As you read this, laws and regulations are being drafted by the Obama administration that would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications, specifically targeting Social Network sites and BlackBerries.
Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — specifically those encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages. Seeing as this is the kind of order none of these companies would WANT to comply with, Uncle Obama will force the issue. The White House plans to submit a bill next year.
As if they needed a reason, (it is already being done without legal permission) Federal law enforcement and national security officials say new the regulations are NEEDED because terrorists and criminals are increasingly giving up their phones to communicate online.
FBI lawyer, and government shill, Valerie E. Caproni stated, “We’re talking about lawfully authorized intercepts. We’re not talking about expanding authority. We’re talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security.”
The White House plans to submit the proposed legislation to Congress next year. The new regulations would raise questions about protecting people’s privacy while balancing national security concerns. Because we all know that with these powers to search, there is no possible chance that this is used for other purposes that are not terrorist related.
James Dempsey, the vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, an Internet policy group, said the new regulations would have “huge implications.” “They basically want to turn back the clock and make Internet services function the way that the telephone system used to function,” he said.
On another down note, it has been said by some privacy and technology advocates that the regulations would create weaknesses in the technology that hackers could more easily exploit.
Treez: This has absolutely nothing to do with terrorists or terrorism. This is about wanting the ability to spy on you. The reason needed to spy is a fill in the blank scenario. Another freedom that has been stolen I guess. This law will allow for countless unwarranted searches, and that is scary.