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Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-re...

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.
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Bush shredded the Constitution!

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P.S. Who is dumber -- Leahy or Boxer? It's a question that has been keeping me up nights.

--fleg
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Just a continuation of Republican policies.
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FNMH:"Just a continuation of Republican policies. "


You lie! You lie!



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Just a continuation of Republican policies. - FMNH

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That's a lie!
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No, it's not a lie. One of my senators (Kyl - R) authored the Patriot Act. I don't remember if he did the sequel also. But among other things those laws allowed unprecedented loss to privacy including warrantless wiretapping.

I've voted against Kyl ever since (though he quit this year).

One of my beefs with Obama is that he hasn't moved to repeal those laws.

Both parties are culpable for this crap.
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Some good news...apparently Leahy has dropped it.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552687-38/leahy-scuttles...

Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power -- including warrantless access to Americans' e-mail accounts -- than they possess under current law.

Now if we can just get rid of warrantless wiretapping...
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