Monday, May 08, 2006

FCC Adopts Ridiculous CALEA order

The FCC adopts an order for CALEA (VoIP and IP wiretapping) that an Appeals Court Judge remarks:
''Your argument makes no sense,'' U.S. Circuit Judge Harry Edwards told the lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission, Jacob Lewis. ''When you go back to the office, have a big chuckle. I'm not missing this. This is ridiculous. Counsel!''
Actually the FCC calls it the Second Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and Order regarding implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), enacted in 1994. The primary goal of the Order is to ensure that Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have all of the resources that CALEA authorizes to combat crime and support homeland security, particularly with regard to facilities-based broadband Internet access providers and interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) providers.

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