Lately, I've noticed some weird sounds when calling my dad. When I speak, I here some static. When he's speaking, I don't hear any static. I feel like sometimes I hear occasional muffled clicks. The last time I spoke with him (a couple of days ago), there was a short, weird and loud scrambling sound, that I've never heard before on the phone, on any phone, ever before. We both heard it and were like "WTF was that??"
I don't experience any of this when calling anyone else - only my dad. It's definitely not cell phone reception - i've noticed it no matter where I am when I call, and only when speaking to him.
My dad's already a little paranoid, so I don't want to freak him out. So I haven't asked him if he's experienced this speaking with anyone else. He's a very law abiding guy, but since 9/11, has been worried about discrimination because of his background - a US immigrant from Pakistan. However, he's been in the US for 45 years and a naturalized citizen for most of that. But he has the most ubiquitous Muslim name, which every once in a while, worries him that people will judge him because of it. He's very by the book - as am I (except for that speeding ticket or two from years ago), and have absolutely no reason to suspect why either of us would have our phones tapped. My dad is in no way a fundy - by Muslim (and even non-Muslim) standards, he's very granola liberal. But stuff like this
has me worried that perfectly mundane and even boring people with Muslimish names and backgrounds might be having their privacy violated.
Am I paranoid? What does it sound like when your phone is tapped?