CISPA Reached the US SenateAdded: Monday, May 6th, 2013
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While people have been appalled by the recent Boston bombing, the bill known as Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was approved by the House of Representatives and is soon going to reach the US Senate. In the meanwhile, people who are against the dangerous legislation cooperate their efforts in order to put an end to CISPA.
A few days before the House of Representatives voted on CISPA, the EFF urged people to sign a petition against the legislation (thus far, they managed to collect more than 177.000 signatures). In the meanwhile, Mike Rogers, a supporter of the devious bill, called the opponents “a 14-year-old tweeter in the basement”.
Regardless of repeated efforts to stop the bill, it was still favored by the House of Representatives, a resolution labeled as “shameful” by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In response, the famous hacker collective called Anonymous, together with a number of other portals, went black in sign of protest to the decision.
Opponents of the legislation called it a “dangerously vague” surveillance act, which, in case of becoming law, would empower the government of the United States to collect sensitive data with no need of a warrant. It means that such online giants as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and telecommunication firms will have to pass on your personal details if the government wants it, with no repercussions whatsoever. In other words, the bill would bridge a gap between the private companies that have access to your data for nefarious purposes (though they would likely never do this) and the American government.
If the American companies voluntarily hand information along the one-way street to the local authorities, it would effectively mean the Fourth Amendment doesn’t have to apply, because it is actually not snooping if it was handed to the authorities under “cybersecurity” grounds.
If the law is enforced, the American government is able to do just about anything it wants with your private information once it is in its hands, paying no attention to the Fourth Amendment and notwithstanding lacking a search warrant. The matter is that this is allowed as long as it is lawful and pertains to “cybersecurity” purposes, rather than “national security” purposes. But due to the fact that the language in the bill is very ill-defined, it could be used for more reasons than initially intended. This is why media reports point out that the US President warned that he would eventually veto the legislation if it’s to pass the Congress “as currently crafted”.
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Monday, May 6th, 2013
|posted by (2013-05-06 14:32:48)|
|How do you like Big Government in your life? Only one party (Democrats)wants Big Government and your freedoms obliterated. Be glad the Republicans are ready to kill this thing in the House.|
|Your story is about two weeks old and is already dead in the senate|
|@3 thank God for that!!!!|
|posted by (2013-05-06 19:32:43)|
|@rexspurtz : Lol yes, the bill, introduced by a Republican, whose sponsors are two-third Republican, passed the Republican-controled House of Representatives, with 87% of the Republican who voted voting "yes", for the 2nd time (now in april 2013, before that in april 2012), and then stalled because it had no chance of passing the Democrat-controled Senate, again for the second time (and with the Democrat President threatening to veto it if it ever passed the senate).|
So thank God for the Republicans saving us from this bill lol.
Seriously, be Democrat or Republican or Independant or whatever, but get your facts straight before starting a rant ...
(and for the "Big Government" vs "Small Government" thing, I've come to the conclusion that both sides are for small or big depending what is the subject - for example the democratic party doesn't like the "big brother" like stuff (at least in public), while the republican party loves it, and the rep. party seems to want the government out of people's life, unless it's about what they do in their own bed with an other consenting adult, and it doesnt' get more "big government" than that in my book)
|Republican or Democrat.. it's all the same. They all are just puppets.|
|signed the E-petition on this almost 3 weeks ago as it is not only a breach of privacy but gives carte Blanche for anyone and their dog to monitor everyone with a computer and share such information without limitations.If I wanted to share my information with corporate America as well as the federal government I would not have a firewall and put out the help yourself sign and welcome mat.|
|posted by (2013-05-09 00:05:39)|
|copyrights are more strong and never let it public gone.|
|Matt dont know why you say thank god for the republicans, it is a republican supported bill the threat of a democratic Presidential veto is what saved the day!!!|
|posted by (2013-05-09 01:49:55)|
|can be like Miranda rights to whom police not all of course can investigate far of just question to any who looks suspicious. more over looks like mix of hidden monopoly from companies because they sleep for defends internet freedom or intimidation from government for what reason? waiting for favorite party candidate! If copyrights are Gov control just pay more if you can! maybe was Gov security predictions and now it senate practices.|
|posted by (2013-05-09 08:26:06)|
|@9 19tommy59 : If you had read my entire post, you would have realized I was being sarcastic, (even the sentence you quoted ended with "lol") - I was myself reacting to the 2nd post who was saying this kind of bill was the proof that Democrats want to destroy freedom with big government etc... read my post again, and it will be obvious (everything you said in your post I know very well and I said so in mine)|
|posted by (2013-05-09 10:11:41)|
|(sorry 19tommy59 re-reading my latest comment I sound a little like a dick - end of a 18h workday during a supposedly holiday. I'm actually very glad someone else cares about the facts and took the time to learn a little about it - who proposed the bill, who voted for it, why it failed, ... - before commenting on it)|
|posted by (2013-06-21 11:10:41)|
|rexspurtz, are you retarded?||
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