FISA Warrants Increased Steadily Since 9/11
News organizations are reporting that FISA surveillance was up again in 2004, and that the Court did not rubber stamp all requests, but asked the Bush Administration to modify several.
In 2002, there were 1238 FISA warrants issued, up from 934 in 2001. All requests were granted in both years. In 2003, the number jumped to 1727, and in 2004, to 1758. A full chart is available here.
In 2003, the FISA Court rejected 4 and modified 79 of the Government's requests for warrants. In 2004, the Court modified 94 of the applications. None were denied, but three were withdrawn by the Government before the FISA court acted on it.
The latest available report is for 2004 and available here. (pdf).
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