If you, Mr. President, choose not to veto CISPA and flop like you did with the NDAA I will not vote for you or support you in any way in your upcoming Presidential Election.
Why is CISPA such a threat to our Privacy, 4th Amendment rights, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Internet as a whole?
"The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a 'cybersecurity crime'," writes TechDirt's Leigh Beadon. "Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all."
CISPA would "waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity," Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat
What has sparked significant privacy worries is the section of CISPA that says "notwithstanding any other provision of law," By including the word "notwithstanding," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) intended to make CISPA trump all existing federal and state civil and criminal laws. "Notwithstanding" would trump wiretap laws, Web companies' privacy policies, gun laws, educational record laws, census data, medical records, and other statutes that protect information, warns the ACLU's Richardson: "For cybersecurity purposes, all of those entities can turn over that information to the federal government." -CNET
"The FOIA is, in many ways, the fundamental safeguard for public oversight of government's activities, CISPA dismisses it entirely, for the core activities of the newly proposed powers under the bill." explains the Sunlight Foundation's John Wonderlich.
"CISPA goes too far for little reason. Cybersecurity does not have to mean abdication of Americans’ online privacy. As we’ve seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there’s no going back. We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity," said ACLU legislative counsel Michelle Richardson
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