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WASHINGTON--The FBI on Wednesday called for new legislation that would allow federal police to monitor the Internet for "illegal activity."
The suggestion from FBI Director Robert Mueller, which came during a House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing, appears to go beyond a current plan to monitor traffic on federal-government networks. Mueller seemed to suggest that the bureau should have a broad "omnibus" authority to conduct monitoring and surveillance of private-sector networks as well.
The surveillance should include all Internet traffic, Mueller said, "whether it be .mil, .gov, .com--whichever network you're talking about." (See the transcript of the hearing.)
If any omnibus Internet-monitoring proposal became law, it could implicate the Fourth Amendment's guarantee of freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. In general, courts have ruled that police need search warrants to obtain the content of communication, and the federal Wiretap Act created "super warrant" wiretap orders that require additional steps and judicial oversight.
In addition, it's unclear whether "illegal activity" would be limited to responding to denial-of-service attacks and botnets, or would also include detecting other illegal activities, such as online gambling, the distribution of "obscene" images of adults engaged in sexual acts, or selling drugs without a license.
Originally posted by Gun Totin Gerbil
Not sure if this is the same thing, but the very same Robert Mueller is asking ISP's to retain records of users activities for 2 years .
Since the FBI dropped the ball with the Real Terrorists they have to do something to justify their jobs besides burning children alive in church buildings like Waco or murdering families like Ruby Ridge.
Yeah leave to the FBI to protect us all from them nasty gambling sites & porn magazines. Oh, I feel so safe now.
Originally posted by kelbtalfenek
Get ready for tyranny folks. TPTB want us afraid to speak out, speak up or be heard.
Originally posted by pikypiky
[rant on] Tyranny and oppression are bad. Our privacy is being invaded. Our freedom is being removed. We are being assimilated. Resistance is futile. We are one. Too late! [rant off]