Who’s Worse? The NSA or DEA


With each passing day, our nation becomes more and more unrecognizable as “land of the free” and seems more and more like a gulag nation.

Over the last couple of months we have been stunned to learn about the scope of spying on innocent American citizens that was being done by the NSA. The NSA defended the practice, saying it was vital to stopping terrorism. A few week ago we learned that the NSA was not being forthcoming about their program, and that they had been using their knowledge to help other agencies fight crime. This may not seem bad on its face, but by engaging in this behavior, several government agencies completely ignored our constitutional rights.

Well, we now have new cause for concern. The New York Times has uncovered that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a very similar program to the one that the NSA has been running; however, the DEA program covers a much longer period of time – stretching all the way back to 1987.

The DEA program is called the Hemisphere Project and was begun in 2007, and is a partnership with telecom giant AT&T. Under the agreement, the DEA has been paying AT&T to partner with them on sharing information on every phone call that has passed through an AT&T switch since 1987. According to the information gathered by the Times, the Hemisphere Project is the most expansive such program being conducted by the federal government, even greater in size, scope, and longevity than the NSA program.

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