can government really listen in on phones, even while off?

watching CBS's new fall lineup this evening, and saw them mention listening in on cellphones even while theyre turned off. its not anything new, weve been seeing it in movies for years, where the government agencies listens in, or at least mentions their ability to listen in through cellphones when theyre turned off. eagle eye is one, and hostage (new show on cbs) mentioned it again tonight, which got me thinking if its realistically possible.

on the one hand, with android being as open source as it is, and millions upon millions of developers taking it apart, porting, and constantly rebuilding it from scratch, how could there possibly be a feature to not only listen in completely unnoticed, but do it while the phone is off?!

yet carrier iq actually happened.. and i would have never thought it could implemented without being spotted immediately.

soo, thoughts?

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