While I agree that this is ANOTHER loss of civil liberties and I do not support giving back more "rights" to the government....watch the voting and I will do likewise. My bet would be that there will be more liberal Democrats than conservative Republicans voting AGAINST this bill. We will compare notes after this hits the floor and if I am wrong, I will be happy to admit it.The most transparent administration in the history of man is about to read your e-mail.
“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.“
And you idiots complained about the Patriot Act. Now they can read your email. And just WHO is authorized to do this?
Just 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.
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” Benjamin Franklin
BTW, I was NO fan of the Patriot Act, Rendition, Guantanamo, or any of the crap passed after 911. George W. Bush presided over the biggest grab of civil liberties since the Civil War and on these issues Obama is not any better...BUT Republicans in congress, you know, the protectors of "rights" have a DISMAL record as well.