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.As we know from the current Petraeus scandal, if Big Brother wants to read your email, Big Brother is going to read your email. However this new post-election re-write indicates that the DemocRats intend that Big Brother will be reading your email at whim, not even the tiny fig leaf of judicial oversight required. Further examination of the bill (I surmise) may reveal that Big Brother will be able to observe your entire internet surfing history at whim as well. Which means pretty much ANY cop will be able to view everything you ever did on-line. Including crooked cops, cops you own money to, cops who want to date you, cops you dated and ditched, cops who belong to political parties you don't like, cops doing a favor for their friends, or their relatives, or for some guy who paid them a hundred bucks for a peek at your file... you get the picture.
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.
So the real question is, how much do you trust the average unionized public employee? Because they are going to know literally every goddamn thing you do or say on-line if they feel like it.
|We can seeeeeee you!|
Bad news is, it can be worse. The trend here is quite obvious and quite alarming. The policy makers in almost all Western countries are constructing a system of ubiquitous surveillance, by which you will be tracked 24/7/365 by your own electronic devices. Which you paid for. They will be able, legally and in a cost-effective, practical matter, to know exactly where you are, where you have been on a very long time scale of at least several years, your entire history of retail purchases, and they will be able to SPY on you with full video and audio by turning on your phone camera and also the phone cameras of people around you. Furthermore they will be able to control your -car- as well. Track it, turn it on or off as they please, turn ALL the cars in a given location on or off, etc. Its far more pervasive and intrusive than the GPS ankle bracelet they fit to convicts on parole.
Just so you know what y'all voted for. From my perspective Canada has nothing to brag about, our government is driving in this direction as well, if a little more slowly.
On the bright side, you can avoid the whole system by leaving your trinkets and cards at home and driving a pre-2005 car. If you have a classic with carbs and distributor ignition even better. Carry cash.