Another Potential Giant Step Towards the Police State: Internet Wiretapping

by the Left Coast Rebel

The Obama administration thinks there is too much free-flowing information on the internet. Why is this news shocking to anyone? Why is it that many on the left don't see that the Obama administration is all about one thing and one thing only.

Consolidation of power at any cost.

Yes, even power over the 'wild, wild, west' of the interwebs. Read and weep for your liberties:

(NYT)WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit to lawmakers next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with protecting privacy and fostering innovation. And because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally.

Can you imagine another better case for a complete changeover of our entire governement? I can't wait to see this discussed among the ruling class in congress.

Even lefty Glenn Greenwald sees the Orwellian writing on the wall here and the parallels to Afghanistan, "The Obama administration's war on privacy."

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