Federal Wiretapping, Like Almost Everything Else, Bigger Under Obama Than Under the Horrible, Evil Republican he Replaced

More deportations, more spending, more wars, more lawsuits against government whistleblowers, and now, according to Forbesmore federal wiretaps:

2010, it seems, was a landmark year for federal snooping. According to the U.S. courts systems’ annual report on law enforcement wiretaps, federal law enforcement requested 1,207 intercepts placed on phones and electronic communications last year, nearly double the 663 requested in 2009.

Overall, wiretaps jumped 34%, including a smaller increase in the number of state-requested law enforcement eavesdropping. The total comes to 3,194 requests, up from 2,376 in 2009 and just 1,190 in the year 2000.

What explains the jump? Obama's DOJ is using more wiretapping in the war on drugs: 

The steady rise in legal snooping over the last decade has been driven largely by the war on drugs, according to the report. Drug cases comprised 84% of the wiretaps requested in 2010, compared with 75% in 2000.

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  • Robert||

    Anyone digested the whole director's report to see if it sheds any more light on the increase? Just the small percentage increase cited in the article over a decade wouldn't seem to come close to accounting for the huge rapid jump in federal wiretaps.

  • WTF||

    Change we can believe in!

  • creech||

    1183% increase on wiretaps of those who use private jets. G*d forbid they depreciate their planes like any other business depreciates their machinery and equipment.

  • Old Mexican||

    2010, it seems, was a landmark year for federal snooping. According to the U.S. courts systems' annual report on law enforcement wiretaps, federal law enforcement requested 1,207 intercepts placed on phones and electronic communications last year, nearly double the 663 requested in 2009.


    They have kept us safe!!!

  • Paul||

    What explains the jump? Obama's DOJ is using more wiretapping in the war on drugs:

    Speaking of this, I saw my friendly neighborhood fourth amendment violator looking for drugs... I mean bombs with the sniffer dog as I was waiting for the Bainbridge ferry.

  • ||

    Coming back from Neah Bay a few weeks ago, I saw the dogs being used at the Kingston Ferry. The line was so long that we drove to Bainbridge instead, where there were not dogs, at least at that time.

  • rather||

    So you didn't get caught with the drugs?

  • Paul||

    This if course gives me an excellent idea for a terrorist attack. Thanks WSP!

  • ||

    There are a million places you could blow up if you wanted to. That is pure security theater.

  • Ska||

    I'm still amazed no one has taken the LIRR to Penn with some kind of explosive in a briefcase. It might not cause the boom they're looking for but it would cause mass hysteria and even more security theater.

  • Otto||

    M-80’s and larger, dynamite and any improvised, homemade or altered explosive devices such as tennis balls or cherry bombs are illegal explosive devices.

    I'm assuming they mean tennis balls with some sort of explosives added. I'd hate to think of Anna Kournikova as a terrorist.

    Although she does seem to be searching for contraband in this photo (semi-NSFW).

  • Brett L||

    I volunteer to follow her around until we can prove she's not a terrorist. No stalker.

  • wingnutx||

    Tennis ball full of strike-anywhere match heads & wrapped in duct tape.

    Ignite when crushed, explodes if you wrapped it well.

  • Tolly||

    Oh, man! I can't wait to read all the angry hate-filled comments from the left-leaning blogs and media outlets giving Obama hell for this prolonged abuse of power and rights.

    Wait, that's never gonna happen. Maybe in his next appearance, Jon Stewart will give him a smirk/frowny-face for .004 seconds before he goes back to slobbering all over his presidential feet.

    It really is sad how two-faced the left has become now. It would be just as bad as the righties, but they serve it up with such an obscene slathering of righteous indignation and moral froth, that it's pathetic to see them heel and roll over like this.

  • ||

    They have to protect the TEAM, dude. That, first and foremost, is the most important thing to them.

  • ||

    In all seriousness, what would Obama have to do to get these people to turn on him? I would interested to hear suggestions because I can't think of anything.

  • Tolly||

    I'm tempted to say he'd have to run over a baby seal driving a gas-guzzler Hummer, but even then, these jerkoffs would be justifying it.

    "He's drawing attention to the plight of Global Warming!"
    "He's supporting American-made auto companies...that were saved by his timely economic intervention."

    Nothing is gonna wake these people up - they are hopelessly caught up in the cult of personality.

  • CrackertyAssCracker||

    Leave the party. That'd do it in a second, even if he kept all the exact same policies.

  • ||

    touche. If he declared himself an independent and named Ron Paul as a running mate, they would turn on him. But if he remained a Democrat, he could declare martial law and they would be fine with it. Hell, he could make the country into a libertarian paradise and they would be fine with it. They just root for laundry.

  • ||

    They were temporarily out for blood when he suggested he might approve of extending the Bush tax cuts.

  • OO||

    the article is about wiretaps not ur anxieties

  • Spencer||

    You know what else there's more of now than when W was in office? Blackness. and Literacy.

    Seriously, I'll be here all week.

  • Cant Hardly Wait||

    Shoot. I thought the answer was drones/UAVs and visits by Union bosses.

  • Spencer||

    Yes, but those don't count.

  • Joe M||

    The biggest mistake America made was electing George W. Bush to a third term.

  • OO||

    so it IS all booosch's fault after all

  • ||

    Also, just to ward off silly comments about 2009 also being under President Obama, the 2010 number healthily exceeds any number under President GWB.

  • T||

    I thought those expanded wiretap powers were necessary to keep us safe from terrorists. And now you tell me it's just more WOD bullshit?

    I am shocked and amazed, I am.

    On a completely unrelated note, can you encrypt Skype packets?

  • Phlogistan||

    There are services available for a nominal fee..

  • rather||

    Does anyone else find the statistics odd?

    The total comes to 3,194 requests, up from 2,376 in 2009 and just 1,190 in the year 2000. What explains the jump? Obama's DOJ is using more wiretapping in the war on drugs...Drug cases comprised 84% of the wiretaps requested in 2010, compared with 75% in 2000.

    Forget about the jump, I wonder if they can wiretap under an unknown security clause? The figures seems low for national security.

  • Sinic||

    According to the U.S. courts systems’ annual report on law enforcement wiretaps

    It looks like these are the good judicially approved wiretaps, not the evil ones.

  • Sinic||

    good = less evil

  • Michael Moore||

    I'm sure Obama is doing for the correct and honorable reasons.

  • Otto||

    To be fair, Moore actually criticized Obama over Libya. I don't care for him much, but he wasn't hypocritical about that.

  • Mainstream Media||

    File this under "Another Story We Must Ignore"

    We wouldn't want to point out the hypocrisy of the nations first black President, that would be racist.

  • OO||

    oops - it has been reported & not ignored. jeesch what a maroon

  • ||

    Looks like someone forgot to take his meds this morning.

  • black people||

    Good, good. Now, witness the destructive power of this fully armed and operational battle-station!

  • Achtung Coma Baby||

    Only Bugs Bunny can deal with these people!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN-T_WRs7eo

  • American people||

    The UN Security Council and NATO are black?

  • The Hamilton||

    "The sheriff is a ni"BONG!

  • oo||

    wait, wasnt that a horse?...or alex karris farting?

  • Post-Coital Rat||

    But, if the king only knew the injustices done by his advisors ...

  • Herp dong||

    OBama's trying. He means well. The problem is the obstructionism in our political system from Republicans (and some Democrats I will admit). Congress needs to learn to overcome party differences and work together.
    It is not Obama's fault that the system will not let him do this

  • christian louboutins||

    It is not Obama's fault that the system will not let him do this

  • Herp dong||

    Im glad someone agrees with me

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