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Article:
  Carnivore: A System Admin's Concerns
Subject:   The difference
Date:   2001-05-29 18:18:53
From:   slapd
If is that Sysadmins do not have a checkered past of illegal wiretapping (Martin Luther King, John Lennon, JFK) over-reacting (Waco, Ruby Ridge) witchhunts, etc...


Additionally, a SysAdmin cannot arrest you for what you say, take away your Civil Liberties based on what you SAY.


I have little faith that the FBI will stay within their "limits" here. Remeber also, they are doing this with PenRegister rules, *NOT* wiretap rules...
Wiretaps require a Judge to authorize ...


Pen Registers DO NOT require the same level of authorization...


So basically they can look at ANYONE for ANYTHING, not like a wiretap where there is a warrant for what they are permitted to do/listen to/record.


Additionally...
A wiretap only captures a single 2 way conversation... as you know sniffing an ethernet network *will* pick up INNOCENT people's traffic, and we both know they can easilly record/transmit it anywhere if they so choose to do, just incase...


I think this would be like if an Mafia boss has the same phone exchange as you, so the FBI taps the entire exchange's lines "just to be safe"...


Blah blah blah...


Whats next? You gonna suggest we go along with Key Escrow also? Not while I can avoid it (legally or otherwise).


-slapd