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US drug enforcement amassed bulk phone records for decades

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    The U.S. started keeping from 1992 records of international phone calls made by Americans, under a joint program of the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to a newspaper report.

    The secret program, which aimed to counter drug trafficking, collected logs of ”virtually all telephone calls” from the U.S. to as many as 116 countries linked to drug trafficking, according to USA Today, which quoted current and former officials associated with the operation. But the content of the calls was not recorded as part of the collection.

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