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Senator Patrick Leahy (D, Vt.), seen here in a cameo in The Dark Knight, was "pressured" by National District Attorneys' Association and the National Sheriffs' Association to change the language of the privacy bill  (Source: Warner Bros.)
Bill originally added protection for e-mail

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.

The bill is scheduled for a vote next week and was reworked after the National District Attorneys' Association and the National Sheriffs' Association made it clear that they were concerned about increasing difficulty gaining access to e-mails for criminal investigations. The rewritten bill would give access to e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter messages to 22 different government agencies without the need for a search warrant.
 
The rewritten bill would also allow the FBI and Homeland Security additional authority in certain circumstances to access accounts on the internet without notifying the owner or needing approval by a judge.

The original legislation proposed would've required police to obtain a search warrant and have probable cause before they were allowed to read the contents of e-mail or other digital communications.
 
Senator Leahy previously said of his legislation, "[The bill] provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by... requiring that the government obtain a search warrant."

Source: CNET



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RE: No
By stilltrying on 11/20/2012 9:58:46 PM , Rating: 3
You think they actually care what you think or a group of you. Get real these people are pushing the agenda for power. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. I dont know of any politician who isnt looking to increase their power either directly or indirectly.

Politicians personality are most closely reflected with sociopaths. Think about it.

They dont care what you think or what you vote because their is 15 other politicians behind them who will bend to the overlords over the people. The people no longer have any power. Power mongers are coming out of the closet.


RE: No
By superstition on 11/22/2012 1:22:01 AM , Rating: 2
This has always been the case. The government poisoned alcohol by adding methanol to it. It injected people in hospitals with polonium. It fed school kids radioactive oatmeal. It gave people syphilis and then studied their deterioration for decades, while lying to them about their symptoms. It warehoused poor kids (Fernald/Eugenics), with the pretense that they were retarded, and sterilized them. It made buildings for the American natives it displaced with radioactive bricks and hired them to dig uranium ore without any protection. It wrecked destruction by throwing American citizens into concentration camps and nuking the people of the Marshall islands. It conducted secret chemical weapons testing on live human subjects. It dragged people into a ridiculous war with Vietnam and destroyed acres and acres of jungle with toxic chemicals so its pals at Monsanto could make a few bucks.

And, guess what else private corporations did? They did things like shooting striking workers. Back when we had a press that wasn't completely the lapdogs of industry, though, that was enough of a scandal to break up Standard Oil.

quote:
About 11,000 miners in southern Colorado went on strike against the powerful Colorado Fuel & Iron Corporation (CF&I) to protest low pay, dangerous working conditions, and the company's autocratic dominance over the workers' lives. The CF&I, which was owned by the Rockefeller family and Standard Oil, responded to the strike by immediately evicting the miners and their families from company-owned shacks.

When the evictions failed to end the strike, the Rockefeller interests hired private detectives that attacked the tent colonies with rifles and Gatling guns.

When the tenacity of the strikers became apparent, the Rockefellers approached the governor of Colorado, who authorized the use of the National Guard. The Rockefellers agreed to pay their wages.

At first, the strikers believed that the government had sent the National Guard to protect them. The militiamen instead attacked a tent colony of strikers to break the strike, killing dozens of men, women, and children.


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