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Obama and His Allies Say the Govt Doesn't Listen to Your Phone Calls -- But the FBI Begs to Differ

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Given FBI acknowledgment that it monitors phone calls on a massive scale, with help from the NSA, gov't denials are hard to understand.


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The full transcript of Nadler's exchange with Mueller shows the FBI director claiming that "a particularized order from the FISA court directed at that particular phone and that particular individual" is required for the FBI to retrieve the content of any American's call.  

However, in a May 1 interview with CNN's Erin Burnett -- well before the scandal over NSA spying sent the White House and its allies into damage control mode -- a former FBI agent named Tim Clemente made a startling revelation. According to Clemente, an April 18 phone call between Boston bombing perpetrator Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife was retrieved by the FBI as part of its surveillance of bulk US telecom data.  

Here is the relevant section of Burnett and Clemente's exchange:  

"BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It's not a voice mail. It's just a conversation. There's no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?  

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