Privacy? What privacy?
This bill is written by a Democrat. While there is no specific right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution, this bill, in my view, at the very least violates the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Aren’t Democrats supposed to be for civil liberties? Maybe Judge Napolitano was right after all…
What the Government is really after is quashing dissent and the first amendment right to free speech. Contact your Senator today and tell them that the assault on privacy must stop.
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.
It’s an abrupt departure from Leahy’s earlier approach, which required police to obtain a search warrant backed by probable cause before they could read the contents of e-mail or other communications. The Vermont Democrat boasted last year that his bill “provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by… requiring that the government obtain a search warrant.”
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- Remember when the Left was screeching about FISA? (wherearemykeys.typepad.com)
- The FBI Can Trawl Through Your Email Archives Anytime it Wants (motherjones.com)