Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Freedoms at Risk -#2193 - U.S. Would Make Internet Wiretaps Easier, AFL-CIO Head Calls for "Popular Control Over Private Corporations, New Mobile Van Security X-Ray Technology Raises Privacy Questions- The Blaze

Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday. The newspaper said the White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype. Read more......

AFL-CIO Head Calls for "Popular Control Over Private Corporations - That’s the message AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka took to a group of supporters gathered in New York City last week for a panel discussion — “Which Way for the Working Class? Elections 2010 and Beyond.” According to the AFL-CIO blog, Trumka joined other key allies on the left, including Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, Eric Alterman, journalist and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and moderator Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation......Building for the future, he said, “we need to fundamentally restructure our economy and re-establish popular control over the private corporations which have distorted our economy and hijacked our government. That’s a long-term job, but one we should start now.” Read more......


New Mobile Van Security X-/ray Technology Raises Privacy Questions - Modern technology may be working to keep us safe, but many wonder where the line between safety and privacy lands these days. New technology allows airport security screeners to peak under your clothes and the same x-ray technology is being used by new roving vehicles looking through the exteriors of vehicles and buildings. American Science and  Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Mass., has reportedly sold U.S. and foreign government agencies hundreds of these backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in mobile vans.On his radio program this morning, conservative host Glenn Beck spoke with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, about the privacy implications of this developing technology and government’s role in utilizing it:  As a lawmaker on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I’ve been trying to get the administration, I‘ve been trying to get the company to tell me who’s buying these vans? What are you doing with these vans? There are some legitimate uses. I mean, if you’re going to inspect cargo coming out of a port, I buy that. [...]  I want us to be as safe and secure as possible, but I’m not willing to give up every bit of liberty that I have. And I fundamentally at my core just don’t trust the federal government. They have been elusive — and I’m being generous — elusive in their answers to my questions. … They will not confirm whether they’re just using them at the ports or just overseas. …  Read more.......

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