In a charming development, Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is introducing legislation that would monitor all email and instant messenger transmissions indefinitely. Of course, if you’re not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about… Right?

[It] would require ISPs to record all users’ surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely.

The bill, dubbed the Safety Act by sponsor Lamar Smith, a republican congressman from Texas, would impose fines and a prison term of one year on ISPs which failed to keep full records.

Perhaps it would be worthwhile to follow the links and contact the Congresscritters who endorse this legislation.