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Ok, first the "FBI" was created, then the CIA, then the NSA...and now "Homeland Security"... what a joke! We (the USA) should concentrate on developling what we have before we go off and "make another department".
Law that proposes jailing hackers for life passes in Congress 299 to 121 Just needs to pass Senate and be signed by President 11-13-2002 9:13:43 PM CST -- By Declan McCullagh Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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A last-minute addition to a proposal for a Department of Homeland Security bill would punish malicious computer hackers with life in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday evening voted 299 to 121 to approve the bill, which would reshape large portions of the federal bureaucracy into new a department combining parts of 22 existing federal agencies, including the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, and the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center. During closed-door negotiations before the debate began, the House Republican leadership inserted the 16-page Cyber Security Enhancement Act (CSEA) into the Homeland Security bill. CSEA expands the ability of police to conduct Internet or telephone eavesdropping without first obtaining a court order, and offers Internet providers more latitude to disclose information to police.
If approved by the Senate and signed by the president, who has called for a Department of Homeland Security, the law would:
? Promise life terms for computer intrusions that "recklessly" put others' lives at risk. A committee report accompanying the legislation predicts: "A terrorist or criminal cyberattack could further harm our economy and critical infrastructure. It is imperative that the penalties and law enforcement capabilities are adequate to prevent and deter such attacks."
? Permit limited surveillance without a court order when there is an "ongoing attack" on an Internet-connected computer or "an immediate threat to a national security interest." That kind of surveillance would, however, be limited to obtaining a suspect's telephone number, IP address, URLs or e-mail header information--not the contents of online communications or telephone calls. Under federal law, such taps can take place when there's a threat of "serious bodily injury to any person" or activity involving organized crime.....continued....
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As we said months ago... the prospect of hackers being imprisoned at Camp X-Ray at the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is getting closer to reality.
That is some scary shit. If I were a hacker I'd be doing everything I could to throw a wrench in the US's economy, military, government, you name it. It's a shame that everyone that has the skills to do so doesn't join forces and do just that. Someday maybe.
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