From 1st Jan 2008, police will have the right to spy on anyone. They are allowed to listen to any persons conservation on the phone, they have the right to wire anyone and they have the right to use secret cameras and microphones to place anywhere to spy on anyone. There is no suspect needed and no permissions are needed for spying. They do not even have to inform the citizens that they are spying on someone. The same applies for internet, they can check and collect ip/dns logs on anyone and they are even allowed to open mail (real mail: letters and packages) without notice. Already, they can search homes without any warrants. Yet, they do not have the right to collect contents of e-mails.
Swedish police, asked several times for permission to construct own viruses and troyans, but are officially denied to do so.
The whole internet has 13 very big routers. Almost all traffic goes through these 13 routers. The swedish military (FRA) bought the second fastest computer in the world. This computer might be used by police to survey and to spy on random people on internet. One of these big routers, is in Stockholm Sweden, meaning they can intercept quiet a lot information. The super computer (which they bought in purpose to survey and cracking encryptions) and the right to monitor internet traffic, might be one of the most powerful IT-tools in the world. During 2007, USA has funded Sweden a lot capital to develop and research anti-terrorism technology. It is quite evident that lot of internet traffic passes Sweden, even when the source and/or destination for the traffic isn't within Sweden. It seems EU and Sweden are cooperating better and better.
FRA itself, asked wanted permission for spying on all contents for use against terrorism. The largest party, social democrats, who are not in rule, voted against this. In next government change, the social democrats might win, and then allow FRA to spy on all internet traffic passing Sweden. In USA there is Echelon. Military is usually ahead about +10 years in encryption before the public. There have been cases, when scientists in the public thought certain encryptions were safe, but in real they were easily decrypted by military. What the reality is right now today, is unknown.
You might be happy that you don't live in Sweden. But maybe you didn't know that your mobile phone can be used as tracking and hearing device without your knowledge. All mobile phone and mobile network developers have nested in these functions on every mobile device. For example, if you walk with your friend, without usinf your phones. Your locations are tracked and saved and it is therefore evidence on that you guys met. Use the search function to find more about this in this forum.
Your photocopy machine leaves stamps on papers, so does your scanner, digital camera and printer. Maybe your software does it too? By help of these stamps, it is possible to track where you bought the device and from there decide your location. There is quite a lot electronics that leave tracks. Just try to figure how the police found the London bombers so quickly.
I am not sure if USA wants to catch Bin Laden, but if they do, then they haven't just because he is all low technology.
Shit in your pants? Come to shit into my pants too.