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(The Verge)   Four states were responsible for half of US wiretaps last year   (theverge.com) divider line 18
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2014-07-15 09:18:57 AM  
Love the phrasing.  "Responsible for."  Right.
 
2014-07-15 11:26:13 AM  
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2014-07-15 12:21:45 PM  
Four states with 25% of the US population. Nevada is really the outlier here.
 
2014-07-15 12:22:48 PM  
So you're telling me that Nevada, a state that is home to a town that was basically built by the mob and is a hive of scum and villainy, has a high number of wiretaps?

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2014-07-15 12:24:09 PM  

Mad_Radhu: So you're telling me that Nevada, a state that is home to a town that was basically built by the mob and is a hive of scum and villainy, has a high number of wiretaps?

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Mos Eisley has nothing on Las Vegas.
 
2014-07-15 12:27:50 PM  
<insert xkcd about population maps v. geographic distribution>
 
2014-07-15 12:36:42 PM  
NY, California, Texas, and Maryland?

...

Oh, Florida and Nevada. Well... Miami. Mob. Gotcha.

Only 3,576 wire taps?
 
2014-07-15 12:39:54 PM  

ruinevil: Four states with 25% of the US population. Nevada is really the outlier here.


Doesn't seem to be relevent.  Texas, the second largest state by population, accounted for less than one half of one precent of the total wiretaps.

http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/WiretapReports/2013/Table 1 .pdf
 
2014-07-15 12:41:30 PM  
California goes without saying. Full of nuts, fruits and flakes according to the Mormons who run the CIA and the FBI.

Florida is the import-export industry nexus of the USA. By import export I mean what the Mafia means--drugs, guns, prostitutes and illegal money. And spies, of course. Lots of spies.

Nevada is a center of prostitution and gambling, hence of drugs and other interesting stuff. If you want to nail somebody for a crime or blackmail them into a crime or wearing a wire, just follow them to Las Vegas. What happens in Las Vegas DOES NOT STAY IN LAS VEGAS.

If you are planning on flying an airplane into Mount Rushmore, then Las Vegas is definitely on your bucket list.

The people who are doing the wire-tapping seem to be inordinately interested in Spanish-speaking people. Why else would they buy up the credit card information of countries such as Argentina and Brazil (Portuguese, but same difference--it's a Latin language). Perhaps they are concerned about terrorists sneaking in disguised as would-be workers, perhaps they are just obsessed with Latinas. Who knows.

My guess is that Texas is number four.

Sorry. If you are from New Hampshire or Vermont, you just don't interest any body. Live free and die old, white and rich. You're going to need that money to pay for your vacations in California, Florida and Nevada. Hey, why not? That's where the action is, baby!
 
2014-07-15 12:45:48 PM  
Probably irrelevant--these are only the legal wiretaps, ordered by judges following, maybe loosely, due process procedures.  We do not know what states lead in NSA telephonic attention, nor the number of, shall we say, eavesdroppings, by that agency, but I suspect these numbers would pale into insignificance beside them.
 
2014-07-15 12:46:20 PM  

Diogenes: Love the phrasing.  "Responsible for."  Right.


If a state is investigating someone for X (where X is probably a drug crime) and gets a wiretap order from a state judge, the state is absolutely "responsible for" the wiretap.
 
2014-07-15 12:51:23 PM  
As percentage of population of the U.S. vs. approved requests


NY   6%  vs.  12%
CA  12%  vs. 25%
FL   6% vs. 6%  (An example of how to pad your statistics)
NV  1% vs. 6%

Wonder where Texas (8% of the population is).

And now for your fun fact of the day.  The four biggest states get (CA, TX, NY, FL) account for nearly 1/3 of the population (32.8%) but get only 8% of the Senators and 28.4% of the members of the House.

Democracy in action.
 
2014-07-15 12:59:45 PM  
I guessed NY, CA, NJ, and FL.

3 out of 4 ain't bad. I thought NV, but figured the population was so low it couldn't be it. Guess there are a lot of conspiracy theorists out there.
 
2014-07-15 01:00:29 PM  
"The vast majority of the wiretaps were authorized in narcotics cases, and only five states - Hawaii, Montana, both North and South Dakota, and Vermont - had no requests at all."

The only taps Vermont needs:
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2014-07-15 01:02:53 PM  

brantgoose: California goes without saying. Full of nuts, fruits and flakes according to the Mormons who run the CIA and the FBI.

Florida is the import-export industry nexus of the USA. By import export I mean what the Mafia means--drugs, guns, prostitutes and illegal money. And spies, of course. Lots of spies.

Nevada is a center of prostitution and gambling, hence of drugs and other interesting stuff. If you want to nail somebody for a crime or blackmail them into a crime or wearing a wire, just follow them to Las Vegas. What happens in Las Vegas DOES NOT STAY IN LAS VEGAS.

If you are planning on flying an airplane into Mount Rushmore, then Las Vegas is definitely on your bucket list.

The people who are doing the wire-tapping seem to be inordinately interested in Spanish-speaking people. Why else would they buy up the credit card information of countries such as Argentina and Brazil (Portuguese, but same difference--it's a Latin language). Perhaps they are concerned about terrorists sneaking in disguised as would-be workers, perhaps they are just obsessed with Latinas. Who knows.

My guess is that Texas is number four.

Sorry. If you are from New Hampshire or Vermont, you just don't interest any body. Live free and die old, white and rich. You're going to need that money to pay for your vacations in California, Florida and Nevada. Hey, why not? That's where the action is, baby!


They aren't interested in Spanish speaking areas, they're interested in trafficking areas. Hence NYC is top even though it has a low Spanish speaking community compared to CA and FL.

Also, the Brazillian credit info was an attempt to track criminals to see if they were hiding there. Brazil's got a no extradition policy.
 
2014-07-15 02:26:41 PM  
NY? Yep. Of course.

List is not very surprising.
 
2014-07-15 11:43:39 PM  
Surprising nobody who gave the matter a moment's thought.

California: Drugs, guns, illegal immigrants.
Florida: Drugs, guns, illegal immigrants.
New York: Drugs, guns, organized crime.
Nevada: Las Vegas (organized crime, drugs), Northern Nevada (drugs, anti-government militia).

Anyone want to panic more, or does that about cover it?
 
2014-07-15 11:45:13 PM  

dv-ous: NY, California, Texas, and Maryland?

...

Oh, Florida and Nevada. Well... Miami. Mob. Gotcha.

Only 3,576 wire taps?


I thought FL, CA, NY and TX.
 
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