USA: Government Surveillance Requests Up In 2011, Report Says

The federal government submitted 1,745 applications in 2011 to a secret intelligence court to investigate — mostly through wiretapping — suspected cases of terrorism and espionage, a 10.5 percent increase over the year before, according to a Justice Department report released Friday.

The annual report said that 1,676 applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court were solely for electronic surveillance. The rest asked permission to conduct physical searches or a combination of wiretapping and physical searches. The FISA court approved every surveillance warrant.

The federal government submitted 1,579 FISA applications in 2010, all but 68 of them for electronic surveillance. (more on