FBI deploys email snaring device

from the who-cares-what-they-read dept

There seems to be a lot of controversy over a tool that the FBI can deploy at ISPs that allows them to scan large volumes of email to and pull out mail associated with investigation targets. Who cares? Look, if they want to read through the mail my friends and I send back and forth, more power to them. People that have something to hide have problems with this type of system…

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bob says:

Some amendment or another ...

I know it’s a troll but I cant help replying … Isnt’ there some amendment or another about unlawful searches … This makes me think of the cops setting up checkpoints to make sure nobody has anything illegal … after all, if you don’t have anything to hide why should the need a warrant to search your house?

Spaz (user link) says:



I totally agree…let them spy, not like we can stop them. I dont like people going thru my stuffs, but what can I do to stop it? That is why PGP exists.
As for telephones, they can listen…I have nothing to hide….but just the fact they go thru…I dont like, but I rather the FBI do it then a private company and have them sell my addys.


Mr E Man says:

Re: Strange.......

The point is much more subtle than all this. Just because *you* think you have nothing to hide at the moment does not mean that in the future someone may not decide that the fact you happen to have expressed a belief (“I’m Jewish BTW”) makes you guilty of something.

The FBI routinely collect as much information they can as it “may prove useful later”. What evidence have I for this? Well, you know that the FBI used to do exhibitions of fingerprinting at shows, and that they recorded everything they got. These guys would love to have everyone’s fingerprints on file.

Bottom line: witch hunts spring out of nothing. Don’t give them ammunition. The real bad guys have been using secure comms for years – only stupid people use open channels to send secret stuff around! Easiest way to communicate? I buy 2 pay as you go mobiles. I mail one to you. I send you a single (coded) SMS message and we ditch the phones. Tapping ISPs
doesn’t begin to touch this.

Sub-basement line: these guys don;t believe in free speech and never have.

Dan Miller (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Are you crazy?

One more thing…

I have a lot more trust that the FBI won’t take my email address and SPAM the hell out of me. I don’t have that same level of trust in the organizations out there that monitor email streams and the like and aggregate email addresses in the same way the FBI will be doing it.

Folks, they already have the right to tap your phone line with just cause. This is the same thing. Get over it.

Ryan (profile) says:

Re: Not much

Unless they catch my death threats, laundered money or drugs! However, I’m of the opinion that if you really want to keep something secret you can! Therefore the FBI checking through my email occasionally doesn’t really bother me except if they start using it for minor things such as illegal MP3’s and etc (but then we have protection through numbers).

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