House Passage Of Online Spy Bill A Betrayal Of Conservatives


The Republican-controlled House betrayed Constitutional privacy protections by passing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) with overwhelming support last week.

In a 288-127 vote, the House rammed through the cyberspying bill that would allow email and Internet providers to share confidential information with the Federal government. While there were a handful of libertarian-leaning GOP holdouts, most Party-line Republicans justified a “yea” vote in the name of national security.

“This is not a surveillance bill,” Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said during debate over the bill. “It does not allow the national security agencies or the Department of Defense or our military… to monitor our domestic networks.”

But privacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union point out language in the bill that would effectively overrule Federal and State laws, including online privacy policies and wiretap rules.

The bill says:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a self-protected entity may, for cybersecurity purposes — (i) use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property of such self-protected entity; and (ii) share such cyber threat information with any other entity, including the Federal Government…

The term ‘self-protected entity’ means an entity, other than an individual, that provides goods or services for cybersecurity purposes to itself.

The House also voted in support of CISPA last year but the bill was quashed in the Democrat-controlled Senate. This time, on the heels of a veto threat from President Barack Obama, it’s likely that the Senate will once again allow CISPA to die.

The debate over CISPA has made strange bedfellows of Senate Democrats following the President’s lead in opposition of the bill and conservative Americans who see it as damaging to 4th Amendment privacy protections.

The conservative-aligned organization Freedomworks said in a recent statement: “There are grave Fourth Amendment concerns with CISPA. The bill would override existing privacy laws to allow companies to share ‘cyber threat information’ with the federal government without making any reasonable effort to strip out any personal information from the file.”

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  • Harold Olsen

    What a bunch of low-life scumbags the GOP is. They indicated after the November election that they’d start emulating the Democrats and that is exactly what those scumbag POS’s are doing. They do not give a damn about our Constitutional rights. Like the liberal Democrats, the GOP considers the US Constitution to be an illegal document that they do not have to enforce or support.

    • Gullible-Whites

      indoctrinated zombie. this is not an ideological battle of left vs right, GOP vs Dems, Socialism vs liberty. This is ethnic warfare against white people.

      Why do hostile globalist elite defend Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but ravage white majority Europe/North America into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

      East Asia is 99% yellow. Africa is 90% Black. West Asia is 99% Brown. But 3rd world colonizers are annihilating Whites, just as China is annihilating Tibet.

      Why do gullible Whites cuckold for murderous anti-White elite, who confiscate White people’s guns, infiltrate/subvert our banks & spying agencies, indoctrinate White kids in academia/mass media, plunder White jobs/wages, & butcher White soldiers in bankrupting wars?

      “Native” Americans are not native. They invaded from East Asia. They slaughtered countless women/children. All races, all cultures are guilty of slavery, genocide. From Greeks till today, Whites are victims of Jewish/Cryto-Jewish, Turkic, Muslim, African slavery, genocide, imperialism.

      Gullible Whites should reject subversive anti-White ideologies – libertarianism, feminism, liberalism, & reject hostile slanders of racism, collectivism. Love to all humanity, but White people must organize to advance their families, their fertility, their interests, their homelands. Reading list: , , ,

    • Impeach them.all

      You hit it right on the button, GOP no different than the dumbocrats

  • TIME

    Dear People,

    We are moving faster toward the last vestiges of any form of FREEDOM, its not just an R or a D thing, the facts are really quite clear.
    { We have had only ONE PARTY} for may years now, but many Americans still wish to remain in the feckless thinking pattern – that there are two.

    If these Americans don’t wake up soon, then the end will surly be much faster then you think. Keep in mind the events of last weeks alledged Boston Issue as a clear case in point on this break down..

    If one takes the time to review ALL the pictures that have been displayed by the mass media, { what you will find is that the Alledged person who is still alive had his BackPack on after this event took place.}

    Be that as it may this event was so sloppy that even a five year old can find the flaws, not unlike the Sandy Hook event.

    One such easy flaw is a very obvious is the Alledged backpack shown by the mass media as the unit used,{ It has a “White Diamond patch on the top” } oddly that pack can clearly be seen on the “Navy Seal’s” shown in the picture of the two standing together.

    Again ~ Oddly the one with the short dark hair with out a Swift cap on ~ oddly just after the alledged event he is missing his backpack ~ oddly thats just like the one in the picture displayed by the mass media as the unit used to commit this crime.

    Then one needs ask: why is it that no less than 10 Navy Seals all have their “KITS” with them at such an event?

    Why were there so many armed uniformed Military personel with full kits at this event, oddly dressed in full plate armor?

    How were they able to set in place “Martial Law” ~ { within less than 20 minutes} after this event.

    That being the total locked down by thousands of fully armed Military troops tanks / armored uints etc.. Let alone all the DHS personal at the crime as it was unfolding.

    So anyone who thnks thats normal, let me ask you ~

    Do you also wear a hand tailored 3 piece silk Armini suit & Bally shoes to swim at the beach?
    Open your eyes, and really look at whats going on, stop allowing these criminals to tell you whats going on..

    I Pray that Americans will wake up soon. Peace and Love, Shalom.

    BTW: > Please contact your state Congresss persons, ask them to join on the “WAR CRIMES Indicment” against ~ Clinton, Bush and O’Bama.

    Ask them to PLEASE join in on and follow through ASAP. JFTR: This also includes hundreds of other criminals within the alledged Governmant.

    • Ackc1992

      Afraid u r correct, it is an awareness not many Americans share, it is reality. As Americans spew.their indifferences about political issues. It is a waste of energy, they like playing games to confuse the mass, it is working

    • Impeach them.all

      Yep you got that right, there has only been one party, Republican or Demorats they all the same wolf’s in sheep’s clothing!!

  • Teresa

    I am real confused by the article and the bill. What on earth are they thinking when they passed this bill, if I do understand it right. I am wondering who we can trust anymore.

  • Elton Robb

    This is why Aaron Swartz was killed. He was fighting CISPA, and his organization got too annoying. CISPA exists because America went into an illegal treaty called the Bern Convention on Copyright back in the early 20th Century. At the time, it seemed like a good idea, but the Internet makes the Libertarian case against Copyrights all the more important.

    People on this board simply doesn’t understand the word “Free.” Here is Techdirt’s article.

  • Terry

    Computers, e-mail, the internet, and small cameras are the source of the erosion
    of privacy. You use the internet and e-mail, you lose privacy. User beware. If
    you choose to use the internet and e-mail, beware that someone could be
    watching you, someone could be collecting information about you. Technology
    has become George Orwell’s Big Brother. If crooks use it to take away your life
    and stuff, why shouldn’t the government use it to protect your life and stuff
    from terrorists and criminals?

    • vicki

      Terry writes:

      If crooks use it to take away your life
      and stuff, why shouldn’t the government use it to protect your life and stuff
      from terrorists and criminals?

      Unfortunately government uses it to take away our rights and stuff instead of protecting us. As to your claim about technology, it is the mis-use of the information collection BY government (or anyone who collects that information without our explicit informed consent) that concerns us.

  • Michael Shreve

    Government is the ENEMY of privacy.

  • Rick

    Vote Liberatarian get rid of all dems and republicans in 2014

    • Impeach them.all

      Right on but will probably never happen, Americans to Stupid

  • Guest

    Dems and the GOP all work for the same people neither is better or worse they both have no problem taking our rights away. It’s the one issue they totally agree on.