FC: FBI gets cash to spend on anti-encryption, broadband snooping

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 10:29:41 PDT

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        According to the report accompanying a spending bill that's awaiting a
        floor vote in the Senate:
          * The FBI will receive an extra $7 million for technology to thwart
            encryption. The appropriations committee intends for it to be
            spent on: "(1) analysis/exploitation of systems to allow access to
            data pre-encryption, (2) recognition/decryption of data hidden in
            plain sight, and (3) decryption of encrypted data."
          * Another $7 million goes to a plan to improve "intercept
            capabilities." The fed-speak for this is "developing broadband
            capabilities, and procuring prototypes capable of intercepting
            transmissions outside of the FBI's technical reach." Translation:
            Create better ways to eavesdrop on cable modems and DSL
          * Antitrust enforcement gets a boost. The division, best known
            recently for its dogged pursuit of Microsoft, receives $3.6
            million extra, but $10 million less than the Bush administration
            requested. The committee predicts a slew of mergers because of
            "the collapse of high technology stocks, and the resultant
            downward pressure on all stock prices."
          * Las Vegas, St. Louis, Charleston and Kansas City will split $6
            million earmarked for gun surveillance technology. The plan is to
            spend it on acoustic sensors scattered around downtown areas so
            the location of a gunshot can be triangulated and located.
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