Where were you in 1987? Gary Hart had to bail out of the 1988 presidential race after photos surfaced of Donna Rice sitting on his lap. Oliver North admitted to shredding documents in the Iran-Contra scandal. The Dow dropped 508 points and shocked Wall Street. On television, Star Trek: The Next Generation started its seven-season run, and A Different World spun off from The Cosby Show for the first of its six seasons.
And, if you made a call that went through AT&T switches, you contributed to the DEA’s phone-records search capabilities at its start, too:
For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.
The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant.