Drug War Surveillance

From the ACLU:

The Drug Enforcement Administration acknowledged yesterday yet another government program involving the bulk collection of Americans’ call records. In a three-page court filing in a criminal case long shrouded in secrecy, the DEA said that – up until September 2013 – it collected en masse information about U.S. calls made to and from certain countries.

The only country named in the filing is Iran, but the DEA stated that the program encompassed a number of foreign countries “that were determined to have a demonstrated nexus to international drug trafficking and related criminal activities.” The total number of countries covered by the program remains secret.

And presumably the effectiveness of this program (or lack thereof), and the number of innocent people that were swooped into this dragnet surveillance and harassed because of it, will also remain secret.


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