C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data

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The data is probably worth a lot more than $10 million, but regardless should our intel agencies and our communications companies be teaming up like this? Is this good for a free society?

(From The New York Times)

The cooperation is conducted under a voluntary contract, not under subpoenas or court orders compelling the company to participate, according to the officials. The C.I.A. supplies phone numbers of overseas terrorism suspects, and 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.

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