Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:08 AM
BadgerKid (3,990 posts)
WTH is this? Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants
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.
Looks like a 180-turn from Sen. Leahy's previous championing *for* warrants (just search DU).
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WTH is this? Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants (Original post)
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Response to BadgerKid (Original post)
Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:19 AM
leveymg (36,418 posts)
4. Leahy often second-guesses himself, and can get it very wrong in the end.
He's done this before several times in the run-up to the USA Patriot Act, reauthorizations and Amendments. He comes out initially expressing "grave misgivings" but in the end ends up pushing the Bill through committee and sponsoring it on the Floor.
He did this also in the aborted inquiry into Bush Administration malfeasance related to 9/11 and deception of the Commission. Leahy was initially very open to netroots input on this, even posting and responding to questions on DailyKos. But the hearing were a whitewash.
Response to fredamae (Reply #5)
Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:27 AM
hughee99 (14,685 posts)
6. I'm not 100% sure, but I think this might be it
Latest Title: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. (introduced 5/17/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 5/17/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
I'm not sure that the copy of the bill at this link has the changes that were being discussed in the article, though.