Graph of the Day for July 1, 2010

"At the height of the demonstration, police estimated 7000 to 8000 people massed in or around the pens on Broadway, where loudspeakers set up by ANSWER blared denunciations of ‘Bush's police state' and ‘fascist Fox and CNN.'"  Sarah Ferguson, Village Voice, March 2003.

"What's being asserted here by the Obama DOJ is the virtually absolute power of presidential secrecy, the right to break the law with no consequences, and immunity from surveillance lawsuits so sweeping that one can hardly believe that it's being claimed with a straight face.  It is simply inexcusable for those who spent the last several years screaming when the Bush administration did exactly this to remain silent now or, worse, to search for excuses to justify this behavior."  Glenn Greenwald, Salon, April 2009.

Source:  US Courts, Wiretap Report 2009.  (Numbers do not include Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretaps.)

Hoven's Index for July 1, 2010

Court-authorized criminal wiretaps in 2009:

Total:  2,376

For narcotics offenses:  2,046 (86%)

Total Federal:  663

Federal narcotics:  621 (94%)

Federal homicide, assault, kidnapping, larceny, theft or robbery:  1

Federal wiretaps in 2000 (Clinton's last year):  479

In 2008 (Bush's last year):  386

In 2009 (Obama's first year):  663

Source:  US Courts.  (Numbers do not include Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretaps.)

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