L.A. Times: Bad timing and snooping online

May 28, 2013

Excerpt: Pushed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Obama administration may ask Congress for the power to snoop on more types of communication online. The timing couldn’t be worse, given the outcry over the Justice Department secretly grabbing journalists’ phone records and emails in its pursuit of government leakers. The bigger issue with what the FBI is seeking though, is that it applies 20th century assumptions about surveillance to 21st century technologies.

Congress passed the Wiretap Act in 1968 to give federal investigators the power to listen in on suspects’ phone calls if they obtained a federal court’s permission.

The advent of wireless phones and digital networks led the feds to worry about their ability to monitor suspects who used new technologies, so lawmakers amended the law to require telecommunications companies to build wiretap capabilities into their networks.

That requirement, however, applies only to service providers that use or connect to the traditional phone grid. These days, there’s a growing number of ways to communicate through data networks that don’t use any part of the phone grid, including online teleconferencing and virtual telephones built into instant-message programs.

The irony is that the Internet is actually making it easier for the feds to gather information about suspects without warrants. As the Center for Democracy and Technology pointed out, the widespread use of GPS-equipped mobile phones has effectively put a tracking device in the pocket of virtually every suspect.

Combine that with the information collected online about the websites people visit, the material they download, the friends they keep and the people with whom they communicate, and it hardly seems as if the FBI is being left in the dark.



"As Federal Crime List Grows, Threshold of Guilt Declines":

"This legal protection is now being eroded as the U.S. federal criminal code dramatically swells.

In recent decades, Congress has repeatedly crafted laws that weaken or disregard the notion of criminal intent. Today not only are there thousands more criminal laws than before, but it is easier to fall afoul of them."

"Today there are an estimated 4,500 crimes in federal statutes, plus thousands more embedded in federal regulations, many of which have been added to the penal code since the 1970s."


(Copy and paste the title in Google to get past the filters.)


"Two US embassy workers injured in Venezuela shooting":

Enjoyed listening to the State Dept. "spokes puppet" who was playing Sgt. Schultz.


Gotta luv the Obama Admin. who is not responsible for ANYTHING negative and doesn't know ANYTHING about it when it occurs.

Wanna bet that little Barack didn't used the ol' "dog ate my homework" excuse in school? :)

The Big Dog's back

Did you use that excuse conwango?


4shizzle writes:

"The country of Aljazeera has Sharia law."

The "country of Aljazeera"? Is that anywhere near the "country" of MSNBC?



I know there isn't a country called Aljazeera.

The country where Aljazeera is - was the idea.

Get up off the floor, you're drunk.


Understand winnie has no else that speaks to him. Hence his pedestrian nature.

S w Rand 2016

It would seem like that to someone who may be continually in need of correction (hence the abundance of replies your posts may require..or provoke), as opposed to Contango who tends to be on the teaching end of those conversations.
Corrected...as all Derpocrats must be, especially the Obamatron "strain."


S w Rand 2016
You speak an abundance of feces..


Hardly. Especially regarding war, agri-business, & other things my lineage & self directly involved in. Then to hear retorts that are blatantly wrong... from someone who admitted to have no experience what-so-ever in those areas; well, fill in those blanks.


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