On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – a date which will live in infamy – the people of the United States of America coolly and deliberately voted to continue Barack Obama’s assault against the US constitution.
US moves to expand Internet wiretaps
A US government task force is seeking to force companies such as Google, Dropbox and Facebook to create backdoors for wiretapping user communications, according to a report published Wednesday in the Washington Post.
According to the Post, the efforts are being driven by the FBI, part of the Obama administration’s Justice Department, though the White House has not formally announced a position. However, the panel is preparing legislation that would vastly expand police spying powers.
The FBI claims that, under current laws, internet communications companies can effectively refuse to comply with a court-ordered wiretap by claiming that there is no practical way for them to allow the government to spy on their users’ communications. The proposed law would force companies to rebuild their services to allow the government to monitor communications.
The FBI’s proposal would negate the privacy offered by encryption by forcing companies like Google and Facebook to allow direct access the companies’ computer servers.
The creation of such backdoors would follow actions by Skype, the online chat and voice service, which last year voluntarily reengineered its architecture to allow the US and other governments to monitor chat communications following the company’s purchase by Microsoft.
As a result, the efforts to monitor real-time communications could open up users’ entire messaging history and file systems for searches by the government.
Moreover, while the nominal reason for such a move is to force companies to comply with court orders, the reality is that once these systems are created, they can be easily exploited by a new warrantless wiretapping program, or even hackers working covertly for the government.
The panel’s proposal is part of a systematic attack on core constitutional rights and protections against government spying, first under Bush and then Obama.
Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s repeated requests for a lawyer were ignored
Tsarnaev wasn’t Mirandized because the DOJ decided he should be. Instead, that happened only because a federal magistrate, on her own, scheduled a hospital-room hearing, interrupted the FBI’s interrogation which had been proceeding at that point for a full 16 hours, and advised him of his right to remain silent and appointed him a lawyer.
“Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the committee, wrote Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. asking for a full investigation of the matter, complaining that the court session ‘cut off a lawful, ongoing FBI interview to collect public safety information.’”
“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
I suppose that after we’ve arisen, repealed all the unconstitutional laws Barack the Constitutional Law Lecturer from Harvard has passed, ended the wars Barack the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate has begun, jailed his Wall Street patrons to whom he has turned over our Federal Reserve and our Treasury, resuscitated and refunded all of our social programs that he has cut in order to fund military-financial complex, and tried and jailed the traitors in ‘our’ federal government who lent him aid and such good advice, all of this will just be a scary story to tell our grandchildren. Capped off with how we prevailed against him/it/them in triumph.
We need to work on that ‘how we prevailed in triumph’ part … and Marianne B. Bowler is demonstrating just how we’ll prevail …
Corporate stooges upset judge ended illegal Tsarnaev interrogation
On Monday morning, Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler visited Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s hospital bedside to preside over his first court appearance, reading him his Miranda rights and informing him of his right to remain silent.
Bowler, Marianne B.
Born 1947 in Boston, MA
Federal Judicial Service
Magistrate Judge, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
First appointed to the Court May 7, 1990, former Chief Magistrate Judge.
Regis College, A.B., 1967
Suffolk Law School, J.D., 1976
I am so proud of one of my cohort for her ‘simply’ doing the right thing in the performance of her duty. And I am very grateful for and very much heartened by her having answered our Constitution’s ‘mayday’ call. She’s shown the good ole boys how it can be done … if they could even summon the intent, let alone the balls, to do it.
Obama administration to back wiretap law for social media
The Obama administration is close to announcing its support for a law that would force Google, Facebook and other Internet communications companies to build back doors for government wiretaps, according to an article in the New York Times Wednesday.
Under the terms of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, known as CALEA, hardware used to facilitate Internet and voice communications—the networks through which data is transmitted—must have the technical means to allow the government to conduct wiretaps.
The spying capabilities created in the context of this earlier law made possible the massive illegal domestic spying programs conducted under the Bush administration, and tens of thousands of ongoing secret court-approved wiretaps conducted under Obama. Under Bush, reports emerged that the government was essentially given full access to transmission systems by many Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as AT&T.
US intelligence agencies were satisfied with these capabilities up until around 2010, when, in response to a series of security breaches, services such as Gmail and Facebook enabled encryption by default.
To offset the effects of encryption, the FBI has sought to force companies to create back doors for surveillance, with varying degrees of success. Following its purchase by Microsoft, Skype, the online chat and voice service, last year voluntarily reengineered its architecture to allow the US and other governments to monitor chat communications.
The proposed law would force social networks and other communications companies to provide government access or face fines that, according to the Washington Post, would multiply exponentially and threaten companies with bankruptcy.
While keeping silent on the unconstitutional nature of the US government’s vast domestic spying apparatus, groups representing major Silicon Valley corporations have raised concerns about the difficulty of implementing the proposed government wiretapping capabilities, particularly for start-ups and small companies, which behemoths like Facebook and Apple rely on for developing new technologies.
According to the Times, officials are working to reformulate the law to satisfy these concerns while forcing the most widely used services to allow wiretapping.