benghazi murders
IRS targeting
Now
AOL refusing to post coverage of the VA hospital (s) killing off Vets with
what can only be considered Obamacare type healthcare....
Why are there No Screaming Headlines
about the hundreds of thousands of Vet being mistreated?
How about an updated count of how many Vets have died due to VA Obamacare?
Especially since Barack Obama knew prior to his first election and promised to "fix this"!
The President Bush administration found and suspected there were many more when 400 cases of abuse were found just prior to President Bush's end of last term and informed Obama's team of all they found and Obama made this a campaign 'speech' promise to fix.
Now over 1.5 million abused Vets later, Obama said "he did not know about this".!
Where was America's President the past 6 years and why did Obama 'speak' of it when running for President then saying "I know nothing -- nothing"..?

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bigdaddyles2 May 20 2014 at 8:26 AM

Snowden is a true patriot and hero. He's shown the sheepople what's actually going on with our corrupt government and it's not just the Dem's or retards or even the tea baggers, IT'S ALL OF THE CROOKED ***** IN POLITICS, PERIOD.

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thuff31564 May 20 2014 at 8:32 AM

Maybe Snowden ought to be brought back as a hero for showing the Nation that our government wants to spy on us for whatever reason it feels fit. Our rights are constantly being removed and we have no say in it. If we do not put a stop to allowing so much trust and power to our federal government we will soon see our rights diminish. The revolution needs to start with voting out the incumbants that have lived in DC for decades. This primary, vote out all the incumbants and breathe some new life into our country.

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rayser711 May 20 2014 at 11:13 AM

Impeach Obumma NOW !

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Dean May 20 2014 at 6:54 AM

I'm now 64 years old and I grew up respecting our government, boy have my thoughts on that changed!

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Randy May 20 2014 at 8:24 AM

Gee since the corrupt appointees of the inept Obama administration have recorded every single phone call in the Bahamas (and probably the USA) - it seems as though the empty suit and the rest of the south side Chicago thug squad puppets on the taxpayers payroll would have known about their appointees killing US military veterans at the assorted VA facilities..... after all, if they are recording the calls of Bahamians and tourists in the Bahamas, doesn't it stand to reason they would also have recordings of the phone calls of VA appointees and career liberal bureaucrats in TAXPAYER owned facilities????

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abqduk May 20 2014 at 10:58 AM

SORRY FOLKS! YOU CAN CALL SNOWDEN A TRAITOR OR WHATEVER. SO NOW, WHAT SHALL WE CALL OUR CORRUPT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBLE FOR NSA. THAT VIOLATED EVERYONE'S RIGHTS BY ILLEGALLY RECORDING ANYTHING. LET ME SEE...THE NSA CAN DO ANYTHING THEY WANT: AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE LIED TO ABOUT KEEPING THEIR INSURANCE; THE OBAMA ADMIN LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT BENGHAZI; THE STATE DEPT. HEADED BY HILLARY NEVER HAD ANYONE HELP THE 4 AMERICANS THAT WERE MURDERED; RICE GOES ON NATIONAL TV AND LIES TO EVERYONE ABOUT A FAKE VIDEO, THE BIG BAD BLM PREYS ON PEOPLE'S LAND NOT USED BY ANYONE; THE MISSING 70MILL.$ THAT IRS JUST DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO IT; THE IRS AND DIRECTOR NOT CO-OPERATING WITH CONGRESS; FINALLY OUR VA ADMIN. SCREWING OUR OWN PEOPLE THAT PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE ONLY TO RETURN AND NOT GET SUFFICIENT TREATMENT....I THINK THERE IS MORE! OH, JUST REMEMBERED OUR SECRET SERVICE AGENTS PARTYING WITH PROSTITUTES......LOOK WHO ARE THE LIARS AND TRAITORS TO AMERICAN CITIZENS

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Clark Trucking abqduk May 20 2014 at 11:57 AM

I am not one that is looking for Snowden's head on a stick but I haven't decided that he is a great patriot yet either. But I do have to thank him for making the facts about NSA bugging known. Remember how Clapper said we weren't doing that, and how Oblather said he would find that "unacceptable" and all of that. Good for Snowden.

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DG5510 abqduk May 20 2014 at 1:59 PM

You are.

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Jim May 20 2014 at 9:53 AM

It's as if, at the end of the Bush administration, someone asked the question, "It is possible to have even WORSE international relations than tat guy?" and Barak Obama answered, "Sure! Just wait?"

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Walt Jim May 20 2014 at 4:34 PM

OH SURE, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS AWARDED THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE, IT WAS A THANK YOU FROM THE WORLD FOR NOT LETTING ANOTHER NIT WIT RIGH WINGER WHITE HOUSE. GO SUCK YOUR THUMB

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emam545 May 20 2014 at 10:09 AM

All a bunch of crooks themselves. This administrations motto do as I say or you will be in big trouble. Now we know what happened, nothing, they can not prove this spying helped anybody but themselves, what a waste of taxpayers money as usual. But lets go after the Chinese and waste more money, what a bunch of hypercritic.

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omacees12 May 20 2014 at 6:36 AM

NSA spying is MARTIAL LAW thats when the GOVERNMENT as turn against its people

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fchaux omacees12 May 20 2014 at 8:19 AM

get a grip,,,,spying on us has been official since the J Edgar hoover, the fbi drag queen, there is the mccarhty era, then vietnam, korea, the nixon years,,,,hello ,,,hello are you awake????

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livoak810 fchaux May 20 2014 at 4:44 PM

these tparty gopers.. dont understand this.. they only want to blame Obama for their dirty dishs in their kitchen..

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