BREAKING: Millions of Americans Being Spied On By WH Surveillance Program

BREAKING: Millions of Americans Being Spied On By WH Surveillance Program

( – Law enforcement agencies now have unparalleled access to trillions of American phone records thanks to a covert surveillance program overseen by the White House, which raises serious privacy and legal concerns.

A vast range of U.S. phone records is accessible to federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations through a covert White House surveillance operation, as uncovered by a Wired investigation.

Known as Data Analytical Services (DAS), this program works in conjunction with telecom behemoth AT&T. It provides law enforcement organizations at all levels of government with an extensive study of American call records.

This arrangement entails monitoring people who have not been accused of any criminal behavior by monitoring criminal suspects’ social media accounts and their direct phone connections.

DAS has been monitoring more than a trillion domestic phone records yearly for over ten years.

The program, which was once known as Hemisphere, has changed to employ a method known as chain analysis.

This approach examines the relationships between suspects and their direct interactions, extending its scope to include innocent bystanders in the more extensive network of people.

The program’s approach differs greatly from conventional wiretapping, which needs a probable cause warrant. Instead, DAS depends on AT&T’s records, which contain information such as caller and receiver names, phone numbers, and call dates and times.

It’s interesting to note that AT&T voluntarily cooperates with law enforcement by keeping these documents for longer than required by law while not being required to do so.

DAS covers records spread over the entire country via AT&T’s network, making it a massive scale. The program has remained largely unknown to the public until recently despite the scope of its operations.

The White House oversees the program and is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, which adds to its secrecy and limits public access to its inner workings.

The widespread application of DAS in various police enforcement settings has been made evident by recent leaks and public information.

These further highlight the program’s broad reach since requests for “Hemisphere analysis” to identify suspects based on their social ties are among them.

Additionally, the released papers demonstrate a variety of law enforcement officials—from parole officers to postal inspectors—attending DAS training sessions, suggesting that the technology is widely used throughout the legal system.

Read more at Wired here.

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