July 30, 2001
FBI facing legal challenge for high-tech wiretap
Author: JT Smith
This AP report at NJ.com discusses the uncharted legal territory of new high-tech survelliance techniques used by American law-enforcement agencies. An example discussed in this story is that of a Mafia boss awaiting trial in New Jersey. To gather evidence for the arrest, the FBI broke into his business, and installed a keystroke-monitoring program to capture the accused's passwords and e-mail messages. The defense lawyer maintains that this was an illegal wiretap, and is now asking a federal court to suppress the evidence gathered from this technique, and to force the FBI to disclose how the bug worked.