Wiretap Report 2006   [open pdf - 1MB]

"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, 2006, and December 31, 2006, and provides supplementary information on arrests and convictions resulting from intercepts concluded in prior years. A total of 1,839 intercepts authorized by federal and state courts were completed in 2006, an increase of 4 percent compared to the number terminated in 2005. The number of applications for orders by federal authorities fell 26 percent to 461. The number of applications reported by state prosecuting officials grew 20 percent to 1,378, with 23states providing reports, one more than in 2005. Installed wiretaps were in operation an average of 40 days per wiretap in 2006, compared to 43days in 2005. The average number of persons whose communications were intercepted increased from 107 per wiretap order in 2005 to 122 per wiretap order in 2006. The average percentage of intercepted communications that were incriminating was 20 percent in 2006, compared to 22 percent in 2005."

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