Obama Might Back Laws Making it Easier to Spy on Internet Users

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Via New York Times:

The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.
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The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, has argued that the bureau’s ability to carry out court-approved eavesdropping on suspects is “going dark” as communications technology evolves, and since 2010 has pushed for a legal mandate requiring companies like Facebook and Google to build into their instant-messaging and other such systems a capacity to comply with wiretap orders. That proposal, however, bogged down amid concerns by other agencies, like the Commerce Department, about quashing Silicon Valley innovation.

While the F.B.I.’s original proposal would have required Internet communications services to each build in a wiretapping capacity, the revised one, which must now be reviewed by the White House, focuses on fining companies that do not comply with wiretap orders. The difference, officials say, means that start-ups with a small number of users would have fewer worries about wiretapping issues unless the companies became popular enough to come to the Justice Department’s attention.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    might?
    wtf is he doing right now?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    What else can he do? Like Bloomberg and the drones over NY, there’s just nothing a poor little darling like Obamykins can do about it. He’s such a victim of those mean ol’ Depublicans!

    • Juan

      There are people that actually believe that. I know because I’ve talked to quite a lot of them.
      Apologists are really intersting. The other thing I’ve heard, is that Obama wants to do “the right thing” and not be pimpin for the MIBC, but he can’t because he’s been threatened that it coud be unhealthy for him and his family. LMAO.
      For me, this just highlights what a super gnarly MINDFUCK the Obama op has been and continues to be.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Agreed. Hopefully their day will come.

        I used to be an apologist. Believe it or not, that was actually a step up from what I was before that, which was a collaborator.

        The thing that broke me was my pet issue. If man has at least one thing that he truly understands, there will inevitably be a point where bullsh*t artists like Obama f*ck him over in a way that is totally inecusable and unforgiveable.

        Looking back at it now, I see how pathetic/comedic the apologist phase was, but still it was a necessary stage. I had a lot of baggage to work through, and the pressure to rubber stamp everything Obama does comes not only from Democrats, but Republicans, too. A lot of their opposition to him really is racist.

        So glad I’m done with all that sh*t now. There are so many more and more important things to care about than one narrow little issue.

        • Juan

          Yeah, I actually treared up when the sombitch “won” the first time. Can’t tell you how much joy I got from watching all the rednecks shitting themselves with impotent racist rage.
          That lasted about three months until I figured out I had been played. Man, did I feel like an idiot.
          Never forget though that we are dealing with the most effective and nefarious propaganda machine that has ever existed. These fucks make Goebles look like an amateur by comparison.

        • Hadrian999

          I used to mess with you quite a bit in your apologist phase

  • Raz

    Change we can believe! Ha!

  • Xaiver Buchs IV

    You think this is news?

    They’re already doing it, and they don’t have – or need – court orders. This is more about corporate-industrial espionage and political control than it is about “national security”.

  • Haystack

    It’s one thing for them to do searches with a court order, it’s another to require companies, at their own expense, to build security holes into their networks. We shouldn’t have to design our communications infrastructure around the government’s desire to spy on us.

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