AT&T Sells Call Data To CIA For $10 Million Per Year

towerThis of course raises the question, are you the telecom’s customer, or their product? The New York Times reports:

The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials.

The cooperation is conducted under a voluntary contract, not under subpoenas or court orders compelling the company to participate. AT&T searches its database and provides records of calls that may help identify foreign associates, the officials said. The company has a huge archive of data on phone calls, both foreign and domestic, that were handled by its network equipment, not just those of its own customers.

The disclosure sheds further light on the ties between intelligence officials and communications service providers.

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5 Responses to AT&T Sells Call Data To CIA For $10 Million Per Year

  1. Woobniggurath November 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Jeebus, what a deal. The company could turnit around and sell it to marketers for an exponential profit.

  2. DeepCough November 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I guess this makes AT&T one of biggest ratfinks ever.

  3. Mr Willow November 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations.

    And probably committing industrial espionage in the process…

  4. Ittabena November 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I used to work for WorldCom as a Field Engineer. Worked on bringing up new Long Distance Fiber Optic rings. I can tell you from what I saw that all the telecom companies have had gub’ment equipment installed on all these rings since they started using Fiber Optics.

    The equipment usually sits in Regen sites – more room in those – which are little trailer looking shelters, usually next to a RR track out in the country somewhere. There is a steel divider in these sites cordoning off the Big Brother equipment from anyone who is not “cleared”. Steady but mild pressure was applied for all to apply for clearance. i never actually did. (Hey, they wanted to know the name of every girlfriend you ever had, and I couldn’t remember all the names. I used to be a bartender!)

    What is in this article is only a very small glimpse at what has been going on for most of our lives. When Gene Hackman gave his line in Enemy Of The State about the phone companies being in bed with the Gub’ment since the 40s, it was spot on.

    Gentleman, and women, sorry about my enforced absence in the comment section. Disqus had me hosed up and it seems that it finally sobered up this morning.

    Hooray! Free to run my mouth again, lol.

    • Calypso_1 November 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      Every read any James Bamford?

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