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Vodaphone Drops a Dime on Massive Warrantless Spying Operation

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A surveillance disclosure report by Vodafone suggests how far the NSA will go to invade our privacy.

The British telecom company Vodaphone, the world’s second largest telecommunications company, which owns and operates networks in 21 countries and partners with telecommunications companies in over 40 additional countries, has released its first and the world’s first self-described “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” that confirms allegations that have been made by many who are concerned about the warrantless spying carried out by the US government on its own citizens and the citizens of nations around the world; that the US government has been and is currently engaging in massive worldwide surveillance and data collection of the complete content of phone calls that pass through the networks of not only Vodaphone but all telecommunications networks via direct access using “pipes” or wires connected directly to the companies communications equipment.

Vodaphone’s revelations, first reported by the Guardian but set forth in Vodaphone’s separately released disclosure report, represent the first confirmation from a major telecommunications company itself that the US security directorate and the countries who cooperate with the NSA have physically tapped into the world’s telecom substructure, confirming allegations that have been made by telecommunications technicians and privacy rights advocates since early last decade.

The significant aspect of Vodaphone’s revelations is it’s recognition that, using direct wiretapping technology as the company reports, US government spy agencies are able to listen to and record the entire content of the telecommunications of the world’s citizens with absolutely no requirement to seek a warrant from any judge, including the secret judges in America’s secret courts that were established in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

In the public statements made by many apparatchiks of the Obama administration and by the president himself, Americans concerned by the implication of the revelations made by former National Security Administration employee Edward Snowden (that their constitutionally protected rights against unwarranted surveillance have been abrogated and nullified under the national security lockdown that followed the initiation of America’s “War on Terror”) have been continually reassured that “When it comes to telephone calls: nobody is listening to your phone calls,” and further “This program, by the way, is fully overseen not just by Congress but by the FISA courts,” (Barack Obama, July 2014).

What was revealed by Vodaphone today is that such statements are misrepresentational and intentionally obfuscatory. Moreover, these statements display in a stark fashion the level of cynicism and patronization with which our elected representatives and their appointees in the national security establishment treat American citizens and their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

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Vodaphone Drops a Dime On Massive Warrantless Spying Operation

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A surveillance disclosure report by Vodafone suggests how far the NSA will go to invade our privacy.

The British telecom company Vodaphone, the world’s second largest telecommunications company, which owns and operates networks in 21 countries and partners with telecommunications companies in over 40 additional countries, has released its first and the world’s first self-described “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” that confirms allegations that have been made by many who are concerned about the warrantless spying carried out by the US government on its own citizens and the citizens of nations around the world; that the US government has been and is currently engaging in massive worldwide surveillance and data collection of the complete content of phone calls that pass through the networks of not only Vodaphone but all telecommunications networks via direct access using “pipes” or wires connected directly to the companies communications equipment.

Vodaphone’s revelations, first reported by the Guardian but set forth in Vodaphone’s separately released disclosure report, represent the first confirmation from a major telecommunications company itself that the US security directorate and the countries who cooperate with the NSA have physically tapped into the world’s telecom substructure, confirming allegations that have been made by telecommunications technicians and privacy rights advocates since early last decade.

The significant aspect of Vodaphone’s revelations is it’s recognition that, using direct wiretapping technology as the company reports, US government spy agencies are able to listen to and record the entire content of the telecommunications of the world’s citizens with absolutely no requirement to seek a warrant from any judge, including the secret judges in America’s secret courts that were established in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

In the public statements made by many apparatchiks of the Obama administration and by the president himself, Americans concerned by the implication of the revelations made by former National Security Administration employee Edward Snowden (that their constitutionally protected rights against unwarranted surveillance have been abrogated and nullified under the national security lockdown that followed the initiation of America’s “War on Terror”) have been continually reassured that “When it comes to telephone calls: nobody is listening to your phone calls,” and further “This program, by the way, is fully overseen not just by Congress but by the FISA courts,” (Barack Obama, July 2014).

What was revealed by Vodaphone today is that such statements are misrepresentational and intentionally obfuscatory. Moreover, these statements display in a stark fashion the level of cynicism and patronization with which our elected representatives and their appointees in the national security establishment treat American citizens and their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Vodaphone described in their disclosure report a neo-fascistic scheme constructed by US spy agencies with absolutely no congressional oversight or judicial order where phone company employees and contractors, “are bound by law to absolute security. They are not permitted to discuss any aspect of a demand received with their line management or any other colleagues, nor can they reveal that a demand has been received at all, as doing so could potentially compromise an active criminal investigation or undermine measures to protect national security. Additionally, in some countries, they cannot even reveal the specific law enforcement assistance technical capabilities have been established within their companies.” Vodaphone goes on to describe that these company employees work in secret rooms that can only be accessed with national security clearances and where company employees receive their orders from and report only to government security agents – phone company supervisors and executives are barred from even entering the secured spy-rooms.

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