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White House To Introduce Bill That Makes It Easier To Wiretap Internet; What You're Saying On Facebook

WASHINGTON — Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday.

The newspaper said the White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype.

Federal law enforcement and national security officials say new the regulations are needed because terrorists and criminals are increasingly giving up their phones to communicate online.

"We're talking about lawfully authorized intercepts," said FBI lawyer Valerie E. Caproni. "We're not talking about expanding authority. We're talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security."

Here's some of the Facebook conversation:

 

Adam Purdy: Im sorry, im all for National Security, but really! the Internet??? Get Obama Out NOW!

Larrissa Nelson: another excuse to invade out privacy...

Dwight Wickham Its not just Obama, its been a frog in the frying pan story for a long time. This would include the patriot act.

Emily Norton: Actually Adam, this was something introduced via the Patriot Act... which was enacted by a mostly conservative base.

Steph Belnap Wow, & with all the government jobs being cut, who are they going to employ to monitor this system, And with what $$? I thought he was working to get us out of the deficit, not deaper in! Will be interesting to see how many people who would not actually do harm get into trouble for "freedom of speech" Just because they are voicing frustrations of the government.

Randy Craig Wilcox I thought he was going to stop all this? Where are the liberals in the media up in arms over this, like ACLU? I guess when there is a dem in the White House, well, it's ok then.

John Phillip: ‎@ Randy Craig Wilcox: Hey. Being on the left-side of politics myself, I am not happy about this either but if this were George W. Bush or any Republican president, you righties would also keep your mouth shut about this. Touche!

Adam Purdy: wouldnt surprise me if it was in the Patriot Act. Wonder how much more of our freedoms the gov't is going to throw a blanket over in the name of "national securiyt"?? all i gotta say is: Come Jesus Come!

Wil Henderson: Sorry Emily , but I did not see anyone blindly ' blame the black guy ' so racial guilt trip wont work ( good try trying to play race card again ) . Perhaps you should read the article as the Obama administration is taking credit for drafti...ng & introducing this bill . So is it wrong to create and introduce this bill OR is it wrong to lie that they created and introduced this bill?

Emily Norton I'm a liberal... I don't think it's okay... I didn't think it was okay when Bush Jr was tapping our phone lines and text messages. But just because the white house is "INTRODUCING" the bill, doesn't mean it's a part of our legislation yet. Funny though, all this talk about how the liberals should be upset, from the same conservatives who cheered on the Patriot Act... hypocrisy is so fascinating, on both sides.

Carlin Nelson: It absolutely amazes me how many people don't read the article. They just read the headline and draw their own conclusions. Law enforcement can already tap your phone lines with a warrant. That is all this new bill would allow...tapping the internet for a specific IP address, WITH A WARRANT. Ignorrance sure is bliss.

 

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