CC in June 2007: “Wiretapping Au Go Go. Outlaw it, no. Stop leaks, yes.” The siege of the President’s brother united government and opposition in criticism of federal police methods, but this should not be used to impede investigations. A Ministry of Justice proposal would widen the use of surveillance.” See also Behind the Music: The Estadão on the Leaky Police and Brazil: Globo and the Leaky Police. Again.
Maria Fernanda Erdelyi of Consultor Jurídico features an interview with federal deputy Marina Maggessi of Rio de Janeiro, who — after being heard on a wiretap suggesting a police colleague turned anticorruption informant needed whacking out, which the man later was (he survived) — is now backing curbs on the use of wiretapping in investigations of political corruption and organized crime.
Maria Fernanda somehow omits to mention the fact that Maggessi was captured on a federal police wiretap suggesting that a colleague of hers in Rio’s state judicial police — she headed the intelligence division under Álvaro Lins and the Garotinhos — needed, to paraphrase into the American urban vernacular, to have a shitload of caps busted in his ass.
Not long after, the policeman referred to in the conversation had a shitload of caps busted in his ass as he entered his car on the Avenida Atlántica in Copacabana. See
- Rio de Janeiro: The Copacabana Serpico?
- Bullet Winds Up Where Rio Lawmaker Suggested It Go: Into An Anticorruption Informant
He survived, minus several fingers, to grant an interview to (an insufferable and unreadable New Yorker clone) Piauí magazine.
Silvio Berlusconi has recently introduced a bill in Italy to punish judging who authorize wiretaps in all but mafia and terror cases — excluding political corruption. … Notes the AP (for which Maggessi served as a source in a story last year suggesting Rio militias were genuine vigilante groups rather than criminal organizations):
Premier Silvio Berlusconi, himself no stranger to being investigated by prosecutors, wants a law to restrict what he says has become an abusive practice — one that infringes on privacy rights and weighs heavily on the taxpayer. His government is working on a proposed law that could limit the use of phone intercepts to only the most serious cases involving organized crime and terrorist groups. There would be stiffer sentences for illegal taps and for officials who leak the content to the media. … The proliferation of wiretaps means newspapers often publish leaked intercepts involving politicians and VIPs who happened to be talking to someone under investigation.
Happens a lot in Brazil. Veja magazine is very fond of this technique.
Para a deputada federal Marina Maggessi (PPS-RJ), grampo é uma realidade concreta de sua vida. Inspetora da Polícia Civil do Rio de Janeiro, Marina teve seu telefone interceptado indiretamente quando a Polícia Federal grampeou os telefones de colegas seus, acusados na Operação Gladiador de dar proteção ao jogo ilegal no Rio.
In the view of federal deputy Maggessi (PPS-Rio), wiretapping is a concrete reality in her life. An inspector in the state judicial police of Rio, Marina had her phone intercepted indirectly when the federal police tapped the phones of some of her colleagues, accused of selling protection to illegal gambling in Rio, in Operation Gladiator.