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antigop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:28 PM
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Government seeks broader tech snooping powers
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0%2c1895%2c2158541%2c00.a...

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The Bush administration is itching to update a snooping law to encompass new technologies, even as a DOJ report shows the FBI is using data mining on a dizzying array of U.S. citizens' non-terrorist activities: Think auto insurance fraud and Medicare claims abuse.

"Today, cellular phones are the size of credit cards, you would be hard-pressed to find a computer with memory less than 512 megabytes and our greatest threats are independent transnational terrorists and terror networks," complained Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, in a May 2007 column published by the Washington Post.

The law that McConnell and others in the Bush administration want to overhaul is FISA, the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law, originally drafted to prescribe physical and electronic surveillance and spying procedures on foreign powers, came under scrutiny after the New York Times in 2005 chronicled the Bush administration's order for warrantless domestic wiretappingcalled the Terrorist Surveillance Programsubsequently carried out by the National Security Agency, following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
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Phredicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:32 PM
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1. You'd HOPE this would be a non-starter with Congress these days.
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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:33 PM
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2. I wouldn't bet on it! n/t
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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:39 PM
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3. Auto insurance companies want the gov't to do the work for them...
This happened in Philly.

Philly has ridiculous auto insurance rates for in-city residents. I'm talking like $4-5,000 a year.

So what usually happens is that residents who want to save a LOT of money will find a friend in the suburbs to use as a mail drop for their auto insurance.

But the insurance companies had an idea. Let's give our databases to the gov't, and they can cross reference it with their databases, and if there's a match, then you (the gov't) can let us know, then track them down and penalize them.

I could see many variants on this...
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