Intercepting all of our telecommunications (including the internet) wasn’t enough. Now the U.S. government wants in to your Facebook account and encrypted BlackBerry emails:
… officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.
And why do they need this new power? Terrorism of course:
Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.
But don’t worry. It’s not like the government’s unchecked spying powers get abused on a regular basis.
Update: Something I neglected to mention, but should have, is that the U.S. now joins such freedom loving countries as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in requesting this new sort of spying power. Remember, the terrorists hate us for our freedoms, so we have to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Our freedoms, I mean.