Cops want carriers to store SMS messages

Since you are probably guilty of something, police want Congress to force private companies to store your text messages for years so they can peruse them at their leisure.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans’ private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress.

CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement “can hinder law enforcement investigations.”

They want an SMS retention requirement to be “considered” during congressional discussions over updating a 1986 privacy law for the cloud computing era — a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians.

Of course there are at least a dozen easy ways to avoid this trap if you are criminal of even middling intelligence. This will be used by prosecutors to fish for evidence when their primary cases are weak. When they couldn’t get Martha Stewart for inside trading, the prosecutor fished around until he came up with something he could send her to prison on. That will be exactly how this will be used in the modern American police state.

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2 Responses to Cops want carriers to store SMS messages

  1. locke n load says:

    Seems to me the police state is trying to get the whole thing mainstreamed, at least in legal precedent. The facility in Bluffdale Utah, aka project Stellar Wind, is operating under such extreme un-constitutional directives that the state needs to get courts to rule in its favor for eventual defense of its purpose. In any event, the collection of ALL texts, emails, (cell-phonecalls?) and websearches will continue unabated.
    the only real question is will the local cops have access to it without the FBI being brought in.

    In the news today there was more from the ex-NSA guy, albeit from the RT. In this case I’m not worried about the interviewer as Wired magazine and several other reputable journalists have already given this guy a platform. I have no reason to doubt either the whistleblower or the stories he’s telling.
    Look up Carnivore for Bush era iterations of this same tech. Carnivore is now like x86 compared to a quad core Pentium, lol. Actually, even worse.

    Oh, and if you’ve never heard of the Venona papers, here’s GB’s take on them. He’s about the only guy on TV who ever mentioned them even though they were declassified in what, the 90’s? I seem to recall Rush mentioned them and the McCarthy angle back when they came out but damn, that was a long time ago.

    The NSA actually released scans of them. Or at least some,lol. Something tells me this list isn’t even CLOSE to complete. Nevertheless, here is the NSA page that has the public ones listed

  2. Locke n Load says:

    Surprised I didn’t bring up the ‘fenceposts’ analogy RD?
    In this case the barbed wire has been replaced by an electric fence, much like ‘invisible fencing’ for dogs, don’t you think?