Obama Administration is Firmly Committed to Wiretapping

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


The Obama administration is firmly committed to domestic wiretapping and is taking the necessary steps to ensure technical and legal obstacles to surveillance are removed.

According to an article appearing in the New York Times:

Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requires phone and broadband carriers to ensure that their networks can be wiretapped, federal officials say.

The officials say tougher legislation is needed because some telecommunications companies in recent years have begun new services and made system upgrades that create technical obstacles to surveillance. They want to increase legal incentives and penalties aimed at pushing carriers like Verizon, At&T, and Comcast, to ensure that any network changes will not disrupt their ability to conduct wiretaps.

An Obama administration task force that includes officials from the Justice and Commerce Departments, the FBI and other agencies recently began working on draft legislation to strengthen and expand a 1994 law requiring carriers to make sure their systems can be wiretapped. There is not yet agreement over the details, according to officials familiar with the deliberations, but they said the administration intends to submit a package to Congress next year.

Perhaps most shocking, the Obama administration is floating the idea that development of new communication technologies are submitted to the FBI first to guarantee they are wiretap compliant or risk Federal fines.

If this is what “change” looks like then it shares an eerie similarity to Obama’s predecessor, former President George W. Bush.

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14 Responses to Obama Administration is Firmly Committed to Wiretapping

  1. feminazi says:

    I think Obama is morphing into Richard Nixon. He’s becoming increasingly paranoid and now that his poll numbers are in the toilet and he isn’t worshiped and celebrated the same way he was two years ago, he’s looking for ways to go after his perceived enemies.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    President Obama maintains an enemies list. I just didn’t realize the list included all 305 million Americans and anyone else who speaks the truth to power. I agree: Obama has become George Bush. The only difference is, he gives a better speech, can read the teleprompter more effectively and his wife is more attractive. What is it about life in the White House that makes you a whack job?

  3. Stephan Iversonn says:

    “….the Obama administration is floating the idea that development of new communication technologies are submitted to the FBI first to guarantee they are wiretap compliant or risk Federal fines.”

    This goes far beyond anything George Orwell could have envisioned in 1984.

    I never for a moment things would descend to this level when I voted to elect Barack Hussein Obama in 2008.

    The good news is, he has 24 months left on the clock and we can vote him out of office and I plan to vote him out of office even if this means electing a Republican.

  4. retahyajyajav says:

    This should help kill American technology innovation when there’s a recession raging.

    What is Obama afraid of?

  5. Brigadoon says:

    This level of paranoia is much worse than Nixon. In fact, it’s Stalinesque in breadth and scope. If he continues down this path, impeachment isn’t just a rightwing fantasy, it’s inevitable. What a shame. The Obama presidency started off so well.

  6. Matteo says:

    Salon reported earlier this year that Barack Obama’s new head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein had a very chilling plan for the internet:

    Obama’s head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for “overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs.” In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/15/sunstein

    There is no question to civil liberties advocates that this president is at war with the web and the flow of information they can’t control.

  7. R.J. says:

    I would not be surprised if impeachment were on the table if Republicans win the House and Senate next month. With news like this maybe that’s not such a bad idea?

  8. Vivzzz says:

    Mr. Obama is a slick fellow. He can dance and he can obfuscate but the game of deception is being played on the American people. This is what matters.

  9. Rachel says:

    I should be outraged but I’m not. You see, I’ve already written the Obama administration off as hapless and cowardly and my expectations are so low for Obama that my focus is in 2012 and beyond. If there is any brain tissue left in the DNC, they need to convince this moron not to run for president in 2012. If he runs, he will be defeated by enormous margins. Obama will be right at home next year with a Republican majority in the Congress since they are the party he’s most comfortable with.

  10. Chad Lebanon says:

    I’m not surprised.

    Let’s not forget, this president was an early supporter of the FISA and baby FISA legislation that limited the rights of bloggers. Obama isn’t a civil libertarian.

    He’s a right-of-center Dumbo, more at home with his pals in the GOP than he is with people like Feingold and Kucinich.

  11. Pechanga says:

    We lost so many civil liberties when George W. Bush was president and the USA Patriot Act was enacted.

    The USA Patriot Act single-handedly granted the Feds a staggering degree of intrusiveness and we, as a people, just smiled and asked the government to protect us from the Bogey Men.

    As a constitutional law professor, Barack Obama has opportunity to return this nation to the idea and the principles enshrined in the US Constitution but he’s chosen to follow a path to darkness from which I fear this nation will never recover.

  12. Seabec says:

    Pechanga is so correct.

    The USA Patriot unleashed a civil liberties disaster on this nation. The American people didn’t cause or carry out the 9/11 attacks yet, the government treats us, the American people, like terrorists. President Obama should be ashamed of himself.

  13. Randy Arroyo says:

    Who did we elect in 2008? Obama’s a stranger to me now. I guess he’s become a stranger to millions of Americans of the polls are correct. Oh well, this is why we have elections every four years!

  14. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Obama is looking more and more demonic. He’s drunk on power and desperately clinging to power as the American people and much of the world turns their collective backs on him.

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