DEA being sued by Human Rights Watchdog over secret surveillance program

April 8, 2015 17:42

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is being sued by Human Rights Watch over what it alleges was the agency's illegal collection of phone records to foreign countries over the past two decades.

The lawsuit comes after classified documents were made public reportedly showed that a secret  surveillance program, which dates back from the 1990's, collected data on virtually all international phone calls.

"At Human Rights Watch we work with people who are sometimes in life-or-death situations, where speaking out can make them a target," said Dinah PoKempner, general counsel at the watchdog group.

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