For John, BLUF: The people inside the DZc Bubble want to snoop not our private lives and Congress (and the Federal Courts) should be protecting us. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I was about to author a blog post condemning in the strongest possible terms the Senator Leahy associated bill on EMail security from Federal Government snooping, when a new article popped up saying that Senator Leahy, from Vermont, has abandoned his support of the Department of Justice approach, although he hasn't gone back to his original position. The article lede:
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.Really, does the National Labor Relations Board need to be able to see my private EMails without a warrant? I don't think so. Are we still worried about Harry Bridges?
The Citizenry needs to keep an eye on the Administration and the US Congress, to ensure our privacy rights are not further eroded. This erosion of our rights started before President Bush and 9/11, although it accelerated under his Adminstration and continues to go in the wrong direction under President Obama's Administration.
We have to be vigilant.
Regards — Cliff