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Privacy, please!


POSTED: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 8:07pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 9:28pm

Look at ol' Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate.

Too busy to pass a budget. He wants those rascally Republicans to stop filibustering every time he wants a bill slammed through.

This is not proposed by Reid, but one of his good liberal buddies Patrick Leahy.

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.

Leahy is a big liberal. You'd think he'd be more in favor or people rights to privacy. Is he paranoid?

Reminds me of that old joke told by good natured Dallasites when I was living there.

There used to be a big rivalry between Dallas and Fort Worth. The snooty Dallasites used to say, "we don't care what people in Fort Worth are saying about us. What are they saying about us?"

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me a or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.


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I did not hear you cry about the Patriot Act warrantless wire tapps or home searches when the GOP controled hous, Senate and Bush put it into law? Why is that?

Exactly, but the ones that decried it a few years ago are trying to amp it up. A guess it's because they are sooo much better at protecting our rights.

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