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Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your e-mail Without Warrants

Where is the outrage!


CNET reports Sen. Leahy (D) will not support the exception that includes warrantless access to email data. Don't let your guard down though, I will continue to watch this bill up to the vote. CNET - Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill

Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.

CNET- A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.

CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Revised bill highlights

Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.


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The bill does not allow the Fed to read your email.

Technology does. I can assure you, they have been reading your email all along and now they want to cover their butts.
If they CAN do it, they are. They don't care about what is legal and care less about what is lawful.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

You're right about that. And

You're right about that. And here is another issue some of you might or might not know. Those toll scanners you get can be monitored regardless of where you are, and the government uses them to get info although that info can't really be used and actual evidence.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

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Submitted by emalvini on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 07:24
Politics, General + Law(s)


We should not be surprised


Ever since 911, which really opened my eyes on government. I was just beginning college and a night before I was discussing how government could attack it's own people and blame it on someone else. Anyways with laws such as the Patriot Act, NDAA, TSA and others, we should all be afraid.

smither - be concerned, even outraged...but NEVER be afraid

One of the Governments favorite things to do is sell fear to the population. Don't buy it. Try and protect yourself from the criminals running this country as best you can...but don't be afraid of the State. "We the people" have the numbers and the power just as long as we exercise our rights and know the constitution. Waking up as many people as possible to the tyranny is our best course of action...at this point in the R3VOLUTION!

On it!

I saw this when drudge threw it up. Instantly I went about contacting my US congressional Rep, and two US Senators. I went on Ted Cruz's FB page to post this as well. I know he is in yet but wanted him to get it. This should be a good test to see if he actually supports liberty or if he's just another politician that's full of lies.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

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I'm speechless. I don't even know whats going on anymore. The USA is now the land of the unfree and home of the apathetic.

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different."

The assholes are good at 'covering their asses'

They already illegally spy on all Americans, read our e-mail, facebook posts, bank accounts, paypal, google accounts, credit card purchases, store purchases, internet logs, and the list goes on and on. Then they always try to pass these 'laws' to cover their asses. The funny thing is, it is overkill, because no one ever finds them guilty of breaking the law to begin with! They are blessed by Congress, and every branch of Government to treat citizens as trash. Welcome to U.S.S.R. 2.0

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At least

the NAZI's passed the laws BEFORE they trampled on the people's rights. Geeze.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

Who the Hell...

Who the hell do these assholes think they are? I'd like to propose a new law--every Congressman who votes to allow law enforcement to read our emails or listen to our phone calls must publicly display every email sent and received on their work and private emails on their congressional website. In addition, every work-related and private phone call must be recorded and posted too. Let's see how these assholes like it. If they aren't doing anything wrong, then what do they have to hide?

Them v Us

Mean while the EPA, among others, are using private email accounts to circumvent FOIA laws and disclosure.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."