Bill to Protect Your E-Mail Privacy Gives Feds Power to Read It Without a Warrant

So, where are all those Lefturds and Libtards who were screaming bloody murder when the Patriot Act was thrust upon us?

Yeah. That’s what I thought…

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

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.

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.


Markham Erickson, a lawyer in Washington, D.C. who has followed the topic closely and said he was speaking for himself and not his corporate clients, expressed concerns about the alphabet soup of federal agencies that would be granted more power:

“There is no good legal reason why federal regulatory agencies such as the NLRB, OSHA, SEC or FTC need to access customer information service providers with a mere subpoena. If those agencies feel they do not have the tools to do their jobs adequately, they should work with the appropriate authorizing committees to explore solutions. The Senate Judiciary committee is really not in a position to adequately make those determinations.”

The list of agencies that would receive civil subpoena authority for the contents of electronic communications also includes the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission.


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6 Comments on “Bill to Protect Your E-Mail Privacy Gives Feds Power to Read It Without a Warrant”

  1. coffeeandsleeplessnights Says:

    Reblogged this on A Lot Of Coffee and Sleepless Nights.

  2. tgusa Says:

    From here on out I think I will end my e-mails with a signature, if you are reading this in some dark room in DC, **** you pervert stalker!

  3. tgusa Says:

    Leahy has always struck me as a perverted old man, IMO, its written all over his face, just look at him. Guilty?

  4. tgusa Says:

    Harry Reid, the Nevada stalker, will no doubt approve of this, lol. Remember, what happens in Vegas, ends up on video anyway, surveillance city, just say no.

    I’ll be watching you.(youtube)

    Right back at ya. What goes around comes around.

  5. Big Frank Says:

    This confirms my thought that the liberal establishment is totally paranoid, and must in their perverted minds root out any anti government thought, plots, or identify ‘enemies of the state’. This sadly is only the beginning of more ‘control’ over the population. The only thing missing is the large signs, in every public area and street corner with the message OBEY, OBEY, OBEY. Welcome to Big Brother’s Orwellian ‘New World Order’ complements of the DemocRAT party.

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