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Judge: 30,000 Secret Spy Orders Made Each Year

June 7, 2012 by  

Judge: 30,000 Secret Spy Orders Made Each Year
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The government may be monitoring your computer and cellphone activity right now without your knowledge.

Under the Electronic Privacy Act of 1986, estimates one judge, 30,000 secret surveillance orders are made each year.

In a new paper, “Gagged, Sealed & Delivered,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith writes that the volume of such cases “is greater than the combined yearly total of all antitrust, employment discrimination, environmental, copyright, patent, trademark and securities cases filed in federal court.”

This is all done without authorities having to issue a traditional search warrant because of the digital nature of the information sought, according to the judge.

“Through a potent mix of indefinite sealing, nondisclosure (i.e., gagging), and delayed-notice provisions, ECPA surveillance orders all but vanish into a legal void. It is as if they were written in invisible ink—legible to the phone companies and Internet service providers who execute them, yet imperceptible to unsuspecting targets, the general public, and even other arms of government, most notably Congress and the appellate courts,” he writes.

Because the law under which the surveillance orders are made was passed to dictate how electronic investigations were conducted before email and cellphones were commonplace, investigators are given almost free reign in spying on these modes of communication.

Most of the individuals investigated, according to the report, never even know it unless they are charged with a crime.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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