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Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.

The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant.

The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987.

[A couple of comments from under the article that I liked]

Nick Metrowsky
Longmont Colorado

And to think our government condemned the Soviet Union, the Soviet Block, China and North Korea concerning government surveillance. Throughout the Cold War, and after, The United States played themselves as leaders of the "free world", the hope for those who live under suppression, etc., while at the same time they were spying on their own citizens. Throw in now they conduct surveillance on all web traffic and any form of communication. Hypocrisy is the best term for what our government says or does.

Not only has "1984" arrived; it has been fully implemented. The Department of Homeland Security looks more and more like the Ministry of Truth and Ministry of Justice all in one. All that is left is the entire populace to be required to be monitored by camera, to live in abject poverty buying Victory Gin and Victory Cigarettes, which turning themselves in for "thought crimes" and celebrating another victory in never ending wars.

malcolm kyle
new york

Some simple facts:

* Illegal Drug Cartels cannot operate without the support of politicians, bureaucrats, and police officers.

* Prohibition has been a slow but relentless degradation (death by a zillion cuts) of all our cherished national and international institutions that will leave us crippled for numerous generations.

* The US federal government is now the most dangerous and corrupt corporation on the planet; it is solely comprised of traitorous, lying hucksters who spy on us—in the MPICIC (military/police industrial corporate intelligence complex), the 99% are all probable suspects.

* In 1989, The Kerry Committee found that the United States Department of State had made payments to drug-traffickers. Concluding, that even members of the U.S. State Department, themselves, were involved in drug trafficking. Some of the payments were made even after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies - or even while these traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies.

* The involvement of the CIA in running Heroin from Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan, and Cocaine from Central America, has been well documented, by the 1989 Kerry Committee report, academic researchers Alfred McCoy and Peter Dale Scott and the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Gary Webb.

* The United States jails a larger percentage of it's own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes.

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