[IP] FBI plans new Net-tapping push

Hugh D. Hyatt hughhyatt at bluehen.udel.edu
Sat Jul 8 11:37:01 PDT 2006

For IP, if you wish....

David Farber is alleged to have written, on or about 08-Jul-06 08:00:

>Begin forwarded message:
>From: Richard Forno <rforno at infowarrior.org>
>Date: July 8, 2006 2:22:38 AM EDT
>To: Blaster <rforno at infowarrior.org>
>Cc: Dave Farber <dave at farber.net>
>Subject: FBI plans new Net-tapping push
>FBI plans new Net-tapping push
>By Declan McCullagh


>b" Eliminate the current legal requirement saying the Justice
>Department must publish a public "notice of the actual number of
>interceptions" every year. That notice currently also must disclose
>"maximum capacity" required to accommodate all of the legally
>taps that government agencies will "conduct and use simultaneously."

This would eliminate the public's ability to learn interesting and
important facts like those published here (also by Mr McCullagh):
http://speakout.com/activism/opinions/4377-1.html.  For example,
"According to government statistics, in 1998 police intercepted
2,313,210 conversations but the taps -- 71% were for drug-related
crimes -- resulted in only 911 convictions."  Was that a reasonable
trade-off between security and freedom?  And how else can we, the
people, make such judgments without having facts like these?

Hugh D. Hyatt
Bryn Athyn, PA

  The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal
  vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the
     consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt.
                                             -- John Philpot Curran

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