DEA sniffed MASSIVE AMOUNTS of phone records before Snowden's intervention

Holder: The Alpha and Omega of phone record databases

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A little wouldn't do it, so the DEA did it more and more, finally becoming hooked on...keeping records of American phone calls made to other countries. Information obtained by USA Today reveals how the DEA became so addicted to using its secret database, it consumed one phone record after another, until finally it had to stop.

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Brad Heath tattletales on the NSA for copying DEA blueprints:

The U.S. government started keeping secret records of Americans' international telephone calls nearly a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, harvesting billions of calls in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader National Security Agency surveillance that followed.  MORE

Cyrus Farivar fully reveals the truth:

The DEA had previously revealed some information about the database in a three-page partially-redacted affidavit that the database was authorized under a particular federal drug trafficking statute.  MORE

Relunctantly, John Ribeiro tells us phone companies have no backbone:

The DEA got [phone] records using administrative subpoenas that allowed it to collect records "relevant or material to" federal drug investigations. Some telecommunications companies were hesitant to provide the information in such volumes, but the subpoenas were not challenged in court. Those companies that were reluctant received letters from the DOJ asking them to comply.  MORE

Mario Trujillo explains how Edward Snowden saved the taxpayers' money:

The [DEA phone records] program ran from 1992 to 2013. It only ended after leaker Edward Snowden's revelations of other surveillance programs carried out by the National Security Agency.

In place of the bulk collection, the DEA now sends daily subpoenas to phone companies for international call records from specific numbers, according to sources.  MORE

Prosecutor Scott Shackford knows of a sure-fire way to win every case:

[The] concept of "parallel construction" also predates the NSA outrage. That's the method where government officials used information gained from this mass surveillance to secure arrests, but then deliberately concealed the source of this information from the court in order to keep it all secret (and incidentally to keep defendants from challenging the evidence)  MORE

Meanwhile, Dan Gillmore recites all four presidents found on Mount Spy-More:

Collect-it-all presidents were first Bush, continued by Clinton, second Bush and now Obama.   MORE

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