Via Don, L&P
According to Wired’s Threat Level, Congress should annually be compiling reports of the number of times the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allows authorities to sneakily tap into the phone line or Internet of an individual or organization. For at least four years, Congress was lax on this duty and DOJ was not ponying up the information either.
Wired reports that a Freedom of Information Act revealed that from 2004 through 2008 information about when the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms used a pen register or trap-and-trace was not recorded as it should have been. The reports have since been published with Wired pointing out that during that time this type of surveillance, which does not require a warrant, nearly doubled – 10,885 in 2004 to 21,152 in 2008.
Wired has more on the FOIA and thoughts on the reporting, or lack thereof: