The much despised CISPA — which has been exposed as a sham cybersecurity bill following on the heels of the failed SOPA/PIPA effort (causing mass confusion) — was finally passed by a Republican majority in the House of Representatives last week. Of note is where 47 of the 66 members of the House Tea Party Caucus voted in favor of the bill. Presumably because it has the word “protection” in the title. Who would be against protecting those cyber tubes? Unamerican marxist taliban zombies from China, that’s who.
Forbes writes, “[T]he bill underwent some last minute changes, which may have made CISPA even worse than in previous iterations.”
“TechDirt’s Leigh Breadon points out that under the final version of CISPA 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”. Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all.’”
“The Tea Party may be the small government wing of the Republican Party, but when it comes to national security suddenly limiting the state becomes far less critical. If SOPA had been billed as a cybersecurity law, it may have found a great deal more support in congress, and had a better time resisting internet backlash. For opponents of anti-piracy laws, this is an important thing to bear in mind.”
“Furthermore, internet companies that recoiled at the intellectual property implications of SOPA were much more agnostic when it came to CISPA, with some actively supporting the bill. Though many civil liberties groups these companies allied themselves with in opposing SOPA were as incensed by CISPA as well, many internet companies remained largely on the sidelines.”
“In other words, CISPA doesn’t threaten the bottom line of these big tech companies the way SOPA did, even if it is just as noxious for other reasons.”
“‘CISPA permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications without judicial oversight provided that they do so of course in the name of cybersecurity,’ said Texas Republican, Ron Paul – who did not cast a vote on the bill (perhaps for political reasons.)”
“And as Paul Tassi notes, CISPA is ‘a slippery slope, and we shouldn’t be handing the government access to our personal information, even if that personal information is in fact innocuous.’”
So which Tea Party House members are the traitors to liberty and need stiff boots of voter outrage? Patrick Cahalan at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen gives us a marked up list of people who should have their internet taken away for obscene stupidity. Well, at least take away their power to mess with our internet.