Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2012 21:25 UTC
In the News "The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance. In meetings with industry representatives, the White House, and U.S. senators, senior FBI officials argue the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities, CNET has learned. The FBI general counsel's office has drafted a proposed law that the bureau claims is the best solution: requiring that social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly." I no longer know what to say. You will be monitored by The State. If you oppose such monitoring, you're a terrorist.
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Business as usual
by on Fri 4th May 2012 22:43 UTC
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Nevermind what they want to do. Doesn't this highlight what has always been considered 'business as usual' by the gov't?

I mean, the justification for adapting new technology is, essentially, that they're finding it more difficult to invade our privacy, and they're demanding companies to facilitate their ability to spy on us so they can continue 'business as usual'.

In a nation that exerts control over every aspect of our lives, where the law is broad and often grey or counter-intuitive, and the government is hypocritical with the law, a citizen breaking the law is virtually inevitable.

Really, if you were a citizen of such a country - how are you supposed to feel about being lawful, if breaking the law seems inevitable?

<sarcasm> Maybe we should all spend the four years in highschool getting law degrees. </scarcasm>

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