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The proliferation of electronic communications--from telephone voicemail to facsimile machines to computer messages--is raising new questions of privacy that are leading to a growing number of legal disputes. Earlier this year, the mayor of Colorado Springs, Colo., acknowledged that he routinely read electronic messages that city council members sent one another on city-bought computer terminals installed in their homes.
December 31, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of making prank calls to several well-known sports coaches and then illegally recording them pleaded not guilty Monday to one felony count of eavesdropping. Prosecutors have said that Kenneth Edward Tarr, 32, posed as a recruiter for pro teams and universities during calls in October and November to at least six college and professional coaches. Court documents name victims including NBC broadcaster and Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, who was duped about a football coaching job at USC, and recently fired Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who was contacted about a fake Dallas Cowboys job. Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro was told he was talking to Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, according to investigators.
December 20, 1994
Re: "Burglary Case Dismissed for Eavesdropping." How can we expect to be protected from criminals when the members of the district attorney's office themselves act in a criminal manner? Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury says he regrets not being able to prosecute Robert Morrow for burglary, but he has no regrets about his prosecutors violating the U.S. Constitution and depriving a citizen of his rights. It sounds like the foxes are guarding the henhouse. ROBERT CATHCART Oxnard
November 3, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- While reports of the extent of the NSA's eavesdropping on world leaders and millions of allied citizens caused fierce indignation worldwide last month, Israel mostly shrugged. The U.S. also listens in on Israel, former Mossad chief Danny Yatom recently  told Israeli media , and columnist  Amir Oren wrote  that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a "U.S. intelligence target since the 1980s. " Some Israeli observers saw the indignation as naive .  According to excerpts (Hebrew website, video includes some English)
December 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Senate late Monday delayed its consideration of a vote on a new government eavesdropping bill until January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) delayed the bill because there were more than a dozen amendments planned, and not enough time remaining on the legislative calendar to manage them. "Everyone feels it would be to the best interests of the Senate that we take a look at this when we come back after the first of the year," Reid said.
February 3, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY
A Ventura County prosecutor has been removed from a burglary case and given a new assignment after being accused of ordering a district attorney's investigator to eavesdrop on a conversation between the defendant and his attorney, authorities said Wednesday. The attorney general's office is investigating the complaint against Deputy Dist. Atty. Stacy A. Ratner, a six-year county prosecutor, district attorney's officials said. Deputy Dist. Atty. Kevin J.
November 30, 1998 | BOOTH MOORE
If you think the techno-spying in the latest thriller "Enemy of the State" is scary, here it is right in West Hollywood. The Spy Tech Agency has been selling snooping aids since 1974, including custom-designed earrings containing recorders, bustiers with video cameras hidden inside and more, at prices that can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. "We build stuff into cell phones, pagers, wall plates--you name it," store owner John Dresden said.
December 20, 2005
Re "Bush Defends Eavesdropping as Defense Against Terrorism," Dec. 18 It is insulting nonsense for President Bush to claim that he needs wiretaps without warrants to protect Americans from terrorism. If Bush were serious about protecting us from terrorism, he might have implemented more of the 9/11 commission's recommendations. Why should Bush have special powers when he hasn't done many of the things that could be done without special powers? Bush's real interest is in expanding executive powers and avoiding accountability.
June 10, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY
A judge on Thursday condemned two members of the Ventura County district attorney's office for eavesdropping, but delayed ruling on whether to dismiss a criminal charge against the burglary defendant who says his privacy was violated. "I don't think there is any question that what occurred is not OK," Superior Court Judge Charles W. Campbell Jr. said, though the eavesdropping charges had been dismissed Wednesday.
October 10, 1986 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court, invoking the right of incarcerated juvenile offenders to the free exercise of religion, ruled Thursday that state officials must remove electronic listening devices installed to monitor security in a California Youth Authority chapel.
June 6, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and David Lauter
WASHINGTON - The federal government has amassed a database for at least seven years containing details on virtually every telephone call made within the United States or between this country and telephones abroad, officials said Thursday, providing the first glimpse of a vast secret domestic surveillance operation. The data collected include the phone numbers involved, the time, date and duration of calls and the route a call takes through telephone networks. Officials emphasized that the effort did not include listening to conversations.
May 29, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former senior Justice Department official who famously challenged warrantless eavesdropping under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as director of the FBI, officials said Wednesday. For the Obama White House, Comey's Republican credentials and record as a federal prosecutor made him an appealing candidate for the nation's top law enforcement job. By tradition, the FBI director is considered nonpartisan.
March 13, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Can you hear me now? If you've ever been held captive in a bus or waiting room and been forced to endure a stranger's loud and astonishingly private cellphone conversation, you know how annoying secondhand phone chatter can be. By the same token, you've probably been frustrated by your own inability to ignore the stranger's endless prattle. Like a bad song that gets stuck in your brain, details of the one-sided conversation can echo in your ears for hours afterward. Well, with Americans logging some 2.3 trillion minutes worth of talk time on wireless devices each year, those overheard conversations aren't going away anytime soon.
February 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Top officials at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied Tuesday that hidden microphones or other devices were installed in the courtroom, meeting huts and prison compound to enable government intelligence officials to eavesdrop on confidential sessions between defense lawyers and five detainees in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The witnesses also testified that legal mail for the detainees is not routinely opened and reviewed, except during prison-wide inspections to check for contraband.
February 12, 2013 | By Michael Welles Shapiro
A California dockworkers union lodged an accusation for the second time in three months against APM Terminals for eavesdropping on workers to gain an edge in contract negotiations. The clerical workers' unit of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local No. 63 last week rejected contracts that were reached in December to end a strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the new complaint is another sign that tension between the union and management persists. In its original complaint filed Nov. 14, the Long Beach-based ILWU accused APM of conducting "secret surveillance, eavesdropping and snooping" on workers during the weeks leading up to an eight-day strike that shut down most of the cargo terminals at the busiest seaport complex in the country.
February 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Top officials at the terror detainee prison at the U.S. Naval Base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, began testifying in a pretrial hearing Tuesday about courtroom security and allegations that the CIA or other U.S. intelligence officials are secretly listening to private conversations between defense lawyers and five accused Sept. 11 plotters. First to the witness stand -- in fact the first substantial witness to testify in the military tribunal case that is the only prosecution in the 2001 terror attacks -- was Maurice Elkins, an Army veteran who is the director of technology for the new courtroom built next to the prison compound that houses 166 detainees.
October 29, 1994 | BARBARA MURPHY
A defense attorney urged a state appeals court Friday to dismiss charges against a Ventura burglary defendant because a prosecutor eavesdropped on the suspect's private conversation with his lawyer. The public defender's office is seeking the dismissal of charges against Robert Lee Morrow, 30, while the district attorney's office is arguing to continue with the prosecution.
An Oxnard burglary suspect walked out of jail free Friday because a prosecutor had an investigator eavesdrop on a conversation between the defendant and his attorney. In the culmination of a legal battle waged all year, the state Court of Appeal ruled Friday that the prosecutor's behavior was so shocking, dismissal of the criminal case was the only way to rectify the situation. "The sanction is severe but . . .
February 11, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
FT. MEADE, Md. - The military judge in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case abruptly granted a defense request to halt the proceedings until Tuesday after lawyers for the five men accused in the plot raised fresh complaints that government intelligence officials were spying on their confidential attorney-client discussions. The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, also ordered three top prison officials at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to testify Tuesday before he rules whether the military trial, the only criminal case to arise out of the Sept.
December 18, 2012 | By Michael Welles Shapiro
APM Terminals has been accused by a California dockworkers union of eavesdropping on workers to gain an edge in contract negotiations. The complaint, filed with the National Labor Relations Board by International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63, said APM "conducted secret surveillance, eavesdropping and snooping and listening in on confidential communications between and among union representatives, shop stewards and members concerning ongoing...
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