For the last six years, the nation’s narcotics enforcement agency working in the midst of the drug war on both sides of the US-Mexican border have obtained subpoenas in order to access the vast AT&T database which stores the records of phone calls made by residents of the United States, according to a former drug enforcement agent and criminal analyst, Timothy McMillan.
While the method of data collection is similar to that of the National Security Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration spy program’s years of existence far surpasses those of the NSA, which is currently underinvestigation by U.S. lawmakers in both political parties, according to McMillan.
According to an official from the American Civil Liberties Union, “Calling patterns can reveal when we are awake and asleep; our religion, if a person regularly makes no calls on the Sabbath, or makes a large number of calls on Christmas Day; our work habits and our social aptitude; the number of friends we have; and even our civil and political affiliations. . . .”
The DEA’s spy program, which was dubbed “Hemisphere Project,” entails AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph) being paid by the feds to place some of its security staff in drug-enforcement task forces comprised of DEA agents and state/local police investigators.