Posted by nesaraaustralia ⋅ October 28, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment
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CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force
surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail
providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to
oppose a law making those back doors mandatory. The FBI have drafted a
proposed law which would extend the abilities of the 1994 CALEA act
which established their ability to tap phones across the USA. This law
would work with communications companies across the states to establish a
threshold for number of users which, once met, would require said
communications company to activate surveillance-friendly functions on
their network for use by the FBI.
Currently the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act
covers telecommunications providers and allows the FBI to tap your phone
if they have good cause. That’s all you need to know – it’s a law, it
exists, and it’s very real. This most current legislation asks that the
government add communications providers beyond what they’ve got covered
now – chatting on your computer in any way at all may soon be covered,
The FBI is getting impatient and wants a backdoor to Facebook, Skype, Google Hangouts and other services now to catch evildoers.
It’s no big secret that the FBI wants a backdoor to every American
website planted on the Internet. However the government agency now wants
the secret entrance unlocked as soon as possible — like right this minute –
because the drastic shift from using telephones to using the Internet
has made it nearly impossible for agents to wiretap Americans suspected
of foul play. The bureau calls it a “Going Dark” problem, as its
surveillance capabilities may diminish as technology advances if things
Going Dark has reportedly been an issue in Washington since 2006,
and the bureau eventually hired on 107 full-time workers in 2009 to work
on the issue. The FBI has supposedly even sought input from the its
secretive Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Va., a division
that claims to be working on the “latest and greatest investigative
technologies to catch terrorists and criminals.”
In February 2011 the FBI acknowledged the agency’s inability to
keep up its surveillance capabilities with communications technological
development calling it the “going dark” problem. Having admitted the
bitter fact of technological incompliance, the agency initiated this new
comprehensive web surveillance program.
Tech media website Cnet.com has obtained information that the FBI is
already in talks with internet giants on an unprecedented surveillance
program, having the legislation approved by the Department of Justice.
An unnamed FBI representative told Cnet.com that there are “significant challenges posed to the FBI” in the accomplishment of its “diverse mission”, and the rapidly changing technology influences that result a lot.
“A growing gap exists between the statutory authority of law
enforcement to intercept electronic communications pursuant to court
order and our practical ability to intercept those communications. The
FBI believes that if this gap continues to grow, there is a very real
risk of the government ‘going dark,’ resulting in an increased risk to
national security and public safety,” the source told Cnet.com.
An obvious solution to the problem was adopting legislation to the
needs of the government which the FBI is busy realizing right now. The
FBI calls the program the National Electronic Surveillance Strategy.
Internet companies might be not happy with the new legislation at
all, righteously considering that the law will most probably spark a
public revolt similar to unsuccessful attempts to push through notorious
SOPA, PIPA and ACTA anti-pirate legislation.
Internet giants utilize lobbyist resources to try to protect their
businesses interests in Washington, but the issue of mass control might
be too hot for them to handle.
The situation strikingly resembles the one with the music and web
content industry, which fails to adapt to new realities of free access
to almost anything, including goodies that fall under the . The
entertainment industry, too, is using its lobbyists to push through
punitive legislation to guarantee high profits without evolutionary
changes to itself.
In the case with the web backdoor surveillance though, the FBI intends
to violate basic human rights on such a high mass-involvement level that
a 1984-scenario might appear almost no exaggeration.
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