1) When I saw that the recent resignation by CIA director David Petraeus was being handled by the FBI, my suspicions were confirmed as to who really had the greatest clout among the myriad clandestine governmental spy agencies.
2) I also knew that following 9-11, the unanimous passing of the Patriot Act gave the ACLU fits, because it allowed even more latitude for the “feds” to seek information through the phone and internet systems of communications.
3) Finally, I was aware that despite predictions of its demise, ISDN is a legacy technology entrenched in the DNA of voice-over work and is not about to go away, despite the increasing difficulty to have it installed and serviced in some parts of the country.
Put 1, 2, and 3 above together, and you have the perfect paranoia explaining the basis of an article recently published by SoftwareStudies.org. Titiled “Tapping into ISDN“, the well-written essay explains the growing frustration on the part of FBI operatives with ISDN. To wit: “…the bureau claims to lack the present capability to intercept ISDN…”
This could actually present a new revenue source for ISDN voice talent. We could start advertising our “surveillance free communications capability” and begin charging for private, personal phone time in our booths. :)
Seriously, the article is a quick, interesting read.