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CISPA - Son of SOPA or Voter Bait?

Updated on May 2, 2012

I was recently reading through some morning news while seated on my white thrown, when I came across the surprise and annoying news that our wonderful government is again trying to pass internet security bills that would destroy what remaining liberties we still have in America. This is particular interesting information for me, as the moderator and facilitator of an FB group called "Operation Black Out", which is an outreach and awareness group aimed at protesting through self imposed black outs in masse.

Though the interesting thing is, after reading a half dozen articles and publications about CISPA and current actions being taken on it, I started to wonder if it was really anything to be all that concerned with. What really caught my eye:

Obama Threatens to Veto EVEN if both the House and Senate pass CISPA?

I mean really? After supporting SOPA and other versions, and implementing things like Obamacare, now he's acting all virtuous and noble? Where did this come from?

And it's not that I don't agree, he should definitely veto CISPA if it makes it past both the House and Senate. The strange thing is, I just don't see it making it that far. Sure it just made it through the House of Representatives, but that doesn't necessarily mean much, especially when the house is still mostly Republican owned (even if the majority is through a different party). Lots of things make it through the House that would never see the light of day. Not to mention, the Senate is ruled by the Democrats right now, who are all pandering to Libertarian ideologies, and there is NO WAY they will back down now at the threat of losing voters in the fall.

So what's the deal Mr. O? Why the change of heart now? Is it because you've really changed your view point? Or because there is something more sinister in CISPA that we should be aware of? Or are you just going along with the rest of the lemmings in your party and taking advantage of the passion of the rising libertarians?

I can't quite tell which it is, but it definitely smells fishy.

Is it just me?

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And what's up with the Democratic flip flop?

As I mentioned above, the "progressives" have recently swapped out their drummers so that they can follow the tune of the libertarian beat. What's up with that?

The funny thing is, it's very logical and makes a lot of sense, as the Democratic party USED to be the Classical Liberal party. Though they had quickly morphed into "progressive socialist" when Bush took office, which was really disturbing. Though I fight with myself over whether or not it's MORE disturbing for them to have all of the sudden swapped over right before election season. Am I the only one who sees this as unusual?

How do you feel about CISPA?

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In conclusion...

I am fairly confident in my own intuition, that CISPA won't make it far enough for anyone to be concerned. Though like most cautious citizens, I feel it's always good to keep an eye on what's going on with the white house and the mischief our elected officials like to create.

In the end though, the deciding factor is always yours. How do you feel about CISPA?


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      Bema Self 5 years ago from Seattle

      Thank you for all that info AgainstTheOdds. Just more reasons to get CISPA the heck out of our hair. Though the real question is... whats next?

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      Rwolf 5 years ago

      Government Asset Forfeiture To Escalate If U.S. Senate Passes CISPA Legislation

      CISPA the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act if signed into law will allow——the military and NSA warrant-less spying on Americans’ confidential electronic Communications; any transmitted private information circumventing the fourth amendment. CISPA will allow any self-protected cyber entity to share with the Feds any person’s private information that might allegedly relate to a cyber threat or crime. Considering the U.S. Government’s current business relationship with telephone and Internet companies, it should be expected the feds would use CISPA to gain unprecedented access to lawful Americans’ private electronic communications. Almost every week news media reports corrupt police arrested for selling drugs, taking bribes and perjury. It is foreseeable that broad provisions in CISPA that call for private businesses / cyber entities to share among themselves and with Spy Agencies confidential information will open the door for corrupt government and police to sell a corporations’ confidential information to its competitors, foreign government and others. CISPA provides insufficient safeguards to control disposition of (shared) confidential corporate / cyber entity information, including confidential information shared by spy agencies with private entities derived from spying on Americans.

      The recent House Passed Cyber Security Bill overrides the Fourth Amendment. Government may use against Americans in Criminal, Civil and Administrative courts (any information) derived from CISPA warrant-less Internet spying.

      CISPA will open the door for U.S. Government spy agencies such as NSA; the FBI; government asset forfeiture contractors, any private entity (to take out of context) any innocent—hastily written email, fax or phone call to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a person’s arrest, assess fines and or civilly forfeit a business or property. There are more than 350 laws and violations that can subject property to government asset forfeiture. Government civil asset forfeiture requires only a civil preponderance of evidence for police to forfeit property, little more than hearsay.

      CISPA (warrant-less electronic surveillance) will enable the U.S. Justice Department to bypass the Fourth Amendment, use information extracted from CISPA electronic surveillance) of Americans’ Web Server Records, Internet Activity, transmitted emails, faxes, and phone calls to issue subpoenas in hopes of finding evidence or to prosecute Citizens for any alleged crime or violation. If the current CISPA is signed into law it is problematic federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and private government contractors will want access to prior Bush II NSA and other government illegally obtained electronic records to secure evidence to arrest Americans; civilly forfeit their homes, businesses and other assets under Title 18USC and other laws. Of obvious concern, what happens to fair justice in America if police become dependent on “Asset Forfeiture” to help pay their salaries and budget operating costs?

      Note: the passed “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000” (effectively eliminated) the “five year statue of limitations” for Government Civil Asset Forfeiture of property: the statute now runs five years (from the date) police allege they “learned” an asset became subject to forfeiture. If CISPA takes affect, allows (no warrant) electronic government surveillance of Americans, it is expected CISPA will be used by government not only to thwart cyber threats, but to aggressively prosecute Americans and businesses for any alleged crime: U.S. Government spy and police agencies; quasi government contractors for profit, will relentlessly sift through Citizen and businesses’ (government retained Internet data), emails and phone communications) to discover possible crimes or civil violations.

      A corrupt U.S. Government Administration too easily use CISPA no-warrant-seized emails, faxes, Internet data and phone call information) to target, blackmail and extort its political opposition; target any Citizen, corporation and others in the manner Hitler used his Nazi passed legislation that permitted no-warrant Nazi police searches and seizure of Citizens and businesses or to extort support for the Nazi fascist government. Hitler Nazi Laws made it possible for the Nazis to strong-arm German parliament to pass Hitler’s 1933 Discriminatory Decrees that suspended the Constitutional Freedoms of German Citizens. History shows how that turned out.

      CISPA warrant-less electronic surveillance) has the potential of turning America into a Fascist Police State.

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      They either learned about voter sentiments through SOPA and the like or perhaps both were false flag legislature. Either way, the game is up. Who believes any of this anymore?

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      I wish I was as confident about who's hand things fall to as you seem to be. I think anything that regulates anything proposed by any known politician should be considered suspicious, and is likely dangerous to the common persons ability to provide for themselves and families. I gave you a vote up and useful.