Barack Obama seeks to expand wiretapping to include the internet
During the 2008 presidential campaign–and actually for several years preceding the campaign–the Democrats made a huge issue out of President Bush’s policy of wiretapping outgoing calls to terrorist sponsoring countries.
During the campaign then candidate Barack Obama promised to end the Bush wiretapping policy, only to keep this policy in place once he won the presidency. The Obama regime even went as far as throwing out a lawsuit against President Bush’s wiretapping policy.
So much for the wiretapping policy being a violation of civil liberties; I guess it just depends which party is the one in power because there have been no Democrats that I can remember who have come out and demanded an end to Barack Obama’s wiretapping policy they way they did when it was President Bush running the show.
But now Barack Obama wants to actually expand President Bush’s wiretapping policy to include Blackberries, Facebook, and other peer to peer websites.
Under a plan that Barack Obama is looking to introduce to the Congress next year he will look for “sweeping new regulations of the Internet.”
Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations of 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 such as BlackBerry, social networking websites such as Facebook and software that allows direct “peer-to-peer” messaging such as Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order.
It is no secret that Democrats have been trying to gain more control over the internet; they have tried unsuccessfully to pass Net Neutrality but have been unable to gain a foothold using a “cyber emergency” as an excuse for letting Barack Obama seize control of–and shut down–the internet if a perceived attack is deemed imminent. So Democrats seem to be moving away from that angle and towards another angle designed to regulate the internet. But the end result would be the same; more government regulations on the internet.
Defenders of Barack Obama will claim that there is a difference with this policy and the Bush administration’s wiretapping policy, because this will be done legally, but regardless of whether or not you feel the Bush policy was legal, anyone who opposed Bush’s wiretapping policy cannot possibly be in favor of Barack Obama’s new potential internet wiretapping policy based on the same arguments that the left made about the assault on personal liberties in regards to Bush’s wiretapping policies.
The legal expansion the government’s authority should not quiet down those that were opposed to the Bush wiretapping policy because the bottom line here is, the end result is the same; Big Brother wants to know what you are up to.
It will be interesting to note how many people who publicly opposed President Bush’s wiretapping policy will rise up in support of this legislation.