First the National Security Administration (NSA) came out saying that they have been collecting phone data on citizens for the past five years, now we find out that the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been listening in since 1987.
It gets worse, while the NSA program has access to phone data going back only five years, and that data is only available with a warrant; the DEA surveillance program gives government agents access to 26 years’ worth of data with only an administrative subpoena, which means they don't even need to ask the courts, according to Fox News.
While the NSA at least claims to protect citizens from terrorists, the DEA's mission is to continue the failed war on drugs. There are now more than 500,000 people serving time in prisons for non-violent drug offenses. According to Pew Research, in 2011, state corrections cost $52 billion.
All this is happening while individual states are legalizing medical, and in some cases recreational, marijuana and more than 12% of the population use cannabis regularly.
Aside from the billions of taxpayer dollars squandered in the failed effort to push back against illegal drugs, Americans are also being required to give up their right to privacy so the DEA can catch drug dealers.
When is it enough? That's up to you.