Congress wants your ISP to spy on you
I was just about to write a blog post about CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, aka the latest terrible idea by a Congress that doesn't understand the Internet but heard the word "cyberterrorism" and freaked the fuck out.
I called Anna Eshoo's office today and found out she was already going to vote against it, so that's good. I was going to write a blog post and urge you to call or write your representative and tell them to vote against CISPA.
But then I found out that they voted on it early, sneaking it through with minimal debate when nobody was paying attention. It passed the House this afternoon. Those bastards!
CISPA overrides all existing privacy laws, encourages ISPs and email providers and websites to report your private information to the NSA and other unaccountable government agencies without a search warrant, and gives them total immunity to liability for any privacy invasions they commit. All of this applies as long as it's done in the name of fighting "cybersecurity" threats which the bill defines so vaguely that it could be used to mean anything. Like the PATRIOT act and the warantless wiretaps, it's another step closer to a total surveillance state where innocent citizens are routinely spied upon by our government. Even if these "cybersecurity" threats are real, is there any reason we couldn't fight them with the laws we already have? I have yet to hear any proponents make the case for why the law needs to be changed - only hand-waving and alarmism.
The White House has said they'd veto it, but they said they'd veto NDAA too, and they didn't, so I wouldn't take their word for anything.
But it hasn't passed the Senate yet, so that's our best chance to stop it. Call and email your senators and tell them you want your 4th Amendment back.