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Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.

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.

...

The list of agencies that would receive civil subpoena authority for the contents of electronic communications also includes the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission.

More at [link to news.cnet.com]

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How is this even legal to do?!?!
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Talk about a bait and switch. CNET is reporting that Senator Patrick Leahy (D, Vt.), who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has revised legislation he proposed previously that originally claimed to protect e-mail privacy of American citizens. That proposal has been rewritten, and now allows for law enforcement officials to read your e-mails without a warrant.

More at [link to www.dailytech.com]
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Let me guess...the act will be named

THE CONSUMER RIGHT TO INTERNET CONFIDENTIALITY ACT
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How is this even legal to do?!?!
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BEST TO JUST TOSS OUT ANY SEMBLANCE OF LAW.

WE ARE DONE.
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I am so sick of these despicable people throwing away our freedoms.
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How is this even legal to do?!?!
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ohappy hitler
Tell me what this tastes like...
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How is this even legal to do?!?!
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What's "legal" got to do with it??
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Because enough stupid people actually put 0bama back into office.

Fool Amerika once, shame on you
Fool Amerika twice, enjoy your communism
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here's 2 salutes for all of those that monitor me> flip
How unfortunate for some rulers when men,women,and children continue to think... Keep repeating the lies loud enough and long enough and just maybe the people will start to believe the lies again and good luck with that...finding your energy open until mars becomes raging aries...
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Our email has been open for along time and they have to get reasons or make them up to shoot you in the head (if your lucky) or torture you or your children.
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You get what you deserve. A nation of dumbed-down celebrity obsessed obese zombies elected a "Celebrity puppet President" because the television told them it'd be COOL to do.

And NOW the complaining starts? Napolitano outlined all of these plans in an October speech!!! Why didn't you hear about that American Joe? Too busy watching football, while your wife read about hollywood trends?
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I am so sick of these despicable people throwing away our freedoms.
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"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."



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Patrick Joseph Leahy (/ˈleɪhiː/;[1] born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont and member of the Democratic Party. He is the first and only elected Democratic Senator in Vermont's history. He is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy is the second most senior U.S. Senator, and second longest-serving Democrat in the U.S. Senate, following Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, having served since 1975.

Leahy was elected to the United States Senate for the first time in 1974, succeeding retiring 34-year incumbent George Aiken. At 34 years old, he was the youngest Senator in Vermont history. Leahy was nearly defeated in 1980 by Republican Stewart Ledbetter, winning by only 2,700 votes amid Ronald Reagan's landslide victory. In 1986, he faced what was on paper an even stronger challenger in former governor Richard Snelling, but Leahy turned back this challenge, taking 63 percent of the vote. In 1992, he faced another opponent in then-Secretary of State Jim Douglas, winning by 11 points.

Leahy was the first non-Republican Senator from Vermont since 1856, and the first non-Republican to be popularly elected from that state. To this day, he is the only Democrat ever elected to the Senate from Vermont. He is technically one of only three Democrats to represent Vermont in either house of Congress since the end of the Civil War. However, his election inaugurated Vermont's trend towards the Democratic Party, and since 2001, two other Vermont Senators have caucused with the Democrats. Jim Jeffords was elected as a Republican before he switched to become an Independent, while Bernie Sanders was elected as an Independent; he won and then refused the Democratic Party nomination.

During his tenure as Vice-Chairman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 1987, Leahy showed an unclassified draft report on the Iran-Contra affair to a news reporter. At a press conference, Leahy stated, "Even though it was declassified, I was way too careless about it," and accepted blame. Disclosure of that information was against the Intelligence Committee rules, and Leahy said he hastened his already planned departure from the committee because he was so angry at himself.[4]

He was chairman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee from 1987 until 1995 and was then chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 2001 until 2003, and regained the chairmanship in 2007. He is one of the key Democratic leaders on Senate issues on rules for filling federal judgeships via advise and consent. Leahy serves as second-highest Democrat on the Appropriations Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. In his position as the second-highest Democrat on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Leahy serves as Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Research, Nutrition and General Legislation. Currently, he is the second-longest serving member of the Senate, behind only Daniel Inouye. He thus has a high ranking in the order of precedence in protocol. He is also the longest serving Senator in Vermont's history.
Later career (1998–present)

The 1998 election was noteworthy in that Leahy had the endorsement of his Republican opponent, Fred Tuttle. Tuttle was the lead actor in the movie Man with a Plan, shot in Vermont, in which a farmer decides to run for the House. Tuttle told voters to vote for Leahy because he didn't want to move to Washington D.C. Leahy was touched by this gesture; he once said that Tuttle was the "distilled essence of Vermonthood".

Leahy was one of two Senators targeted in the 2001 anthrax attacks. The anthrax letter meant for him was intercepted before it reached his office. In 2004, Leahy was awarded the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Champion of Freedom Award for efforts in information privacy and open government. Leahy is regarded as one of the leading privacy advocates in Congress.[citation needed]Leahy is heard often on the issue of land mines.


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Leahy is CFR/Trilateral/Bilderberg -- this explains his treachery.
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Do you think they haven't been monitoring and reading email since citizens began emailing? The only thing that surprises me is they're passing a bill instead of keeping it on the qt.
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Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.

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.

...

The list of agencies that would receive civil subpoena authority for the contents of electronic communications also includes the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission.

More at [link to news.cnet.com]
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I suggest snail mail for those with concern. Technology is nice, but it is BITING us big time.
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You get what you deserve. A nation of dumbed-down celebrity obsessed obese zombies elected a "Celebrity puppet President" because the television told them it'd be COOL to do.

And NOW the complaining starts? Napolitano outlined all of these plans in an October speech!!! Why didn't you hear about that American Joe? Too busy watching football, while your wife read about hollywood trends?
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As opposed of a nation of inbred do-nothings that have no control of their Canadian life and have to kiss the queens ass for everything.
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How is this even legal to do?!?!
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Because enough stupid people actually put 0bama back into office.

Fool Amerika once, shame on you
Fool Amerika twice, enjoy your communism
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1493398


clappa

God only knows how many more of our freedoms will be stripped with this emboldened Liberal Democratic party and the Emperor in charge. It will come down to the American Patriot to right these wrongs one day.
"I like Sub Commanders. They don't have time for bullshit, neither do I." (Franklin Roosevelt)
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The governments of the world have ALWAYS had a backdoor into EVERYONE's computer since its's conception. They do not even need a signal to enter.

I have had the FBI enter my computer without a warrent. They tried to shame/control me because of the porn sites I had visited. When that did not work, the agent threatened to kill my two neices if I went public with the information I had garnered.

I have posted on this site and been prevented sending my e-mail in real time by N S A. I have been ban ned for three months, thereafter.

Please be advised, all posting on this site is monitored by the h o s t.
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Shut up and pay your Fair Share

ouncsam
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I see nothing wrong with the law the way it currently is.

1.) Police have probable cause.

2.) They present their case to a Judge.

3.) If the Judge thinks there is probable cause he grants a search warrant.

4.) The police can read your email if the search warrant states that they can seize your emails in the search.

It's worked great for two centuries.
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I am so sick of these despicable people throwing away our freedoms.
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You didn't have any "freedoms." You were allowed a few "privileges," though.
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How is this even legal to do?!?!
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Because enough stupid people actually put 0bama back into office.

Fool Amerika once, shame on you
Fool Amerika twice, enjoy your communism
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1493398



No, dumbass.

The slaves DO NOT and HAVE NEVER elected the president. He is selected by TPTB.
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Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.

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.

...

The list of agencies that would receive civil subpoena authority for the contents of electronic communications also includes the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission.

More at [link to news.cnet.com]
 Quoting: Laura Bow


ITS TIME TO TAKE POLITICAL ACTION. CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPS AND VOICE OPPOSITION TO THE BILL.

PLEASE DO NOT SIT ON YOUR ASS AND DO NOTING, THAT IS THE WORSE THING YOU CAN DO.
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Thanks Chrit!hf

As far as people only blaming Obama um....this is happening in the SENATE, there's more than one corrupt person in Washington DC.
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I see nothing wrong with the law the way it currently is.

1.) Police have probable cause.

2.) They present their case to a Judge.

3.) If the Judge thinks there is probable cause he grants a search warrant.

4.) The police can read your email if the search warrant states that they can seize your emails in the search.

It's worked great for two centuries.
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WELL THEN BOY, DO NOT SIT ON YOUR FUCKING ASS, CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BILL. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE PROTEST, THE BILL CAN CHANGE.
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Thanks Chrit!hf

As far as people only blaming Obama um....this is happening in the SENATE, there's more than one corrupt person in Washington DC.
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WELL THEN BOY, DO NOT SIT ON YOUR FUCKING ASS, CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BILL. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE PROTEST, THE BILL CAN CHANGE.
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How is this even legal to do?!?!
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Because enough stupid people actually put 0bama back into office.

Fool Amerika once, shame on you
Fool Amerika twice, enjoy your communism
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1493398



No, dumbass.

The slaves DO NOT and HAVE NEVER elected the president. He is selected by TPTB.
 Quoting: LOL 28041941


WELL THEN BOY, DO NOT SIT ON YOUR FUCKING ASS, CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BILL. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE PROTEST, THE BILL CAN CHANGE.
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I am so sick of these despicable people throwing away our freedoms.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27978074



You didn't have any "freedoms." You were allowed a few "privileges," though.
 Quoting: LOL 28041941


WELL THEN BOY, DO NOT SIT ON YOUR FUCKING ASS, CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BILL. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE PROTEST, THE BILL CAN CHANGE.
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The governments of the world have ALWAYS had a backdoor into EVERYONE's computer since its's conception. They do not even need a signal to enter.

I have had the FBI enter my computer without a warrent. They tried to shame/control me because of the porn sites I had visited. When that did not work, the agent threatened to kill my two neices if I went public with the information I had garnered.

I have posted on this site and been prevented sending my e-mail in real time by N S A. I have been ban ned for three months, thereafter.

Please be advised, all posting on this site is monitored by the h o s t.
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WELL THEN BOY, DO NOT SIT ON YOUR FUCKING ASS, CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BILL. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE PROTEST, THE BILL CAN CHANGE.
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How is this even legal to do?!?!
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Because enough stupid people actually put 0bama back into office.

Fool Amerika once, shame on you
Fool Amerika twice, enjoy your communism
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1493398


clappa

God only knows how many more of our freedoms will be stripped with this emboldened Liberal Democratic party and the Emperor in charge. It will come down to the American Patriot to right these wrongs one day.
 Quoting: Fighting Spartan


WELL THEN BOY, DO NOT SIT ON YOUR FUCKING ASS, CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BILL. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE PROTEST, THE BILL CAN CHANGE.
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You get what you deserve. A nation of dumbed-down celebrity obsessed obese zombies elected a "Celebrity puppet President" because the television told them it'd be COOL to do.

And NOW the complaining starts? Napolitano outlined all of these plans in an October speech!!! Why didn't you hear about that American Joe? Too busy watching football, while your wife read about hollywood trends?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1290520


As opposed of a nation of inbred do-nothings that have no control of their Canadian life and have to kiss the queens ass for everything.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 14871303


WELL THEN BOY, DO NOT SIT ON YOUR FUCKING ASS, CALL YOUR SENATOR AND TELL THEM YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BILL. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE PROTEST, THE BILL CAN CHANGE.

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