AMERICA’S OXYMORONIC “ELECTRONIC PRIVACY ACT”
It’s sad to say, but these days you can count on anything named by the government doing the exact opposite of its stated purpose …
Take the so-called “Electronic Communications Privacy Act,” a piece of oxymoronic Orwellian refuse sponsored by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). Originally intended as an upgrade to privacy rights in the digital age, the latest version of this legislation actually grants government at all levels broad new snooping power over its citizens.
“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,” reports Declan McCullagh of CNET. “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.”
State and local governments would also be granted the ability to conduct warrantless searches of private email accounts with no probable cause to do so.
“At the moment, Internet users enjoy more privacy rights if they store data on their hard drives or under their mattresses,” McCullagh concludes.
Alongside their debased currency, right?
Exactly … in fact the only thing faster than the speed at which our nation is bankrupting future generations is the speed at which it is stripping current generations of their liberties.
“We are just a stone’s throw from a true Orwellian society,” one libertarian voter told us.
That’s true …
We already knew the marketplace for goods and services was under assault from leaders of both parties in Washington, D.C., but it appears as though the “marketplace of ideas” is also in their crosshairs.
UPDATE: In that rare bit of good news out of Washington, D.C., Leahy has apparently had a change of heart and decided to scuttle his bill.