Skip to comments.Obama Will Get His Blackberry
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.
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I hope he doesn’t lose it in the gym, or scratch his secret password into the cover.
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.
So, does this mean his blackberry emails/messages, etc. are game for the freedom of information act?
I’d give him a raspberry...
Yep. Good luck decrypting them.
Will he be allowed to text his friends in the Middle East???
Maybe he needs the Blackberry to send text messages to his girlfriend.
I thought we had to make sacrifices.
Yes Moqtada al-Sadr is in his "Fave Five".
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.
“Yes Moqtada al-Sadr is in his “Fave Five”.”
Bam Bam can’t reisist a man in a turban and robe!
Interesting. Wonder if security is an issue in private businesses.
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".
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.
How many tax payer dollars were wasted to indulge his heinous?
“We” have to make sacrifices, not him nor the ruling class of tapeworms in DC.
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.
How long before nudes of Michelle doing the nasty hit the web?
What Lola wants, Lola gets.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
Between texting his buddies and working out, he won’t have time to run the country...and then we all benefit.
Encrypted? You mean he can’t only speak in Ebonics on it?
It’s good to be king, eh?
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.
Because it's all about HIM, not what's best for the country.
Depends on how long we can keep the terrorists at bay.
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.
Google Clinton's Pager Hacked (I think it was circa 1996-1998).
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....
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
And we weren’t at war then.
Even the new President admitted we are ‘at war’ yesterday.
ROTFLOL. They did say his blackberry was for personal use.
Maybe he thinks it’s literally a “crackberry”?
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.
How immature, he must have a blackberry.
sounds like just as much obama worship here. geez i think this article or one on the same subject has been posted umpteen times.
So, his end is super-encrypted, now how about the other end?
Send me encrypted data and it is just gobblethegook to me.
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.
What a security nightmare
Figures that BO feels his blackberry “addiction” comes before our national security (poser!!)