Wednesday, August 03, 2005

From the "Why didn't I think of that" department


Kind of close...
Originally uploaded by numlok.
Or perhaps we're just thinking more like terrorists... The FBI is trying to get "sweeping and sophisticated internet wiretapping capability into emerging in-flight broadband services."
The FBI, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security jointly asked the FCC for the enhanced surveillance powers last month, citing fears that terrorists could use on-board internet access to communicate with confederates on other planes, on the ground or in different sections on the same plane during an attack.
The agency's desires go beyond simple wire-tapping, though.
The plan would force providers to keep a log of every internet connection each passenger makes from the air, tied to name and seat number. The log -- which would not include the contents of the communications -- would have to be maintained for 24 hours after the flight.
Yeh, that one is going to go over well with the civil libertarians.

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