Friday, April 29, 2005

Judges Get a Rubber Stamp With Their Gavels

Court approved wiretaps in the US surged by 19% last year -- and records show judges didn't turn down a single request for one. There were 1,710 requests for wiretaps. But they don't include terror related investigations. There's another list for those. That one shows a record 1,754 warrants issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Non-terrorist wiretaps shot up 26%, terrorist related taps only increased 13%.

There were about 600 convictions based on the more than 1,400 wiretaps approved, (CNN)

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