CISPA. It’s the latest acronym being used to control you and your internet experience. This time the pretense is cyber security. It is perfectly understandable to want to prevent cyber attacks, but they can’t take small efforts to protect our civil liberties? Huh?
Civil Libertarians have probably seen this http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75670.html on Facebook.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) – It sounds like a good thing. All that sharing and protecting. The problem is, they did precious little to protect individual liberties. One could even argue that they went out of their way not to.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) was quoted on the Politico article as stating CISPA is “needed to prepare for countries like Iran and North Korea so that they don’t do something catastrophic to our networks here in America”. Really? The “Boogie Man” of Iran and North Korea? I just wonder why he left out China. But, ok. I understand wanting to defend our internet from foreign attack.
I have been super critical of the Obama Administration and Pelosi, but Pelosi even voted against this and our president threatend to veto it. Hard to believe one has to depend on those two to defend our freedom, because this bill is not all candy canes and fairy dust. The CISPA bill proponents even acknowledge that this bill is not perfect. However, isn’t that the typical apology used for ramming a bill down our collective throats that confiscates our freedom? Apparently so!
“This is not a perfect bill, but the threat is great,” Ruppersberger said on the House floor on Thursday. – from the linked Politico article
Oh yea, Ruppersberger? Well, how about this quote?
Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither. – Benjamin Franklin
There are other telling quotes from this Politico article such as:
“CISPA would trample the privacy and consumer rights of our citizens while leaving our critical infrastructure vulnerable,” an administration official said Thursday in response to Boehner. “We need Congress to address this critical national and economic security challenge while respecting the values of freedom, privacy, openness and innovation so fundamental to our nation.” -Politico article
“I voted no on #CISPA-it didn’t strike the right balance & #GOP didn’t allow amendments to strengthen privacy protections.” – Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), formerly the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee (Politico Article)
“Americans should be concerned at the extent to which their privacy will be compromised because of the passage of this bill in the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). “They should be very afraid.” (Politico)
“I’d just encourage those that voted for [CISPA] to read the 4th Amendment,” Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
Barton said that after REPUBLICANS did not allow a floor amendment to address privacy concerns!!!!
The article has other bits in there and feel free to go read both pages @ http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75670.html.
But what are we going to do about it? When are you going to let your US Senators know that this is unacceptable?
Update!!! Please see this link to the Roll Call list provided by Campaign for Liberty. See who is representing your interests as free Americans and who is not.