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Thursday, May 14, 2020

An amendment in the United States Senate that would have blocked the government from surveilling Americans' browser history without a warrant failed on Wednesday " by a single vote.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the amendment to the 2001 Patriot Act, which was meant to explicitly restrict authorities' ability to search both browser and search histories under Section 215 of the act.

Wyden's measure was essentially meant to block what another amendment was trying to accomplish: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had introduced a measure that would, in effect, greatly expand the surveillance powers of the Department of Justice.

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Where was Bernie Sanders? Why did he not vote?

#1 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-14 02:17 PM | Reply

So Yurtle is ok with the government spying on you, just not okay with the government helping you out financially during this pandemic.

Just example #9,765 why his is a piece of ------.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-05-14 02:50 PM | Reply

First publish the browser history of all elected officials and their staff.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-14 03:55 PM | Reply

@#3 ... First publish the browser history of all elected officials and their staff. ...

Curious that you should mention that.

Back in the 1980's cell phone conversations were analog and not encrypted. Anyone with a scanner could listen in on cell phone calls.

Until, that is, a reporter (from the Miami Herald?) recorded a Congress critter having an amorous phone conversation with a lady who did not sound like his wife.

Suffice to say that Congress quickly passed a law that banned the sale of radio receivers which could receive cell phone frequencies.

That law is still in effect, btw. Which is why you still see the frequency coverage of scanners along the lines of

uniden.com

...Frequency Coverage - Includes the most interesting "action" bands where you can hear police, ambulance, fire, amateur radio, public utilities, weather, and more. 25-54,108-174,406-512,806-956 (excluding cellular)...

Note the "excluding cellular" part.

Also note that the scanner I purchased was purchased before that law went into effect and covers 30MHz to 2GHz without gaps.

:)


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-14 07:23 PM | Reply

Also note that the scanner I purchased was purchased before that law went into effect and covers 30MHz to 2GHz without gaps.

I just cut the diode that blocked cellular out of mine.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-14 08:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#5 ... I just cut the diode that blocked cellular out of mine. ...

Fortunately, I didn't have to do that here with my ICOM receiver.

However, I have scheduled a visit into the unit to replace the memory back-up battery (2032 coin cell, solder in only, thank-you). One of these upcoming weeks I'll fire up the soldering iron and just do it.


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-14 08:23 PM | Reply

30MHz to 2GHz without gaps.

Definitely picking up GPRS and the early cellphone tech no problem, but wouldn't you have to establish your own base station/ use a stingray to listen to 3G+ comms?

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-14 08:35 PM | Reply

Definitely admirin' the tech pieces you two have your hands on. Very cool.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-14 08:36 PM | Reply

First publish the browser history of all elected officials and their staff. #3 | POSTED BY BORED

"Chili Mac MRE on tiddies" -Dan Crenshaw

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-14 08:37 PM | Reply

@#7 ... Definitely picking up GPRS and the early cellphone tech no problem, but wouldn't you have to establish your own base station/ use a stingray to listen to 3G+ comms? ...

Yeah, but what you describe is digital cell phone stuff.

I was talking of the ancient analog cell phone stuff.

Nowadays, all I hear is neighbor baby monitors.

btw, and fwiw, y'all may want to be a whole lot more aware of what your baby monitor is broadcasting to anyone who wants to listen.

Jus' sayin'....


(iow, IoT security sucks, big time)

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-14 10:18 PM | Reply

@#8 ... Definitely admirin' the tech pieces you two have your hands on. ...

Fun hardware. And, most importantly, appropriate antennae. In listening, is it more the antenna than the equipment.

But I digress...

In addition to the ICOM scanner I had a Japan Radio NRD-535D. I used to listen to submarine comms in the north Atlantic on that one.

I always liked when they went "green" and the comms seems to be scrambled afterwards.

Wow, over 30 years ago. Comms were so primitive.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-14 10:26 PM | Reply

Wow, over 30 years ago. Comms were so primitive.

Well we could talk Hallicrafters...

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-14 10:39 PM | Reply

@#12

... or the Heathkit shortwave radio (HF only) I built circa 1965...

:)

I still have the Heathkit coffee mug they sent me. :) One side: Heathkit --- Other side: Innovation in hobby electronics.

Back in the 1960's and 1970's, Heathkit (and Knightkit) were the "makers" of tha tera.

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-14 11:11 PM | Reply

Who authorized obama spying on reporters?

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-05-15 01:45 PM | Reply

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