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US Wiretap Report Released 48

Posted by samzenpus
from the needs-improvement dept.
sTeF writes "According to the 2010 Wiretap Report (Pdf), released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) federal and state requests for court permission to intercept or wiretap electronic communications increased 34% in 2010 over 2009. California, New York, and New Jersey accounted for 68% of all wire taps approved by state judges."
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US Wiretap Report Released

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  • by Whuffo (1043790) on Monday July 04, 2011 @02:33AM (#36650470) Homepage Journal

    The greatest fear of the current US administration isn't terrorists, it's their own citizens. Terrorists aren't going to rise up and throw them out of office or worse, American citizens are.

    So while they're not saying anything about who they're tapping (other than the usual bogeymen) it's YOU they're worried about. They're looking for revolutionary groups forming so they can wipe them out while they're still small. They've got a good thing going for themselves and their select group of cronies and they're not about to let you interfere with it.

    You won't hear about it much; national security, you know. As long as they can keep most of it secret and keep you thinking that everything is OK, they'll continue to live a luxurious life and get away with whatever they want to do.

  • by SuricouRaven (1897204) on Monday July 04, 2011 @03:21AM (#36650582)
    The people of America arn't going to rise up either. They have television. If they don't like their government, the worst they are going to do is go on the internet and rant. You might get the odd extremeist here and there, but not enough to trigger a true uprising.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?