CISPA Threat to Internet Privacy in Trouble

Senate frets as big companies join grassroots activists

NOW is the time to fax Congress!

Even after Conservative Daily notified you of the egregious threat to online privacy contained in CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act), the U.S. House of Representatives passed it anyway.  ARRRRGGGHHHH!

BUT YOUR ACTIONS DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  Make no mistake, this bill—which could easily make everything you do online available to the government—is currently in truly serious trouble now that the Senate has to deal with it.

You may have already heard, or you soon will be hearing about the Lieberman (ID-CT) alternative in the Senate, which supporters of CISPA claim has stronger privacy provisions than the House-passed version.

Perhaps. But no version or adopted amendment requires a warrant or even due process before your private information is turned over to federal law enforcement agencies.

Companies such as Facebook have stated that although CISPA means “companies will share sensitive personal information with the government in the name of protecting cybersecurity…. Facebook has no intention of doing this.”

While these companies state they will not share sensitive information, people are beginning to question this position.  Now, it’s not just activists who don’t trust such statements. Last week, Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanion said he ‘ain’t gonna’ invest a dime in Facebook while it holds this position. Also last week, the American Library Association said CISPA would ” legalize extraordinary intrusions into established privacy rights and civil liberties.” To top off the online reaction by Internet companies, Mozilla (Firefox) has indicated they don’t want their browser to have any part of it.

But perhaps the biggest wave against the CISPA debacle came Friday, when U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) said: “Without the First Amendment it is very difficult for us to get our message out, but I want to make sure that the first amendment is protected on the Internet as well.”


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Possibly, maybe even probably, the Senate will elect to adopt Lieberman’s version of CISPA rather than the House-passed version. That’s better, but from a constitutional perspective , that’s not enough! CERTAINLY the Senate will not rubber-stamp the House version… there will at least be adopted amendments…and you are part of the pushback!

And THAT means the bill goes back to conference committee in order to hammer out the differences, at the very least, and THEN both chambers have to pass the final language again.

And then… the President. He has already hinted that he would veto the present form—even a socialist like Obama feels it risky in an election year—but he’s signed to law on other things he said he would veto.

BOTTOM LINE: At no time is it more valuable to hammer Congress and the President on CISPA than right now!


P.S.: President Barack Obama has indicated that he, too, has problems with CISPA—but he is reluctant to go so far as to say on camera that he will veto it. Should the bill pass Congress it is ironic that someone as anti-freedom as Obama may be the Internet’s last hope. Click here to tell both Obama and Congress to stand up!

P.P.S.: We’re looking at nothing less than defiling the definition of freedom in America with this bill. If we allow Congress to partner with Internet companies to share EVERYTHING with the feds, then we are but targets-in-waiting for the State!


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