Wiretaps: Feds want broader Internet wiretap authority – latimes.com

The New York Times reports that federal officials, frustrated by their inability to tap suspects who increasingly turn to online rather than phone communication, are seeking new regulations for the Internet.

Law enforcement and national security officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including BlackBerry, Facebook and Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order, the Times reports. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

The [Bush] administration plans to submit the bill to Congress next year, and because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally, the Times reports.

via Wiretaps: Feds want broader Internet wiretap authority – latimes.com.

I edited the post thinking that surely they had it wrong and that this story must be from 2 years ago. But with further research it turns out that the LA Times was right:

The Obama administration plans to submit the bill to Congress next year, and because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally, the Times reports.

and that the story is from September 26th, 2010. How is that Hope and Change(TM) working out?

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