Wiretap Report 2009   [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, 2009, and December 31, 2009, and provides supplementary information on arrests and convictions resulting from intercepts concluded in prior years. A total of 2,376 intercepts authorized by federal and state courts were completed in 2009. The number of applications for orders by federal authorities was 663. The number of applications reported by state prosecuting officials was 1,713, with 24 states providing reports, two more than in 2008. Installed wiretaps were in operation an average of 42 days per wiretap in 2009, compared to 41 days in 2008. The average number of persons whose communications were intercepted rose from 92 per wiretap order in 2008 to 113 per wiretap order in 2009. The average percentage of intercepted communications that were incriminating remained unchanged at 19 percent in 2009."

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