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Online Life May Soon Be Federal Fair Game

November 22, 2012 by  

Online Life May Soon Be Federal Fair Game

A bill proposed in the Senate that will be voted on next week was originally aimed at increasing Americans’ email privacy, but it was quietly rewritten by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy to give the Feds warrantless full access to your inbox.

According to CNET, the bill would now give 22 government agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — unfettered access to Americans’ email inboxes, Google files, Facebook and Twitter with only a subpoena from a judge.

Until law enforcement officials complained, Leahy’s originally said his bill “provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by… requiring that the government obtain a search warrant.” He reworked the bill at behest of the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association, both of which objected to the warrant requirement.

CNET points out some of the bill’s most privacy-damning highlights:

  • It grants warrantless access to Americans’ electronic correspondence to more than 22 Federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.
  • It permits State and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans’ correspondence stored on systems not offered “to the public,” including university networks.
  • It authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant — or subsequent court review — if they claim “emergency” situations exist.
  • The bill says providers “shall notify” law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they’ve been the target of a warrant, order or subpoena.
  • It delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from three days to “10 business days.” This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Harold Olsen

    This new bill is clearly intended to intimidate people who oppose Obama and his Nazi policies. It won’t intimidate me. I guess the next step will be warrantless searches of our snail mail. Yes, Obama is slowly taking away our freedoms. If Leahy’s bill fails to pass, it won’t matter. Obama will just usurp the Congress again and draft an EO. Since the two houses of Congress continue to allow Zero to overrule them, they are making themselves irrelevant.

    • Max Harper

      The dickeater has become the dictator!

  • Joda Collins

    It is time for another “more perfect union”.

  • Patriot higgins

    The gang of 535 are at it again. 100 senators & 435 lack of reps.

  • sean murry

    Screw them.

    • Max Harper

      And the horse they rode in on!

  • john kemp

    JFK died on this day , he was the last president to support and defend the U.S. Constitution . He was killed for his trouble.You can say no to the NWO by supporting the succession of you state from the corrupt Federal Government to the new Federal system..

    • http://midcontentcommunication brand inspector

      Any one who thinks JFK was great, needs to read about what a elitist spoilet puke he was. His dad was a bootlegging, whore hound. infulince buyer. The family were socialist democrat prositutes in and any watering hole or bank and board room, criminal. JFK’s election was was the result of a lot vote rigging, dead stiffs from several thousand graveyards, questionable voting rolls in many states. Of course it is just the MO of the socialist democrat party from its beginnings. Of course since any dem party leech puke who keeps voting for any thing with a D by a names, just proves what a worthless societal flotsam they are and needs to be sent to sewage treatment center.

  • steven

    The federal government is crapping on the Constitution, they’re using it as toilet paper.
    But until the system collapses under its own weight and the so-called younger generation loses their iPhones video games ect ect and comfortable lifestyle nothing will change.
    I know for a fact that they will not like living under martial law and the total loss of their freedoms.

  • Max Harper

    Congress is now totally communist and are all in on this government takeover. With john (the traitor) mccain paragraphs 1021 and 1022 he put in the NDAA bill we can be arrested by the military and held indefinately without charges or a hearing if president cockroach dosen’t like the color of your eyes or more likely skin. No matter what their party all of congress is communist and after they get all our guns the nest thing will be to implement the u n agenda 21. As congressman Dingle said “It will be easier to control the people if they are consentrated in small groups.”

  • Kenneth Heavrin

    Does this bill have a number or official title so we can liik at it too? If your going to report shch things, please be compleat.

  • Dale Patterson

    Gestapo taking care of (their) business.

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