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Senator Leahy Drops Controversial Warrantless Email Surveillance Bill

Good job, peeps. We shut this one down!

"Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced that he will not be supporting the controversial Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Amendments Act, which he wrote, after fierce criticism arose from a variety of groups over his revision to the bill allowing federal agencies warrantless access to Americans' e-mail accounts. The revised version of the legislation was antithetical to the original measure, which included a requirement for a search warrant...."

http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/13710-sen-lea...

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It doesn't matter folks. We

It doesn't matter folks. We didn't win anything. They will/are still doing whatever the hell they want. They were just trying to codify their unconstitutional ways

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

He'll just sneak the provisions into this year's NDAA.

Just wait...

Email Self Destructs After Reading

Fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deI7eU3lrqI

https://burnnote.com/#/

A site called Burn Note ( https://burnnote.com ) allows you to write a note to someone on their site. They get a link to that note in their email.

Once the recipient starts reading the message, a timer starts and the message is deleted when the timer runs out. Messages can be read only once.

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

Awesome but eternal vigilance

Every time the public strikes something like this down it gets chopped up into pieces and re-inserted into other legislation.

Plus this thing would have only formalized what we all know they already do.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Absolutely!

This and the threat of internet restrictions will continue to persist. Eternal vigilance is indeed required of the many whereas the few only need to succeed once.

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

Good news

But still be careful what you say in emails anyway, unless you have your own email domain and own the servers. This is almost surely one of those cases where the surveillance state is already doing something unconstitutional that it wants to do, and a bill comes up to give them a legal basis for it.

If the 4th amendment won't stop them from doing this, I wouldn't count on the failure of this bill from stopping them either.

If you have to send a "controversial" message electronically, consider using indirect speech:

http://www.pnas.org/content/105/3/833

It's still not safe, even with your own server

Because the people you exchange emails with likely won't have their own and your email exchanges will be viewable on their end.

But, you're definitely going in the right direction.

People have a misconception of what it means when they say "having the government look at your emails." They automatically assume the government has the technology to do so. WRONG! They are merely given accounts to email services that can access the emails of users. Or they're given a detailed record of email exchanges provided by the users' email service.

Here's some tips for staying anonymous.

1. Use random proxies (a pain, but they help)
2. Never link your anonymous email address to online accounts that have personal information
3. Don't use an obviously described email address (ie: john.hammel@gmail.com)
4. Don't register the email address with any real information
5. Never include your name in the emails

These are scary times and protecting yourself from prying eyes is essential.