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Hmmm

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 12, 2008

El Salvador bans the use of wiretapping by law enforcement agencies. The FBI has been pushing since at least last December to change that (h/t Okke Ornstein at The Field).

Here’s part of the original Spanish text:

Representantes del gobierno de los Estados Unidos en El Salvador, recomendaron una vez más a las autoridades salvadoreñas la aprobación de las intervenciones telefónicas como herramienta legal para el combate de las pandillas y del crimen organizado.

Un representante del FBI, adscrito a la embajada de Estados Unidos, sostuvo la necesidad de que la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) pueda contar con esa herramienta de investigación que tendría que ser avalada por los jueces. El Salvador es uno de los pocos países de Latinoamérica que no permite que la policía pueda intervenir teléfonos contra el crimen organizado.

El delegado estadounidense, que pidió no mencionar su nombre, aseguró que la interceptación telefónica ayudaría a que la policía salvadoreña pueda fortalecer las investigaciones de las estructuras completas de las pandillas y además porque así se complementarían los esfuerzos que se hacen en el Centro Antipandillas Transnacional (CAT).

Here’s the Google Translate version (which I have resisted the urge to clean up — it’s clumsy, but the gist is clear):

Representatives of the U.S. government in El Salvador, once again recommended to the Salvadoran authorities approval of interventions such as telephone legal tool to combat gangs and organized crime.

A representative of the FBI, assigned to the U.S. embassy, said the need for the National Civil Police (PNC) can count on this research tool that should be endorsed by judges.
El Salvador is one of the few countries in Latin America that does not allow the police to intervene telephones against organized crime.

The U.S. delegate, who asked not to mention his name, said that the telephone interception to help the Salvadoran police investigations can strengthen the structures full of gangs and also because this would complement the efforts being made at the Centre Antipandillas Transnational (CAT).

This is all presumably part of The War On Some Drugs, as Al Giordano mentions over at Narco News.

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