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Can a prepaid cell phone be tapped by the authorities

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can a prepaid cell phone be tapped by the authorities
they can.
Phones are basically radio transmitters.

But you need to have a court order to tap your phone- they cannot just go and do it..
A device similar to an MIN ESN reader can capture a distinct phone signature and from there, it can be CLONED.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/title9/crm00028.htm

http://www.wright.edu/rsp/Security/V2comint/Cellular.htm

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