This isn’t the Patriot Act. It’s the Total Government Oversight Act giving civilian department and agencies access to every email account in the country without a warrant. It effectively gives the liberal bureaucracy total control over all private communications without any basis, cause or legal oversight for such action.
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.
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.
(5) the term “independent regulatory agency” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Office of Financial Research, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and any other similar agency designated by statute as a Federal independent regulatory agency or commission;
This is being sold as a law enforcement measure, but the majority of these agencies are not law enforcement, in the generally accepted sense, they are regulatory agencies.
What this really does is allow liberal regulatory agencies to fish around and routinely violate private communications in the hopes of finding cases to create. Considering the abuses already being practiced by these agencies, even without such power, if this goes through we will be living in a world where the expanding bureaucracy is constantly monitoring everyone’s email accounts all the time.
Forget the police state, the totalitarian bureaucratic collectivists will have won. 1984 here we come.