Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – In other words, if you have a Verizon phone and if you have used it since April the 25th, your phone call has now been logged, the metadata has been logged, and it has now been transmitted to the National Security Agency so that they can determine whether or not you are guilty or innocent. What’s wrong with that picture? Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: Mike is in Georgia. Mike, you’re next on The Mike Church Show. How you doing?
Caller Mike: Good morning, Mike. I got up this morning and did my usual routine, 5:45 put on the coffee, 6:00 turn on Mike Church for my daily dose of [r]epublicanism.
Mike: That’s a great routine. I like that routine. Can I get up at 5:45 tomorrow morning and try it?
Caller Mike: No, because this is the job that you have chosen to pursue.
Mike: Yeah, but I only want to pursue it from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. I’m kidding. Go ahead.
Caller Mike: Maybe you could petition for a new timeslot. Number three in my morning routine is checking on Drudge for my daily dose of right-wing news. The headline on Drudge was that the Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring all Verizon phone traffic, which I’m a Verizon customer and stockholder. This is my morning hour. We’re turning into the Soviet Union.
Mike: I didn’t see the headline, so forgive me. Why are they monitoring Verizon’s traffic? What are they looking for?
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Caller Mike: The Department of Homeland Security went to the FISA court and they got one of these secret orders, because they obviously are on the trail of Osama bin Somebody. Therefore they have to monitor all Verizon phone traffic.
Mike: Wait a minute.
The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order.
Mike: Glenn Greenwald writes for the American version of The Guardian. Why wasn’t an American-based journalist and journalist outpost like Washington Compost in on this? We have to go all the way to London to find investigative journalists.
The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the Guardian reported. It requires Verizon, one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies, on an “ongoing, daily basis,” to give the NSA information on all landline and mobile telephone calls of Verizon Business in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries…
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Mike: I want to know, under what surveillance act, how in dude’s holy name does the National Security Agency, from whence do they deign to find the authority to eavesdrop on millions? You can’t possibly make the case that all those warrants — it would seem to me it would require a warrant to get this. In other words, Mike, if they wanted your records, fine. “Why do you want his phone records?” — “Well, we think he’s having chat conversations, doing face time with Ayman al-Zawahiri.” — “All right, fine. I’ll grant the order, but you actually have to look and see if he’s with Ayman al-Zawahiri. If he’s not, I’m going to rescind the order.” That’s one individual. I can understand that. Law enforcement, security, I can understand that. To say that we want millions of records, that is an evisceration of civil liberties that is not to stand. That cannot stand.
Mike: Is it in the fine print that you didn’t read when you signed up for your phone?
Caller Mike: No, they told me the Patriot Act.
Mike: I said Constitution, not act of Congress. I wasn’t talking about the 535 miscreants. I was not speaking of those that continually, on a daily basis, violate every concept and every interpretation of what an oath means and what an oath of office to a Constitution means. So they can just subpoena or demand all the records?
Verizon has 121 million customers, 98.9 million wireless customers, 11.7 million residential phone lines and about 10 million commercial lines.
Mike: How does that work, Mike, under what jurisdiction?
Caller Mike: Well, we’re living in the age of Big Brother now.
The FISA court order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson, compelled Verizon to provide the NSA with electronic copies of “all call detail records or telephony metadata created by Verizon for communications between the United States and abroad” or “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls,” The Guardian said.
Mike: In other words, if you have a Verizon phone and if you have used it since April the 25th, your phone call has now been logged, the metadata has been logged, and it has now been transmitted to the National Security Agency so that they can determine whether or not you are guilty or innocent. What’s wrong with that picture, Mike?
Caller Mike: We’re actually being monitored, even as we speak, by the government under that court order.
Mike: I think some of the lines that we use between New York and Washington at Sirius XM are Verizon, so they’re probably monitoring this one, too. That’s just shocking. Thank you for the revelation. I had not seen that, my friend. Thank you very much. It’s not surprising in this day and age. I wonder when people will have had enough? Mike, let me ask you a question before you go. How many of your coworkers and friends are going to tell you that you’re overreacting to this? They’re going to say something to the effect, when they learn about this, and this is what a sheeple would say, they’re going to say something to the effect of: If you haven’t done anything wrong, what do you have to hide?
Caller Mike: I’ll tell my wife about this and she’ll just roll her eyes like she always does when I say these things to her.
Mike: Mike, you’re a patriot for calling and asking the question. I’m going to put you on hold. I want to send you a copy of Spirit of ’76 – The Story Continues. Learn about how the Bill of Rights came about and specifically how the Second Amendment came about. You may need to use it here very soon.
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