Mass Government Surveillance Dragnet Goes Into Overdrive
FBI unit to spy on all communications, including skype conversations
May 24, 2012
As if the government were not engaging in enough surveillance of law abiding Americans already, two major developments just ensured that the snooping will increase exponentially.
Firstly, the FBI is about to launch a huge new surveillance unit that will have the ability to monitor all internet and wireless communications, including internet skype conversations.
The incredibly Orwellian titled Domestic Communications Assistance Center, will “assist” local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in spying on the American people.
After reviewing a multitude of government documents and interviewing sources involved with the FBI unit, Declan McCullagh of CNet reports:
“DCAC’s mandate is broad, covering everything from trying to intercept and decode Skype conversations to building custom wiretap hardware or analyzing the gigabytes of data that a wireless provider or social network might turn over in response to a court order. It’s also designed to serve as a kind of surveillance help desk for state, local, and other federal police.”