October 12, 2010 Leave a comment
When news broke recently that federal officials were pushing for new regulations to facilitate online eavesdropping (“U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet”, New York Times, September 27, 2010), it seemed like there were two ways to interpret the situation:
Did the proposed powers represent a significant change from the status quo?
The administration’s proposal… would require reconfiguring of the Internet to provide easier access to online communications. —ACLU
Or did the proposed powers merely enable law-enforcement officials to continue doing what they had been doing?
We’re not talking expanding authority. We’re talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security. —FBI general counsel Valerie E. Caproni
We couldn’t help thinking this sounded familiar.