2,370 Number of requests approved in 2007 by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to search or eavesdrop on suspected terrorists--a record. Annual warrant requests have more than doubled since 9/11

3 Number of requests denied by the FISC during the same year


40 million Number of Italians whose 2005 tax returns were posted online by the outgoing government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Italy's treasury department eventually shut down the site following privacy complaints

$29 million Amount paid in taxes by Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who filed one of the largest tax returns that year



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