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Monday, November 12, 2007

  Rethinking privacy?

I think it's way past time for Donald Kerr, deputy directory of national intelligence, to rethink "employment":

As congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, privacy is getting redefined.

There's a little gem:

Just because there's not a whole lot we can do about it, doesn't mean we have to like it - and I note that many people have alternate identities on the internet for precisely this reason. Some even support encrypted voip calling. You want to ban those, too, right, Kerr?

"R" writes:

Kurt Opsahl, a lawyer at the EFF, writes:The most egregious portion of this bill is that it attempts to shield telecommunications companies from civil lawsuits from allegedly giving the government access to people's private e-mails and phone calls without a FISA court order between 2001 and 2007.

Bush won't sign a bill without this proviso.

40 wiretapping lawsuits are pending, including Mark Klein's whistleblowing lawsuit regarding the installation of a major and probably illegal under then current law wiretapping installation in San Francisco.

Current administration vant dese questions swept into memory hole. Doubleplusungood, they are.

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