What I'm saying is they are turned off, so the mic should not be on, right? But, when I check the sound control panel, there is input indication, it shows activity.
So, it is accessing sound in the room. Now it's up to Apple what to do with that.
Maybe villians should do any plotting and scheming the old fashioned way and take a cue from "All the President's Men." Type their dastardly plan out on a Selectric with classical music in the background.