Average cost per ‘official’ wiretap in the United States: $50,452Submitted by Chris Madcowski on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 16:47
Last week, in a very, very quiet release, the US Federal Court system published its annual Wiretap report to Congress.
This is something that is required by law; the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) must annually report the number of federal and state applications for court orders to “intercept wire, oral, or electronic communications.”
Note– this report only covers wiretapping orders by US courts; it does not include anything related to the NSA’s electronic surveillance, FBI ‘administrative subpoenas’ to Google / Facebook, the US Postal Service snooping people’s physical mail, or any of this top secret FISA nonsense.
In other words, these numbers add yet another dimension to how vast the US spy state has become...