CISPA passes House in fittingly sneaky fashion

From Boingboing:

In a sneak attack, the vote on CISPA (America’s far-reaching, invasive Internet surveillance bill) was pushed up by a day. The bill was hastily amended, making it much worse, then passed by the House on a rushed vote. Techdirt’s Leigh Beadon does a very good job of explaining what just happened to America:

Previously, CISPA [Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act] allowed the government to use information for “cybersecurity” or “national security” purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.

Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity bill at all. 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. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.

3 Responses to CISPA passes House in fittingly sneaky fashion

  1. Imhotep April 27, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    42 Democrats voted for this bill as well. Wanna bet they’re all Blue Dog Clintonites? Is it appropriate here to put a curse on the entire Clinton family and all of its spawn?

  2. jawbone April 27, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Link to vote count by state and vote yea/nay.

    NJ: All Dems voted NO

    NY: 6 Dems voted YES
    Ed Towns 10th
    Tim Bishop 1st
    Wm Owens 23rd
    Kathleen Hochul 26th
    Steve Israel 2nd
    Carolyn McCarthy 4th

    PA: 2 Dems voted YES
    Marck Critz 12th
    Jason Altmire 4th

    CT: All Dems voted NO

  3. jawbone April 27, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    And in WI, Paul Ryan predictably voted AYE, but Sensenbrenner, one of the original ultra rightwingers, voted NO. He’s probably old school enough to remember things like the Bill of Rights. All Dems: NO.

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