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Are the FBI and IRS Secretly Reading Your Email Without a Warrant?

Friday, 10 May 2013 10:43 By Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now! | Video Report

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The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents revealing that the FBI and IRS may be reading emails and other electronic communications of U.S. citizens without obtaining a warrant. This comes just as reports have emerged that the Obama administration is considering approving an overhaul of government surveillance of the Internet. The New York Times reported the new rules would make it easier to wiretap users of web services such as instant messaging. "The FBI wants to be able to intercept every kind of possible communication," says attorney Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech Privacy and Technology Project. "The FBI basically wants to require all of these companies to rewrite their code in order to enable more government surveillance … And in order to accomplish that, they would make the whole internet less secure.”

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Juan González

Juan González co-host's Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. González has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987. He is a two-time recipient of the George Polk Award.

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,100 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's Meet the Press.


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Are the FBI and IRS Secretly Reading Your Email Without a Warrant?

Friday, 10 May 2013 10:43 By Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now! | Video Report

Media

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents revealing that the FBI and IRS may be reading emails and other electronic communications of U.S. citizens without obtaining a warrant. This comes just as reports have emerged that the Obama administration is considering approving an overhaul of government surveillance of the Internet. The New York Times reported the new rules would make it easier to wiretap users of web services such as instant messaging. "The FBI wants to be able to intercept every kind of possible communication," says attorney Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech Privacy and Technology Project. "The FBI basically wants to require all of these companies to rewrite their code in order to enable more government surveillance … And in order to accomplish that, they would make the whole internet less secure.”

This work by Truthout is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

Juan González

Juan González co-host's Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. González has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987. He is a two-time recipient of the George Polk Award.

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,100 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's Meet the Press.


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