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The FBI Wiretapped 27 Million Calls In One Year

January 21. 2008 

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

Recently, it was reported the FBI wiretapped 27 million phone calls in one year. Are there really that many terrorists in America. The country would cease to exist if there was that much terrorist activity in one year and not one terrorist has been caught via wiretapping. Furthermore, if terrorists are speaking in their native tongue and using local lingo or made up jargon, translators will not know what they are talking about anyway.

An innocuous example of this is teenagers who speak English using modern slang and adults looking on baffled as to just what they are talking about. What were these 27 million calls about, then. No wonder the agency can't pay its phone bill:

"Can they hear you now?"

Friday, January 18, 2008 - WASHINGTON -- National security experts are heralding a bold new FBI initiative that should significantly bolster the country's anti-terrorism efforts.

The bureau announced today that it will set up payment plans to gradually pay off its overdue phone bills. The move is intended to enable the bureau to eventually resume numerous wiretaps that telecommunications companies have shut off because of the delinquencies.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com

FBI Recorded 27 Million FISA 'Sessions' in 2006

At the end of 2006, the FBI's Telecommunications Intercept and Collection Technology Unit compiled an end-of-the-year report touting its accomplishments to management, a report that was recently unearthed via an open government request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Strikingly, the report said that the FBI's software for recording telephone surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists intercepted 27,728,675 sessions. Twenty-seven million is a staggering number given that the FBI only got 2,176 FISA court orders in 2006 from a secret spy court using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. According to the math that means each court order resulted in 12,742 "sessions," all in regards to phone, not internet, surveillance.

http://blog.wired.com

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