State Department funds Mexican wiretap system
By JACOB GOODWIN
With the help of the U.S. Government and a U.S.-based technology company, the Government of Mexico plans to install a communications interception system that would enable its federal investigations agency to monitor and record any landline, cellular or voice over IP telephone call made anywhere in Mexico, in an effort to thwart narcotics trafficking and terrorism.
On February 23, the U.S. State Department awarded a contract worth nearly $3 million to Verint Technology, Inc., of Melville, NY, to install the multi-faceted interception system for Mexico’s Agencia Federal de Investigacions, or AFI, which will include a monitoring center located at AFI’s headquarters in Mexico City.
“The telephone intercept system shall provide real-time interception, monitoring, and recording of phone calls made through TSPs [telephone service providers] and selected from a database of target phone numbers,” explained a statement of work posted online by the State Department’s bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement affairs in late 2005, when this plan was first unveiled.
The database of targeted phone numbers will be able to accommodate as many as 8 million sessions, said the solicitation. It will allow AFI operators to monitor up to 60 calls plus four fax transmissions simultaneously.
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