Still, this invasive technique is still reserved for investigating the most serious violent crimes, right? Alas, no: For 84 percent of wiretap applications (2,675 wiretaps), the most serious offense under investigation involved illegal drugs. Further proof, if proof were needed, that privacy suffers enormous collateral damage in our failed drug war. Drugs have long been the reason for the vast majority of wiretaps, but that trend, too, is on the upswing: Drug cases accounted for “just” 75 percent of intercept orders in 2000.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sacrificing Privacy for No Reason
Wiretaps and government surveillance is on the rise, and it has little to do with terrorism. The failed war on drugs continues to be the main excuse for assaults on privacy: