We don’t agree with all of Senator Wyden’s positions but he is pretty darn good on most things privacy. We appreciate his protest.
The only way this sort of thing will stop is if everyday people get angry enough to make it stop. It’s death by a thousand privacy cuts. A little bit of our dignity and sovereignty taken every day.
The bill is used to authorize funding for the intelligence community, sets policy and authorizes resources for intelligence purposes. We bring this up because the only committee member to vote against the bill was Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), who later released a statement on why he did not vote for the bill – notably, that the FBI would be allowed to obtain Americans’ email using only a national security letter, meaning it will now be able to access email without a court order.