Shia LaBeouf's NSA Surveillance Claims Proven Correct
Should we have listened to Shia LaBeouf on the power of the NSA back in 2008?
Shia LaBeouf's NSA worries were essentially proved correct over the weekend as further details emerged of technology giants' co-operation with US spy agencies. Apple, Facebook and Google issued strongly-worded denials that they had 'knowingly' participated in a scheme with the National Security Agency, providing emails, conversations, documents, photos and other materials from agents.
29-year-old former technical assistant to the CIA Edward Snowden is the individual responsible for leaking one of the most significant cover-ups in US political history, though was Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf the first to publically air his fears of the NSA on a mass scale? During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2008, LaBeouf - the star of the Transformers movies - told the American public that "one in five phone calls which you make are recorded, and logged."
"I laughed at him [FBI agent who told Shia about the surveillance], and then he played back a phone conversation I had had two years prior to joining the picture [Eagle Eye]... And it was one of those 'What are you wearing?' kind of things."
D. J Caruso's thriller movie Eagle Eye concerned two strangers Jerry and Rachel who are thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move, the woman throws the pair into a variety of dangerous situations. LaBeouf met with an FBI consultant to prepare for the role and was dumbstruck at what he learned, "I remember talking to an FBI consultant telling me that they can use your ADT box to get the stuff going on in your house. Or that they can use OnStar to shut your car down," he told Leno.
Shia LaBeouf will next star in Lars Von Trier's controversial new movie Nymphomania, set for a European release on Christmas Day.
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