How the NSA tapped AT&T’s network

“In 2002, an AT&T technician named Mark Klein discovered that the National Security Agency had installed a secret monitoring facility at the San Francisco building where he worked,” Sam Gustin reports for TIME Magazine.

“Four years later — after reading a New York Times story detailing the George W. Bush administration’s secret warrantless wiretapping program, Klein finally went public with what he’d seen,” Gustin reports. “Today, both the NSA and AT&T refuse to discuss what was going on in now-legendary Room 641A at 611 Folsom Street, as whatever was happening there remains classified.”

“Today, both the NSA and AT&T refuse to discuss what was going on in now-legendary Room 641A at 611 Folsom Street, as whatever was happening there remains classified,” Gustin reports. “Part two premieres Tuesday, May 20 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. FRONTLINE was kind enough to share an exclusive advance look with TIME.”

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Direct link to video here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

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  1. let them monitor . i don’t care what they see on my end, but if my neighbor and his cohorts are planning the next 9/11, so be it. there are no borders anymore. the game has changed and the enemy is everywhere

    1. The next “9/11” is being planned by all your pals at the CIA, not your neighbors. There are no “borders” anymore because the Federal government does not enforce present laws on illegal immigration. STFU.

          1. …and the only way he could “decide to just pull-it” was the thermite-laden demolitions were pre-planted on all three buildings. Saudis with box knives is almost as creative as Mr. Lone Nut gunman and the Magic Bullet of ’63.

      1. Not long ago we would have been hung drawn and quartered for even suggesting such a thing by all the blinkered. Dare I say a corner has been turned on understanding what exactly happened on 911?

        The next level will be a small nuke going off care of the “shadow government” just to convince us to accept NSA and more.

    2. was it Thomas Jefferson who said..
      “… Those who trade freedom for security.. deserve neither ..”

      9-11 was an excuse to stomp on your freedoms ..

      Ask Dick Cheney..

      (that is.. if you can actually locate that face shooter and his “undisclosed location” )

  2. You ask “How”? The CEO’s of ATT, Verizon and Google are all for it. These CEO’s are on record saying that they see nothing wrong with the “if you nothing to hide…” mantra.

  3. (May 27, 2011)

    WASHINGTON — Minutes before a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.

    “It’s an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat,” Obama said Friday after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Congress bumped up against the deadline mainly because of the stubborn resistance from a single senator, Republican freshman Rand Paul of Kentucky, who saw the terrorist-hunting powers as an abuse of privacy rights. Paul held up the final vote for several days while he demanded a chance to change the bill to diminish the government’s ability to monitor individual actions.

    1. Your buddies from 2001-2009 led the passing of the Patriot Act in question and evolved it into a massive internal spying operation that became embedded as U.S. policy. But, naturally, you want to focus on a point ten years later.

      I despise this whole situation. But I can also understand that the U.S. needs to protect itself and its citizens. It is generally a very bad idea to immediately and completely scrap a functioning, successful operation without a backup plan in place. If Obama had done that, then you would have been screaming about the President failing to maintain domestic security. Fox would have parlayed that into a spectacle that would have made Benghazi look mild in comparison.

      1. What part of “you’ve never read me espousing support for the Patriot Act” do you not comprehend, Melvin?

        Where was your Messiah’s hope and change when he signed the Patriot Act extension noted above? You are just fulla crap and that’s all there is to it.

  4. I saw this Frontline program and it’s a must watch regaurdless of your affiliation. The Patriot Act was enacted and signed into law 45 days after the September 11. (Can you imagine any bill being passed so quickly?) It was a power grab that stript all Americans of their right to privacy. Even the name implied that any congress member who didn’t vote for it was somehow un-American .

  5. young people mad that the government is becoming big brother, while they post every detail of their private life on Facebook, instagram, & twitter

  6. If you’ve got nothing to hide, they why wear clothes.
    Ah real popcorn munching drama on the terrorist network. The pair of noids destroying each other. Sad but makes such great watching.

  7. And we’re all paying taxes (yes, even in Australia) for the privilege of be spied upon and lied to by a pack of immoral, tasteless rubes who have trouble telling elbows from arseholes.

  8. Only one flaw to this conspiracy theory. If the twin towers wee brought down by the CIA…. Don’t you think a “real” agent would have come forward by now and exposed this?

    Time to move on to another conspiracy….like who is fixing the NBA finals….much more plausible rant?

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