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Kludge
06-02-2011, 02:39 AM
... And then turning them over to an intelligence agency to harvest the IP addresses broadcasted in outgoing mail, then having those IP addresses put on some type of watchlist?

Let's assume the vast majority use email clients which do broadcast sender's IP and they are not using a proxy. Edit: Let's assume they don't have an ISP which assigns IPs dynamically, either.

Is there some type of law which would prevent this? What keeps an intelligence agency from using the email from the IP address as probable cause to demand user information from an ISP?

Serious question.

acptulsa
06-02-2011, 03:31 AM
Congress never sees them. And judging from the fact that they don't even read the bills they pass, I don't suppose they'd bother reading them if they did. Rather the intelligence agencies bypass the middleman. And I don't believe anything stops them, especially under the PATRIOT Act. The Consititution should, but is quickly becoming about as relevant as Latin.

The intelligence agencies are under the king--er, I mean emperor--Executive Branch. That's the term. Executive Branch.

Kludge
06-02-2011, 04:12 PM
Bump.

tangent4ronpaul
06-03-2011, 12:30 AM
... And then turning them over to an intelligence agency to harvest the IP addresses broadcasted in outgoing mail, then having those IP addresses put on some type of watchlist?

Let's assume the vast majority use email clients which do broadcast sender's IP and they are not using a proxy. Edit: Let's assume they don't have an ISP which assigns IPs dynamically, either.

Is there some type of law which would prevent this? What keeps an intelligence agency from using the email from the IP address as probable cause to demand user information from an ISP?

Serious question.

The e-mails are saved and when a bill is coming up, they will collect al the ones on that topic and do a yes/no beancount as to what their constituents wishes are. This has everything to do with getting re-elected and little to do with what they think of the legislation.

Congressional offices are divided into subject specialists, and the person assigned to say, Medicare will read all that mail. Only significant e-mails are forwarded to the congress critter. Otherwise just a summary of what people thing and it's usually regurgitated talking points.

All congressional e-mail is scanned for keywords that could represent a threat and forwarded to the Congressional police / SS if appropriate.

ISP's are required to keep track of who is using what IP, even if it's dynamic. They can and will contact the ISP and get your info if you write something threatening.

Simply doing this for everyone that doesn't like the Patriot act would be an overwhelming task - kind of like the park police trying to stop the Dance Party at TJ's.

-t