ABC News reported today that hundreds of U.S. citizens overseas who called friends and family back home were eavesdropped on by employees of a listening center based at Fort Gordon.
The news broadcast quoted two former military intercept operators who worked at the National Security Agency center at the military base outside Augusta.
"These were just really everyday, average, ordinary Americans who happened to be in the Middle East, in our area of intercept and happened to be making these phone calls on satellite phones," said Adrienne Kinne, an Army Reserves Arab linguist assigned to a special military program at the NSA's facility from November 2001 to 2003.
Ms. Kinne described the contents of the calls as "personal, private things with Americans who are not in any way, shape or form associated with anything to do with terrorism," according to the ABC report.
Fort spokesmen are referring all questions to the National Security Administration. A spokeswoman for that agency said this morning that no information would be provided at this time.