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FBI Employees Apparently Big Fans of Piracy, Have Bad Taste in Television

At this point, is anyone actually surprised to hear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been caught sharing copyrighted material via BitTorrent? Sure, they have that spiffy anti-piracy emblem, and are in general meant to enforce the law where piracy's concerned, but it certainly seems that pretty much everyone that says they want to stop piracy also has employees that pirate. So, yes, TorrentFreak has found evidence that IP addresses associated with the FBI were pirating, but what's more shocking is their taste in television. Homeland? Really?

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U.S. Wants to Wiretap the Internet

A bill that the Obama administration plans to submit sometime next year would require all communication services, even smart phones, Facebook and Skype, to be "technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order," including "being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages." The reasoning behind the proposed bill, federal officials claim, is as society uses modern communication technology more frequently and departs from relying on phones for their communicative needs, this leads to an "erosion of their investigative powers." The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't view the proposed bill as an expansion of authority, but more as keeping up with expanding technology and avenues of communication. Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel for the FBI explains, "We’re not talking expanding authority. We’re talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security."

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