Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tell the House to oppose H.R. 3523

From Campaign For Liberty:

This coming week, Congress is set to take up another so-called "cybersecurity" bill, H.R. 3523, the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" (CISPA).

And this time, many of those who joined us to stop SOPA and PIPA are supporting this legislation.

So only the immediate action of you and your fellow C4L members can help protect our privacy from the government's ever-expanding reach.

After our victory over SOPA/PIPA, I wrote to you in late February about the need to stay vigilant against Congress' attempts to assert more control over the Internet.

Well, since then, Republicans and Democrats have introduced at least four major "cybersecurity" bills.

Expanding government power is always bipartisan.

CISPA, sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (MI-8), is promoted as a harmless bill that will enable voluntary "information sharing" between private corporations and government agencies in the name of "cybersecurity."

Unfortunately, it would allow the transfer of vast amounts of data, including information like your Internet browsing history or email content, to any agency in the federal government, including non-civilian agencies such as the National Security Agency or the Department of Defense Cyber Command.

One major problem with these alleged "cybersecurity" bills is their overly broad focus on what information private companies are encouraged to share with federal agencies.

CISPA currently contains no incentive for private companies like Facebook or Google to remove personally identifiable information from data they share.

In addition, the way this legislation is drafted, it currently overrides privacy presumptions found in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the Communications Act regarding the privacy of an individual's online communications and related records.

Essentially, CISPA would deem all existing privacy laws null and void for "cybersecurity" purposes.

Once the government has this information, there are no meaningful restrictions on its use, as its only qualifier is that it must be related to "cybersecurity" or to protect "national security."

As C4L members know too well, "national security" has become a catch-all excuse for government powergrabs since 9/11.

Finally, while the bill includes a requirement for the Director of National Intelligence's Inspector General to issue annual reports on how the government is using the information shared under the bill, such reports would only be provided to congressional intelligence committees.

These reports would not constitute meaningful restrictions or do anything to dissuade the misuse of personal information shared under CISPA.

As I hinted at earlier, unlike the January 18 "Internet blackout" over SOPA and PIPA, this time Internet giants like Facebook and Twitter are openly supporting CISPA, along with powerful special interest groups like the US Chamber of Commerce.

In other words, don't expect the cavalry to back us up on this one.

And House Leadership is currently engaged in a full-court press effort to get your representative to support H.R. 3523.

Sources on the Hill have informed us of "members only" meetings, where representatives are being encouraged to vote for CISPA as a "national security" issue addressing a "credible" "cybersecurity threat."

I'm sure it's only a coincidence that this briefing comes conveniently just ahead of when the establishment wants to ram something through.

In the face of such longshot odds, without your immediate action, I can't promise that we have even the slightest chance of beating back this egregious invasion of your privacy.

But, I've seen the power the liberty movement can have when it speaks out with a unified voice.

And you better believe members of Congress have taken notice, too.

That’s why I hope you’ll contact Congress right away.

Click here to find your representative’s information.

And after you’ve contacted Congress, please forward this email to at least five friends or family members encouraging them to do the same.

This fight won't have the glamour or media attention that SOPA and PIPA received, so please take action immediately and show Congress the liberty movement is serious about defending our constitutionally protected rights no matter the odds.

In Liberty,

Matt Hawes
Vice President

P.S. Internet giants like Facebook and Twitter are openly supporting H.R. 3523, the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" (CISPA) - the latest plan from Congress to further infringe on Americans' privacy.

It’s up to the liberty movement to take action and stop CISPA in its tracks! Please contact your representative immediately and demand a "NO" vote on H.R. 3523 and any similar legislation!

It just seems that this Congress just doesn't stop in fact every time some idiot gets a bad idea they have to draw up a bill to give some sort of legitimacy to it. CISPA,along with PIPA and SOPA,is a bad idea and unfortunately we're never going to run out of bad ideas but we can defeat them so the best thing to do is to weigh in your disgust at government censorship and let them know you will not tolerate it.

You can find your Congressperson here

You can also contact Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor here. Let them know we are tired of the assault upon the internet and we want it to stop.

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