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Senate Votes Down Cybersecurity Measure

November 16, 2012 by  

Senate Votes Down Cybersecurity Measure
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Last summer, vocal opposition from American Internet users encouraged the Senate to back off on Senator Joseph Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) Cybersecurity Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for another vote on the bill in a lame-duck session this week, leading to a close 51-47 vote against cloture for the act and barring it from moving forward.

The Cybersecurity Act, along with a handful of other Congressional cybersecurity initiatives, included vague definitions for terms such as “cybersecurity threat,” “cybersecurity threat indicator” and “countermeasures” that had the potential for manipulation to provide massive expansion of government power over the Internet.

According to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Senate voted correctly by not proceeding on the Cybersecurity Act. EFF lauded the fact that Reid declared “all cybersecurity bills dead for this Congress.”

EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien said: “We’re looking forward to having a more informed debate about cybersecurity next session, and hope Congress will bear in mind the serious privacy interests of individual Internet users. We don’t need to water down existing privacy law to address the challenges of cybersecurity.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • phideaux

    “… Reid declared “all cybersecurity bills dead for this Congress.”

    Just because he declared it doesn’t mean he won’t try to ram something through if he thinks he can do it later.

  • Dwight Mann

    You can not trust a congress that has a 9% approval rating. I do not trust the Socialist sector of this nation. They need to be purged.

  • Bobby

    They’ll keep trying, and trying and trying to remove the “threat” of truth by taking over the internet…until they succeed.

  • Patriot higgins

    TWO STEPS FORWARD ONE STEP BACK

  • Chris

    Close call………..I fear for “next” time.

  • r.p.

    It’s definitely not over. Watch out for the infamous “holiday surprise”. They won’t stop until they get their way, or if by some miracle, the sleepers in this country WAKE UP and put a stop to it. I won’t hold my breath.

  • Mamamia

    So does this mean that nobody on this forum thinks cybersecurity is a real issue? I think it’s easy to say that it’s just another way to intrude on our privacy, but cyber terrorism is just lurking around the corner. It’s the next war on terror. We will be totally and completely screwed if someone does not figure out something. We think New York has had it bad…..

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