Chairman Zero has a new bill coming next year according to the NY Times that would require ‘all services that enable communications‘ to technically comply with a wiretap order. This bullshit is out of freakin’ hand and I don’t want to hear one damn word about how great the liberty-usurping Patriot Act is or how it has protected us after 9.11. It’s been nothing but a ‘do-whatever-they-damn-well-please’ act for the federal government.
WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.
Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including 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.
Let’s just keep nudging the internet into a corner and very soon it isn’t going to matter anymore. Remember, the first target in a war is the lines of communication, and if you don’t think we are in a war for our liberties, I apologize for trying to tear you away from ‘American Idol’.
James X. Dempsey, vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, an Internet policy group, said the proposal had “huge implications” and challenged “fundamental elements of the Internet revolution” — including its decentralized design.
“They are really asking for the authority to redesign services that take advantage of the unique, and now pervasive, architecture of the Internet,” he said. “They basically want to turn back the clock and make Internet services function the way that the telephone system used to function.”
But law enforcement officials contend that imposing such a mandate is reasonable and necessary to prevent the erosion of their investigative powers.
“We’re talking about lawfully authorized intercepts,” said Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “We’re not talking expanding authority. We’re talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security.”
Their ‘existing authority’ is over the top right now, but, oh damn, the FBI is falling behind so the rest of you have to slow down and accept the handicap so they can catch up. Who are the dumb f***in’ moos?