SEATTLE (AP) – Newly released documents show that for at least six years, drug agents have had near-immediate access to billions of phone call records dating back decades.
Officials have taken pains to keep the collaboration with Dallas-based AT&T secret.
The program, first reported Monday by The New York Times, is called the Hemisphere Project. The project partnered AT&T with federal and local drug officials. It’s paid for by the federal government, and it allows investigators armed with subpoenas to mine the company’s vast database to help track down drug traffickers who frequently switch cellphones to avoid detection.
That’s a different approach from that of the National Security Agency, which has come under fire for maintaining its own collections of call records.
The Associated Press independently obtained a series of slides detailing the Hemisphere program.
(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
- With Too Many Starters, Houston’s Hinch Must Make Decision
- 5 More Former TCU Football Players Added To Lawsuit Against University
- Cuban To ESPN: Keeping Earl K. Sneed On Staff Was ‘Horrible Mistake’
- ‘Do Something!’ Trump Hears Emotional Students, Parents From Florida School
- Student Brings BB Gun To Bowie High School In Arlington