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Justice under AG Barr began vast surveillance program without legal review – in 1992, inspector general finds

The secret program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, ultimately gathered billions of records of nearly all phone calls from the United States to 116 countries, with little oversight from Congress or the courts.

The DEA program… records – which numbers were dialed and when – allowed agents to map suspects’ communications and link them to troves of other police and intelligence data. Agents used those records to search for connections between Americans and overseas drug trafficking groups, though the Inspector General said the drug agency also permitted other agencies to use the records in different types of criminal investigations.  The DEA obtained those records using administrative subpoenas that allow the agency to collect records “relevant or material to” federal drug investigations without seeking authorization from a judge. The Inspector General said the government did not pause to consider whether its powers allowed it to collect records unrelated to a specific investigation…

Original Article (USA Today):
Justice under AG Barr began vast surveillance program without legal review – in 1992, inspector general finds
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