U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

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    U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

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    Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.
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    Gee.....what a surprise.

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    That completely defeats the purpose of encryption... If the government has a backdoor, other people will find it. And the whole concept is completely unfeasible. That would require every affected company which uses encryption to completely rewrite their encryption standards and redistribute them. Basically impossible.

    Also a huge security risk.
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    This is one of those ideas that sounds good in theory but is way too risky to implement. If enacted we all lose. I think the idea has been floating around for years. Bad ideas seldom die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    This is one of those ideas that sounds good in theory but is way too risky to implement. If enacted we all lose. I think the idea has been floating around for years. Bad ideas seldom die.
    Dang, with Hopyard I do agree.

    He's right, bad ideas, like more federal government, never seem to die although they should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    Dang, with Hopyard I do agree.

    He's right,
    What?? BikerRN agrees with Hopyard!! I suddenly have this irresistible urge to sing combayah.
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    I imagine something very close has been running for several years already called echelon. I remember hearing/reading something about it a few years back. The way I remember it was, it picked up on keywords being transmitted over the air and through land lines. I think they made a movie about it, so that right there makes it invalid, right?

    Fact is, we'll never know just how high tech our government really is, if we did, they wouldn't be worthy. The BGs can hide coded messages inside .jpg images and all sorts of other methods as well. Face it, we're fish in a fish bowl.
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    The Patriot Act...a slippery slope we continue to slide down...

    This is just more grease on that slope...soon, Big Brother will be totally all-knowing...
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    I must disagree with Hopyard on one point. yes there are some ideas that sound good, but are too risky to implement. This, however, is not one of those ideas.
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    This is why I heavily encrypt all of my private emails with keys, IM's are ssl encrypted etc etc. Anything i want to really be private, I take the extra steps to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    This is one of those ideas that sounds good in theory but is way too risky to implement. If enacted we all lose. I think the idea has been floating around for years. Bad ideas seldom die.
    I would respectfully disagree. This is not a good idea, either in practice or in theory!

    The slippery slope gets more slippery.

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    NOPE. I have no trust in that at all.
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    Thanks George Bush Jr....that Patriot Act was the worst thing American freedom has ever seen.....

    Yet, you see ads all over the TV how Obama is taking away our Freedoms..... I never saw ONE single ad saying how Bush was taking them away...... Republicans need to wake up..time to vote Libertarian Party boys and girls..... 3rd party is our only hope.... I wish people could see the evil on BOTH sides of the isle...but for some reason they only see the evil in the opposite side......

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    Thanks George Bush Jr....that Patriot Act was the worst thing American freedom has ever seen.....
    Yep, at that time all I heard from Repubs was how necessary his actions were and they welcomed it because of paranoia. Now listen to them.
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