Secret Provision in 2017 Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill “Takes a Hatchet” to “American Liberty”

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Independent Sentinel

Some believe that there are no intrusions to privacy and infringements on American liberty that are too much in the name of safety. This could be a case of exactly that and all with the best of intentions. Do we only have one Senator who sees the need for some limitations?

The Senate’s annual intelligence authorization bill is alleged to contain a provision that would allow the FBI to obtain U.S. citizens’ email records without oversight – without a warrant. The bill is still classified and the committee gets to decide when the public sees the wording which is a week or two after it’s signed in committee.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was the lone dissenting vote and he said it does infringe. All the FBI would have to do is send a letter to get our email records.

Wyden’s office wrote: “The bill would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers. The FBI can currently obtain phone records with a National Security Letter, but not email records.”

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