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Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants 403

Posted by timothy
from the as-if-they-wouldn't-otherwise dept.
concealment writes "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. [Sen. Patrick] 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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Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants

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  • by PortHaven (242123) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @09:33AM (#42040671) Homepage

    You can find the petition here...

    http://cheaperthandirt.com/ [cheaperthandirt.com]

  • by moeinvt (851793) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @10:01AM (#42041169)

    We already have a new national anthem. It goes like this:

    "AMERICA! .... F*** Yeah! "

  • by JustOK (667959) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @10:12AM (#42041343) Journal

    2nd verse:
    ?????
    3rd verse
    Profit

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @10:15AM (#42041389)

    So really, what changes in your life if someone reads your email? Lets not forget the fact this isnt about reading EVERYONES email. Its only about reading the email of suspects and people under the microscope of the government already. If you truly, honestly, really believe the government has the time, energy, resources and manpower to sit and read the billions of emails sent in this country every day then in their entireity then you are a fucking moron. This policy is just for people they are trying to catch. They dont care about some fat IT guys emails in omaha, they dont care about some old lady in salt lake city, they dont care abou some girl sending her amateur twilight fetish stories to her friends in arkansa. Drug dealers, felons, mobsters, terrorists, and all the actual bad people, those are the emails they want to read. But you guys are awful, its like everytime you dont like something you turn it into the end of the world like for example windows8 everyone online made it sound like it would kill pc gaming, rape indie developers one by one in the ass, bring satan back to earth and damn us all to a firey hell.

    I dont care ifthe government reads my email. They will just see me send links to some asian kid beatboxing the mario theme on youtube to my friend, an alert that my new verizon bill is ready to be paid, me getting an alert I got a response to a physics question I posted on a forum somewhere or me getting a paypal alert for something I won on ebay. Thats about it.

    And guess what? Who gives a shit. Honestly, if the government reads your email how does it effect your life? It doesnt because if you arent doing bad things then you will never notice or care and your life will never be affected. Lets face it the only people who should worry about their emails being read are the people who are doing bad things and woried about getting caught. Trust me, no one gives a fuck about you tweeting you saw a double rainbow or that picture of the d00d cat you sent your grandma.

    All people want to do is rant and rave and bitch on the internet about the government and what they do. I bet if a story came out how terrorists blew up an airport and they were sending information via email you all would be crying "BUT WHY WERENT YOU READING THE EMAILS?!!!!!!!" Everyone will throw a hissy fit and get all wrapped up in something over nothing. People love to overblow everything and turn it into something it isnt. Get over yourselves, youre not important enough to worry about the government reading your email because they dont give a shit what you do because you are a nobody.

  • by JustOK (667959) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @10:18AM (#42041449) Journal

    Is there a convenient but more secure alternative to Google docs?

    LibreOffice. No one can open those files.

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