http://www.uscourts.gov/wiretap.html The number of wiretaps authorized by federal and state courts dropped 9 percent last year to 1,358, reports the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. The tap total had increased 25 percent in 2001. However, the compilation does not include wiretaps authorized by a secret federal court that considers terrorism cases--taps that could be in the hundreds. Among other disclosures, the report said that applications for wiretaps from federal authorities rose 2 percent but state applications fell 14 percent. The number of . . .
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