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Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:59:03 -0500 From: bill@horneQRM.net (Bill Horne) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill Message-ID: <20121124015903.GA24165@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill After public criticism of proposal that lets government agencies warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will "not support" such an idea at next week's vote. by Declan McCullagh November 20, 2012 12:35 PM PST Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power -- including warrantless access to Americans' e-mail accounts -- than they possess under current law. The Vermont Democrat said today on Twitter that he would "not support such an exception" for warrantless access. The remarks came a few hours after a CNET article was published this morning that disclosed the existence of the measure. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552687-38/leahy-scuttles-his-warrantless-e-mail-surveillance-bill/ -or- http://goo.gl/E7qcp - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Well, there you have it: a great illustration of the massive feedback loop which is the Internet. The Senator, of course, might have been floating a trial balloon, but I was surprised that Cnet got to report an about-face so quickly. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:53:17 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants Message-ID: <20121124015317.GA23721@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Caution: Don't panic yet. See my follow-up email as well. Bill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 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. by Declan McCullagh November 20, 2012 4:00 AM PST 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. Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns, according to three individuals who have been negotiating with Leahy's staff over the changes. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/ -or- http://goo.gl/t4w9D -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
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