Under cover of redressing what President Donald Trump and his allies call the FBI’s “witch hunt” over (Mike Flynn’s) collusion with the Kremlin, Mitch McConnell, via an amendment to the PATRIOT Act, will expressly permit the FBI to warrantlessly collect records on Americans’ web browsing and search histories. In a different amendment, McConnell also proposes giving the attorney general visibility into the “accuracy and completeness” of FBI surveillance submissions to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. Versions of the amendments circulating Monday were shared with The Daily Beast…
“Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through the web browsing history of any American—including journalists, politicians, and political rivals—without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigation,” said Senator Ron Wyden, who has been trying to ban warrantless surveillance on such records.
Here we are, heading back into the McCarthy Era, again, under the misleadership of the Republican Cowards Party. Again.