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FC: US government releases 1998 wiretap figures

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Date:          Thu, 06 May 1999 00:27:06 -0400
From:          Declan McCullagh <>
Subject:       FC: US government releases 1998 wiretap figures 

[The figures are especially interesting if you take into account the
mean number of conversations intercepted per wiretap -- thousands, if
I recall properly. We ran the 1997 numbers in Time Magazine; you can
probably find them in the Notebook archives at

>Date: Wed, 05 May 1999 22:57:40 -0400
>From: John Young <>
>Subject: Wiretap 98
>The US 1998 Wiretap Report is available:
>  (31K)
>Total federal and state is up to 1,329 from 1,186 in 1997. Two 
>requests were denied. That makes five denials in the last ten 
>years compared to 11,000 authorizations.

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