“The Obama administration is pushing to make it easier for the government to tap into internet and e-mail communications.” “But the plan has already drawn condemnation from privacy groups and communications firms may be wary of its costs and scope.” “Frustrated by sophisticated and often encrypted phone and e-mail technologies, U.S. officials say that law enforcement needs to improve its ability to eavesdrop on conversations involving terrorism, crimes or other public safety issues.” “Critics worry the changes are an unnecessary invasion of privacy and would only make citizens and businesses more vulnerable to identity theft and espionage.” “The way we communicate has changed dramatically since 1994, but telecommunications law has not kept up.” “This gap between reality and the law has created a significant national security and public safety problem,” said Valerie E. Caproni, the FBI’s General Counsel.” “In the old days, the technology was simple to wiretap,” said cyber security expert James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.” “As technologies have gotten better and faster and bigger, it’s harder and harder for law enforcement to intercept communications.” “Civil rights and privacy groups were quick to condemn the plan, warning that the administration faces an uphill battle.” “This is a shortsighted and ill-conceived power grab by some in the administration,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center.” “Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that mandating that all communications software be accessible to the government is a “huge privacy invasion.” “Under the guise of a technical fix, the government looks to be taking one more step toward conducting easy dragnet collection of Americans’ most private communications,” said Calabrese.” (Baldor, Lolita, 9/27/2010, associated Press, Report: US would make Internet wiretaps easier, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong but from what I have learned from looking into this proposal, I would have to say yes to make it easier. I may be wrong but I think this proposal will be ideal for those who have been victimized by scam artist via the internet and if they are able to wiretap, they may be able to better track and catalogue these offenders. Scam letters are more numerous now than ever before and the more the word spreads about them the better it may become for those who may be susceptible to avoid them, however, there are still those who may fall through the cracks. These scammers feel quite comfortable in using the email system and internet to take advantage of people and if this proposal could aid in bringing them to justice I say yes. These scammers have exploded and stem from not only financial gain but fraud in employment and with this high unemployment rate, many can not be faulted for trying to secure a job, any job, that will help them provide for their families. As a victim of this myself, I can relate and I would like to think that if I am taken advantage of, there will be an avenue for recourse. I thought that I had a job working from home with a couple of companies over the internet. They turned out to be scammers who were only concerned with getting a hold of my personal and banking information. This has got to stop and this may be one way to do just that.