US govt, AT&T in drug fighting project

THE HEMISPHERE PROJECT. To fight the war on drugs, it seems local and federal agencies worked with AT&T to gain information from 26 years of calls.

In a post-Snowden world, where the bounds of a government in providing national security have to be balanced with the privacy of its citizens, comes the Hemisphere Project. It is reportedly a cooperative between local and federal drug officials and telecommunications giant AT&T. The US government “pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country.” The employees help Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and local detectives, providing them with phone data from 1987 onwards – 26 years of records. The program began in 2007, according to the presentation revealed by the New York Times, which also said 4 billion call records get put into the database every day.

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