Wiretap Report 2010   [open pdf - 3MB]

"The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 requires the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) to report to Congress the number and nature of federal and state applications for orders authorizing or approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications. The statute requires that specific information be provided to the AO, including the offense(s) under investigation, the location of the intercept, the cost of the surveillance, and the number of arrests, trials, and convictions that directly result from the surveillance. This report covers intercepts concluded between January 1, 20lO, and December 31, 20lO, and provides supplementary information on arrests and convictions resulting from intercepts concluded in prior years. A total of 3,194 intercepts authorized by federal and state courts were completed in 20lO, an increase of 34 percent compared to the number reported in 2009. The number of applications for orders reported by federal authorities was 1,207. The number of applications reported by state prosecuting officials was 1,987, with 25 states providing reports. Installed wiretaps were in operation an average of 40 days per wiretap in 20lO, compared to 42 days in 2009. The average number of persons whose communications were intercepted rose from 113 per wiretap order in 2009 to 118 per wiretap order in 20lO. Twenty-six percent of intercepted communications in 20lO were incriminating."

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