Magazine February 6, 2012, Issue

NSA Surveillance

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Mobile Communication Project

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Static.

Unidentified Male Voice: Hello?

Unidentified Male Voice 2: Yessir? Over.

Unidentified Male Voice: Is this Rick Perry?

Unidentified Male Voice 2: Yes it is, sir. To whom am I communicating? Over.

Unidentified Male Voice: Rick, it’s Mitt Romney.

Gov. Rick Perry: Hello, Mitt! Good to hear from you. How are things on your side of the trail? Over.

Gov. Mitt Romney: Um, okay. Hey, listen, this is a telephone. You know that, right? You don’t have to say “over” every time.

Gov. Rick Perry: Understood sir. Over.

Gov. Mitt Romney: No, it’s not a walkie-talkie, okay?

Gov. Rick Perry: I know that. I

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