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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:58 AM

 

Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

Declan McCullagh
C/Net

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. Sen. Patrick Leahy previously said his bill boosts Americans' e-mail privacy protections by "requiring that the government obtain a search warrant." That's no longer the case.



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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DaniDubois Nov 2012 OP
ElboRuum Nov 2012 #1
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #2
msongs Nov 2012 #3
davidn3600 Nov 2012 #4
TheKentuckian Nov 2012 #5
ChazII Nov 2012 #6
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #7
Bake Nov 2012 #8
Dawson Leery Nov 2012 #9
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #10
ChazII Nov 2012 #11

Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:07 PM

1. Fine.

Every e-mail I send is going to contain a link to a Rickroll from this point forward.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:09 PM

2. Here I thought I voted for Democrats.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:32 PM

3. Bush will veto it, right? nt

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:41 PM

4. So when law enforcement complains, the bill gets rewritten

But when voters complain...we have to "compromise?"

Big Brother always wins, doesn't he?

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:51 PM

5. Leahy used to be worthy of respect, now he has devolved into an untrustworthy turd.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:34 PM

6. Time to DU

our senators.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:39 PM

7. Looks like the 4th Amendment has been officially repealed

When politicians can even contemplate writing a bill like this.

The camels nose under the tent.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:53 PM

8. This is patently unconstitutional!

A SCOTUS case if there ever was one. Maybe we should wait for the Prez to get another appointment to the Court, but a challenge is definitely in order.

Bake

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:56 PM

9. Law "enforcement" has no respect for the principles of the constitution.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:59 PM

10. Nothing at all to worry about, Obama will veto hammer anything so blatantly wrong

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:05 PM

11. I worry by nature

so time to DU the WH with our concerns. But thanks for the reminder that with Pres. Obama in the WH we will be okay,

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