Senate Bill Allows Feds to Read Your Email

Liberals show their fascist face.
A new Democratic bill will allow the federal government to read your email.

CNET reported:

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.

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  • SeniorD

    Then let’s make sure our e-mails contain a ‘personal greeting’ (e.g. Gadsen Flags) to the bureaucrats and Unionists that are reading our mail.

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  • Ghost

    no surprise,

    the only Freedom that Socialist-Democrap liberal/Leftists care about is their freedom to engage in licentious, reckless behavior. as long as they have their hallucinogens, abortions and homosex (describe it!) they’re just fine.

  • Vicky Hernandez

    What? You mean the government wasn’t already doing that under the Big-Brother regime of GW Bush?

    If memory serves, the DinoMedia was full of disinformation “news” stories of the invasive power the Patrot Act would give the government. The Feds would even know what books we check out at the library!

    Boy, the Obama-enchanted media sure are quiet about this attack at US citizen’s right to privacy.

  • Leo

    Now if this was a Republican Senator pushing this, with a Republican president in office, the media and the left, but I repeat myself, would be screaming bloody murder about their loss of privacy. Now, nothing to see here just move along.

  • Marmo

    Why is there a picture of a pederast on Drudge?

  • Warthog

    If you think that you have privacy because of PGP and other encryption schemes, let me expunge that little comfort from your mind. They can block a hacker with fairly modest machines from reading your stuff but the federal government has computers that can crush that protection like a bug.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    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.

    Go ahead, suckers, keep watching your Jersey Shore, your Survivor, and your TMZ. Keep on focusing on what the Kardashians, Kristen Stewart, and Lindsay Lohan are up to; in the meantime, pay no attention to those government tentacles that are extending their reach ever deeper into your personal lives.

  • kato

    Ah, yes, I remember back in 2001, when the Compassionate Dope’s administration started putting the homeland security edifice in place at untold cost — most of it directed at terror attacks that would never materialize — so many flag-waving cartoon patriots thought their dope was doing everything right to protect the citizenry.

    If they were real conservatives, they would have known about the tendency of the state to use crises to acquire more power over it citizens, power that is not relinquished after the crisis has passed.

    Twenty years from now, American sheep won’t even remember why government surveillance was instituted in the first place. They’ll only know that every communication they have (aside from whispered conversations in the middle of a forest) will be open to the government’s prying ears.

    And there will still be thousands of Islamo-Nazis crawling across the country and plotting its takeover. But your government will be using its technological prowess to go after people who engage in hate speech, i.e. hold conservative and/or religious views.

  • Linda

    First, there is no security in cell phones, facebook, etc. More and more each day, people are getting arrested for what they say on these forms of media. Hell, with cell phones they can listen into your conversation already. My question is why are so many people still using them to express their opinions?

    Reminds me of police radars. Police come up with a new dectector, people come up with a new way to go around it. Remember fax machines? Well, that is the best way to go with transmitting info to someone because they can’t be hacked into.

  • bigL

    How many GOP voted for it? all 43?

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  • Economan

    Wow, I can’t count the times I got into arguments with bonehead liberals who insisted that Bush would be the one who would spy on people. Of course only time reveals the truth; yet it’s these very Statists that voted for the only people who have no moral compunction about spying on people.

  • Skip

    For this bill to become law doesn’t the House have go along with it? If so it will hopefully be defeated.

  • Tyrconnell

    Obama promised the most tranparent administration ever. Just didn’t specify who would be the transparent ones.

  • Gary Gross

    I wrote about the Democrats’ indifference to our constitutional rights in this post, titled Sen. Leahy, Big Brother & the Fourth Amendment.

    Unfortunately, that’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

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  • myohmy

    Congrats for those people who voted for free stuff. Government can now read your email without warrant. Now they can destroy their political enemies without their fingers in it.

  • burt

    Where is the ACLU? … Chirp, Chirp, Chirp

  • burt

    Google already records all emails. Don’t trust a man named Sergey!