The FBI says it sometimes gets the wrong number when it intercepts conversations in terrorism investigations, an admission critics say underscores a need to revise wiretap provisions in the Patriot Act.
The FBI would not say how often these mistakes happen. And, though any incriminating evidence mistakenly collected is not legally admissible in a criminal case, there is no way of knowing whether it is used to begin an investigation.
I apologize for the following conversation you may have been forced to listen to due to "technical errors":
What's going on?
Yeah. No news is good news.
How are the kids? How's the baby?
All good. Baby's good. Kids are good. Thank goodness.
(sneeze) God bless me.
God bless you. What are you having for dinner?
Ooh, that sounds good. I should make that.
It's really easy.
I know but the kids only like it half the time.
(child's voice, inaudible)
Okay, okay, okay. I have to go. We never have time to talk.
I know. Bad time of day.
Yep. Dinner, homework.
Okay. Call me later if you have time.
Big hugs. Love you. (kissing sound)