H.R. 2471 | Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail, Facebook Posts, Twitter Accounts etc Without Warrants

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.

Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns, according to three individuals who have been negotiating with Leahy’s staff over the changes. 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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H.R. 2471

3 Responses to “H.R. 2471 | Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail, Facebook Posts, Twitter Accounts etc Without Warrants”
  1. Sarah says:

    Leahy. Remember his push to introduce a bit of MERS legislation in 2010? He’s quite the drone, from Vermont . It’s hard to keep faith when authority gets more paranoid on a daily basis. They didn’t protect you from Banksters, so one can assume they’ve decided to protect themselves. That is about as cynical as people can be, but these guys can’t see the totalitarianism from their own careers. Fairness? Democracy? Empathy? Kindness? Dignity? Shelter?

  2. stripes says:

    The text of Federalist NO. 78 by Hamilton counterbalanced the tone of “judicial supremacist” and does by no means suppose the theory of a superiority to the legislative power. It only supports the power of the people is superior to both, (Marbury v Madison).

  3. Wow way tooo much Big Brother intervention in our lives.Never had a big brother don’t understand not standing up for yourself, oldest child syndrome.We need to do more for ourselves and quit counting on a government that constantly throws us under the bus.

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