Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Big Brother is watching your internet habits
Loathsome senate democrat Patrick Leahy had a bill that would theoretically preserve the privacy of individuals from warrantless government snooping into their otherwise legal online affairs. Then, under the pressure from state AG's and law enforcement(though I suspect is was more pressure from the feds) he quickly and quietly rewrote the bill to ALLOW warrantless computer snooping by pretty much anybody in government who wants to peek at what you're doing?
From Broadbandreports -- 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.
This takes the travesty that is the Patriot Act a step further in terms of privacy and warrantless intrusion by the authorities. What the hell is happening in this country when soulless democrats promote gross violations of the sovereignty of individuals without due process and republicans shrug because they supported Bush when he stepped in this direction after 9/11?