Sen. Patrick Leahy was hoping to get a vote on a bill he proposed that would require a warrant instead of a mere subpoena before law enforcement could access our online communications, but an anonymous Republican senator put a hold on the bill to prevent that from happening.
An anonymous Republican senator has delayed a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other online messages…A Leahy aide said the senator will continue to work with Republicans to address their concerns. The Senate could pass the legislation without unanimous support, but it would take up valuable floor time to override a filibuster.
It is unclear which Republican or Republicans objected to the bill, S. 607.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, has expressed concern about how the bill would affect civil regulatory investigations, but Beth Levine, a Grassley spokeswoman, said he was not the one to place a hold on the bill.
I guess the anonymous Republican thinks his privacy is important. Too bad he doesn’t give a damn about anyone else’s.