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House Ignores Veto Threat and OKs CISPA

Posted on Apr 27, 2012
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House Speaker John Boehner.

Ignoring a White House veto threat and concerns about the erosion of Americans’ privacy rights, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on Thursday, sending the controversial issue to the Senate.

“The White House believes the government ought to control the Internet” is how House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, spun things after the House vote.

CISPA would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to help prevent electronic attacks from cybercriminals, foreign governments and terrorists.

The Obama administration threatened to veto the bill and suggested alternative legislation that would give the Department of Homeland Security primary authority over domestic cybersecurity. That bill is currently stalled in the Senate.

Widespread concern for the House bill’s impingement on privacy prompted representatives to draft an amendment that limits the government’s use of private information to five explicit purposes: “cybersecurity; investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crimes; protection of individuals from death or serious bodily harm; protection of minors from child pornography; and the protection of national security.” That amendment passed, 410 to 3.

Still, civil libertarians criticized the bill as another step toward the end of privacy for Americans on the Internet. Advocates of the bill responded that officials would simply encourage companies not to share personal information with the government or other parties. —ARK

The Guardian:

The White House, along with a coalition of liberal and conservative groups and lawmakers, strongly opposed the measure, complaining that Americans’ privacy could be violated. They argued that companies could share an employee’s personal information with the government, data that could end up in the hands of officials from the National Security Agency or the defence department. They also challenged the bill’s liability waiver for private companies that disclose information, complaining it was too broad.

“Once in government hands, this information can be used for undefined ‘national security’ purposes unrelated to cybersecurity,” a coalition that included the American Civil Liberties Union and former conservative Republican representative Bob Barr, lawmakers said on Thursday.

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By Alan MacDonald, April 28, 2012 at 6:30 am Link to this comment

As I wrote on this topic yesterday:

Some of the language of CISPA sounds like it might have been written by John Yoo.

The determination of when CISPA info collection might cross over the boundary of illegality sounds a lot like when enhanced interrogation crosses the line——“pain equivalent to failure of an organ or death”—- that kind of stuff.

Heck, NDAA hasn’t caused us organ failure gang, so what’s the big deal about CISPA?

And just think of the ‘synergies’ as the corporate CEOs like to say in M&A deals.

Yea, the detention centers can do unlimited strip searches, and the real benefit, is that now they could shove fiber-optic cable bundles up our arses to check every physical and data cavity.

Now, THAT’s synergy folks—- and government efficiency.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for us to start looking up the arse of this friggin Global Empire, wouldn’t you say?

Best luck and love to the “Occupy Empire"educational & revolutionary movement.

Liberty, democracy, equality, & justice

Alan MacDonald

Sanford, Maine

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By gerard, April 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

This paranoid clincher to close the open Internet is “—to prevent electronic attacks from cybercriminals, foreign governments and terrorists.” (One size fits all!) Further, ...” corporations could alert the government and provide data that could stop an attack intended to disrupt the country’s water supply or take down the banking system.” (Boy! They really ARE scared!)
  Even though our water supply becomes increasingly undrinkable (not to say poisonous and/or inflammable!) we do not yet wish to disrupt it but are rather in the mood to try to save it from native predators.
  As to the banking system—well, some of us are probably quite in the mood to “take it down” because of its gross predatorial behavior worldwide,
but as yet no action has been taken, though it’s definitely an endangered species.
  Looks like it’s a fight to the finish, so ... may the best endangered species win, eh?
  And to hell with the predators!  Let ‘em eat cake!

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