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.

  • 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!

  • Chris W.

    Damn you George Bush! What about our PRIVACY!

    Oh wait, these are democrats and there’s a democrat in the White House?

    Nothing to see here, move on.

    /all libtards on earth

  • Robodog7

    I guess I will turn my spam filter off then. They can read all of the penis enlargement ads that fill my spam box.

  • stuart

    I have said it before on this blog: As far as the Democrats are concerned, the right to privacy simply means you can terminate the life of your unborn child at will. (Per Roe V. Wade.) Nothing more. Oh yes, by the way, that right only extends to women. Men are to have no say in the matter.

  • SeniorD

    Ah, Warthog @#7, – One needs to knolw the public AND private keys to read such encryption. Use a Playfair method for the private key. The boys and girls at Ft. Meade can, indeed, break such encryption – but only by applying brute force.

  • I wouldn’t count on the House to defeat this. The GOP was more than happy in providing us with the privacy and freedom crushing Patriot Act.

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  • Orwellian States

    Any doubt that we are moving into a police state? Folks, the 4th Amendment is history. Judges do not enforce the Constitution anymore – enforcement gets in the way of their advancement to a higher bench. There is no one in DC to stand up for the average man, traditional values, the Constitution, etc. THey are looking for ways to get around the Constitution. Soon it will be determined to be null and void. If you give up your guns, you are really screwed.

  • Ghost

    DIVORCE NOW!
    sooner or later you’ll agree

  • Walknot

    They don’t have to send it back to the House for a vote if it was passed in another form by the House earlier. Same thing they did to pass Obamacare. This is the way the Dems will avoid the House for the next 4 years. The only way to stop it is for the House to stop sending up any Bills what so ever. They can’t use those bill if the House doesn’t pass them. Just freeze government and the Legislative process.

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  • Rwolf

    Revised Senate bill lets feds read your e-mail Without Warrants

    Sen. Patrick Leahy’s has reworked his privacy bill H.R. 2471 touted to protect Americans’ e-mail privacy (into a surveillance bill) that will allow the FBI, police and more than 22 federal agencies without probable cause or warrant to access Americans’ private email and other communications –-using only a subpoena. Alleged seized evidence may be introduced in court against Americans in U.S. Civil; Criminal and Administrative prosecutions. Police and federal agencies can take out of context any innocent—hastily written email, fax or phone call record to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a person’s arrest, fines and or civil asset forfeiture of their property. There are more than 350 laws/violations that can subject property to Government forfeiture that require only a civil preponderance of evidence.

    Some idiot might send you an email that appears to include you as a participant in a crime or conspiracy: the Feds can without a warrant introduce that email as evidence in court against you or your business. A Senate vote on Sen. Patrick Leahy’s warrant-less access bill is scheduled before November 30, 2012.

    A corrupt U.S. Government Administration or agency may without a warrant or probable cause search the email of any American or corporation politically at odds with the U.S. Government. Hitler used his Gestapo to target for blackmail, arrest and asset forfeiture, German Citizens and Corporations that opposed the Nazi party.

    The U.S. “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000” (effectively eliminated) the “five year statue of limitations” for Government Civil Asset Forfeiture: the statute now runs five years (from the date) government or a police agency allege they “learned” an asset became subject to forfeiture. It is foreseeable should (no warrant) government electronic surveillance be allowed; police will relentlessly sift through business and Citizens’ (government retained Internet data), emails and phone communications to discover possible criminal or civil violations.

    Under U.S. federal civil asset forfeiture laws, a person or business need not be charged with a crime for government to forfeit their property. Most U.S. Citizens, property and business owners that defend their assets against Government Civil Asset Forfeiture claim an “innocent owner defense.” This defense can become a criminal prosecution trap for both guilty and innocent property owners. Any fresh denial of guilt made to government when questioned about committing a crime “even when you did not do the crime” may (involuntarily waive) a defendant’s right to assert in their defense—the “Criminal Statute of Limitations” past for prosecution; any fresh denial of guilt even 30 years after a crime was committed may allow U.S. Government prosecutors to use old and new evidence, including information discovered during Civil Asset Forfeiture Proceedings to launch a criminal prosecution. For that reason: many innocent Americans, property and business owners are reluctant to defend their property and businesses against Government Civil Asset Forfeiture.

    Annually U.S. Government seizes Billions in assets without filing criminal charges. Increasingly local police are turning their criminal investigations over to Federal Agencies to receive an 80% rebate of forfeited assets. Federal Government is not required to charge anyone with a crime to forfeit property.

    Re: waiving Criminal Statute of Limitations: see USC18, Sec.1001, James Brogan V. United States.

    N0.96-1579. U.S. See paragraph (6) at:
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/96-1579.ZC1.html

    Can Canadians Hold Out Against Their Government’s Forceful Efforts to Wiretap Their Lives?

    It was recently reported: the Canadian Government intends to resurrect (Commons Bill C-30) that Canadians earlier this year rejected. Canadians discovered that (Commons Bill C-30) touted to protect children on the Internet—would also give any Canadian police officer—without a warrant—the power to request Internet service providers turn over customers’ information (see section 17 of C-30); allow Canadian police to seek into Canadians’ private computers. C-30 was strongly opposed by Canadians in April 2012. Canadians further discovered Canada had signed with the United States an array of (Asset Forfeiture Sharing Agreements) for Canada to share Canadian and Americans’ assets civilly or criminally confiscated using Asset Forfeiture laws that result from U.S. and Canada sharing information gleaned from electronic surveillance of Canadian / American Citizens’ communications, e.g., emails, faxes, Internet actively, phone records.

  • Catherine

    Now the senate is run by the democrats right.

    Catherine

  • Warthog

    @SeniorD

    Yes, my point exactly. The only thing that restrains them is the law, technology allows them to look through the keyhole at will.

  • mark1973

    #25,Exactly! The repubs could easily kill this unconstitutional monstrosity in the House or Fillibuster it in the Senate but they won’t. The dems are plan A for the ‘New World Order,One World Government’oligarch’s and the repubs are plan B toward that same leftwing statist goal of enslaving us then murdering us. The repubs are just as leftist’s as the dems and are just pretending their not. They will ram this Bill through along with an Assault Weapons Ban,Internet security,Dream Act,Banning criticism of islam among other monstrosities.They are just making it easier for us to say NO!

  • Cactus
  • Rwolf

    U.S. Senate bill Rewritten So Cops / Feds Can Read Your Email Without Warrants

    Most Americans have not considered if Sen. Leahy’s Internet Access bill is passed, the Feds and Cops can use warrant-less searches of their sent and received emails to charge Citizens with crime. Until now in America, no warrant) searches of email was something talked about happening in oppressive regimes like Iran. It is problematic see (COINTELPRO) History that U.S. Government, federal agencies and police without probable cause or warrants will search the email, social media sites, private docs and other communications of activists; Americans and corporations that politically disagree with U.S. Government—in hopes of finding evidence of wrongdoing.

    After Sen. Leahy’s Internet Access bill is passed, what do you do if you get an email that erroneously appears to include you as a participant in a crime or conspiracy that U.S. Federal Agencies and cops can use in court (without a warrant) against you or your business?

    U.S. Police and federal agencies can take out of context any innocent—hastily written email, fax or phone call record to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a person’s arrest, fines and or civil asset forfeiture of their property. There are more than 400 laws/violations that can subject property to Government asset forfeiture that require only a civil preponderance of evidence, little more than hearsay.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy’s has reworked his privacy bill H.R. 2471 touted to protect Americans’ e-mail privacy (into a warrant-less Internet access bill) that will allow the FBI, police and more than 22 federal agencies without probable cause to access your private email and other Internet communications using only a mere subpoena. Alleged seized evidence without warrants may be introduced in U.S. Civil, Criminal and Administrative prosecutions and under (NDAA) The National Defense Authorization ACT and Patriot Act.

    After Sen. Patrick Leahy’s warrant-less Internet Access bill is passed, Americans should expect a spike in arrests and property forfeitures by the feds and local police. Many Police departments are now in a budget crisis. Faced with having to layoff police officers, police increasingly look to civil asset forfeiture of Citizens’ property to pay their salaries and operating costs. This is a conflict of interests.

    The passed “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000” (effectively eliminated) the “five year statue of limitations” for Government Civil Asset Forfeiture: the statute now runs five years (from the date) government or a police agency allege they “learned” an asset became subject to forfeiture. Should the Senate pass Patrick Leahy’s (no warrant) government Internet Access bill, police will relentlessly sift through business and Citizens’ (government retained Internet data), emails and phone communications to discover crimes and civil violations.

    Annually U.S. Government seizes billions in assets without filing criminal charges. Increasingly local police turn their criminal investigations over to Federal Agencies to receive an 80% rebate of forfeited assets. Federal Government is not required to charge someone with a crime to forfeit property.
    A vote on Sen. Patrick Leahy’s warrant-less access bill is scheduled before November 30, 2012.

    Can Canadians Hold Out Against Their Government’s Recent Forceful Efforts to Wiretap Their Lives?

    Is it coincidence it was recently reported the Canadian Government intends to resurrect (Commons Bill C-30) that Canadians earlier this year rejected? Canadians discovered that (Commons Bill C-30) touted to protect children on the Internet—would also give any Canadian police officer—without a warrant—the power to request Internet service providers turn over customers’ information (see section 17 of C-30); allow Canadian police to seek into Canadians’ private computers. C-30 was strongly opposed by Canadians in April 2012. Canadians further discovered Canada had signed with the United States an array of (Asset Forfeiture Sharing Agreements) for Canada to share Canadian and Americans’ assets civilly or criminally confiscated using Asset Forfeiture laws that result from U.S. and Canada sharing information gleaned from electronic surveillance of Canadian / American Citizens’ communications, e.g., emails, faxes, Internet actively, phone records.

    You may learn more about Sen. Patrick Leahy’s reworked privacy bill H.R. 2471 at CNET:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/?tag=nl.e703&s_cid=e703