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The US Drug Enforcement Administration Acknowledges Bulk Surveillance of American's International Phone Calls
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently disclosed a court filing in which an Assistant Special Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) acknowledges that, up until September 2013, the DEA massively collected information on innocent American citizens' international telephone calls. The court filing only mentions Iran but it is strongly assumed that many other countries are concerned.
According to the ACLU: "The disclosure underscores how the government has extended its use of bulk collection far beyond the NSA and the national security context, into ordinary law enforcement. And it shows how a strained and untenable theory of "relevance" has been used to justify the surveillance of millions of innocent Americans using laws that were never written for that purpose."
The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding that the DEA and other federal agencies release further information to the public about this database.
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Source: Cornell University Law School