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FBI Creates Internet Law Enforcement
by Ezra Van Auken
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently initiated a new department of surveillance; more formally known as the Domestic Communications Assistance Center (DCAC). The purpose for this new form of Internet police is to outstrip local law enforcement’s wiretapping inadequacies. Government agencies have been chomping at the bit to try and squeeze their way into meddling in the personal communications between Internet users.
Located in Quantico, Virginia; federal workers at the Domestic Communications Assistance Center have been assiduous with the advancement of putting those Internet spies on the web in order to eavesdrop on unsuspecting Americans’ communications through Skype calls, instant messaging, emailing and much more. Basically, the plan for the DCAC is to be able to have access to anyone using a computer, especially if they are involved with personal conversation.
Just a year ago, the Department of Justice affirmed that they had plans of creating the Domestic Communications Assistance Center in order to “facilitate the sharing of technology between law enforcement agencies” as well as to “Build more effective relations with the communications industry.” During that same year, the General Council of the FBI, Valerie Caproni, testified before Congress stating that, “In order to enforce the law and protect our citizens from threats to public safety, it is critically important that we have the ability to intercept electronic communications with court approval.” She then added, “We confront, with increasing frequency, service providers who do not fully comply with court orders in a timely and efficient manner. Some providers cannot comply with court orders right away but are able to do so after considerable effort and expense by the provider and the government.”
According to USAjobs.gov, the FBI says they are looking to bring about a dozen DCAC staffers on board in the development of their Internet spying agency. Similarly, the website provides advertisements for two federal job openings to fill open seats with the DCAC, paying close to $136,000 dollars a year.
A spokesperson for the FBI stated, “It is important to point out that the DCAC will not be responsible for the actual execution of any electronic surveillance court orders and will not have any direct operational or investigative role in investigations.” In other words, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be the prosecutor, but rather set up the trap for nailing those who violate Internet use under their terms.
This isn’t the only government intervention on the Internet lately. After this past January’s uproar against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), lawmakers decided to bring about another piece of legislation in order to intervene on Internet communications just a few months ago. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was passed through the House just a month ago in April in order to allow the sharing of personal Internet information between the U.S. Government and certain technology and manufacturing companies. It is clear that the United States Government has been working hard at clamping down on Internet regulation.