Obama Surveillance State: FBI Putting Pressure On Internet Providers To Install Metadata Software

Eh, this is probably just one of those “phony scandals” we keep hearing about

(CNET) The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies’ internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.

FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI’s legal position during these discussions is that the software’s real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.

Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as “port reader” software, which have not been previously disclosed, were described to CNET in interviews over the last few weeks. One former government official said the software used to be known internally as the “harvesting program.”

And there’s virtually nothing a judge can do to stop this, although the FBI software will capture way more than is allowed by law, and providers are concerned with exactly what the software can further capture without being told. Make sure to read the whole thing.

And, speaking of “phone scandals”, Chump mentions this again in his weekly address to other Democrats, because, as we all know, the deaths of 4 Americans, murdered by Islamic extremists in Benghazi, and the deaths of over 200 Mexicans, including children, along with at least two US federal agents, are “phony”.

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