If You Thought NSA Spying Was Bad, You Should See What The DEA Is Doing
AUG. 5, 2013
John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke of Reuters report that a secretive Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) unit is handing out “intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans,” and then lying about how the investigations begin.
Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011, and other experts told Reuters that the program sounds more troubling than the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic phone calls because it doesn’t target terrorists — instead, it targets common American criminals, primarily drug dealers, while potentially violating the defendants’ Constitutional right to a fair trial.
Furthermore, the NSA collects data to store and analyze it while the DEA program leads to convictions and jail sentences.