Big Sis aka DHS now has power to talk control of phone systems

Discussion in 'Security' started by Mike, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    When the going gets tough, Big Sis will own our phones ...

    Washington Times: DHS emergency power extended, including control of private telecom systems

    The Obama administration has given the Department of Homeland Security powers to prioritize government communications over privately owned telephone and Internet systems in emergencies.

    An executive order signed June 6 “gives DHS the authority to seize control of telecommunications facilities, including telephone, cellular and wireless networks, in order to prioritize government communications over private ones in an emergency,” said Amie Stephanovich, a lawyer with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

    The White House says Executive Order 13618, published Wednesday in the Federal Register, is designed to ensure that the government can communicate during major disasters and other emergencies and contains no new authority.
  2. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I noticed in this summary, as well as in a Slashdot article about cloud resources, the talk of "emergency situations."

    I wonder if they're slowly trying to shift focus away from "terrorists" to a more generic (and more easily abused) "emergencies" now that people are widely calling BS on claims of "Terrorists! Terrorists! Ev-ry-where!"
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    They can call it anything they want but if DHS has anything to do with it I'm betting a cluster __ screwup.

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