at the risk of saying something that is somewhat politically incorrect, i've never regarded such provisions as being fundamentally different than wiretap provisions. both have potential for abuse, and wiretaps have and continue to be applied for political gain by "legitimate" authorities.
but the potential to prevent such occurrences as last tuesday is significant. we need to rigorously apply standards of appropriate conduct within the legal "profession" and law enforcement arena, without a doubt. the reason we have them is still germane. how difficult would it be to penetrate this ring without the capability to trace their messages? think about that for a minute.
understand, i have no wish to make this easy to do, but neither do i think we would benefit by making it impossible.
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