The folks on Capitol Hill are doing their best to eat away at the fringes of that *silly* Bill of Rights stuff. They expressed annoyance over the existence of the concept of due process in the gun control debate. We’re being told — with straight faces — that violence would just STOP if we all handed over our weapons to government agents.
Now, the GOP-controlled US Senate is dangerously close to seriously damaging our Fourth Amendment rights:
The Senate rejected legislation Wednesday that would allow the FBI to search Americans’ Internet browsing histories and email records without a warrant.
Supporters invoked the Orlando massacre to push for the measure, saying it would help federal agents identify terrorist suspects and thwart future attacks. But privacy rights advocates said the bill’s sponsors were using the mass shooting as a way to expand government surveillance and get around constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Senators voted 58-38 to advance the legislation, falling two votes short of the 60 votes needed. The amendment by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., would have been added to a federal spending bill that included funding for the FBI. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., switched his vote from “yes” to “no” — a procedural move that will allow him to bring the legislation up again later.
So, it’s coming back. *Nice.* MORE:
[…] It was the second time in two weeks that security hawks and privacy rights advocates have clashed in the wake of the Orlando shootings, in which a lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub. The House last week defeated a measure to ban warrantless surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications.
The McCain-Burr legislation would not allow FBI agents to read the actual content of emails. Instead, agents would be able to see email subject lines and the addresses that someone sends email to or receives email from, as well as when the communication took place. The FBI also would be able to see the website addresses that someone entered on their Internet browsers and look at how much time the person spent on a particular website.[…]
(*Two hours on The Daily Haymaker?????? They must be subversives. Send in the SWAT team!*) MORE:
[…] Agents would be able to access the information using national security letters — a kind of administrative subpoena that does not require a court order and would likely bar an Internet provider from telling its customers that their communication was searched. Currently, the FBI must get a warrant to obtain the data.
The legislation, which was supported by the FBI and other law enforcement groups, also would make permanent a provision of the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law that allows federal agents to conduct surveillance of “lone wolf” terrorist suspects in the U.S. who do not have ties to a foreign terrorist group. The provision is set to expire at the end of 2019.[…]
This legislation is backed mostly by the GOP caucus in the Senate. Burr sponsored it. Thilli$$$$ voted FOR it.
Look alive, folks. The Rs will apparently snatch your freedom away as quickly as the Ds will — IF YOU LET THEM.