I think that the FBI should be allowed to keep its methods secret. Why should they be made to give up every technical advantage to the criminals? The information was obtained under a warrant, that should be sufficient. It isn't as though they were simply conducting a random search. They had good reasons or else they would not have been able to obtain the warrant in the first place.
I think that one of the biggest concerns privacy advocates have in regards to FBI surveillance is the possibility of abuse of power.
[This message has been edited by cerberus6 (edited 08-08-2001).]
The FBI has more than one way or tracking a person. They take every informations we do everyday, from shopping, to every email we send. One of the other way they track us is using Echelon, or "Semantic Forest". Use google.com to find out more.
FBI forced to reveal its secrets
This isn't really a big deal. It's not like the FBI doesn't have the resources to find new methods of surveillance.
What I'd rather see instead of the FBI's methods are a list of all agencies in the government that are secret, covert, "law-enforcement" agencies that the public doesn't know about
It is a bad judgement on the part of the judge.
With such rulings made against the FBI, they will have to out-source their surveillance activities to the military in order to ensure confidentiality - and in my mind, the military should not be involved in domestic affairs because it sends out the wrong message to criminals and citizens alike.
What!? I can't believe you guys... The new monitoring technologies that are being used by the government are horrifying!! They have systems that can match people's faces to ones in a database so they can know if you've done something wrong or not... look at that guy who was wrongfully arrested a few days ago because his face matched the demo's!!
I don't know about you guys, but personally I want to know what kind of **** is being used to watch my every move... they already read your e-mail, listen in on your phone calls and now they have face recognition.
If the government trusts us so little, why don't they just elect a new public??
I hope the FBI have to explain how their technology works... I'm sure that they will come up with some bull**** to give the judge though, and not the real info. And I think 10 days is way too long.
Although I do agree with most of the views presented thus far I would still hold the FBI suspect on their motivation and techniques. As arjay13 pointed out, the FBI did have a search warrant but it sounds like to me they should have had a wire tap permit also in order to have been able to leave behind a device that transmits/records the suspects actions on their keyboard. In essence the FBI was listening in on the suspects communications which to me translates to a wiretap and that makes the FBI wrong. I think this is what the judge is trying to determine with the request for information.
Just my 2 cents worth.
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