Wiretap Report 2011   [open pdf - 6MB]

"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, 2011, and December 31, 2011, and provides supplementary information on arrests and convictions resulting from intercepts concluded in prior years. After rising 34 percent the previous year, the total number of intercepts authorized by federal and state courts and completed in 2011 decreased 14 percent to 2,732. The number of applications for orders reported by federal authorities was 792. The number of applications reported by state prosecuting officials was 1,940, with 25 states providing reports. Installed wiretaps were in operation an average of 42 days per wiretap in 2011, compared to 40 days in 2010. The average number of persons whose communications were intercepted decreased from 118 per wiretap order in 2010 to 113 per wiretap order in 2011. Twenty-three percent of intercepted communications in 2011 were incriminating."

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