Update On HR 2471 Senate Vote To Strip Americans Of All Internet Privacy - Leahy Backs Away

11-21-12 update: Leahy Drops Controversial Warrantless E-mail Surveillance Bill 11-21-12 "Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced that he will not be supporting the controversial Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Amendments Act, which he wrote, after fierce criticism arose from a variety of groups over his revision to the bill allowing federal agencies warrantless access to Americans' e-mail accounts... Eventually, criticism from a variety of civil rights groups and a petition to Congress with over 2,000 signatures entitled "Tell Congress: Stay Out of My Email," however, compelled Senator Leahy to withdraw his support for the revised legislation."

Like 'Ahnold', though...they'll be back

(The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on House Resolution 2471, relating to "consumer consent to video service providers", on Nov. 29) - fyi
Original post 11-20-12:

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

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 [cloud], 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...An aide to the Senate Judiciary committee told CNET that because discussions with interested parties are ongoing, it would be premature to comment on the legislation.

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.

Revised bill highlights:

 ✭ Grants warrantless access to Americans' electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.
 ✭ Permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans' correspondence stored on systems not offered "to the public," including university networks.
 ✭ Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant -- or subsequent court review -- if they claim "emergency" situations exist.

✭ Says providers "shall notify" law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they've been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.
 ✭ Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to "10 business days." This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.
This post is a follow up, related to: Australians Stripped Of All Internet Privacy 8-22-12 "Laws passed today will allow authorities to collect and keep Australians' internet records, including their web-browsing history, social media activity and emails...Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the laws would help police track cyber-criminals around the globe, and would give authorities the power to find people engaged in forgery, fraud, child pornography, and infringement of copyright and intellectual property...The legislation will allow the Australian Federal Police to collaborate with international authorities in seeking Australian communications data under warrants"- Australia today, the rest of the world tomorrow" [see post]
The imaginary election has come and gone, and "tomorrow" is today.

This 'rewritten' bill is absolute authoritarianism - stripping away every pretense of privacy with regard to anything done online. Not that anybody does not fully expect that this sort of internet spying on the public is already done anyway, nonetheless it truly is an entirely different matter when they write it into law - as they did three months ago in Australia. To actually pass a law granting themselves the 'legal' right to warrantless search at will is a game changer. The vote is next week - we'll know more then. And if not next week, without a doubt another bill will follow before long, and then another, and then another, until the internet is completly Big Brother neutered. It really is just a matter of time. The ZWO (zionist-world order) wants full compliance from all, and they are pulling out all the stops. And they are no longer waiting until 'tomorrow', they are doing it today. Be wide awake. Rev. 18:4
Romans 13:11 'And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed'

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