Rewrite Of Senate Bill Gives Feds Access To Your Email Without Warrants

November 20, 2012 1:15 pmViews: 214

I would laugh at this if it weren't so draconian. And liberals thought we would have more rights when Obama got re-elected, They were scared that a more conservative government under Romney or any other republican would take their freedoms away. Regardless, I still find the re-write of  a Senate bill that originally increased email privacy but has now been turned on it's head thanks to Senator Patrick Leahy, somewhat amusing. You liberals are going to get just what you asked for.

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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.

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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