White House to Propose System for Wide Monitoring of Internet

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Sat Dec 21 03:40:51 UTC 2002

A White House spokesperson has already denied the report in the New York
Times.  Of course, the US Government is a big place.

On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, Christopher L. Morrow wrote:
> Sure, or they could ask carriers to tap lines for them silently... in fact
> they can do that today with a court order.

or "lawful authority"

Information from the FBI

Information from Cisco

Verisign already offers out-sourced, one-stop wiretapping for voice.

  One Connection to all LEAs
  Instead of maintaining multiple delivery connections from every switch
  to every LEA, carriers only need one connection to VeriSign, who in turn
  connects to LEA facilities.

  CSO survey of nearly 800 senior security executives found that 24
  percent were willing to share information about customers with law
  enforcement without a court order. If law enforcement agents claim that
  their investigation concerns national security, the percentage of
  executives willing to share information without a court order rises to
  41 percent.

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