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Excerpt: 'It's called CISPA - the 'Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act' - and it's a frightening piece of legislation. It could allow for a new online spying regime, letting Big Brother read, watch and listen to everything we do on the Internet."

(image: Mystic Politics)
(image: Mystic Politics)



Stop the Online Spying Bill

By Josh Levy, Save the Internet

14 April 12

 

ant to give the federal government and big companies new powers to spy on you?

You're in luck: There's a bill for that.

It's called CISPA - the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" - and it's a frightening piece of legislation. It could allow for a new online spying regime, letting Big Brother read, watch and listen to everything we do on the Internet.

CISPA would allow companies and the government to bypass privacy protections and share all sorts of information about what Americans do online. The legislation makes it far easier for authorities to spy on your email traffic, comb through your mobile texts, filter your online content and even block access to popular websites.

It would have a chilling effect on free speech - creating an environment in which we refrain from posting on Facebook, conducting Web searches, sending emails, writing blog posts or communicating online for fear that the National Security Agency - the same agency that's conducted online "warrantless wiretapping" for years - could come knocking. (Go here to learn more about the bill and to take action to stop it.)

If this bill passes, authorities won't have to worry about pesky privacy laws getting in the way the next time they want to grab your Facebook history or search through your email. All they'll need is the vague sense that the information relates to a "cyber threat" - a poorly defined concept in the bill. And you'll never know they shared that information.

CISPA's broad language could lead all too easily to governmental and corporate attacks on our right to speak freely online. And while there is a real need to protect vital national interests from cyber attacks, we can't do it at the expense of our basic civil rights.

This awful bill helps erode our very basic civil liberties. In the coming weeks we'll announce more ways for you to help stop it. For now, please go here to take action.

 

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+6 # Richard1908 2012-04-14 23:52
And as the tramp of the jackboots becomes ever louder, the people all say:
"If it saves just one life from terrorism, it will all be worthwhile";
and
"If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear".
And so it goes.
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-04-15 05:39
Those people will explain away their freedoms in a way that makes it illegal to ever try and get them back. These provisions are NEVER temporary.

It's another apt application of the "frog in hot water" analogy.
 
 
+1 # UdoFrentzen 2012-04-15 01:45
In solitude
Many miles from the next housing
In the gleams of a beech wood fire,
A plain, sharp mind absorbs His lines,
Pursuing eyes of a spy mutilate the picture
To issue, 'His quiet voice has never risen.'

In desolation
Secluded from recuperating sections
In a muffled ward for the dying,
A person's breath is softening, fainting,
Toxic drugs freeze the face in agony
To proof, 'His peace does not exist.'
 
 
+1 # futhark 2012-04-15 15:12
"Total Information Awareness" was shot down by Congress a number of years ago, but since the technology for it still exists, its proponents will just keep pushing for it, in spite of how many times it may be defeated by Congress. Since the National Security Agency does not have to itemize its expenditures for Congress, I would be willing to bet they are going ahead with the TIA program in spite of Congress's directive to end it.
 

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