"He will now hang up."
This morning I had an incredibly odd experience. I was chatting on the phone with my mother and we were just getting ready to say goodbye when all of a sudden a deep, kinda of electronically stilted voice came over the line and said, "He will now hang up."
We both heard it clear as a bell. My mother thought it might be someone on my line, but I was on my cell phone so there was no extension to pick up. I thought that it might have been father, but Mom assured me that he was no where near the phone.
I really have no idea what this was. It is more than a little freaky to think that your phone calls might be monitored.
Many years ago I was working for a woman whose husband was in the FBI. (No, really!) At the time, an acquaintance was under investigation by this same fine agency for some financial misdeeds.
Occasionally I would house-sit for a mutual friend of the accused and myself and would hear all sorts of weird clicking and such on the friend's phone. I joked with Cris, my boss, that her Special Agent/husband was wiretapping this line. She laughed and said I was completely "silly" and if, in fact, the line was being monitored we would never know.
A few days later, after another weird night of clicking phones while talking with a girlfriend (my future wife. She will attest to these events.) I mentioned it again to Cris. Her face became stone serious and she looked me straight in the eye. Very slowly she said, "I can *not* talk about it."
From that day on I have been completely convinced, by what I regard as reasonable evidence, that this particular phone line was, indeed, tapped.
Many years later I am currently feeling just a little bit of deja vu.
Call me paranoid, but....