FBI Director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley this week to convince major Internet players to build “back doors” into their software that will allow law enforcement to wiretap data on their networks, says a news report.
It’s part of an effort to expand the FBI’s wiretapping powers to include the latest communications technologies, including social networking sites, voice-over-Internet (VoIP) telephone services and BlackBerries.
But privacy and civil rights advocates are raising the alarm about the proposal, saying that the proposed wiretapping tools could just as easily be used by hackers to steal personal information, or by oppressive governments to track political dissidents.
via FBI pressuring Google, Facebook to allow ‘back doors’ for wiretapping | Raw Story.
2nd mistrial declared in case against NJ blogger
A New York judge has declared a second mistrial in the case against a New Jersey blogger charged with threatening federal judges.
The Brooklyn trial of Hal Turner was halted Wednesday after the judge received a series of notes from jurors saying they were hopelessly deadlocked. They had been deliberating since Monday afternoon.
A third trial was scheduled for April 12.
The case stems from an Illinois appeals court decision upholding the dismissal of lawsuits challenging handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois. The same day, the 47-year-old North Bergen, N.J., man wrote on his blog that three judges “must die.”
The judges all testified at trial that they felt threatened. Turner took the stand to say his rants were an FBI-sanctioned ruse to “flush out” dangerous members of his audience.
via 2nd mistrial declared in case against NJ blogger – BusinessWeek.