Ah, bipartisanship at last! The Obama Justice Department and congressional Republicans have united on one front
: They want to mandate ISPs to retain all sorts of data on customers. Naturally, the feds are using the bugaboo of kiddie porn to scare everyone into compliance, but everyone knows that this move has little to do with your sons and daughters and much to do with Big Brother.
It is unclear just how far this mandate will go: Are we talking about retaining customers' IP identification numbers, or does Uncle also want records of web chats and Skype calls and such? Will this affect computers used in coffee shops and college libraries?
I think this comment sums up the sitch:
Demanding the retention of data so it's available in the event of needing a search warrant is an unfunded mandate and an end run around search warrants.
Just so. It's a bit like the government requiring you to keep records of every transaction you make, just in case the feds might want to look at them. (Of course -- in a hidden way, you have already acquiesced to such a system. That's what those grocery store "club cards" are for
The fact that Republican congressfolk are down with this plan tells us much about the Tea Party's alleged concern for governmental over-reach. The fact that Obama is down with this plan tells us nothing we didn't already know about his sell-out of true Democratic ideals.