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I've seen the approval numbers.  There have been 29k approved since about 2001, again a vast majority of those requested.  What I'm saying is that such stats are meaningless.  This is not a game of hide and seek.  The FBI knows what will likely be approved before submitting the request.  Probable cause is a fairly predictable measure and the FBI lawyers have plenty of experience.  I'm not saying there aren't some mistakes, or that the process couldn't be tweaked, but due process can't be measured by the number of court disapprovals.  On the contrary, it quite probably means, in this case, that everyone is working off the same sheet of music and knows their job.

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 12:01:25 PM EST
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