awaissoft writes “If attorney general Eric Holder wanted to perform even a momentary Internet wiretap on Fox News’ e-mail accounts, he would have had to persuade a judge to approve what lawyers call a ‘super search warrant.’ A super search warrant’s requirements are exacting: Intercepted communications must be secured and placed under seal. Real-time interception must be done only as a last resort. Only certain crimes qualify for this technique, the target must be notified, and additional restrictions apply to state and local police conducting real-time intercepts. But because of the way federal law was written nearly half a century ago, Holder was able to obtain a normal search warrant — lacking those extensive privacy protections — that allowed federal agents to secretly obtain up to six years of email correspondence between Fox News correspondent James Rosen and his alleged sources.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Why DOJ Didn’t Need a “Super Search Warrant” To Snoop On Fox News’ E-mail