July 15, 2018

Court authorized wiretaps soar

Activist Post - Federal courts across the U.S. reported a 30 percent increase in authorized wiretaps in 2017, compared to 2016, that’s up 73% over ten years according to a judiciary report released by the Administration Office of the U.S. Federal Courts. Meanwhile, state courts in comparison reported an 11 percent rise in wiretap requests.

Although arrests did fall in cases involving surveillance, the trade-off is convictions rose sharply. The 2017 Wiretap Report covers intercepts of wire, oral and electronic communications that were concluded between January 1st, 2017, and December 31st, 2017.

It’s very important to note the report, which is required to be submitted annually to Congress by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, does not include data on interceptions regulated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act  regarding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

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