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Shia LaBeouf: phone surveillance whistleblower?

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We could have learned that the U.S. was listening in on its citizens' phone calls years ago, if only we'd listened to Shia LaBeouf.

U.S. President Barack Obama is currently defending sweeping secret surveillance of America's phone records and foreigners' internet usage as a way of countering terrorism. Imagine the manpower it must take to monitor, for instance, America's chattering teenage girls alone.

But Shia warned us. In 2008, he was promoting his film Eagle Eye, a movie about a mysterious stranger who listens in on phone calls. In the interview above, he tells Tonight Show host Jay Leno that the movie's FBI consultant warned him the government was doing the very same thing.

"He told me that one in five phone calls that you make are recorded and logged, and I laughed at him and then he played back a phone conversation I'd had two years prior," LaBeouf told Leno.

The host's response? "Extremely creepy," and then the subject is dropped.

The fact is, we laughed too — check out the star of Transformers dishing in this light, late-night chat! It turns out he was ahead of the curve. Nobody was prepared to hear about phone surveillance then, and if a recent poll is correct, even care about it now.

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