The Republican controlled House passed its version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) bill yesterday. This was, however, a bipartisan vote. That means some members of both parties (28 Republicans, 140 Democrats) have a clue, while more (206 Republicans, 42 Democrats) don’t.
[Text of HR3523, PDF]
This bill is wrong for America. Security “at all cost” is wrong. If security destroys our freedom, then that security itself is what we need to be protected from. The terrorists are winning when they manage to get our own government to take away our rights.
But this bill is even worse than that. Contrary to it’s name (and this a form of fraud upon the American people by whoever gave it this name), this bill covers non-security areas like intellectual property rights. This should be out of this bill and put into one of its own where it can be properly voted up or down based on its own merits or lack thereof. And then security can be voted up or down on its own merits, too.
CISPA wants to not only allow corporations to provide private information to the government without a court order, contrary to the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution (and possibly also the 5th and others), but it also wants to shield corporations who exchange this information between themselves.
The non-security aspects of CISPA are even worse because it inserts some of the bad provisions of SOPA. This should not have been in a security bill at all.
President Barack Obama has stated that this bill … “does not contain adequate oversight or accountability measures necessary to ensure that the data is used only for appropriate purposes.” [Download PDF] I wonder why it is the bill’s supporters did not want to have accountability. I hope Mr. Obama keeps his word.
Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) has called this bill “Big Brother writ large.” [Cnet][The Hill][New American] Most other House Republicans should be holding their heads low in shame for breaking with their own party’s principle of reducing, not expanding, government.
[Wikipedia information on CISPA/HR3523]
Call and/or write your Senators and ask them to vote NO on the Senate version of this bill … to protect our privacy, protect our freedoms, and to flip the finger at terrorists who want to destroy our liberty.