EFF catches FBI snooping illegally...

Freedom and security are a zero-sum game.  The more freedom you have, the less security the government can give you, and vice versa.  While, in general, I like the idea of the FBI evesdropping on suspected foreign agents in our territory in order to capture them and disrupt their plots, I think that the restrictions on their ability to do so have been weakened substantially by the Patriot Act -- and not necessarily wisely.  But even with those weakened restrictions, they can't seem to obey the rules (according to papers obtained by the EFF), and that is troubling.

This is why it is a bad idea to allow the FBI to require that networks be designed to facilitate easy evesdropping.  The easier it is for the FBI to evesdrop the harder it is to keep that evesdropping under proper legal control.

This entry was published Sun Oct 30 06:54:47 CST 2005 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2005-10-30 06:54:47.0. [Tweet]

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