To explain what I mean, let me quote one of the Star Tribune’s online articles on a new proposal from the Obama administration that is making the rounds this morning:
“Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications – including encrypted e-mail transmitters such as BlackBerry, social networking websites such as Facebook and software that allows direct ‘peer-to-peer’ messaging such as Skype – to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.”
I first heard about this during my morning commute to work while I was flipping around radio stations. And I’ll admit that, as they didn’t report the entire story, I flipped out a bit.
Just goes to show you that it’s important to get the real details before you make final decisions. Now that I understand such spying can only be done by going through the proper channels, much like a warrant, I feel a bit better about it.
With that said though, I do find the government’s reasoning behind this particular expansion of power interesting: It wants to combat terrorism.
This coming from an administration giving detained terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay ice cream.
Though, I suppose, that shouldn’t come as any surprise from a regime so completely clueless about anybodies outside of itself, that it hangs its international guests’ flag upside down during an Obama-hosted meeting with the Philippine President, among others.
And they say Bush is dumb.
Forget Out There… Is There Intelligent Life Down Here?
Even with that embarrassing faux pas, however, Obama can still hold his head up around the U.N., which has just created the most pointless and wasteful position possible. It is now establishing a Space Ambassador.
Not kidding, unfortunately. In fact, 58-year old Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, the top pick for the job – I use this term very loosely – is already in charge of a very similar division of the U.N…. the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).
A few questions about this organization and the new position:
- How much money does it/will it get?
- Since we haven’t actually run into any proven alien life yet – and no, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t count. I think. – what do they does the staff/will the staff do with their time all day?
- How many violent conflicts and victims of natural disasters – two main purposes that the U.N. supposedly exists for – could be taken care of with the money that goes to diplomatic relations with beings not yet proven?
- And for the global warming crowd, how much more energy is being used up by creating either the Space Ambassador opening or the UNOOSA?