Author: Cameron Downer, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review
Thanks to Edward Snowden, Americans learned that the National Security Administration was storing call records from the major phone networks to help fight the war on terrorism. Just three months after the NSA information was leaked, Americans learned of yet another government program after a PowerPoint about the program was leaked. This program, entitled “Hemisphere,” focuses on recording and searching domestic conversations between American citizens in order to help fight the war on drugs.
The Hemisphere database is even more extensive than the one used by the NSA and is yet another example of how the government is chipping away at the rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.