A new secret bill which would authorize security agencies to examine a broader range of private data without the need of a search warrant, the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act, was passed by the Senate Intelligence Committee by a 14 to 1 vote, and is on it’s was to the Senate for adoption.
In the past, National Security Letters (NSLs), had the authority to acquire transitional records from companies, but excluded bank statements, email data, phone call data, etc.
The new bill would allow for the use of (NSL’s), by intelligence agencies to acquire private data previously unattainable without a warrant. NSLs are issued by the executive branch without a judges authorization. NSLs are served by intelligence agencies with an attached gag-order to banks, phone companies, internet service providers, etc., demanding information ‘relevant’ to some investigation.
This bill takes a hatchet to important protections for Americans’ liberty. This bill would mean more government surveillance of Americans, less due process and less independent oversight of US intelligence agencies. (source)
The US government is relentless in it’s pursuit of your personal, private, information. There are no lengths it will go to in obtaining it, including passing domestic intelligence bills covertly. We are US citizens, not terrorists ! What is the need of all this surveillance and private data collection? I’ll give you a small hint; it has nothing to do with ‘keeping you safe’.