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Drug Agents ­se Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.s.a.'s

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A New York training site for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which includes federal and local investigators. AT&T employees are embedded in the program in three states.

Credit: Edouard H.R.Gluck/Associated Press

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls—parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency's hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.

From The New York Times
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