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Senate Oks Special Interest Internet Measure, Denies Americans Privacy Protection

December 28, 2012 by  

Senate Oks Special Interest Internet Measure, Denies Americans Privacy Protection
Your emails can be read by law enforcement snoops without a warrant.

By now, it is common knowledge among privacy-concerned Americans that Federal agencies have the wherewithal and the desire to access private email communications without warrant or accusation of criminal activity. But in case there was any question as to whether that is legal (it isn’t, according to the Constitution’s 4th Amendment), the Senate killed a key portion of a new bill that would have required acquisition of a warrant prior to government snooping.

The Video Privacy Protection Act was adopted by Congress in 1988 following controversy when Washington City Paper published the video rental history of failed Supreme Court Justice nominee Robert Bork. (Ironically, Bork did not believe that the U.S. Constitution mandates a general right to privacy.) The law prohibits the disclosure of video rentals without customer consent.

Social networking and online video streaming websites have more recently lobbied Congress to update the law, arguing that in today’s always-connected society people want to share with their online friends what television shows and movies they watch on platforms like Netflix. The 1988 provision barred Netflix from automatically publishing viewing information to social networking sites.

The Senate voted to amend the law last week. But while lawmakers caved to the marketing aspirations of special interests, they struck down another key portion of the legislative package that would have protected Americans from warrantless government email snooping.

Under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the government can obtain e-mail or other electronic communications without a warrant as long as the content has been stored on a third-party server for at least 180 days. This is often done via what is referred to as an administrative subpoena, an information gathering tool widely used for Federal investigations. The provision removed by the Senate would have made warrants mandatory.

“If Netflix is going to get an update to the privacy law, we think the American people should get an update to the privacy law,” Chris Calabrese, the legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, told Wired.

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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    • Bob

      Interesting how how government can’t accomplish anything, but they have no trouble at all passing laws that take our rights away and they wonder why we want guns!

  • mike

    and so it begins, 1984 but 29 years later. Ooppps, i was being monitored. Hey you all!
    How you all doing?

    • http://google gary gerke

      MIKE…..F……EM, no worries amigo!

  • John

    The unfortunate thing is that 98% of Americans will read about this and do nothing. They will not contact their senators or members of the House. Instead, they will be too interested in the fantasy leagues, the upcoming shows on the television and New Years Eve parties.

    • http://google gary gerke

      You’re are right on the money, you and I will meet in a FEMA camp someday in the near future. Our government today believes we will be lead willingly to the slaughter, without reservations and submit to the NWO. Most of the population will submit, however, the rest of us will defeat the Communist Liberals over time

    • Vicki

      What would you have them do John? Congress openly ignores them (and us).

      • john

        One of the things they can do is think about what the government is doing, and vote accordingly. Even Plato said, back in the day, “One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors”.

      • LindyMaeUSA

        Vicki, you are absolutely correct!

        Our (so-called) government representatives (aka: The Washington Wolf Pack) are all up to their 7-figure salaries in the take-down of America!

        They don’t answer phone calls or emails from their “constituencies” because THEY KNOW THEY DON’T HAVE TO because they know there’s NOTHING we can do about them ignoring our efforts to contact them and protest something THEY’RE DOING that WE KNOW IS ILLEGAL and/or UN-CONSTITUTIONAL!!

        Then John saying “. . . and vote accordingly!?” NO OFFENSE John, but even after well-known “voter fraud, voter equipment rigging, military votes LOST and not counted” in the past (so-called) Election, it appears you have absolutely no clue what’s going on in this Country!!

        I refer to an eye-opening Personal Liberty article on October 2, 2012 by Brandon Smith entitled: “It Isn’t America Anymore!” Please read what this young journalist (a Realist!) wrote:

        “We have a two-party system that pursues the mechanizations of globalism in tandem, not in contest.

        When BOTH PARTIES have the same desires and goals, when BOTH PARTIES COLLUDE TO REMOVE CIVIL LIBERTIES rather than protect them, and when BOTH PARTIES are FUNDED by the same CORPORATE BACKERS, THERE IS NO SUCH THING as change through the PROCESS OF ELECTIONS.

        Anyone who claims that government corruption can be punished through the ballot box HASN’T THE SLIGHTEST CLUE how our system REALLY FUNCTIONS. They think we are still living in the original “America,” one that values the voice of the people.

        When the government decides to push through banker bailouts, the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act (aka: “Indefinite Detainment”) etc., all while IGNORING opposition by a VAST MAJORITY of citizens, it is clear that the paradigm has shifted and the American value of representation by and for the people IS LOST!

      • carl

        then it is time to do as patrick henry , thomas jefferson, all the other founding fathers did to england!

  • http://TheMiracleofSelfPower Iris D. Lynch

    Now it begins? This has been in motion since 1933. That was the year the dictators came to power. A few have managed to fool us into believing that THEY were on our side. POWER..POWER…POWER. When we finally understand that regardless of the topic at hand, the REAL motive is how to get more power away from the people and into the hands (and pockets) of the rulers. Some are better at it than others. At least BO is open about his wants and needs.
    Read The Miracle of Self Power.

    • http://midcontent brand inspector

      ever could figure out why the blacks vote for the puke social/communist dem party that voted to keep them in chains, or the stupid Jews who will continue to vote for idoits that keep supporting the pedophile worshipping, stinking rug riding sand hogs that want to wipe the Jews exterminated. The 2nd time, theJews voted for the maddrass educated marxist/socialist, sure made several people quit donating to the peracuted grow.

      • Bill

        Tell us how you really feel, Brand

  • Bill

    Here is another good example of more lost rights from your democratically dominated senate.

    Let’s here how the liberal posters will rationalize this.

    The internet is the last free market place and we must fight to protect it

    • http://google gary gerke

      The internet has always been an private entity, only the US government agree to taxing a free enterprise and censor the content!

      • Rick

        actually we are the last plac3e that doesn’t censor and tax it some places are fanatical about it. those being the unbelievers that want to control everything and everyone. We need to take control of our government back by what ever means necessary. Lock all congress and the president in the house chambers and make them stay there until they figure our=t how to fix the budget and then we the people have to approve it and if they try to leave they are shot.

  • http://midcontent brand inspector

    The dumb illagimate morons that have voted for the socialist/communist democraps time after time, oe sat on their dead azzes, and didn’t vote , got this snafu mess. The jug eared Bono said he wanted to take away private land ownership, people should only make what government agencies to decide what everyonw need. A view spouted by the brain dead Hillary and Bill Clinton which has been recorded. Veiws always promoted by the book train idoits that inhabit the welfare do nothing society.

  • gman

    Tyranny abounds but people to busy watching what they think is real life TV shows. Keep em busy keep em stupid.

  • ibcamn

    just wait,some day a guy is going to make a remark about Obama’s butt ugly wife or about his big ears and fake tears or something to do with their kid’s in that heavily armed guarded school they go to,something will trigger a red alert(flag) for nothing more than a word and it will start,the end of liberty(maybe just for that guy)and they will turn to breaking in doors with no excises or warrant’s just because they think it’s wrong!wait they doing that now!never mind i guess i’m late to the party!!,Hello secret service guy,nice glock you got there!are those issued shades or can you buy your own?..CIA issue or more like DEA? sheet…go to jail!internet too will be back in the hands of the fed’s,either by tax or vary heavy regulations,




  • http://yahoo ROHBAR

    It is amazing to me that so many violations of the US Constitution go unchecked, and I feel my hands are tied. If this is the way it is I believe that the marxists and communists who obama has employed is going to lead us to the end!

  • LindyMaeUSA

    Dear Rohbar: I’ve been a realist since 2007 after abruptly discovering WHO is doing WHAT to America and WHY they’re doing it! I don’t “feel” my hands are tied Rohbar…I KNOW THEY’RE TIED and I believe they’ll be tied indefinitely!

    William Arthur Ward wrote:

    Realist: A person who sees things as they TRULY are. A practical person. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; THE REALIST ADJUSTS THE SAILS.

    Perhaps my perspective will add REALITY to your “feelings” because as I see it, we’re all in the same boat here! Tragically, we’ll be rowing together since The Majority of Sheeple continue snoring loudly in their “Life goes on as usual!” attitude-behavior and pre-planned hypnotic/mind-controlled existence! :-(


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