In the Media

Turn the tap on

PUBLISHED February 22, 2005

In the US it has helped put some of the biggest godfathers of organised crime behind bars. It is seen as a crucial weapon for fighting crime throughout the European Union, in Australia and Japan - virtually everywhere, in fact, except Britain and Ireland.

In Britain we prefer to subject terror suspects to executive house arrest - as the home secretary is proposing - and to risk seeing drug barons go free, rather than allow information obtained from telephone tapping to be used as evidence in court.