reply to post by digital01anarchy
I used to work in the telecom industry. What you are describing are signs of being tapped, but on a land line. Even then it would probably be a sign
that amateurs were doing it.
When I was working in New Orleans switch house we had to find an open line. We took a handheld technicians phone and tapped into one line then
another. Finally, we decided to wait until a line cleared, this required listening to the conversation between two women as they chatted away. They
never knew we were there, and I was not interested in what they said, only when they hung up.
Was this legal for me to do? Absolutely. The same way that Fed EX, UPS and DHL has every right to open any package they feel is suspicious. Your
privacy rights often only protect you from the government, and these days even that is minimal.
Another thing to consider is that the Intelligence and the telecom people have been working closely together since the war. On some Fiber rings -
long distance - there is a wall with a locked steel door. On the other side is the same type of equipment as the civilian side but only those with
Government clearance are allowed inside. What is this equipment for and what does it do? I can only make an educated guess that it is to "demux" the
signal on the fiber and to listen in on conversations. However I could also guess that they have some fibers in the ground for Government dedicated
communication. Both may be correct at the same time, but it will not put clicks into your conversations.
As to cell phone traffic; The more technology that is involved the easier it is to tap. But I still don't feel you would hear any echo's or clicks.
Not unless they wanted you to hear them of course.
At any rate that is my take on it judging from my experience.
edit on 15-10-2012 by Ittabena because: (no reason given)