by Jim Kouri
President Barack Obama and his national security team are seeking an expansion of the U.S. government’s role in eavesdropping on the Internet including emails, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as BlackBerries.
According to reports, the Obama White House plans to submit a bill after the new congress takes over both houses next January that would require all online services that provide communications between users to be enabled to comply with federal wiretap orders.
The proposed monitoring measures will affect encrypted e-mail, such as the popular BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, as well communication sites such as Skype.
Cash is already allocated for Obama’s new spy program. In the Pentagon’s fiscal 2011 budget proposal cybersecurity received a $105 million increase from the previous year. The Defense Department’s sub-command dedicated to cyber warfare — a facility in Fort Meade, Maryland, known as U.S. Cyber Command — is slated for a fiscal 2011 budget of $139 million under the Air Force budget proposal, in addition to funding from the U.S Strategic Command, which oversees its operations.
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