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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > ACTA Might Harm National Security

ACTA Might Harm National Security

ACTA Might Harm National Security

Added: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The letter sent by the Department of Homeland Security said that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement turned out to be a potential national security risk back three years ago.


One of the outfits following the ACTA development has received very interesting information over the agreement way back in 2008. When the treaty was first discovered, it was the worst that ever happened to copyright legislation. The agreement included a global “three-strikes” regime, which demanded that all digital devices including laptops and MP3 players be seized at borders and checked for infringing content. Moreover, it featured DMCA-style anti-circumvention provisions, and any negotiations over the treaty were entirely secret. It actually became known thanks to Wikileaks, which blew the lid off the treaty.

Ever since the information leaked online, there were many criticisms of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, one of them being that it represents a national security risk due to containing a “three-strikes” provision. France, which has already introduced the similar regime, was “yelled” at by the NSA for that. That’s what Homeland Security pointed out back then.

It turned out that the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to the US ambassador, where it expressed concerns over the treaty negotiations. More specifically, the concern was about border security, or the priority IP Enforcement had as compared to other national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security asked where all the extra resources needed for seizing and searching all staff at borders would come from. What is more important, the letter was sent before the stock market crashed and the country considered tightening the belt. You can imagine what costs it would be today, if 3 years ago it was a matter of concern already. How does this relate to national security? Easy. Now ACTA would demand Homeland Security to do more with less resources, and if it tries to allocate all its resources to searching though every mobile phone and MP3 player at borders, then national security would be put at risk.

In other words, it looks like there’s a choice between huge national security risks and counterfeiters. That would be weird if the governments prefer corporate interests to issues of national security, but this war on copyright infringement is really getting out of hand.

May 3rd,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-05-03 18:49:19)
Brynn217 avatarI would simply love to see them jack up Grandma at the airport for her pirated copies of Pdiddy and Jay-Z on her ipod..... or maybe Senator McCain for having Porn, Midget Lesbian Love, on his Ipod Touch....

I mean, the possiblities are endless with this.... someone could be sitting in some French Airport right now, cloning devices and uploading material as people walk thru the airport... How much time would it take if everyone was guilty of something...

posted by (2011-05-03 22:41:35)
nobs68 avatarIf this was to really happen, everyone with a mobile phone would be busted.
How many tunes have you got on your phone? Ummmmmm! Quite a few I`d say.
Cos I have, and Brothers and Sisters by 2funky2(Quality Old Skool) is
currently my ring tone, dl`d via p2p. My phone also acts as a MP3 player,
so got loads of illegal content. So I would be busted. O` bugger!
Who gives a shit! What ever they do to stop it, the powers that be know
we always win. O` yeah.

posted by (2011-05-04 20:55:04)
DEMONLORD avatarwaste of time and a loosing battle. let it go and get over it

posted by (2011-05-05 09:34:09)
cobrin avatarwow....when did powers at be think that mp3's and the like were a threat. Yet another reason to not visit. I feel sorry for those in the states. As if this was what had meant to have came out of 911

posted by ET lover (2011-05-05 10:11:57)
se7enslayer avatarAmerica hasn't been a free nation in my lifetime and I'm 37 *not old* It swirls down the toilet to the sounds of Ben Bernanke and American Idol. Honestly it makes me want to puke. Let us hope facebook and twitter will keep the sheep warm and fed when the dollar collapses. I doubt you'll be able to get a loaf of bread with your cool iPhone that will cost $1000 USD/Min and $50 USD/txt I envy other countries not that the same model of ridiculousness isn't being broached there. Corporate greed will exist forever and the only way to change it is a fundamental paradigm shift in the way we think. Capitalism is the snake that eats itself and charges the tail 30 percent for the tip. Whoa I got a little derailed, to sum up those pricks at the NSA DHS and various other chicken **** organizations are just trying to protect their masters pocketbooks by imprisoning the world and charging them for light and air. LONG LIVE ET!!!

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