Electronic Surveillance Up, Government Report Finds
An annual report on wiretapping reveals that state and federal agencies completed wiretaps in 1,773 cases in 2005, an increase of four percent. State and local police surveillance outpaced federal activity in criminal cases, reflecting a shift of FBI and other federal resources from criminal investigations to intelligence investigations. In a separate report, the Department of Justice reported that electronic surveillance and physical searches conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reached a new high in 2005, with more than 2,000 applications for surveillance and searches being approved by the FISA court. Those numbers obviously don't include the warrantless wiretapping being conducted under the President's orders outside of FISA.