I did not create this blog to express political opinions, but I cannot help comment on President Bush's signing into law new legislation that allows the federal government to monitor communications to and from U.S. citizens without a warrant. This anti-American legislation brings us one step closer to entering a totalitarian regime.
This onerous law increases liability for U.S. telcos that are already facing numerous lawsuits from consumers because they complied with the NSA's illegal warrantless eavesdropping program. Telco lobbies have had little impact at sidelining the law. It increases the financial burden on telcos, MSO, and ISP to comply with CALEA regulations and could stifle innovation of new communications technologies.
Who would have ever thought that a country that gave its citizens fundamental freedoms such as those in the Forth Amendment would allow its government to snoop into their lives at will.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.-Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
It is funny that a Brit (TelecomTV - TelecomTV One - News) is more up-in-arms about the intrusion than most American citizens. Americans have been placated by Bush's statements that we must give up a little freedom for security at home against terrorists. His statements remind me of the statements of a true statesman.
Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither security nor liberty. -Benjamin Franklin
Before you start bashing me as a Bush hater, I can only imagine how much worse the situation could get under Clinton or Obama. My point is that as Americans and leaders in the industry we must be ever vigilant to preserve the freedoms our forefathers gave us. Technology should be used to enable freedom not suppress it.