|Sheila Jackson Lee Wants to Read Your Emails, Congress Says No|
|by Tom McGregor||Thu, Jul 5, 2012, 07:16 PM|
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Tx.) introduced legislation that would grant her the privilege to read all private emails that were reviewed by the federal government without a search warrant. House Republicans quickly voted no and the amendment failed to pass to the Senate floor.
According to the Houston Chronicle, ‘in the aftermath of 9/11, Congress authorized the federal government to read your email – without a warrant from a judge. With civil liberties groups continuing to complain about potential privacy violations, a growing number of lawmakers are attempting to get information from Uncle Sam to let us know just how widespread the warrant-less email snooping is going on.”
Sheila Jackson Lee requested the House Judiciary Committee honor her request to disclose how many Americans’ communications were monitored without warrants. The amendment was shut down 11-20 and the bill extending the life of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will then move to the House floor for a full vote.
Kathleen Turner, director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said, “the legislation, which is up for renewal, allows the government to intercept Americans’ electronic communications without probable cause or a warrant as long as one of the parties is ‘reasonably believed to be located outside the United States.’”
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