AMERICANS TAKE NOTE: This is some police state shit going down right here with minimal coverage whatsoever.
There is a whole lot of legalese happening but a significant undermining of the rule of law is about to pass with minimal debate.
The insertion of Section 309 - PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS - allows for law enforcement to keep for up to 5 years any ‘incidentally acquired’ “covered communication”.
s309(1)(a) defines ‘covered communication’ as
"any nonpublic telephone or electronic communication acquired without the consent of a person who is a party to the communication, including communications in electronic storage”
Yes, that means, per s309(3)(A) -
The procedures required by paragraph (1) shall apply to any intelligence collection activity not otherwise authorized by court order …, subpoena, or similar legal process
Fuck the courts, right? If we get some intel then we should be able to keep it regardless of whether there’s any actual case or warrant for its acquisition! /s
To be clear: Executive orders have already allowed this kind of activity by Federal Agencies. This is, however, a whole new kettle of fish. This is providing statutory (Congressional) authority for KEEPING that material, and being able to DISSEMINATE it amongst local law enforcement agencies for their own investigations. It is essentially Congress giving the Executive Orders a go-ahead and statutory basis.
And that’s FUCKED UP.