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NCJ Number: 122932 Find in a Library
Title: Intelligence Analysis of Tape Recorded Conversations
Author(s): R W Shuy
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 70
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The use of tape recorded conversations in criminal investigations is examined in terms of the gathering of information, its evaluation for usefulness, and its analysis for meaning.
Abstract: Surreptitious tape recordings have been used for more than a decade and have major implications for both intelligence gathering and trial practice. Tape recordings can provide primary evidence of a criminal event. However, questions about the adequacy, completeness, methodology, and interpretation can cause evaluators to reject the evidence. Multiple listenings are essential in the analysis of a tape. The analysis should focus on such factors as context, clarity, contamination caused by government agents, and the quality of the taping. It should also consider the social, psychological, and cultural factors that influence a person's use of language. Those who analyze the data should also inform those collecting it about its quality so that intelligence collectors can modify their procedures, gather more data, or stop the operation. Sample conversations and 16 references
Main Term(s): Intelligence analysis
Index Term(s): Electronic surveillance; Evidence; Intelligence acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Tape recordings
Note: Forthcoming in Criminal Intelligence Analysis, P. Andres and M.P. Sommers, eds., Loomis, Calif.: Palmer Enterprises
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