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NSA records cell calls in Bahamas

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The newest revelation from leaked U.S. security documents is that the National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas, according to a report from The Intercept (http://zite.to/1lVfXCn).

 

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government, The Intercept reported.

 

Instead, the agency appears to have used access legally obtained in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to open a backdoor to the country’s cellular telephone network, enabling it to covertly record and store the “full-take audio” of every mobile call made to, from and within the Bahamas – and to replay those calls for up to a month.

 

The NSA refused to comment on the program, but said in a statement that “the implication that NSA’s foreign intelligence collection is arbitrary and unconstrained is false.” The agency said it follows procedures to “protect the privacy of U.S. persons” whose communications are “incidentally collected.”

 

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