The Zelenko Report: Michael Khoury reveals telecommunication companies were given carte blanche to surveil Americans – Brighteon.TV
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Investigative journalist Michael Khoury revealed to Zelenko Freedom Foundation Co-Chair Ann Vandersteel that telecommunication companies were given carte blanche to surveil Americans.

He made this revelation during the Nov. 4 episode of "The Zelenko Report" on Brighteon.TV. Khoury told Vandersteel that this public-private partnership (PPP) has its origins in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 signed  by former President Bill Clinton. The law, which overhauled telecommunications legislation in more than six decades, sought to promote competition and reduce regulation in order to secure lower prices and higher quality services for American consumers and encourage the rapid deployment of new technologies.

Carte blanche pertains to a blank document signed in advance by one party and given to another, with permission to fill in conditions later. Telecommunications companies were granted these documents, according to Khoury. These documents allowed firms to surveil subscribers by linking them with global intelligence communities.

One such company is the Sterling, Virginia-based Neustar, which manages the increased complexity in the industry through its system infrastructure in geographically dispersed data centers.

"Clearly, this was something devised in the background," said Khoury. He noted that Neustar and other telecommunications companies "abused the 'trusted third party' aspect of the Fourth Amendment" when they operated carte blanche. (Related: AT&T Technician Says Company Gave Feds Full Access to Phone, Web Traffic.)


According to the investigative journalist, the telecommunications firms were able to access documents belonging to former President Donald Trump – including his health and business records. This should be alarming, Khoury remarked, because people "have no control" over what these companies are listening to or what information they can obtain.

Obama used PPP to prevent FOIA requests on his administration's data

The investigative journalist cited former President Barack Obama's 2014 action to move American phone records over to a private company. He assigned former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, who served under Obama as a consultant, for this task.

Cybersecurity laws were subsequently passed to essentially give private institutions endpoint access and carte blanche access to data. Concurrently, Texas-based technology company CrowdStrike came in to install servers on every database under the sun.

"We're trying to give people a high-level look here," Vandersteel said. "We've all heard about the shadow government. To give people a real look at what a shadow government means and how it has operated goes back to Obama having a separate email address." The said email address was linked to the former Ameritech company, now named AT&T Teleholdings.

Khoury commented: "So through open source research in the DNS name servers and using multigo, as well as other open source resource tools, you're able to do traces. And the further you probe that email address, it ends up leading back to [email protected]. The thing is with Obama being tied to Ameritech, you have intellectual property and that's private."

This, he explained, prevented any disclosures stemming from Freedom of Information Act requests.

Vandersteel added: "I want to tie something back here because you know, the fact that Obama created a shadow government using a nonprofit at the National Archives and Records Administration using a email address. He basically moved all the data into this his created  IP. He basically reclassified the data because he's taken it out of government control and put it into his own private control list."

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Watch the full Nov. 3 episode of "The Zelenko Report" with Ann Vandersteel and Michael Khoury below. Catch new episodes of the program every weekday at 1-2 p.m. on Brighteon.TV.

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