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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:39 PM
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"FBI wants to watch you type"
"The FBI is trying to convince the government to mandate that providers of broadband, Internet telephony, and instant-messaging services build in backdoors for easy wiretapping."

"That would constitute a sweeping expansion of police surveillance powers. Instead of asking Congress to approve the request, the FBI (along with the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration) are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with minimal public input."

http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1107_2-5194394.html?tag=zdare...


One step closer to becoming the United States of Amerika. It's a good thing we have all those soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq to protect our freedom! :eyes: :mad:



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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:51 PM
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1. They can already do this while sitting outside your house
It's a system/tool called 'Tempest' and basically tries to read the RF radiation that CRT monitors and some keyboards emit. It works better on older computers than newer ones however. It's been around since the early 90's, IIRC.

It's a lot more manpower intensive than simply mandating all ISPs provide backdoors into their network taps, however.

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gold_bug Donating Member (485 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:17 PM
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4. not to mention keystroke loggers and the like
are a lot easier than Tempest. What do you think the "sneak-and-peek" provision in Patriot is for? ;)
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:00 PM
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2. It's not the FBI... it's the Justice Dept.
Asscroft is looking to broaden his scope of jurisdiction to include the INTERNET through the back door of the FCC.
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n0_data Donating Member (402 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:08 PM
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3. Nice
Stalin would have been impressed.

In Soviet Russia, yadda yadda..
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n0_data Donating Member (402 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 05:05 PM
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5. Just out of curiosity
If this were to happen (and taking into consideration things like the Patriot Act), would someone have to officially come out and say that the 4th amendment is officially null and void?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

If I were an immigrant, I'd be pretty pissed to find out that one of the major tenets of this country no longer applies. It's false advertising.

I say take it out and leave it blank where it once was.
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