Friday, February 25, 2011

Obama Pushing to Ban Skype, GMail, Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry - Unless They Submit to the Borg

Although interest in forcing GMail, Skype, Blackberry, Twitter and Facebook to change their codes and architecture to allow the FBI and any number of the other government and government-contracted intelligence gathering organizations access to just about anyone for just about any concocted reason predates the Obama administration, a new push is underway:

The F.B.I. has been quietly laying the groundwork for years for a push to require Internet-based communications services — like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, BlackBerry and Skype — to design their systems with a built-in way to comply with wiretap orders. On Thursday, the bureau made its first full airing of the “going dark” problem.

“Due to the revolutionary expansion of communications technology in recent years, the government finds that it is rapidly losing ground in its ability to execute court orders with respect to Internet-based communications,” said the F.B.I.’s general counsel, Valerie Caproni.

Along with increasing demands for journalists and human rights workers to turn all their electronic devices over to the government for purposes of seizing all information held within the devices, this move is just one step toward dictatorship and government conduct outside the rule of law.

As demandprogress observes at firedoglake:

Companies that want to avoid heavy-handed regulations, and those that actually care about our privacy rights, would have to leave the U.S. That would reduce our prominence as a technology leader, and encourage the government to devise ever more severe ways of blocking Americans from using the offending technologies. Other companies would comply by creating back-doors that could lead to more privacy violations and make the Internet more vulnerable to attack: experts say wiretap-ready technologies would be much easier to hack.
Why does Obama hate our freedoms?


Anonymous said...

These freedoms are going beyond the comfort zone of the protection the first amendment to the constitution. These are NEW freedoms and the power brokers have no idea what to do with them.

How will the rich white old men and women's club that runs our government deal with all of this Freedom that they so love to proclaim that we have?

Obama is not just a "community organizer" any longer, he is the leader of the Rich Men and Women Club that runs America. He may as well dine nightly with the Koch brothers, because they seem to have the same goal in mind.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:57-
At least you dropped the "white" thing. Tyrants are of all colors. Don't be a racist. Obama was never "just a community organizer". He has sought to expand government, subvert it, and force it to his will from the beginning. What is amazing that his plainly and repeatedly stated intentions are just now being taken seriously.

Again we agree. Not on much, but on this and the TSA, we agree. Good job here.


Philip Munger said...

"Again we agree. Not on much, but on this and the TSA, we agree. Good job here."

Thanks, AP

AKjah said...

I dont use facebook or twitter or skype. I did not say anything because it did not effect me.......

Gill scott Heron, the revolution will not be televised.

Anonymous said...

I turned on Skype last night to talk to my son and his kids who just moved 2000 miles away, and I was immediately confronted with two 'men' who wanted to show me their penises. Fairly new to Skype, I wasn't even sure how to turn these perverts off.
While I do not support invasion of privacy, I do wish people could be adults and not act like idiots just because they think they're anonymous online. If you don't want something seen, don't write it! (or show it!)

Anonymous said...

Bush opened this Pandora's box under the pretext of "keeping you safe," and now the lines are blurring more than ever. I'm not sure how "freedom" is being compromised here. You are free to NOT use the web. You are free to say anything you want, but if someone is planning something bad via Skype or another medium, and the government misses it, then all hell will break loose in the aftermath...I can hear Rush, "We told you this would happen. We told you Obama had no clue about keeping us safe. Bring back the Bushies!" It is indeed a fine line between freedom and fascism, blurrred now because of the new technology.

yukonark said...

Sadly, it truly seems that Resistance is Futile.

Anonymous said...

Start running Freenet.


It's decentralized, encrypted, private and free. Properly configured, it's not possible to tell if you're even running it. (Download it at

Freenet blogs ("flogs"), "freemail" and instant messaging are already developed and in use.

It' a big step backward from twitter and facebook, but it's what we have and it's not bad.

Then download TOR (or better yet, T(A)ILS.)

The tools for fighting back at these pukes are on the shelf, waiting for you. Pick them up.