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It's true: the FBI can listen in on your conversations through your cell phone–even when it’s turned off. This rather startling fact was first revealed in a mob trial two years ago. The FBI had been trying to nail some cunning goodfellas who kept uncovering the bugs. So the FBI resorted to the new technology in place since about 2002: it turned on the locator chip in their cell phones remotely and listened to their conversations–even when they weren’t talking on the phone.