RESTORE THE 4TH AMENDMENT:
Right now any federal agency, including the IRS, the ATF or the Environmental Protection Agency, can open up your emails and read them without a warrant or a court order.
This is due to a loophole in a law that went into effect in 1986 (the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or ECPA), long before commercial email use became a part of daily life for every American.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has been trying to amend this 1986 law so that it restores your Fourth Amendment right but it has been held up for years, in spite of having the support of Obama's own FBI Director as seen in this testimony from 2013:
Send FaxGrams to the Senate Judiciary Committee today and demand that they pass Mike Lee's amendments in S. 356 that will restore your right to privacy under the Fourth Amendment!
It is a very straightforward piece of legislation that states that federal agents have to get a warrant before they can read your emails!
It is outrageous that federal agents can read your email without a warrant after a 180-day time frame passes.
Obama has weaponized federal agencies such as the IRS and the EPA against American citizens and one of the ways these agencies target conservative Christians is through this 1986 email loophole.
The federal government's arguments that they need this ability to spy on you because it will prevent terrorist attacks is false!
Did reading your private email correspondence stop the San Bernardino attack, the Chattanooga attack or the Oregon jihadi attack last year? No!
This loophole is just another excuse for the government to come after YOU for your political and religious beliefs and it has nothing to do with fighting terrorism. The loophole was written into law in 1986 and yet certain forces within our Congress have been holding these amendments up for years.
Send FaxGrams to Congress today and demand passage of S. 356 to restore your Fourth Amendment rights!
While there is no "right to privacy" in the Bible, it is clear that personal privacy is important to Jesus. In Matthew 6:3-4, Jesus stated: "But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret." We are similarly instructed to pray and fast in secret. (Matthew 6:6 and 6:17-18)
Your private emails are none of the government's business and an IRS agent reading your private emails without a warrant is no different that someone snooping through the envelopes in your mailbox! It is illegal as far as we are concerned and we believe that Obama's federal agents are abusing conservative Christians through this tactic.
It is vitally important that we get Mike Lee's amendments to the 1986 ECPA law passed!
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Dear Chairman Grassley:
My Fourth Amendment right to be secure in my home and papers, and against unreasonable searches and seizures, is being violated by the federal government on a daily basis. One of the means by which this happens is through the accessing of private email correspondence that happens to be more than 180 days old. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) which was passed in 1986 allows federal agencies to read any person's emails if they are stored for more than 180 days. Needless to say, the world has changed dramatically since 1986 and no one at that time could have foreseen the widespread use of email communications of today.
What is concerning is that Congress has been dragging its feet for YEARS in correcting this loophole. Right now, the IRS, the Environmental Protection Agency or any other agency that wishes to do so can violate the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans without a warrant. Reading the private contents of our emails is no different than stationing a gestapo agent in every American bedroom and bathroom.
Fans of government snooping like this claim that this 1986 loophole protect us from terrorists. This is obviously a lie because federal agencies have testified multiple times that they have never caught a terrorist based on domestic email spying. Likewise, this spying did not prevent the multiple terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in 2015, such as the ones in San Bernardino and Chattanooga. This practice does not protect us from terrorists and it does not protect us from government persecution, which I believe is the real intent. (By the way, talk about a double standard! Has anyone in the federal government realized that Hillary Clinton's emails are more than 180 days old? But somehow my emails are fair game.)
I demand that you finally take action on S. 356, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act, which would close this 1986 loophole. If any federal agency wants to read my emails, they should get a warrant just as they would have to do if they want to search my home or my mailbox. This is the right thing to do and as long as this loophole is open, I believe the Obama administration will be abusing it to target Americans without warrants.
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