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senate Bill S. 1654

Should Law Enforcement Have to Get a Warrant Before Searching Your Email?

Argument in favor

Personal emails, text messages, and other files in the cloud should have the same Fourth Amendment privacy protections as paper communications.

Leo's Opinion
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08/03/2017
Protection from unreasonable search is covered in the constitution. This shouldn't be in question.
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Carrie's Opinion
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08/03/2017
Why is this a question? Just because our technology has advanced doesn't mean it should not be covered as physical mail.
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operaman's Opinion
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08/03/2017
Just like private USPS mail. Certainly not difficult to comprehend. Somehow, the House voted overwhelmingly to protect email under the 1stA.
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Argument opposed

Blocking the government from accessing suspicious electronic communications poses a threat to individual and national security.

Arturo's Opinion
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08/04/2017
What worries me is how simple it is to get a warrant from a Judge. So are we really protected?
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Laura's Opinion
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08/04/2017
Seems like we are paying our reps to play mud pies or sand box. Such children to even bring such nonsense up. Wow. I can't even imagine the United States of America violating my privacy in such a way. We didn't elect a socialist.
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jayar's Opinion
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08/03/2017
You want privacy? Encrypt your files and documents. Don't send, store, or post anything you wouldn't mind seeing on the front page of the paper.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJuly 27th, 2017
    Protection from unreasonable search is covered in the constitution. This shouldn't be in question.
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    Why is this a question? Just because our technology has advanced doesn't mean it should not be covered as physical mail.
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    Just like private USPS mail. Certainly not difficult to comprehend. Somehow, the House voted overwhelmingly to protect email under the 1stA.
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    Yes. It's my personal mail. I think this is Orwellian. We don't need big brother.
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    Why in all that's constitutional in the US should this even be in question? Of course law enforcement needs warrants!!
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    It's a pitiful state of affairs when we have to pass a bill to protect rights that are SUPPOSED to be GUARANTEED by the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 🇺🇸 ! Folks, we need to get SERIOUS about voting in more Constitutional conservatives like Senator Mike Lee! Like most of the Democrats who have moved further left ideologically, most of the GOP have also moved further to the left! And that spells trouble with a capital T! Yeah, I'm saying we've got trouble right here in RiverCity! Our federal government has been paying lip service to the Constitution far too long! How many of more of our rights do you want to see get flushed down the toilet?! OF COURSE THE PRIVACY OF OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD BE HELD INVIOLATE! It should be protected from prying eyes and not released without a duly signed warrant issued for probable cause! WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS WORTH TO YOU, PEOPLE?!! Speak now or forever hold your peace. And be sure you note every blasted traitor who votes against this bill and fight to get him/her VOTED OUT OF CONGRESS! And while we're on the subject, we've got bigger problems than this! Please read the following: [PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDS TO REPLACE H. R. MCMASTER, the National Security Advisor!!! HE'S EITHER IN THE PAY OF THE ISLAMISTS OR THE GLOBALISTS, IMO! Folks, the enemy isn't AT the gates; the enemy was brought INTO the city via the Trojan horse named Barack Hussein Obama! President Trump is being played, but it's not by Russia! My best guess is that the puppetmaster is none other than GEORGE SOROS!] McMaster Purges NSC Staffer for Warning of Islamist-Leftist Threat • And so McMaster purges another challenge to the Obama order. And you have to wonder whether he isn't emerging as a national security threat. By Daniel Greenfield, August 2, 2017 McMaster had purged Derek Harvey, one of the NSC's best people on the Middle East, for trying to fire Obama holdovers. "In the late 1980s, Harvey traveled throughout Iraq by taxicab—500 miles, village to village—interviewing locals, sleeping on mud floors with a shower curtain for a door. He [was] full of questions, intensely curious and entirely nonthreatening. After the 1991 Gulf War, when the CIA was predicting the inevitable fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Harvey, then a major, insisted that Hussein would survive because members of the Sunni community knew their fortunes were tied to his. He was right. Months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Harvey wrote an intelligence paper declaring that al Qaeda and the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan posed a strategic threat to the United States." http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/267407/mcmaster-ousts-trump-adviser-who-tried-fire-obama-daniel-greenfield And why was Harvey fired? That dispute was followed by a bigger one. Bannon and Trump, according to White House officials, pressed McMaster to fire a list of Obama holdovers at the National Security Council who were suspected of leaking to the press. The list of names was compiled by Derek Harvey, a former Defense Intelligence Agency colonel who was initially hired by Flynn. McMaster balked. He refused to fire anyone on the list and asserted that he had the authority to fire and hire National Security Council staff. And McMaster keeps using that authority to purge patriots from the NSC. Rich Higgins, a top official of the National Security Council was fired last month after arguing in a memo that President Trump is under sustained attack from subversive forces both within and outside the government who are deploying Maoist tactics to defeat President Trump’s nationalist agenda. “Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed,” the memo warns. It argues that this has led “Islamists [to] ally with cultural Marxists,” but that in the long run, “Islamists will co-opt the movement in its entirety.” “Because the left is aligned with Islamist organizations at local, national, and international levels, recognition should be given to the fact that they seamlessly interoperate through coordinated synchronized interactive narratives … These attack narratives are pervasive, full spectrum, and institutionalized at all levels. They operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies.” Higgins, seen as an ally of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, had only served on the council for a couple months. Higgins had also “pushed for declassification of documents having to do with radical Islam and Iran,” according to a source close to the White House. A source close to Higgins said that specifically, Higgins had been pushing for the declassification of Presidential Study Directive 11, a classified report produced in 2010 by the Obama administration which presaged the Arab Spring, outlining unrest throughout the Middle East. The directive has become a shibboleth of activists such as Frank Gaffney, who see it as evidence of the Obama administration’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. Higgins, according to another source with direct knowledge of the incident, was called into the White House Counsel’s office the week before last and asked about the memo. On July 21, the Friday of that week, he was informed by McMaster’s deputy Ricky Waddell that he was losing his job. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/a-national-security-council-staffer-is-forced-out-over-a-controversial-memo/535725/ And so McMaster purges another challenge to the Obama order. And you have to wonder whether he isn't emerging as a national security threat. Here's a 2016 interview with Higgins. Political warfare includes both non-violent and violent actions working in synthesis, Higgins says. The left, with enemy-friendly Muslim Brotherhood allies, is able to control the dominant cultural narrative with the media and the government, blinding us in the war on terror and impacting how Americans think, he argues. Higgins calls for a “strategic and operational pause” in America’s misguided battle to stop the terror. He would, instead, ask new leadership to develop a comprehensive political warfare plan, while removing the subversive policies and personnel causing America to lose this paramount battle. He cites the “purges” carried out by law enforcement and intelligence officials throughout government, which Phil Haney, Sebastian Gorka and Steve Coughlin have made public. http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/02/former-dod-official-warns-america-is-on-the-wrong-track-to-fighting-war-on-terror-video/ Obama is out. But the purges continue. At the NSC and across much of the foreign policy sector, Obama's people are still in charge. http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/267460/mcmaster-purges-nsc-staffer-warning-islamist-daniel-greenfield
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    I assumed this was already the case.
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    Emails are private communication and no one should have access to it without a valid reason.
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    Yes, of course, they should have to get a warrant before they search anything. There are reasons that there are protections in place for citizens. Namely, it is due to the corrupt and unethical practices of law enforcement, and the judicial branch in the past. If there are no checks and balances, like Internal Affairs, the history has provided evidence that the corrupt, unethical and the immoral will use their position to frame innocent people or to achieve a desired outcome, because, well, they just don't like the person, in which they are having an affair with his wife.... or something along those lines. If you could remove Conservatism, Narcissism and Sociopathic tendencies from law enforcement , then you may be able to trust law enforcement to perform their jobs ethically and professionally.
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    Due process is no different for electronic communication.
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    Absolutely they should. My email is my private life. If they want to invade that privacy, they need a warrant!
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    Why is this even a question? Of course a warrant should be required.
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    Yes, they need a search warrant to search a citizen's computer. No different than anything else.
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    Email is a legitimate form of communication, used for all manner of business. Reading through someone's emails can give you their bills, communication from a lawyer, etc. Accessing it should require the input of a judge.
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    Are you kidding me? Where are we?
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    Do they need one to look through your regular mail? That is the answer.
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    Emails are private property.
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    Any search and seizure should require a warrant. That is our fourth amendment right.
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    Yes nobody's is above the law this is not a dictatorship . We are the people and have a right to privacy. Government can not be trusted that's why we the people are in charge . Wake up
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    Free speech unless court order for cause
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