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Aren't convinced yet? More Internet wiretapping on the way...

I don't care who it is — Democrat, Republican, Independant — anyone who supports the kind of wide-scale Internet wiretapping outlined below (such as Sen. Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican) should be tossed out of office immediately by the voters in their state.

Can you imagine what it will feel like when you go on the Internet, knowing that every click you make, and every page you view, is being examined by law enforcement officials?

This is not a case where you can site back and say, "I have nothing to hide, so what does it matter?"

Does anyone want law enforcement to have the ability to enter anyone's home without a warrant?  Well, that's exactly what they are doing here.  Under the law being discussed, and with everything migrating to the Internet, law enforcement can basically penetrate anyone's home and watch what they do.

Is this what we really want the USA to become?  A police state, where people are guilty until proven innocent?

This legislation is a perversion of the worst kind.  Anyone who would sponsor this kind of travesty does not deserve to represent anyone in congress.


FBI plans new Net-tapping push

New legislation, seen by CNET, forces Net providers, networking-gear makers to build in Big Brother.

By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: July 7, 2006, 6:47 PM PDT

The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping, CNET has learned.

FBI Agent Barry Smith distributed the proposal at a private meeting last Friday with industry representatives and indicated it would be introduced by Sen. Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

The draft bill would place the FBI's Net-surveillance push on solid legal footing. At the moment, it's ensnared in a legal challenge from universities and some technology companies that claim the Federal Communications Commission's broadband surveillance directives exceed what Congress has authorized.

The FBI claims that expanding the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act is necessary to thwart criminals and terrorists who have turned to technologies like voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP.

"The complexity and variety of communications technologies have dramatically increased in recent years, and the lawful intercept capabilities of the federal, state and local law enforcement community have been under continual stress, and in many cases have decreased or become impossible," according to a summary accompanying the draft bill.

Complicating the political outlook for the legislation is an ongoing debate over allegedly illegal surveillance by the National Security Administration — punctuated by several lawsuits challenging it on constitutional grounds and an unrelated proposal to force Internet service providers to record what Americans are doing online. One source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of last Friday's meeting, said the FBI viewed its CALEA expansion as a top congressional priority for 2007.

Breaking the legislation down

The 27-page proposed CALEA amendments seen by CNET would:

  • Require any manufacturer of "routing" and "addressing" hardware to offer upgrades or other "modifications" that are needed to support Internet wiretapping. Current law does require that of telephone switch manufacturers—but not makers of routers and network address translation hardware like Cisco Systems and 2Wire.
  • Authorize the expansion of wiretapping requirements to "commercial" Internet services including instant messaging if the FCC deems it to be in the "public interest." That would likely sweep in services such as in-game chats offered by Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming system as well.
  • Force Internet service providers to sift through their customers' communications to identify, for instance, only VoIP calls. (The language requires companies to adhere to "processing or filtering methods or procedures applied by a law enforcement agency.") That means police could simply ask broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast or Verizon for wiretap info — instead of having to figure out what VoIP service was being used.
  • Eliminate the current legal requirement saying the Justice Department must publish a public "notice of the actual number of communications interceptions" every year. That notice currently also must disclose the "maximum capacity" required to accommodate all of the legally authorized taps that government agencies will "conduct and use simultaneously."

Jim Harper, a policy analyst at the free-market Cato Institute and member of a Homeland Security advisory board, said the proposal would "have a negative impact on Internet users' privacy."

"People expect their information to be private unless the government meets certain legal standards," Harper said. "Right now the Department of Justice is pushing the wrong way on all this."

Neither the FBI nor DeWine's office responded to a request for comment Friday afternoon.

DeWine has relatively low approval ratings — 47 percent, according to — and is enmeshed in a fierce battle with a Democratic challenger to retain his Senate seat in the November elections. DeWine is a member of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee charged with overseeing electronic privacy and antiterrorism enforcement and is a former prosecutor in Ohio.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., decided 2-1 last month to uphold the FCC's extension of CALEA to broadband providers, and it's not clear what will happen next with the lawsuit. Judge Harry Edwards wrote in his dissent that the majority's logic gave the FCC "unlimited authority to regulate every telecommunications service that might conceivably be used to assist law enforcement."

The organizations behind the lawsuit say Congress never intended CALEA to force broadband providers — and networks at corporations and universities — to build in central surveillance hubs for the police. The list of organizations includes Sun Microsystems,, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of American Universities and the American Library Association.

If the FBI's legislation becomes law, it would derail the lawsuit because there would no longer be any question that Congress intended CALEA to apply to the Internet.


  • And people say the government could never stop internet gambling!!

    By CalifDude, at 10:48 PM

  • Not surprised one bit. You know me.....I've always thought those spyware sorts were just the beginning, and then the govt. liked the idea of what those virus gurus were doing tracking our every move.

    Let's produce fake threats and create a police state. Slowly but surely infiltrate the american people's privacy in order to control or take away rights.

    Considering Prescott Bush had ties to funding the Nazi regime, it's no surprise the Gestapo is coming soon......

    This reminds me of the Mafia wanting protection money from business owners. Unfortunately, the most of theharm that will come to the businesses, will be from the protectors themselves.....If you don't pay up.....LOL

    By pacattack05, at 2:11 AM

  • I'm with you up until the Prescott Bush comment. To imply that Prescott Bush was unpatiotic or in collusion with Nazis is way over the line.

    (Pac, this next part is not related to your note.)

    I know that there are people out there who dislike President Bush, as well as everyone else in the Republican party, but I wonder if it isn't possible to have a discussion on a particular topic with blaming them for everything.

    That's the problem I have always had discussion things with liberals. The topic always shifts to how terrible Bush (or whichever Republican is in charge) is, and how it's all his fault. They never sticks to an open and honest debate of ideas.

    There ARE things that happen in this country without the guiding hand of President Bush, believe it or not.

    By Todd, at 8:08 AM

  • Todd, agree and it's via the hand of the government within the government headed by out of touch elitist bent on social engineering, manipulating, in order to keep themselves wealthy and in charge through whatever means.

    They function irrespective of who's in office, which party is in power and harbor delusions of grandeur that they always know what's better for us than we know. Hmmmm, sounds almost like they have delusions of grandeur that they're God!!   

    Harder for them to hide with the internet, hence sniffers, harvesters for the purpose of implementing future controls, removal of rights.

    If snooping were for terrorist tracking only then it would be a moot point as far as I'm concerned.

    However, Todd is raising some very alarming information we need to take heed of .... he definitely has my attention.

    By konane, at 10:00 AM

  • Pac,

    Please don't post conspiracy-theory stuff on my blog. If you want to post that stuff, please put it on your blog. I'm trying to keep mine a little more factual.

    You did not list the source of that "article", but I'm sure if you did, it would be one of the same conspiracy theory sites that say that 9-11 was a government operation. You are obviously free to believe whatever strikes your fancy, I am not trying to shut down your ability to express yourself, and in fact your blog is a great place to do it.

    By Todd, at 3:46 PM

  • Hmmm, after reading this I somehow started singing "... every breath you take, and every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you..."

    I'm getting quite paranoid about virtual intrusions, everytime I log on to the internet, I have to don a shirt on.

    By csfb, at 8:12 PM

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