NSA Records All Calls in 2 Countries, Report Says
SOMALGET is used to intercept and store the audio of every phone call in the Bahamas and another country, which The Intercept agreed not to name “in response to specific, credible concerns that doing so could lead to increased violence.” The digital publication, however, does name three countries where the MYSTIC program, which allows the NSA to sweep up metadata, is in place as of 2013: Mexico, Kenya, and the Philippines.
The NSA reportedly gained access to the telephone networks of the Bahamas and the other, unnamed country thanks to interception mechanism overtly installed by American companies in those countries. The unnamed companies added these “backdoors” to so-called “lawful intercept systems” sold to the Bahamas to grant the Drug Enforcement Agency the ability to request legal wiretaps on foreign networks. The NSA is reportedly taking advantage of those systems, which are legal and known by the foreign country, to surreptitiously record all phone calls.