Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman MK Menahem Ben-Sasson (Kadima) has put forward a proposal for a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the issue of wiretaps. Ben-Sasson informed Knesset Chairwoman Dalia Itzik that he intends to bring the matter to Knesset vote next week.
"What happened in the Haim Ramon case puts us in an absurd situation," said Ben-Sasson, "there was an obvious failing here and we mustn't wait for another such failing to occur. I'm troubled by this matter, it seems as though there is an almost automatic agreement between the justice system and the police to carry out wiretaps. This topic should worry the public as well because in the world in which we live what privacy have we left besides our bodies and our conversations. What is the meaning of an intimate conversation, business or secretive, if it is being tapped?"
MK Eli Aflalo (Kadima) proposed a bill that would require the presence of a representative form the state defense in any hearing regarding taps. Ben-Sasson says that he supports Aflalo's bill, which would serve to balance the apparent ease in which judges authorize tapping the government. Figures presented to the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee last year state that 996 tap requests were submitted to the courts, only 14 requests were rejected.