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Federal officials are planning to seek legislation that would require social networking companies and voice-over-Internet service providers to adapt their technology so law enforcement agents can monitor users' communications to catch suspected terrorists and other criminals. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  September 27, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If the feds want to catch criminals, why don't they just wiretap the executive suites at the nation's one thousand largest public corporations?

Posted by: AdrianMole | September 27, 2010 10:58 PM

Yes, because they are monitored. The FBI is stuffed with agents who cheat on their own tests, and have completely and totally abused the National Security Letter process.

Now they want to expand wiretapping when they can't be trusted to protect anyone's privacy in the first place. They're lazy, unethical, and should not be trusted. They keep wanting their jobs to be easier, and there is no line for them. They want to outlaw secure encryption, and mandate that they be given keys for all secure transactions.

The fact is they leak C's like a sieve right now, and it's ludicrous to expect that they're going to end up with secure systems.

Anyone worried about so-called "cyberwar" ought to have a LOT more sense than this stupid crap. They will only make things worse, not better. If they go down this path they sure as hell are not going to attract any of the talent they're begging for.

As it stands, when I found out what they were planning I dropped my research on "cyberwar" like a hot rock and started immediately working on layering high strength encryption on top of common internet services an applications. Which do you think it easier? Well, to be very clear, the latter is a -far- easier problem for someone with the capacity to work on either problem.

They can't stuff the cat back into the bag. It's not going to happen, and if they go down this path they'll only make their problems worse.

Posted by: Nymous | September 28, 2010 12:46 AM

For starters, the 'Loose Wheels',Military and Civilian,wherever, had better learn how to keep "SECRETS", since most don't seem to know what the word,"SECRET" means.
Or worse, what the effect 'Compromised SECRETS' have on diminishing our capability to defend ourselves. If you have any doubt,just review the percentages of the response to this Poll!
By extension, I just listened to Bob Woodward and George Stephanopolous discuss "Obama's War" a few minutes ago! What a farce!

Posted by: realtimer | September 28, 2010 7:41 AM

It comes down to the "freedom vs security" debate.

Once you give big brother access, you'll never get your privacy back.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 28, 2010 8:46 AM

Land of the free. Yeah, right. The current batch of useless politicians are so overwhelmingly paranoid and downright chicken that it's a wonder they can breathe without assistance. And their fear is so manufactured and manipulated that almost 25% of respondents to this poll voted to relinquish their, and your, civil liberties so we can all be spied on by NSA, CIA and a host of other equally incompetent and useless agencies. And yet they persist in calling themselves patriots while cowering in fear. Pathetic. Truly pathetic.

Posted by: Byrd3 | September 28, 2010 9:42 AM

Having spied electronically on the Commies in 1967-68, I can flat-out tell you:


Do not ever let anyone have powers against The People that you would not have used against yourself.

America's Spineless have already given away too many of our freedoms to cowardly politicians, who see enemies around every tree, every corner.

Conservatives will give away everything so they aren't SO SCARED!

Posted by: gkam | September 28, 2010 11:42 AM

Big government becomes most problematic when it tries to infringe upon our individual rights. Using fear and bias to gain more control over individual's communication with each other is not new. The true bottom line is our government is pretty much useless outside of the enormous amount of tax dollars the people provide for it, much of which is wasted, and most of us know this. Politicians really need to start staying out of our lives and start trying to get the national economy straightened out.

War on drugs? War on terror? Please. I have a brain so spare me the useless rhetoric.

Posted by: Cracker_BearEl | September 28, 2010 12:00 PM

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