Bipartisan group of Senators introduce S.3475 to delay the DOJ from being able to unconstitutionally hack millions of devices with a blanket warrant under an amendment to Rule 41

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 by Caleb Chen
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Rule 41 is set to be changed on December 1st. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to expand the government’s hacking powers to an unconstitutional level using a little-known procedural rule amendment process. The amendment to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure will allow any federal judge to issue a blanket warrant to hack any devices discovered to be obfuscating its location through technological means or found to be part of a botnet. The only way to stop the changes to Rule 41 lie with a new bill: S.3475, which was introduced by Senator Coons [D-DE] on November, 17th. The cosponsors of the bill are: Senator Wyden [D-OR], Senator Daines [R-MT], Senator Lee [R-UT], Senator Franken [D-MN], Senator Baldwin [D-WI], and Senator Paul [R-KY].

This bill won’t even stop the changes to Rule 41, only delay them until July 1st. The Senators hope that public awareness of this unconstitutional development will rise after the lame duck session and further legislation can be passed in order to reign in the DOJ.

Senator Wyden first started the fight against the Rule 41 amendment much earlier this year when he introduced the Stop Mass Hacking (SMH) Act. With the SMH Act, Senator Wyden and the bill’s other cosponsors sought “to prevent the proposed amendments to rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure from taking effect.” As of November, The Politico marked the SMH Act as dead in the water, partly because of the lack of support from any of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Coons, is the one submitting the bill.

The Department of Justice refused to justify why they need to be able to hack everybody with Rule 41

Earlier this year, a bi-partisan coalition of Senators and House Representatives drafted a letter to the Department of Justice asking for clarification on the Rule 41 amendment. In response, they got a limited letter from the DOJ that didn’t answer any technical questions or address any of their concerns. Senator Wyden, along with the 23 other senators, responded to the Department of Justice sternly:

“The American people deserve answers to these very basic questions about how our government intends to hack thousands or millions of personal devices with a single warrant. The Justice Department’s failure to answer these questions should be a big blinking warning sign about whether the government can be trusted to carry out these hacks without harming the security and privacy of innocent Americans’ phones, computers and other devices.”

Changing the rules of the game so that one warrant can cover thousands or millions of devices is exactly as alarming as it sounds. The Rule 41 amendment will be used against those that obfuscate their location through technological means. This doesn’t just mean changing your IP address through the use of Tor, VPNs, or even free proxies. This could also means denying location data to a mobile app, or lying about your country of residence while signing up for a service online. Legally, it’s long been shown that having a different IP address is not enough probable cause to issue a search warrant. The DOJ’s changes to Rule 41 are alarming because they don’t address basic issues such as that. What about the millions of students and workers that rely on VPN to work securely?

Since the internet is open, the DOJ is essentially granting warrants to itself to search and infect devices that don’t even belong to US citizens, and won’t even be on US soil. That problem becomes even more blatant when you do the same to US citizens, who are supposed to be protected by the Fourth Amendment. As it stands, S.3475 is the only piece of legislation that can stop the Rule 41 amendment from going into affect on December 1st. If you’re interested in contacting your Senator and letting him or her know that they need to vote for S.3475, the EFF, FFTF, and AccessNow have resources that will help you.

About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.

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  1. wakeup

    Now expose the government targeting innocent citizens with military weapons to isolate them, ruin their lives and then try to have them act out criminally. They are using mind control and directed energy weapons (V2K, remote neural monitoring, microwaving, scalar, sound) and gang stalking on innocent citizens. These technologies can’t be seen or traced and the victims are left with little recourse since the attacks can’t be proven. The victims may appear to have mental issues, however it is the technology that is violating their minds and bodies causing voices, hallucinations, time lapses, and multiple other violations. Psychiatry is a hoax, these technologies cause many mental issues.,, Jesse Ventura’s Brain Invaders youtube,, John Hall’s book Guinea Pigs, Renee Pittman’s (Anne Frank of our times) books and countless victims are trying to expose the truth. The media, politicians, and psychiatry all cover for this and are complicit for this torture taking place for decades remotely in every city. These psychopaths in government need to be exposed and the true terrorists are in government agencies remotely targeting individuals with military technology.

    These technologies violate the minds and bodies of the afflicted persons and are the most egregious violation of human rights perpetrated by the government with your tax dollars. Taxpayers should be demanding their government quit paying for these crimes against humanity on law abiding citizens. No wonder we are broke. Why pay perps sitting at computers screwing with people in their beds and living rooms, these treasonous criminals and agencies need to be exposed and jailed. EXPOSE AND END THE TORTURE AND HOLOCAUST NOW

    4 years ago
    1. iPhoneTrash2017

      This is actually true and more common than people realize. However there are defenses. First and foremost, increase the ‘Emodin’ in your body. Most of their mind control utilizes the PPI mechanism of your inner ear by lowering the PPI threshold causing too much sound/information, etc to enter your brain. Which can cause psychosis. Increase Emodin which increases PPI threshold so they can’t use these mind techniques on you. Also a healthy, vitamin and mineral rich diet is good protection over the long term. Emodin is in a variety of things, but the most effective one I found was a TCM Remedy called “An Shen Bu Xin Wan”.. Most mental illness can be cured by adjust the PPI upward. Most psychiatrists are CIA or working with the CIA, many of the so-called mental institutions are fronts for mind control and/or places they send people for ‘conditioning’ after they break them down. Benedryl works in the short term, try it, it defeats a lot of their PPI hammering (short term).

      Get Orgonite, lots of it, all around you. Get negative ion projectors in your home. Get ultrasonic bug zappers that use a broad frequency range to defeat their ultrasonic technologies. Get a Q-Link and wear it. Beef up your PC security, run Dr. Web or Kaspersky, don’t use ANY US-Based computer/security products/services they’ve got them all backdoored. Use Tutanota or Protonmail for email, shut down your US-Based junk like Gmail/Yahoomail. Get Bi-Locks on your home they can’t get through those and it is critical for targeted people to get locks they can’t breach without destroying your door. Setup a couple cameras, they hate cameras. Look up psychic shielding and use those techniques. Build strong willpower, they lose a lot of power against strong willed people. Stay OUT of their constructed systems of control. (Courts, Police, Schools, etc) They will try to bait you to commit a crime or do something illegal, avoid it. Avoid doctors unless you need to, they are usually part of the system, or find a good hearted doctor with a rebellious nature. Construct a faraday cage to sleep in and/or look up Velostat hats.

      Remember, they have technology 50-100 years past what the public is aware of. ‘Hidden Sciences’, the stuff they teach the public is garbage antiquated trash science from a thousand years ago.

      4 years ago