First off, after the last portion, I can hear the cries of “B.S.” from my desk all the way down here in San Antonio. Never fear doubters, I kept everything.. Check stubs, awards, bank statements, and even customer character statements for a situation that you will hear more about in this part of the series. Enjoy this second to last installment of the story.
As I worked on being everyone’s trusted bartender, people would have long conversations with me on various topics, mostly what was on the news at the time. These initial conversations always led to ‘off topic’ conversations, which led to other ‘off topic’ conversations, and so on. I remember one conversation, specifically, where I was commenting about a better way to keep track of undercover officers/spies that wouldn’t get them ‘popped’ as would be the case if they were caught wearing a wire. I was told that the military/spy agencies had the ability to turn your phone on and then, turn on your phone’s built-in microphone/camera. The phones could record all this audio and video without your knowledge. At the time, it was illegal to conduct this activity Stateside, although, according to what I have read on “Stellar Wind”, it seems these spy agencies are still doing this anyways.
It is a well known fact that this type of ‘hack’ is possible currently, but when I first heard about it, it was seven or eight years ago. I was horrified and I will admit that my paranoia was really kicking in about this time. (Hell, when I first found out about the N.S.A. coming into my bar, I almost quit and was even more scared). “I wasn’t stateside; I was fair game. These a-holes had put me at risk just by coming into the bar”, so my paranoia screamed, but then nothing happened. I wasn’t busted, and again, I became use to the pressure. In the back of my mind though, I was always keeping my eyes and ears open for anything that would tip off my status or help me keep a step ahead of the law. I was also in shock that I was able to find out such sensitive information while the guys were just blowing off steam while waiting for traffic to die down. This example is just one of many I was able to ferret out without even trying and nowhere near the most sensitive information I gathered either.