Colbert On NSA Phone Sex Eavesdropping (VIDEO)

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Stephen Colbert explains why letting the government listen to Americans having phone sex is a national security priority:

ABC News reported recently that intelligence officials have been eavesdropping on U.S. citizens overseas when they call home:

"These were just really everyday, average, ordinary Americans who happened to be in the Middle East, in our area of intercept and happened to be making these phone calls on satellite phones," said Adrienne Kinne, a 31-year old US Army Reserves Arab linguist assigned to a special military program at the NSA's Back Hall at Fort Gordon from November 2001 to 2003.

Kinne described the contents of the calls as "personal, private things with Americans who are not in any way, shape or form associated with anything to do with terrorism."

The New York Times editorial board adds:

The nation still doesn't know the full extent of President Bush's obsession with eavesdropping on citizens, but here's a cheesy new aspect: Phone calls home from American soldiers, aid workers and journalists in Iraq were reported to have been tapped and stored by military agents supposedly searching for terrorist intelligence leads.

Two of the listeners told ABC News that the illicit snooping degenerated into a form of amusement, with analysts swapping transcriptions of pillow talk, phone sex and other intrusive details from the lives of "hundreds of ordinary Americans."