Archive for April 24th, 2012

I’m not thrilled about linking to Russia Times for news. However, the major media outlets (“Media Infotainment Industrial Complex”) biased propaganda drives one to dig hard for some accurate commentary on the CISPA law introduced by a Republican and a Democrat.

Obviously, this is another attempt by House members to place American taxpayers on the hook for Federal Government-provided law enforcement beneficial to “for-profit” industries. This is more of the same crony capitalism that is slowly squeezing the lifeblood from America.

ABC news ran a “buried” story about this new attempt by House members to slide this one under the radar. Too bad this wasn’t covered on their nightly news broadcast.

From ABC online:

The House Intelligence Committee approved the bill in a secret session held one day after the bill was introduced and without a single public hearing on the legislation.

So why is the House leadership trumpeting the Rogers bill and why are so many companies lining up to support it? For companies, the answer is easy: there is freedom to share information with whatever entity you please, blanket immunity for sharing, blanket immunity for a recipient of shared cybersecurity information who fails to take protective measures even when they are clearly needed, and no regulatory burdens are imposed. For House leadership, the answer seems to be that it is not listening to Internet users. Perhaps it’s time for us to speak more loudly.

A cybersecurity law should only authorize sharing of cybersecurity threat information for cybersecurity purposes, including prosecuting cybersecurity crimes. Without that limitation, info sharing could become a backdoor wiretap. Here the Rogers bill is the biggest risk; it permits information shared for cybersecurity reasons to be used for any national security purpose and to prosecute any crime.

And even Yahoo ran a subdued story about this legislation, but one line was eye-catching.

The criticism that, by including a provision for the protection of intellectual property, CISPA is little more than a less-conspicuous form of the draconian SOPA bill

Put your Congressman’s feet to the fire and demand a no-vote to H.R. 3523, crony corporatist legislation.

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