Monitoring all those “terrorists”

Welcome to the Jewish state, friend of surveillance:

The number of wiretaps performed by the police rose 22 percent last year, from 1,128 in 2006 to 1,375, despite Knesset members’ complaints that this tactic is overused.

Over the last five years, the number of court-approved wiretaps has risen 42 percent. By comparison, only 1,839 wiretaps were carried out in the entire United States in 2006. According to Professor Yoram Shahar of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, this means that per capita, Israeli policemen use 20 times as many wiretaps as do their American counterparts, and a random Israeli is 30 times as likely to be wiretapped as a random American.

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