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CISPA Is Unamerican

Updated on April 28, 2012

Internet Police

SOPA's Evil Twin

CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, has just passed the House by a vote of 248 to 168.

This dangerously vague legislation threatens the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The fundamental principles upon which this country was founded are being threatened not by terrorists but by corporations and our own government.

The Motion Picture Association of America. big business and the US government are in bed together again trying to control the average person, this time by spying on us. The MPAA has been pushing for years to get some kind of legislation through to control not just piracy but competition.

Al Perry, a senior executive at Paramount Pictures, has “insisted that the new, independent movies were of lower quality than the big-budget films produced by the major studios.”

Perry also says that Paramount has "much to learn" in the aftermath of SOPA but, apparently, these words refer to strengthening their attack on the public rather than meeting on some common ground. He has stated that the 2008 Pro-IP Act, which took down Megaupload, is insufficient.

MPAA supports CISPA.

CISPA removes all legal barriers involved with getting access to your personal information as long as there is a perceived threat. Companies like Facebook will be making this determination. People they hire in other countries looking for keywords?

CISPA labels a threat as “Efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy government or private systems or networks. Theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property or personally identifiable information.” If you download anything illegally, you are a threat. Even accidentally. You just became a cyberterrorist.

So we can’t share files, like we used to do with books, but they can share our private information. It will be legal. I mean seriously, they’re equating sharing with the violent destruction of a nation. In addition, CISPA supersedes all previous privacy laws. The government and companies like Facebook and Twitter will be monitoring our email, chats and IMs. Admittedly they are monitoring as much as they can right now. The government is overtly spying on my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Well, I think it’s pretty overt. Here’s a tip, never use the word “occupy”.

CISPA does not secure our infrastructure. It lets companies share everything with the government, limits simply do NOT exist in this bill. There's no requirement that the government will use data for cyber security. Does anyone actually know what that is? The biggest cyber security event so far has been that people were annoyed because they couldn't shop. Using the term "cyber security" is an open door to misuse. They could use emails to build a criminal case, without a warrant . Any government agency could get this data: the NSA, FBI, local police even the IRS. Under CISPA, essential privacy laws governing financial information, medical records, and wiretapping are gone. Companies’ own privacy promises aren't worth the text they're printed in — CISPA gives them 100% immunity to share.

Have you heard much about CISPA on TV? Of course not. They have tried to keep it quiet like they tried to do with SOPA and PIPA. Only don’t rely on Silicon Valley to put a stopper in this one.

Many people are saying that CISPA has nothing to do with censorship. However, people have become used to putting a lot of personal info on the internet. Some of us use filters, others not. Will they continue to? I’m betting the social networks lose a lot of traffic because of this. Who wants to say anything if it could be taken the wrong way by some snoop?

New social networks and a new web are on the way but why do we have to resort to this? Perhaps if the old, rundown entertainment industry updated their business model we wouldn’t have to. No? Well, considering Hollywood's taste in movies I’m not surprised.


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    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      Or maybe CISPA is American and we just did not know it. Since the patriot act, we've been down the hill concerning our freedom. It's not as if we did not know it!