U.S. and the Middle East think alike, no chance for RIM

By Yousif Abdullah on 27 Sep 2010 07:34 pm EDT

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In light of the great announcements made at the BlackBerry Developer Conference 2010, a bright future is ahead for RIM. But so is a serious matter to really think about. Governments concerned over security have long troubled RIM by threatening to cut the cord for BlackBerry services and the complicated battle between the two may shortly find its way to the grave, which is not necessarily a good thing. Following its intent to launch a branch in Indonesia, RIM has made great efforts in the Middle East with a top Abu Dhabi official recently expressing optimism towards reaching an agreement with RIM before the October 11 deadline, thus averting a possible ban of BlackBerry services in the UAE. For BlackBerry users in the Emirates, this is great news, but RIM might soon have to rethink the goals of its BlackBerry platform; close, but no cigar.

The Obama administration is namely preparing a bill that would require all Internet-based communication services to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders. In other words, service providers should technically be capable of intercepting and decrypting messages - including those happening over the BlackBerry network. "[RIM] is respectful of government needs, [..] but cannot compromise the security architecture of the BlackBerry enterprise solution", said RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie. The White House is planning to deliver the bill to Congress next year, giving RIM a little playroom to make its next move. Definitely, it will be exciting to see how RIM reacts to this, but also whether the bill will affect Internet activity in the future in general. Hoping for the best.

Source: Fox

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U.S. and the Middle East think alike, no chance for RIM


The more I think about it the more I think it's going to happen but will it work? I mean do terrorists really use words like "let's plant a bomb" etc? I think this will be a double edge sword for them, they're conversations will not be as secure either.

Before my actual reply, let me first be clear of what I mean when I say "terrorist". Real extremists, who believe in mass murder and destruction, have no faith and exploit the weak and the uneducated; those are terrorists. I believe there to be such extremists in every society. Some are less vocal, some are less violent. What I see true for each and every single one of them however, is that they all have learned from others' and their own mistakes in the past. I know this is a difficult subject to talk about, but I will carry on.

It is important to understand that terrorists are aware of technological advancements and that governments are not going to let them get by easily. I am very certain that terrorist groups have their own rhyming slang, code language or other way of communication that makes their activity look harmless to externals. However, I am equally certain that security agencies have trained professionals who can try to decipher the true meaning of messages sent between potential terrorists and that they also are aware that such groups probably do not use English exclusively. So while they won't use words like "let us plant the bomb", they could use something like "let us drop the apple". If there is a correlation between that message and a detonation somewhere, I believe security agencies have the necessary tools to then keep tracking the source of these messages and becomes more aware of potential terror acts while doing so.

If life was simple though, we would not need any complexities like this. Instead of trying to find terrorists one by one, governments should rather focus on finding reasons to what drove these people to become terrorists. Me and you are not going to have any power over these decisions any time soon (if ever), so we must accept the fact that we live in a crazy world like this and try to live with it. I am grateful for living in Europe, but not because we do not have the same legislation as Americans do. Although there are restrictions on what I can do, at least I must not show my passport every 15 minutes to a random "police officer" with a gun in his hand. I visited my family in Iraq a couple of months ago. There was no risk of a terrorist coming out of nowhere shooting with guns at you. No, but what I saw was a community of people living peacefully together. Life for them is extremely difficult though, with little money and food. Bottled water, nothing else could one drink there. This is what Baghdad and Basra were like, but go just past the city borders and you must go through literally hundreds of security checks before you can go anywhere. We had to reserve two full days to go from Iraq to Kuwait in order to take our returning flight from the Kuwait International Airport. Yes, sometimes these security checks take a very long time and the "police officers" working in these check points can barely read. I am an Iraqi and can truthfully say that Iraq is in a very pathetic situation. What else to expect, though? Many wars have been fought, but little has been gained.

This is my opinion however, feel free to support or be against it. Thank you for raising an important question nonetheless.

Ok when have we heard of terrorist using bbm or pin or even BB email to plan an attack or some crazy master mind event? Never! Everyone including FBI, CIA, nsa and HLS all know terrorist use little to no technology when it comes to communication btw them. We are talking face to face contact video or tape. Written notes pass to each. I have never heard of them using email to plan a mass scale attack. Its just an excuse for the government to change wire taping laws so it can become the biggest massive
marketing data collector! Thrn they will sell you information to be corporations,

That's my two cent

As someone who has people close to me that have lost loved ones not only in 9\11 and the two wars I see NO reason for these motions. Anyone who ever has read 1984 will tell you its wasn't big brother watching you, big brother was protecting you. Really if this the life we want to live?

-ts already getting bad it is. Land lines, gps searches, emails, purcheses, call logs from cells, everything you do. This new law they are talking about is a kill switch. Like what they have in china and iran. Were the goverment can kill the web whenever they wish and restrict where u can surf. Its already being done on our phones and you prolly don't even know it. And I have proof if you so wish to question it.

I am one for alternitive news sources. Be it infowars, rtamerica, and countless other youtube channels. But lately something funny has been happening. I can watch nut shot videos on youtube all day. But I go to watch something like alex jones "endgame" and I get " server is either down or content not approved for viewing". Now I have watched the video before so what gives?

I have noticed latly anything anti gov is a crap shoot if it will load or not. And if it does next time it may not

Not once tho have I got those errors for the mind numbing other crap on the web.

Its only getting worse unless people wake up and relize the founding fathers and those who shed their blood for this land didn't do so for us to hand over our rights out of fear

and it is good that you raised awareness of issues that may seem transparent to most of the population, but I would like to point out that I had no issues accessing Alex Jones' "EndGame" on YouTube. I typed the name in the search box and selected the very first video that came up (full 2 hour version). No problems. But then again, I live in Europe. Could an American service provider be filtering your Internet activity?

Thank you for pointing me to this video, I am sure it will help me with my social sciences studies.