TV News LIES

Saturday, Apr 29th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) New Justice Department Documents Show Huge Increase in Warrantless Electronic Surveillance

New Justice Department Documents Show Huge Increase in Warrantless Electronic Surveillance

E-mail Print PDF

wiretappingJustice Department documents released today by the ACLU reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans’ electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or meaningful accountability.

The documents, handed over by the government only after months of litigation, are the attorney general’s 2010 and 2011 reports on the use of “pen register” and “trap and trace” surveillance powers.

The reports show a dramatic increase in the use of these surveillance tools, which are used to gather information about telephone, email, and other Internet communications. The revelations underscore the importance of regulating and overseeing the government’s surveillance power.  (Our original Freedom of Information Act request and our legal complaint are online.)

Pen register and trap and trace devices are powerfully invasive surveillance tools that were, twenty years ago, physical devices that attached to telephone lines in order to covertly record the incoming and outgoing numbers dialed. Today, no special equipment is required to record this information, as interception capabilities are built into phone companies’ call-routing hardware.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Will the US try to send 50,000 people back to Haiti?

Will the US send 50,000 Haitians back to Haiti?When Jean, a 28-year-old Haitian living in Florida, first came to the US, he was afraid...

Arkansas carries out first double executions in U.S. since 2000

Arkansas executions - first double in 17 yearsArkansas put to death condemned murderers Jack Jones and Marcel Williams on Monday night, the first...

Arkansas executes fourth inmate in eight days

Arkansas executes 4Arkansas has wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight...

America’s hidden horror: Sexual abuse in nursing homes and care facilities

Sexual abuses in nursing homesEarly one afternoon in March 2015, an authoritative knock stirred Mark Allen Keeney into answering the...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!