AT&T Maintains Call Database For the DEA Going Back To 1987

Forget the NSA — the DEA has been working hand-in-hand with AT&T on a database of records of every call that passes through AT&T’s phone switches going back as far as 1987. The government pays AT&T for contractors who sit side-by-side with DEA agents and do phone records searches for them.

From the article: ‘For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counter narcotics 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.’

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