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Casualties of perpetual war

“With two wars, multiple crises abroad and growing terrorism activity at home, the nation’s top security officials do not sleep in peace.”

Yesterday brought us the wonderful news that the US government will attempt to make all communication on the internet tappable. From the New York Times article:

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.

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In recent months, officials from the F.B.I., the Justice Department, the National Security Agency, the White House and other agencies have been meeting to develop a proposed solution.

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  • Communications services that encrypt messages must have a way to unscramble them.
  • Foreign-based providers that do business inside the United States must install a domestic office capable of performing intercepts.
  • Developers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication must redesign their service to allow interception.
  • Communications services that encrypt messages must have a way to unscramble them.
  • Foreign-based providers that do business inside the United States must install a domestic office capable of performing intercepts.
  • Developers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication must redesign their service to allow interception.

And thats not even all the dreams of dramatically expanded power for one day. Also yesterday, The Washington Post wrote about a new proposal to put all the bank transfers in and out of the US in a centralized database:

The Obama administration wants to require U.S. banks to report all electronic money transfers into and out of the country, a dramatic expansion in efforts to counter terrorist financing and money laundering.

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“By establishing a centralized database, this regulatory plan will greatly assist law enforcement in detecting and ferreting out transnational organized crime, multinational drug cartels, terrorist financing and international tax evasion,”

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“It’s presumed that the information will be valuable in anti-terrorism activity,” he said. “We’re told, ‘Trust us. Once we get the data, we’ll determine what’s legal or not.’ “

We must be due for another major terrorist attack soon.

7 comments to Casualties of perpetual war

  • Hans Van de Looy

    Or not… They are finally showing their ultimate goal: `total (cyber)world domination’. Which will fail as long as we can keep educating the public and keep good strong crypto open source, available to all and without any backdoors…

  • Arjen Kamphuis

    So using US-built hardware, software or Internet services will mean the risk of losing all privacy & control over your information.

    It is a weird world were you depend on your civil liberties by purchasing Chinese stuff ;-)

  • rop

    Arjen: Haha… Sure, and Huawei is selling underpriced mobile networks to all these developing countries because they want to contribute to a better world.

  • Arjen Kamphuis

    I was thinking more about laptops and such…

  • Rick Deckardt

    I see another emerging market: open source high performance routers and such

  • alex

    We must be due for another major terrorist attack soon.

    Erm, this is the next major terrorist attack.

  • When I read the article I read:
    “We’re not able to decrypt the current ecryption streams.”

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