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    Computer Wiretapping Galore Starts Now

    Computer Wiretapping Galore Starts Now
    Tue May 15, 2007 12:38PM EDT

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    Well, started yesterday: May 14 was the deadline for just about every type of Internet service provider to wire their networks with the FBI's electronic surveillance equipment, which will allow for data wiretaps of any user of the service at the flip of a switch.

    It's part of CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act), which Congress passed way back in 1994, and it was quickly rolled out to telephone networks (your cell phone is already ready for its tap, folks). In 2002 the new law was expanded to cover ISPs as well. On Monday it went into effect.

    CALEA doesn't mean that you're under surveillance all the time, but it does make it possible (and relatively simple) for the FBI to "flip a switch" to turn on an electronic wiretap inside 24 hours. As the Wired blog entry linked above notes: The standards for getting a wiretap are still the same as before. Law enforcement still has to demonstrate cause to a judge, however judges do indeed tend to rubber stamp such requests. So there is cause for concern here.

    But wait, there's more! Last week legislation was introduced to expand wiretapping considerably by forcing ISPs to "record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely." This is scary because it allows not just for future wiretapping but for indefinite historical wiretapping as well. It's buried in yet another act designed to stop child pornography called the SAFETY Act. It's currently hanging around the House. Unlike CALEA, this one hasn't yet become a law.

    Allow me to be the first to say: Yikes. Write your Congressman.
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    Republican calls for email and IM monitoring
    ISPs would have to keep records of emails, IM and website visits

    Iain Thomson, vnunet.com 09 Feb 2007


    A bill introduced to the US House of Representatives would require ISPs to record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely.

    The bill, dubbed the Safety Act by sponsor Lamar Smith, a republican congressman from Texas, would impose fines and a prison term of one year on ISPs which failed to keep full records.

    "A crime is still a crime, whether it occurs on the street or on the internet," said Congressman Smith.

    "In this age of increasing digital and technological sophistication, cyber-crimes and cyber-terrorism pose a serious threat to the US. Law enforcement and the private sector must be prepared to deal with these crimes."

    The bill includes a separate clause that would force the owners of sexually explicit websites to include warning labels on their web pages, or face jail.

    Also included is a 20-year "jail tariff" for anyone ordering child pornography that crosses state borders, with a $150,000 fine for the ISP that allowed the transaction to take place.

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    franKg - "Since God was ok with Moses, Joshua and David burning cities to the ground and killing all the civilians I think he would be ok with us splashing a little water on some terrorists."

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlbenator
    As discussed in a previous thread, this IRRATIONAL HATRED for the Jews and their RIGHT to SURVIVE is one of the many PROOFS of a God, AND a Devil.

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    And the Neocons will hail this as a way to keep all of us safe. Geez. The Patriot Act in action again and hiding pork in other bills.

    Oh, but Repuglicans wouldn't do that would they? Ya, right! And pigs fly.


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    Re: Computer Wiretapping Galore Starts Now

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    And the Neocons will hail this as a way to keep all of us safe. Geez. The Patriot Act in action again and hiding pork in other bills.

    Oh, but Repuglicans wouldn't do that would they? Ya, right! And pigs fly.


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    only using them to manipulate us. I think the honest reps in WA can be
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