58 Senators, including Democrats, voted to allow warrantless searches by the FBI
These would be searches of various electronic items in spy and terrorism cases.
That's dangerously close to the 60 vote supermajority "required" in that illustrious body to pass a bill. Although it faces obstacles in the House this is exactly the sort of bill that terror hawks leverage fear to get passed. This is the kind of insidious erosion of our privacy and freedom that has broad support across partisan lines in Congress. If fear is to be a motivational force in this election, as both Democrats and Republicans seem to be basing their strategies on, I submit efforts such as this should cause much fear--of them. It's at least as alarming as any action on abortion or other critical issues like it.
This is the kind of bill that forms the first steps into open authoritarian government. It's a dangerous bill with dangerous implications. I'm glad it failed, but I'm not optimistic it will continue to. Every event like Orlando, or even less deadly but similar events, makes passage of these bills easier. I'd like to think we aren't that far gone yet.
As a side-note I'd like to see Hillary's and Donald's reactions to this bill. I have suspicions about what each would say, but I want to hear it first hand.