I have never thought of Obama as a messiah figure coming to save us all and transform our country into a shining Utopia, because I’ve learned never to get my hopes up too high when it comes to politicians. I know plenty of people did think of him that way, though — hope and change ahoy! But looky here, what’s he up to now? Why, he wants to give the government unlimited access to our private electronic communications whenever they want it. Unfuckingbelievable. This makes Bush’s wiretapping shenanigans look downright tame!
WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.
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.
The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit to lawmakers next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with protecting privacy and fostering innovation. And because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally.
via NY Times
Of course, they’re saying it’s to protect us from eeeevil terrorists and all that, but Obama’s well-known for sucking up to the entertainment industry and their absurd copyright demands. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this was somehow connected to that. Whatever it is, the ends don’t justify the means.
This is the kind of thing that makes me want to retreat back into Apathy Mode and never vote again. Can we ever produce a President who actually has our best interests at heart? Is that even possible anymore?