Secret Intelligence Court Approves Record 2,370 Warrants

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Washington (AP) The Justice Department says the nation's spy court approved a record number of requests to search or eavesdrop on suspected terrorists and spies last year.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved 2,370 warrants last year targeting people in the U.S. believed to be linked to international terror organizations. That's a nine-percent increase over 2006. The number of warrants has more than doubled
since the terrorist attacks of 2001.

The Secret Intelligence Court was established in 1978 to oversee government requests to conduct surveillance on suspected spies inside the U.S.