WASHINGTON — If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI.
The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet.
The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.
“This doesn’t give us any enhanced capability, prying into or any ‘big brother’ concerns because this is information that’s being put out on the airwaves,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told WMAL.com. “Its very important to our investigators to know what’s being reported.”
Bresson cites as an example of the case of the Times Square bomber.
“It’s ideal for cases like that because we can extract information that’s already been reported and help our investigators make better decisions.”
FBI begins recording call-ins
Next time you call a talk radio station, beware: The FBI may be listening.
According to WMAL.com, “The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet. … The FBI says it is not playing Big Brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.”
The agency’s reasons for recording all these radio programs don’t get any clearer as the news report goes on. No doubt that is intentional.
“Don’t hold out hope for Palin.”
That was Rush Limbaugh’s advice to a caller who was clinging to hope that the former Alaska governor would finally enter the 2012 Presidential race.
“You’ve got practical things like filing deadlines coming up, some are within a week now,” Rush explained, “so I think it’s time to move on. I think it’s time to let go and move on” (FREE audio).
Ken Hoffman at the Houston Chronicle complained that, “Limbaugh is now calling first lady Michelle Obama … ‘Moo-Chelle Obama.’ Even for El Rushbo, that’s stupid and insensitive. Limbaugh reportedly earns $38 million a year and lives in a beachfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. He can’t afford a mirror?”
This week, Michael Savage labeled Barack Obama a “lifetime Marxist” and renewed concerns about his eligibility to serve as president.
He explained to listeners: Obama is “a man who refuses to show a valid birth certificate, a man who applies for college aid as a foreign student and then denies he’s foreign, a man who has a Social Security number from a state he’s never even lived in.” (FREE audio).
Savage also declared: “The second Bolshevik revolution is beginning in the United States of America, egged on by our first communist president and his cronies. Obama is using the rabble in the gutters to draw attention away from the ‘Fast and Furious’ Mexican gunrunning scandal, and all the other scandals in this administration”: