The defenders of the NSA during this controversial time like to point out that they aren’t watching you, per se, but rather they’re just looking for patterns in the massive swaths of data collected. The problem is that claim is simply not true, as evidenced by the 2008 report detailing how NSA officials were listening in on American soldiers during their most intimate moments.
A former Navy Arab linguist David Faulk, who worked at the NSA center in Georgia, told ABC about the NSA eavesdropping and even mocking U.S. citizens overseas:
Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of "cuts" that were available on each operator's computer.
"Hey, check this out," Faulk says he would be told, "there's good phone sex or there's some pillow talk, pull up this call, it's really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, 'Wow, this was crazy'," Faulk told ABC News.
Faulk said he joined in to listen, and talk about it during breaks in Back Hall's "smoke pit," but ended up feeling badly about his actions.
"That's in 2008. Where was the outrage? I don't even remember the story," Glenn said. "This... affects... you. You don't have to be doing something wrong. Collect enough information and I'll find something wrong. Create enough regulation and I can trap you six ways to Sunday."