The gang over at Gizmodo have hipped us to the fact that starting today if "the man" can convince a judge that you're some sort of threat or deviant (the FBI investigates child porn, domestic sex biz, etc) they can force your ISP to turn over every bit of data they have on your surfing habits, ALL OF YOUR EMAIL, basically anything that went in or came out of your internet connection. This is fucking, crazy scary. From Gizmodo....
"Tomorrow is the deadline for ISPs to have their networks wired up with G-Man-mandated surveillance equipment which will make it easier for the FBI to snoop, spy and wiretap the intertubes, per the FCC's expanded 2002 interpretation of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. (Clearly an older law, since it does not make for a catchy acronym.)Think it doesn't matter who's in power? What if tomorrow it was decided that anyone who dissented with the government was seditious? That little crime right there carries the Death Penalty! Fuck Me!
The CALEA was originally written to make digital phone lines easier to wiretap. In the case of cell phones, where the tech has "100% penetration, it's credited with boosting the number of court-approved wiretaps a carrier can handle simultaneously, and greatly shortening the time it takes to get a wiretap going, " according to Threat Level."
What do we do? Damned if I know. I do know that I will not change what I am doing on the net, not even if they decide I am a "threat."
I felt warm in the security of her freedoms
but she was only a dream
and now I have awoke to the realization that
there is no freedom in the land of the free.
Forgive us, for failing the grand experiment.
Forgive us for letting the dream die.
It was our sacred trust, you stood and proclaimed....
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
I guess we all fell asleep.
My God I am so sorry!