‘We Are Always Listening’: Pranksters plant recording devices across NYC


A bunch of anti-NSA pranksters have planted recording devices in public locations across New York, saying that they’re “gathering information to help win the war on terror.” The devices might be discovered all over the place in New York – in cafes, below benches, in retailers, eating places and bars.

“Eavesdropping on the population has revealed many saying, ‘I’m not doing anything wrong so who cares if the NSA tracks what I say and do?’” the group, dubbed “We Are Always Listening,” wrote on its web site.

According to anti-NSA activists, the residents “don’t seem to mind this monitoring.” “[So] we’re hiding recorders in public places in hopes of gathering information to help win the war on terror. We’ve started with NYC as a pilot program, but hope to roll the initiative out all across The Homeland.”

The pranksters say they’re “declassifying excerpts from the recordings and highlighting” the place some devices are situated “for greater transparency.” Each recording on the web site has the situation, terrorism standing and gadget standing.

The recordings are fairly mundane and reveal every thing from dishonest to conversations with private coaches and job interviews. The group says it’s listening, “as you cut up friends behind their backs.” The recording on their web site reveals “Asians belittling other Asians for sounding too Asian.”

The group stated it’s even listening to individuals’s very intimate moments, comparable to once they speak about sexual encounters, or the moments you “are scheming.” One dialog revealed deception, and within the terrorism standing the activists paradoxically wrote: “Plot detected, though not terrorist in nature.”

The recording devices are nonetheless in place at Building on Bond in Brooklyn and Cafe Orlin and Cafe Mogador in Manhattan, in response to the group’s web site.

A consultant of the group instructed RT that the activists have deleted the lion share of the recordings that they’ve obtained releasing almost definitely lower than 10 minutes of audio.

“That’s really just to show people the types of conversation that are being monitored and that even the most mundane conversations reveal a great deal about your life. They can reveal your sexual preference; they can reveal what type of medical condition you have; they can reveal who you associate with and how often and where you travel and how often and what the places you travel to can say about your life.”

According to the group, the NSA doesn’t learn about its unofficial counterpart in New York.

“We have not had an e-mail or telephone name trade [with the NSA] but. Based on the actions that they take, we predict they’d approve,” theactivists instructed Mashable.

The group hopes finally ”that the NSA will undertake the We Are Always Listening mission and make it a completely funded and practical arm of the NSA,” one other consultant of the group instructed The Guardian.

“We hope that we’re lauded and applauded for helping to keep the country safe,” the supply stated. “Even the most mundane conversations, as the NSA will tell you, are of vital importance,” he stated, including they don’t launch “anybody’s first and last names”.

He stated that if it seems that it’s unlawful, “we’ll put a full stop to it. We’ll continue to keep the country safe from terror until then.”

The group’s consultant instructed the paper that “We Are Always Listening” additionally has plans to begin the surveillance of individuals in Germany, identical to the actual NSA.