The entire country is up in arms about the ongoing NSA PRISM government spying program, but actor Shia LaBeouf has apparently been warning America about Big Brother since 2008.
In 2008, LaBeouf stopped by the Tonight Show to discuss his movie “Eagle Eye” with Jay Leno. However, the conversation quickly shifted from standard Hollywood fare to a discussion about the actor’s suspicions about government spying. In retrospect, LaBeouf’s interview served as an odd warning about 2013’s NSA PRISM program.
LaBeouf allegedly learned about the possibilities of government spying from an FBI consultant who had been working on the set of “Eagle Eye.” The “Transformers” actor wasn’t necessarily discussing the NSA or its PRISM program, but the details are chilling nonetheless.
“I remember we had an FBI consultant on the picture telling me that they can use your ADT security box microphone to get your stuff that’s going on in your house…or OnStar, they can shut your car down,” he warned.
“He told me that one in five phone calls that you make are recorded and logged. I laughed at him, and then he played back a phone conversation that I had had two years prior to joining the picture,” LaBeouf told a shocked Leno.
The 26-year-old was further unsettled when he learned that the recorded calls were innocent, “what are you wearing”-type conversations, as opposed to any sort of nefarious plot. “It’s extremely creepy,” he added.
The Obama administration has been under fire ever since whistle-blower Edward Snowden leaked documents pertaining to the NSA’s PRISM program, which allows the government agency to track civilian communications and stored information. Given Snowden’s newfound celebrity status and LaBeouf’s intimate knowledge of government spying programs, the pair might have to consider turning the NSA scandal into a Hollywood production.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...