Right now in US House of Representatives some of the most sinister legislation ever is working its way through Committee…
It’s called “The Cyber Intelligence and Protection Act” (CISPA).
And at least the fine Reverend and distinguished Member of Congress- Emanuel Cleaver– is not a co-sponsor of this Orwellian Bill… Wish I could say the same about Congressman Yoder… But put the label “National Security” on a piece of legislation and Republicans can be counted on to blindly vote for it.
So what does CISPA do?
In a nutshell- it ends anything vaguely resembling privacy and the free flow of communication on the Internet.
Am I paranoid? Don’t think so.
Under the guise of “Cybersecurity” the Federal Government would allow Corporations to monitor and analyze personal communications like text messages, emails, and tweets. Not only would they be monitored- the legislation allows for digital communications to be intercepted and forwarded to the Government- where they could be MODIFIED or PREVENTED from ever reaching their destination if they’re deemed a threat to cybersecurity…
This provision basically nullifies the First Amendment Right to Free Speech…
Parts of CISPA would also specifically target the theft of government or corporate information- this part of the legislation is meant to shut down WikiLeaks… and any other websites or blogs that trade on rumors and innuendoes. Meaning you can say goodbye to any kind of investigative reporting.
No more Freedom of the Press…
And if the PATRIOT ACT hasn’t done enough to gut the 4th Amendment’s protections against warrantless searches and seizures, CISPA greenlights any and all forms of warrrantless wiretapping- if they can be loosely construed as being a threat to whatever the definition of cybersecurity may be. And keep in mind, the legislation contains no provisions to guarantee any form of judicial review as a safeguard against unlawful surveillance.
This includes usernames, passwords, email account histories, Facebook and Twitter data.
The ACLU further warns that CISPA could be used to circumvent website privacy policies, to look at your medical and educational records, whether you own a gun or not and would trump any other statutes that protect your private information.
Will our Constitutional Law Professor President save us and veto this repugnant bill?
Don’t count on it.
CISPA has over 800 corporate sponsors and I’m sure Obama, and Romney for that matter, are bought and paid for through political contributions and will pontificate on how curtailing our freedoms by passing CISPA will save us from terrorists.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “People willing to trade their freedoms for security, deserve neither freedom or security”
It’s up to “We, the People” to stop CISPA.
But I doubt most people will stop watching reality TV and sports long enough to even notice their freedoms are being legislated away. We can only pray that the Supreme Court saves us from our elected officials.
Judges are the only sane people left in the system, and who knows how much damage will be done before CISPA is reviewed by the Supremes…