Guardian: In a shameful vote this week as part of an extension of the dreaded and controversial Patriot Act, the Senate handed William Barr and the Trump administration the ability to spy on Americans’ web browsing and internet search histories without a warrant.
Amendment to Keep Feds out of Citizens’ Internet History Fails — by 1 Vote. The Senate voted against an amendment on Wednesday sponsored by Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) https://t.co/tQMYTG7f2x
— Randy Bell (@RandyMBell) May 16, 2020
The vote on a bipartisan amendment to protect this information from government surveillance sparked immediate outrage online – and deservedly so. Our web browsing and search histories contain the most intimate personal information. Any administration – let alone the draconian Trump justice department – should be required to comply with the fourth amendment before trawling through it.
Lol the fbi can track you. Google and apple can track. The senate just voted allowing fbi to search your internet history without a warrant. 27 rep and 10 dems in favor. Lol they track u already lets save some lives while we do it. https://t.co/q7R6Sqe4AG
— MF ZOOM (@gmeloqu718) May 15, 2020
Depressingly, the amendment failed to pass the 60-vote threshold by exactly one vote, 59-37, with two Democratic caucus members, including Bernie Sanders, failing to show up. “As far as I can tell we lost because there were some people absent,” Ron Wyden, who co-sponsored the bill with Republication senator Steve Daines, told Politico.
A Senate amendment to stop the government from warrantless spying on your internet history failed by a single vote. We can't let the surveillance state keep shredding our Constitution. As Senator, I'll stand strong against attacks on our civil liberties. https://t.co/jqde4uNHMz
— Lisa Savage for US Senate🌻 (@LisaForMaine) May 14, 2020
Even worse, 10 Democrats – including Dianne Feinstein, Sheldon Whitehouse and Mark Warner – sided with Mitch McConnell and the Trump administration and voted against the provision. Time and again, when it comes to privacy and civil liberties issues some Democrats have consistently sided with the Trump administration, despite portraying the president as lawless and unaccountable on a variety of subjects. It never ceases to be infuriating. Read more…