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

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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 10:49 AM

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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Land of the free my ass lol.

Why would anyone willingly use email after reading this?

posted on Nov, 26 2012 @ 01:39 PM
I just found out about this and did a search on ATS, found this thread ( it was the first and only thread about this topic searched under "email without warrant" ) - which has NO Posts in 6 days !.. WHY aren't people talking about this Monster?

Lets hope this bill does not pass. We now need a really Good way to encrypt all incoming and outgoing emails, or other such protection. Any ideas on how to do that? Facebook messages too. if this passes Facebook should offer message encryption.

What about client side encryption such as Thunderbird.. all people sending and receiving with Thunderbird could have their mail encrypted automatically, so there is no good data left on the servers. What about only emailing through a VPN?

Did some searching and found this: How to encrypt your email. it covers 3 steps (none of which are very good but it's the best 2012 technology can offer. )

the connection from your email provider; your actual email messages; and your stored, cached, or archived email messages.
The page then tells you how to do encrypt these things.
edit on 26-11-2012 by JohnPhoenix because: sp


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