As we all know, our privacy is already violated every day, in numerous ways . . . but it could get worse. Calling your representative in Congress takes only a moment. In this case, your call might make a difference, for just a little while . . . .
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This morning, from Campaign for Liberty:
On Saturday, I sent you an important email (“Cyber Spies”) regarding the U.S. House taking up the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
The House will vote TODAY on CISPA, so it’s critical the liberty movement makes its voices loudly heard right away.
If this bill becomes law, the personal information you store with your Internet Service Provider, social media, email providers, and more will not be secure from prying bureaucratic eyes.
In fact, it could very likely end up in the hands of the National Security Agency or another military or civilian “security” agency.
This vote could come down to the wire.
I’ve heard from sources on the Hill that bill sponsor Mike Rogers (R-MI) has been frantically twisting arms and holding closed-door briefings on the “cybersecurity threat,” all to whip up the final votes in his favor.
Bill sponsors even threw together a last minute amendment to send your information straight to the DHS rather than the NSA to garner support from Democrats.
Please contact your representative this morning and urge them to oppose CISPA!
And here’s the message sent last Saturday:
On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). If you hadn’t heard this news, it might be because the general public and media weren’t allowed to attend the hearing – even CSPAN’s cameras were ordered out of the hearing room.
This dangerous legislation is expected to hit the House floor this Thursday and could come up as soon as Wednesday, as part of the House’s “cyber week.”
Make no mistake, this bill poses a great threat to our online privacy.
Every privacy concern we’ve raised over this bill in the past was confirmed this past Wednesday, when the committee passed an amendment supposedly “addressing” them.
Of course, the amendment doesn’t do anything to prevent the government from spying on you.
In fact, it clearly states the government can use your personally identifiable information they’ve collected if federal bureaucrats deem it’s a matter of “national security.”
While the government raises the specter of “cyberterrorism” from China, Russia, and non-state actors like the well-known hacker collective Anonymous, it is the American people that will be caught in the crossfire if this legislation passes.
Information such as online chats, email content, browsing history, and bank records would all be vulnerable to collection by the government’s spy network.
You see, once the government gets this information from a corporation, it’s handed over to the National Security Agency and other military and civilian “security” agencies.
Under CISPA, corporations handing over information for alleged “cybersecurity purposes” don’t even have to make an attempt to remove personally identifiable information before sending your private info to government agents.
Even worse, CISPA lacks any meaningful “minimization procedures.” In other words, the government can store that information as long as they want – and use it for whatever purposes they want.
Now, some have suggested that just adopting minimization procedures alone would assuage privacy concerns.
Not so fast . . .
During debate over renewal of the egregious FISA Amendments Act, we learned that on at least one occasion, NSA surveillance was found “unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment” for violating their minimization procedures.
Why should we be so naïve as to think they wouldn’t act the same under CISPA?
So it’s critical the entire bill be rejected . . .
. . . I shudder to think what the world would be like if we were all to live in fear that our online activities could be monitored by our own government.
As a matter of fact, so much of the governments’ argument for so-called “cybersecurity” legislation is based on classified briefings members of Congress receive.
Their argument seems to be: “Trust us, we need this legislation.”
And, “Trust us, we won’t abuse it.”
This is NOT the way it’s supposed to be.
The Constitution was intended to be a check on government power to protect the rights of its citizens.
When it comes to matters of “national security,” however, this government makes our rights play second fiddle to their schemes.
When this is the case, Americans must DEMAND their representative show why such extraordinary power is necessary.
The burden of proof lies with government.
And “classified information” only available to select members of Congress shouldn’t cut it.
I know there are a lot of battles to fight right now.
Between “gun control” schemes, National ID, the National Internet Tax Mandate, and numerous other Big Government plots, it seems Congress has seldom been this eager to steal our liberties and crush us under the heavy hand of the State . . .