DEA Accused of Collection of Phone RecordsAdded: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
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Human rights groups are ready to file a federal lawsuit over the mass collection of US phone records – this time, against the Drug Enforcement Agency. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court demanding to stop the DEA from collecting records of people’s international calls without a warrant.
Data collecting program lasted for 20 years and became a template for the NSA’s mass surveillance of US phone data after 9/11. Despite the fact that the US officials claimed that the DEA was not collecting information anymore, the news that the agency collected phone records in the so-called “war on drugs” inspired new questions.
EFF alleged that the mass surveillance puts the work of privacy outfits in jeopardy. For instance, Human Rights Watch works with people who can be in life-or-death situations and speaking out can make them a target. This is why the lawsuit claims that the US government is secretly stretching its surveillance authorities to the breaking point.
It turned out that a number of US presidents secretly allowed the Drug Enforcement Agency to monitor and store phone data that included almost all telephone calls from the United States linked to drug trafficking. Since 1992, the so-called “USTO” program ran without judicial approval, although this was required by the US constitution.
By the way, it seems that the warrantless mass phone records collection has failed to stop the growth of domestic drugs consumption. For example, in 2012, 9.2 % of Americans had consumed narcotics in the past month, up from 8.3% in 2002 – this is despite the efforts of the US, which spends billions on drug eradication abroad –more than $9bn was spent in Colombia and $7.5bn in Afghanistan.
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
|posted by (2015-04-16 04:39:26)|
|Simple solution: sell so much as a single roach, get executed. Then we can use all the opened space in our prisons to lock-up the politicians and government functionaries that involve themselves in illegal violations of our privacy. Benefits all around!|
|posted by (2015-04-16 09:45:45)|
|Dude, you're twisted. I'm all for throwing bum politicians in jail. But the War on Drugs has been the most immense failure in the history of any law in the world. You're somehow managing to take the insanity even further. I can't even repeat your "solution", it's so monstrous. The drug scheduling regime and the DEA should be completely dismantled, never to return. All of the people associated with that racket would then have to find real jobs.|
|It could be argued that the facts are outdated as with the legalisation of medicinal Mary jane in some U.S states that figure may have doubled as drinks and sweets are being made from cannibal raisans,I understand 1 bottle of the flavoured soda is the equivalent of 8 joints,it is funny that an enlightened country has to show the way of decriminalisation and all the rest slowly follow suit,got to love the Netherlands. ,lmao.|
|Each US federal agency seems to operate like a rogue state within a state. To bad the American citizen just get ion the way. Stupid Constitution...|
|posted by (2015-04-18 20:27:29)|
|The War on Drugs has failed. Just legalize Marijuana nationwide, use the resources that were being spent to police marijuana seizure, for border patrol and drug runners. It's not that complicated, and no one has ever died to a marijuana overdose. Sure people abuse all different types of drugs and driving while impaired isn't good at all, but we still have thousands of drunk drivers on the road every day because it is legal to drink as much as you want if you're over 21 in the US. Responsibility and common sense seem to go out the window when alcohol is involved, resulting in numerous crimes. I don't have the numbers, but I do guarantee many more people lose their proverbial sh!t over whiskey and vodka than smoking a joint or three. So yeah The War on Drugs failed, because it all started out wrong to begin with. Harry Anslinger made marijuana out to be this monstrous and deadly drug, while he smoked his cigs and drank his way through pharmaceutical lobbyists. Marijuana was the cure for a lot of ailments people. and it still is. The only reason it was made illegal was so that pharmaceutical companies could impose their will on our society and force us to use their "allowed" drugs. Wake up America!! And.... to the guy known as Tdabt, you are a fricking moron. Killing people wont resolve anything, unless you start with yourself, then who knows....|
|posted by (2015-04-19 21:14:44)|
|Tdatb, how about we just execute anyone who breaks any law ever? Actually, how about if we just execute anyone who does something unhealthy? Actually, let's say that if someone hurts your feeling, you HAVE to execute them, or you get executed. Oh right, because it's stupid and insane and against the Constitution and ridiculous and doesn't solve the problem. The war on drugs is a control mechanism that has wrought misery and ruined countless lives. It's created a dark market that in turn has inspired hellish criminal forces in America and South America that have taken barbarism to new levels. All of that - ALL OF THAT - can, at least partially, be laid at the feet of the cowards in government, self-righteous pressure groups and various business interests (pharmaceuticals) who worked to put this insane drug policy in place. When our descendants look back on this time period they will marvel over the horrendous self-inflicted wounds society brought about with the war on drugs.||
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