FC: Bush's proposed budget boosts electronic surveillance, wiretapping

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 10:13:25 PST

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    The budget documents:
       Bush Eyeballs Heavy Tech Spending
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
       The FBI would receive $61.8 million and 201 more employees or
       contractors to support the agency's "surveillance capabilities to
       collect evidence and intelligence," the DOJ said in a statement on
       Monday afternoon. That would allow the FBI to devote more resources
       than ever to controversial spy technologies like Carnivore, keyboard
       logging devices, and Magic Lantern.
       Included in that figure is: $5.6 million to expand an unnamed FBI
       "data collection facility," $32 million and 194 positions devoted to
       intelligence and information gathering, $10.9 million for expanded
       electronic surveillance, $11.3 million for an "Electronic Surveillance
       Data Management System," and $2 million for the Special Operations
       Group's intelligence and surveillance operations.
       In addition, the FBI would receive $157.6 million to upgrade and
       enhance its computer systems.
       The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection and Computer Intrusion
       Program would get $21 million and 138 new hires, including 81 agents.
       The purpose: To respond to "cyber-attacks" and investigate electronic
       To handle the expected increase in wiretaps, especially ones approved
       by the shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court, the
       Department of Justice itself would get a boost. The budget anticipates
       hiring another 10 wiretap-specialist attorneys at a cost of $2
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