It's complicated. There was an instance when they (FBI) wanted access to my wife's business computers because 1 person involved in a terrorist plot to blow up a subway has communicated with her company and visited one of the websites. If they find one suspect, they try to track anyone else who might be involved via internet emails, internet searches and phone records. In this instance, they had a list of names and wanted to know if any of them also has communicated with her company via email or had made any purchases.
She refused access, but agreed to do the search herself. After some huffing and puffing, they agreed. 1 name did match a sale of a certain chemical of concern her company sold. It was one compound for the device they were attempting to make. Ultimately, 4 people were convicted of a plot to blow up a subway.
It appears the government USUALLY does not advertise such plots to not cause copycats nor divulge their methods.
Given the massive flow of information, using computers to, in a sense, watch and read everything is a double edged sword. It is a huge violation of privacy, but it also seems to be working. So where is the middle ground between citizen's rights and the government protecting our country? That is not a simple question. We are a very vulnerable society.
Joko, she refused! Was she hiding something? Of course she was, but not everything people wish to hide equates to illegal. And that's the problem. Also, it's quite different for the FBI to ask you for access, and just accessing your computer without warrant and without your knowledge, as was recently disclosed with the WebCam control and overriding of the indicator light.
Man, I remember the days before the 'new' building, and when 32 was a two lane road… down by the train tracks was Hinkles.. the best damn ham sandwiches ever…
Arbo, your a psychiatrist I take it. I see your in Colorado. Did you support the recent recall elections there?
Yes, I can list my location, unlike others that live in fear.I see your in Colorado. Did you support the recent recall elections there?
If you want to know my thoughts on the topic of guns, then look in the gun control forum rather than trying to divert the topic in this thread.