Wiretaps

WIRETAPS….Orin Kerr over at the Volokh Conspiracy tells us today that John Ashcroft ? as mandated by law ? has reported to Congress about how many FISA wiretap and physical search applications were made in 2002. The number is up 25% from 2001.

What’s more interesting, though, is that 1,228 applications were made, and FISA approved….1,228.

What kind of court approves every single wiretap request made? Shouldn’t they have turned down at least one of them just so they could pretend there was some oversight here?

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