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    Report: CIA Paying AT&T to Provide Call Data

    FILE - AT&T sign at store in New York.
    FILE - AT&T sign at store in New York.
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    The CIA is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to provide phone records for overseas counter-terrorism investigations, the New York Times reported, quoting government officials.

    The No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider is cooperating under a voluntary contract, not under subpoenas or court orders compelling the company to participate, the paper said.

    AT&T did not confirm or deny the report but said payments from governments were routine for lawful data.

    The report comes amid widespread political uproar after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents describing how the U.S. government collects far more internet and telephone data than previously known.

    Under the AT&T arrangement, the CIA supplies phone numbers of overseas terrorism suspects and AT&T searches its database to provide call records that may help identify foreign associates, the paper said.

    Most of the call logs provided by AT&T involve foreign-to-foreign calls, the paper said.

    AT&T does not disclose the identity of the Americans calling from the United States, and masks their phone numbers when it produces the records, the paper said, quoting the officials.

    AT&T said all government data requests were handled in a lawful and proper manner.

    "We ensure that we maintain customer information in compliance with the laws of the United States and other countries where information may be maintained,'' AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said in an emailed statement.

    "Like all telecom providers, we routinely charge governments for producing the information provided.''

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    by: Ettore Greco
    November 07, 2013 2:11 PM
    All this should be viewed in a larger context to prevent what is yet to come. Indiscriminate monitoring everywhere did not happen with Obama but with George W. Bush, the author of 9/11. The NSA intercepting everyone (even the Pope) was never meant to protect the United States form terrorist attacks. Those few who still believe in the story of Osama Bin Laden will find difficult to realize it but what is been revealed is only part of what is behind the next big surprise. Since George H. Bush was CIA director, the US secret State agencies had played a double role to get to today when every person is constantly monitored by NSA and other agencies not to report information to the US Government but to feed with all data the embryo of a new superpower. A group of Zionists, like a hidden parallel government, with George Bush still today at the head of secret services in the US, UK and Israel, is the destabilizing force behind most terror events and with classified information at disposal and a private army is plotting what now would seem unthinkable to many. The spokesman for this group in the US Congress is John Mc Cain who reports the given orders weighing on the US administration. The aimed targets for this group are a War of Religion and chaos everywhere so that desperate people will soon invoke a New World Order without even knowing what that is.

    There is only one Solution to this planned chain of events.

    http://www.wavevolution.org/en/index.html

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