From the Daily Beast here:
In 2013, Hemisphere was revealed by The New York Times and described only within a Powerpoint presentation made by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Times described it as a “partnership” between AT&T and the U.S. government; the Justice Department said it was an essential, and prudently deployed, counter-narcotics tool.
However, AT&T’s own documentation—reported here by The Daily Beast for the first time—shows Hemisphere was used far beyond the war on drugs to include everything from investigations of homicide to Medicaid fraud.
Hemisphere isn’t a “partnership” but rather a product AT&T developed, marketed, and sold at a cost of millions of dollars per year to taxpayers. No warrant is required to make use of the company’s massive trove of data, according to AT&T documents, only a promise from law enforcement to not disclose Hemisphere if an investigation using it becomes public.
This example of corporate fascism, where a company creates a product that law enforcement uses against Americans, without a court weighing in, is most definitely something people should be protesting.
So all you celebrities making hay and getting all self-righteous in denouncing Trump and devoting your time and energies to defeat Trump should alot some energy to fascistic things that have been happening for an extended period of time.
I suspect that this sort of fascism is more complex and requires more effort than just beating on Trump.