Electronic surveillance needs stricter control

Electronic surveillance needs stricter control – Turkish Daily News May 30, 2008

Claims by the secretary general of the main opposition party that his office was bugged by security officials, who he says later leaked the information they acquired to Islamic daily Vakit, has raised questions about the technical and institutional controls on electronic surveillance.

Turkey is no stranger to Watergate-style buggings. Even prime ministers have not been exempt from illegal tapping. Former Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz regularly had his house checked for bugging devices, and police ultimately discovered that his office had been tapped in 1998.