“This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government” -Ron Paul
BREAKING UPDATE: SENATE TURNS DOWN CISPA AFTER HOUSE PASSES, TOO MUCH AMERICAN OUTCRY
In a few hours, April 19th, 2013, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act / Cyber Protection Act-more clearly-a government internet takeover, will take to the Senate floor for a vote & a fight after the vote to bring it to the floor passed in house rules and passed the house floor vote, despite massive American outcry against the legislation and its useless amendments.
Breaking: The US House just passed #CISPA, undermining the privacy of millions of Internet users. Now we take this fight to the Senate.
— EFF (@EFF) April 18, 2013
According to the legislative text and sponsors of the legislation, CISPA serves the purpose of protecting the cybersecurity of Americans and the companies that operate within the market Americans create.
Who could be against that? Who could turn down SECURITY? Who could turn down security on the internet, a revolutionary,rewarding, and risky network that connects individuals and businesses with each other, and with unique and innovative ideas, causes, news, and knowledge? Who could turn it down considering that participating in the internet and all of the glorious opportunities mentioned above eventually leads you to create an online “you”?
But what the planners behind CISPA 2013 do not make transparent to the American people is that the government’s goal with this cyber protection act is to make your internet “you”, your online communications and actions…transparent to government.
“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds” -John Perry Barlow
That’s right,men like Senator Mike Rogers, the sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, believe that protecting your internet SECURITY starts with legislating law that encourages and can even demand the sharing of your information from internet companies, even when illegally and in violation of Privacy Rights and Freedom to Contract, with government “and other entities”. This legislation endangers any information created, shared, and stored by you on the internet, including information protected by privacy agreements and contracts.
Senator Mike Rogers, in his plea & valiant fight for cybersecurity & CISPA, even went as far to state that if you care about your privacy / freedom to contract Rights “you’re probably a 14 year old teenager in your basement“.
And although many Senators have claimed to pass amendments that make CISPA “privacy neutral”, the dangerous language still exists and is still just as dangerous. And when the American people and Representative Justin Amash provided an opportunity for those seeking to governmentalize the internet to strike legislative text clearly authorizing companies to lie to Americans in agreements and privacy contracts to give information to the federal government with an amendment, they voted it down (LINK to 2nd Amash Amendment).
Representative Justin Amash’s valiant stand against CISPA and for Privacy/Freedom to Contract Rights did accomplish inspiring and garnering support against CISPA that Pro-Rights Senators will certainly capitalize on in the upcoming continued fight against CISPA 2013 on the Senate Floor. Don’t forget to support Amash in his fight on what also happens to be his birthday (LINK to moneybomb in support of Rep. Amash).
Basic American principle at stake in #CISPA debate: freedom of contract. Companies should be allowed to guarantee privacy. CISPA bans that.
— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) April 17, 2013
#CISPA destroys freedom of contract, PROHIBITS companies from making legally binding commitment to users not to share personal data/e-mails.
— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) April 17, 2013
One of the clear dangers of CISPA 2013 is most definitely the powers and additional amendment that allow your personal data to be filtered out and sent to the NSA, who recently built a very expensive data collection and storage compound, and the DHS…. again of course, in the name of our “SECURITY”.
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation-who has consistently and dilligently fought CISPA-points out, the added amendments will not stop the NSA or DHS from retrieving and storing your information, but instead encourage it:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a self-protected entity may, for cybersecurity purposes…share such cyber threat information with any other entity, including the Federal Government.” The liability immunity provisions also remain
Any senator or agency that supports and is clamoring for this bill to pass is clearly seeking a government internet takeover, a step towards it, the monitoring and seizure of American communications & actions, or has not read or does not understand this bill, but still pushes to pass it, failing their Oaths and their employment, none of which argue or should convince Americans to support CISPA 2013.
No matter what mirage of a debate is broadcast on the house and senate floors, CISPA 2013 comes down to a single argument:
If you value your Right to Privacy, your Right of Association, your Right to Contract, if you value the freedom the internet delivers to you, if you value the benefits of said freedom, THE TIME TO STAND AGAINST CISPA IS NOW.
CALL YOUR SENATOR TO STOP CISPA 2013!
And make sure to make use of one of the very Rights CISPA is targeting & share as much information on CISPA as you can with those you know, and petition companies you support to do the same. Every effort counts.
P.S. INTERNET TAX VOTE LOOMS AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK, OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEAT CISPA & THE MFA IN 1 WEEK!