Project Hemisphere’s Houston Division: More Reasons to Worry about Government Surveillance
HOUSTON, TX – If you have a feeling Uncle Sam is watching you, well, you’re right. Apparently Houston is one of three locations for a program that routinely accesses phone records of U.S. citizens.
The Hemisphere Project brings together agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local drug agencies with AT&T to access phone records going back to 1987.
And the phone company’s employees often sit alongside drug agents as they do their jobs.
How big is this? Reports say Hemisphere is even bigger than what the NSA is doing, covering every call going through AT&T even those not made by AT&T customers.
Four billion records added to the data base every day. And, Hemisphere not only knows who made the call, but from where.
The New York Times obtained a copy of a Hemisphere PowerPoint presentation apparently provided by an activist who made a series of public information requests from west coast law enforcement agencies.
The Times says Houston is one location for the ‘High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’ program of Hemisphere, along with Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Eddie ‘The Snowman’ Snowden continues to make friends and influence people for Uncle Sam. Or not.
Now the presidents of Brazil and Mexico are mad at us after a Brazilian news program reported that information stolen by Snowden appears to detail how the National Security Agency intercepted emails and telephone calls from the two presidents.
In other words, doing what spies do.
Brazil’s president is reported to be thinking about calling off her October trip to Washington and cancelling her White House state dinner. She wants a written explanation from President Obama.
And Mexico would also like an explanation, although it’s not clear if we’re still looking over his shoulder.