A Series of Leaky Tubes
We have this running game: If you read a given piece of news as coming from the Bush Administration instead of the Obama Administration, what would you think?
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.
We propose a simpler solution: Require all computers to be equipped with keyloggers, which automatically transmit your typing to the NSA. The Feds swear they won’t look at the data unless there’s a court order.