Intelligence Support Systems: Technologies for Lawful Intercepts

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****# Intelligence Support Systems: Technologies for Lawful Intercepts. By Paul Hoffmann and Kornel Terplan; published by Auerbach Publications, (Web); 463 pages; $90.

Wiretapping is hot. It's one of the key tools in the war on terror, and like most of those tools, it's controversial. Intelligence Support Systems avoids most of the policy debate on wiretaps, otherwise known as legal intercepts, instead focusing on technological, administrative, managerial, legal, and logistical aspects.


According to authors Paul Hoffmann and Kornel Terplan, communications have been subject to intercept since Alexander Graham Bell invented his "electrical speech machine." Every mode of communication since then, involving wires, wireless, fiber, microwave, infrared, satellite, cellular, laptop, PDA, instant messaging, voice over IP, and so on, have been fair game. Any data traveling in packets can be identified, processed, routed, replicated, encapsulated, and delivered in real time to law enforcement monitoring centers.

Monitoring centers manage data warehouses where information is stored, analyzed, and cataloged for future strategic surveillance. These centers also contain voice banks, voice samples that can be compared against newly captured voices for comparison and positive identification. Geographical information systems are able to locate both fixed addresses and mobile locations.

Recent laws require telephone service providers (TSPs) and Internet service providers (ISPs) to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in providing lawful intercepts. …


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