Civil Liberties Activists Mobilize Against Surveillance Amendment

McConnell Amendment Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Private Data

The FBI is always pushing for more surveillance power, and had recently called for a “amendment” of the law regarding what data they can get without a warrant. The law right now lists things the FBI can get, which the FBI called a “typo,” insisting those were meant to just be examples, and that the FBI could get virtually anything they want at any time if it’s terror related.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY), backed by several other Republicans, introduced exactly such an amendment last night, aiming to give the FBI unfettered access to, among other things, the web browsing history of all Americans.

The ACLU was quick to come out against the plan, saying they are “strongly opposed” to the plan, which not only dramatically expands FBI surveillance but also makes “lone wolf” parts of the Patriot Act permanent.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D – OR) is so far the only official in opposition to the move, saying it would “unnecessarily expand the government’s ability to conduct surveillance of Americans.” Though the Justice Department rejected the FBI’s argument that they were always “meant” to have this power, the current surveillance-happy makeup of the Senate makes it very likely it will pass in the absence of more vocal opposition.

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  • dahoit

    The terrorists are within.They are our leaders.

    • curmudgeonvt

      But they mean well and have our best interest at heart, right?

      • TellTheTruth-2

        No.

  • Bastiat

    The FBI and its enablers in Congress will not be satisfied until all constitutional rights are abolished.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    Little by little the IRON CURTAIN descends on the USA to put “we the people” into a prison the TRAITORS in Washington want us in. Look at the audacity of Ryan and his bunch of TRAITORS who are willing to tell the people who voted for Donald Trump to STFU because they’re in control, not us. Hopefully Trump wins and we can CLEAN HOUSE in 2018 and get the old boys out for good.