Editor’s Note – So, Obama is looking to expand regulation of the Internet. Arguably, the greatest tool in use today to counter his Progressive agenda.
Remember the reaction by the far left and the media each and every time President Bush tried to tweek the Patriot Act? And the response to this announcement by the Obama administration? <chirp*chirp>
And, from our Libertarian brothers, who, to this very day, STILL criticize Bush over this? Not a peep…
Sometimes, it seems that some folks just like to complain for the sake of complaining, or because it’s the ‘hip’ thing to do at the time. Or, because the opposing position reinforces the self concieved idea of being outside the norm, the romantic embrace of rebellion. This typically plays itself out when you see unfair and/or inconsistent application of said opposition.
U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet
By Charlie Savage
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.
The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit to lawmakers next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with protecting privacy and fostering innovation. And because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally.
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.”
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