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[FYI] FBI "drowning" in wiretap data
FBI "drowning" in wiretap data
February 24, 2004
CQ: FBI 'Drowning' in Information Harvested by Bugs and Wiretaps
Thanks to the bundle of anti-terrorism measures known as the USA
Patriot Act, the FBI is conducting a "record amount" of electronic
surveillance, including the use of wiretaps and bugs, according to an
FBI spokesman and a Justice Department budget document.
Yet the bounty perpetuates an old problem: The bureau can't keep up
with all the information pouring in from those and other sources. As
a result, the document claims, critical counterterror information
isn't getting translated in a timely fashion.
Although the number of federal court-approved wiretaps decreased from
1,491 in 2001 to 1,358 in 2002, the aggregate number of court-
approved and FISA wiretaps grew from 2,292 in 2001 to 2,586 in 2002.
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