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Obama Will Get His Blackberry
theatlantic.com ^ | January 21, 2009 | Marc Ambinder

Posted on 01/21/2009 10:44:28 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

President Barack Obama is going to get his blackberry.

On Monday, a government agency that the Obama administration -- but that is probably the National Security Agency -- added to a standard blackberry a super-encryption package.... and Obama WILL be able to use it ... still for routine and personal messages.

It's not clear whether he yet has the device.

With few exceptions, government Blackberries aren't designed for encryption that protects messages above the "SECRET" status, so it's not clear whether Obama is getting something new and special. The exception: the Sectera Edge from General Dynamics, which allows for TOP SECRET voice conversations.

(Excerpt) Read more at marcambinder.theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhowhitehouse; crackberry; hackers; nationalsecurity; obama; obamasblackberry; technology
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1 posted on 01/21/2009 10:44:29 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I hope he doesn’t lose it in the gym, or scratch his secret password into the cover.


2 posted on 01/21/2009 10:46:45 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
added to a standard blackberry a super-encryption package.... and Obama WILL be able to use it

How much did we pay for this super-encryption package so this crybaby could keep his toy? He should pay for it out of his own pocket since it's for PERSONAL use.

3 posted on 01/21/2009 10:47:14 AM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, does this mean his blackberry emails/messages, etc. are game for the freedom of information act?


4 posted on 01/21/2009 10:47:43 AM PST by Grumpybutt
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d give him a raspberry...


5 posted on 01/21/2009 10:48:21 AM PST by null and void (KENYAN GO HOME!)
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To: Grumpybutt

Yep. Good luck decrypting them.


6 posted on 01/21/2009 10:49:02 AM PST by null and void (KENYAN GO HOME!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Will he be allowed to text his friends in the Middle East???


7 posted on 01/21/2009 10:49:15 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe he needs the Blackberry to send text messages to his girlfriend.


8 posted on 01/21/2009 10:49:15 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I thought we had to make sacrifices.


9 posted on 01/21/2009 10:49:31 AM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: EagleUSA
Will he be allowed to text his friends in the Middle East???

Yes Moqtada al-Sadr is in his "Fave Five".

10 posted on 01/21/2009 10:51:26 AM PST by exist
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To: Grumpybutt
Since so much information has been revealed about it, we can be sure every foreign intelligence service is now working to hack it. So much for national security in the Era of the Oneness of the One!
11 posted on 01/21/2009 10:51:55 AM PST by RandyGH (Democrats--So far left they've left America)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t believe this.

Its not about ‘security of the emails’.

Its about the fact a blackberry can be TRACKED to within 30 inches by anyone with a bit of knowledge.

Its no different than the GPS system in a vehicle, thats how ONSTAR knows where to send the EMT’s in the event of a crash.

He carries a blackberry, those that would do him, and us, harm can ‘see him’.

‘If you can see a target, you can hit it. If you can hit it, you can kill it.”

Colin Powell, during the Gulf War

That hasn’t changed, and the Secret Service knows it.


12 posted on 01/21/2009 10:52:42 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: exist

“Yes Moqtada al-Sadr is in his “Fave Five”.”

Bam Bam can’t reisist a man in a turban and robe!


13 posted on 01/21/2009 10:53:39 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Interesting. Wonder if security is an issue in private businesses.


14 posted on 01/21/2009 10:54:03 AM PST by durasell
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Oh goodie - the record will be well used in the Impeachment hearings.
15 posted on 01/21/2009 10:54:32 AM PST by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
And this particular Blackberry will be used for communication with who? And to what end?

Will it be subject to the same kind of archiving as all of the White House communications are?

Not that the below should make us suspicious or anything...

Earlier in the transition, there was a plan to give select officials access to a Blackberry owned by the Democratic National Committee; the devices would be able to be used for political communication but would be subject to different disclosure rules.

Not saying that Obama is a "tool". But a secure Blackberry that wasn't archived would be a handy means of communication between him and his "handler".

16 posted on 01/21/2009 10:54:32 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
HA! I already intercepted his blackberry data. Here, he is sending the address of his new crib to friends in the Middle East.
17 posted on 01/21/2009 10:55:04 AM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It wasn’t the secrecy that had him surrendering his blackberry, it was the notion that all such communications would have to be archived for possible subpoena later.


18 posted on 01/21/2009 10:55:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How many tax payer dollars were wasted to indulge his heinous?


19 posted on 01/21/2009 10:55:44 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Day 2 of the Usurper 0bama's [failed] regime .....)
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To: Perdogg

“We” have to make sacrifices, not him nor the ruling class of tapeworms in DC.


20 posted on 01/21/2009 10:55:54 AM PST by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a putz. All things, I imagine can be hacked. But, of course, if you are his highness; you are above your peers and it doesn’t matter whether you put American lives at risk for your own personal agenda. This guy is going to get us killed.

God Help us.


21 posted on 01/21/2009 10:56:36 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

How long before nudes of Michelle doing the nasty hit the web?


22 posted on 01/21/2009 10:59:30 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Somewhere In Kenya, A Village Is Missing It's Idiot)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What Lola wants, Lola gets.


23 posted on 01/21/2009 10:59:45 AM PST by mojito
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Based on his reluctance to relinquish the device, he should be provided with a Storm Phone preloaded with “Never Gonna Give You Up” as the ring-tone...


24 posted on 01/21/2009 11:01:57 AM PST by mikrofon (Rick-Rolled in one unit)
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To: Badeye

I’m not sure if all BB models have gps transmitters, but I’m sure it could be disabled or removed from the smart phone.


25 posted on 01/21/2009 11:02:04 AM PST by griffin (Love Jesus, No Fear!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Going to be a hackers holiday obama needs to go lay on the white house lawn because if he’s going to act like a terd he should look like one.


26 posted on 01/21/2009 11:02:28 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I would expect that he would abide by national security provisions in place to prevent disclosure of sensitive information...but then, why would I expect HIM to recognize the importance of doing such a thing. The guy is a lightweight. But a dangerous lightweight. Let’s just hope he can keep his mouth shut and not divulge anything...oh good grief, then there’s the Bidens...

Man are we in trouble.


27 posted on 01/21/2009 11:02:49 AM PST by SueRae
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To: Perdogg
I thought we had to make sacrifices.

WE do.

28 posted on 01/21/2009 11:03:58 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Doesn’t this idiot realize that with the tracking ability within the Balckbury he can be followed just about anywhere? At least think about your wife and kids if nothing else!

Please don’t be so selfish. You have been told that the use of a Blackburry is totally unsafe! For God’s sake, YOU ARE A TARGET NOW THAT YOU ARE, “Mr. PRESIDENT”!

PLEASE, as much as I don’t agree with your political views and doubt that I ever will agree with them, I DO NOT want to see you head blown off?


29 posted on 01/21/2009 11:04:54 AM PST by WellyP
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Between texting his buddies and working out, he won’t have time to run the country...and then we all benefit.


30 posted on 01/21/2009 11:05:58 AM PST by Raster Man
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Encrypted? You mean he can’t only speak in Ebonics on it?


31 posted on 01/21/2009 11:07:25 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s good to be king, eh?


32 posted on 01/21/2009 11:08:35 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: griffin

If its receiving, it can be tracked, triangulated exactly.

There is no other way, unless they use a repeater...and even that has its flaws.

Anything that makes ‘electronic noise’ can be found using triangulation.


33 posted on 01/21/2009 11:08:35 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: SueRae
"...but then, why would I expect HIM to recognize the importance of doing such a thing."

Because it's all about HIM, not what's best for the country.

34 posted on 01/21/2009 11:09:52 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Doctor Raoul
How long before nudes of Michelle doing the nasty hit the web?

Depends on how long we can keep the terrorists at bay.

35 posted on 01/21/2009 11:10:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Sig Sauer P220
Encrypted? You mean he can’t only speak in Ebonics on it?

Damn, I meant CAN, not can't.
36 posted on 01/21/2009 11:11:00 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I can’t think of one legitimate reason for the President to carry a cell phone. I mean communications is not going to be a problem.


37 posted on 01/21/2009 11:13:43 AM PST by kempo
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To: Badeye
Hackers have hacked the First Family's personal devices before...

Google Clinton's Pager Hacked (I think it was circa 1996-1998).

38 posted on 01/21/2009 11:15:00 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hackers everywhere, this is your call to duty, this is you challenge, this is your moment to make “change”.

Hear the call, get it all and report to all, before the fall....

;>)


39 posted on 01/21/2009 11:16:51 AM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is an extraordinarily BAD idea. Nothing is foolproof and encryption is not a panacea. http://securitywatch.eweek.com/exploits_and_attacks/cracking_the_blackberry_with_a_100_key.html


40 posted on 01/21/2009 11:18:30 AM PST by Kolb ("Man is not free unless government is limited." -Ronald Reagan)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yep.

And we weren’t at war then.

Even the new President admitted we are ‘at war’ yesterday.


41 posted on 01/21/2009 11:18:33 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

ROTFLOL. They did say his blackberry was for personal use.


42 posted on 01/21/2009 11:23:12 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maybe he thinks it’s literally a “crackberry”?


43 posted on 01/21/2009 11:26:47 AM PST by Tequila25 (Conservatism is common sense.)
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To: Grumpybutt

Most relevant post I’ve seen. Yes, with all of the Democrate hoopla about Bush using private email. Of course not a word about the O using private email, its all just staged as drama..”omg, will O get to actually keep his bb?” Too bad Republicans don’t have the spine to hammer this issue.


44 posted on 01/21/2009 11:36:19 AM PST by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: PistolPaknMama

How immature, he must have a blackberry.


45 posted on 01/21/2009 11:39:22 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

sounds like just as much obama worship here. geez i think this article or one on the same subject has been posted umpteen times.


46 posted on 01/21/2009 11:41:22 AM PST by 09Patriot (I am a MILITANT Conservative, compassionate conservatism got us NOWHERE)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, his end is super-encrypted, now how about the other end?

Send me encrypted data and it is just gobblethegook to me.


47 posted on 01/21/2009 11:49:17 AM PST by razorback-bert (Save the planet...it is the only known one with beer!)
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To: Doctor Raoul
How long before nudes of Michelle doing the nasty hit the web?Good, that Helen Thomas picture is getting kinda boring.
48 posted on 01/21/2009 11:49:24 AM PST by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: Badeye
I don’t believe this. Its not about ‘security of the emails’. Its about the fact a blackberry can be TRACKED to within 30 inches by anyone with a bit of knowledge. Its no different than the GPS system in a vehicle, thats how ONSTAR knows where to send the EMT’s in the event of a crash. He carries a blackberry, those that would do him, and us, harm can ‘see him’. ‘If you can see a target, you can hit it. If you can hit it, you can kill it.” Colin Powell, during the Gulf War That hasn’t changed, and the Secret Service knows it.

Exactly. I wonder if they're going to somehow scramble what this thing reports to the gps satellites? I know that in the past the satellites were built to transmit not so accurately so as to not help our enemies.

49 posted on 01/21/2009 11:54:14 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a security nightmare

Figures that BO feels his blackberry “addiction” comes before our national security (poser!!)


50 posted on 01/21/2009 11:55:20 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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