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The Senate is going to be taking up the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, S. 3414, next week. The bill has been revised to allay the concerns of both privacy advocates and industry, but now faces a slew of amendments that could strip away many of the improvements.
The challenge for the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 after a key procedural vote Thursday is whether a growing number of amendments can resolve enough differences to attract GOP support in the Senate—and, ultimately, the House, too—while not completely removing the teeth that Democrats and the Obama administration think is essential to protect the nation from cyber threats. [...]

The coming debate over those changes and others is going to be critical for the bill’s backers as they canvass the chamber for votes and seek passage before the August break. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid already has made clear he will permit a broad swath of amendments—so long as they're germane—as sponsors try to cobble together a compromise that can clear the Senate and yet still prove appealing to the House.

The House is the problem, because the bill they passed, CISPA, is long on stripping away privacy rights, and short on actually do anything to protect the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

The House bill, and what the House will demand in conference with the Senate, should they manage to pass a bill, is a serious threat. For that reason, the Senate should not pass a cybersecurity bill until they have a more responsible counterpart in the House to work with.

Urge your senators to vote "No" on the cybersecurity bill, S. 3414.

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  •  Kill the bill (0+ / 0-)

    The President doesn't need 'help' dealing with cyber threats.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:05:37 PM PDT

  •  Hold on (0+ / 0-)

    Shouldn't we wait until said amendments are brought to a vote before supporting an elimination of the entire bill? Cybersecurity isn't a bad thing, if civil liberties are protected. Shouldn't we instead urge Senators to vote against the amendments, rather than against the bill?

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:07:48 PM PDT

    •  Cyber security... (1+ / 0-)
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      Brown Thrasher

      ...is almost always a bad thing in this context. Most cyber security bills so far have been thin or not-so-thinly veiled attempts to give the government spying powers, or the ability to shut down web sites it doesn't like, etc etc.

      Pretty much, a good rule of thumb is to oppose all 'cyber security' bills unless there is clear and incontrovertible evidence that the bill is necessary. And even in that case, I'd pretty much stick with lukewarm support.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:15:14 PM PDT

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      •  I see (0+ / 0-)

        Basically these kinds of bills can be easily abused by administrations, and it is difficult to fully protect privacy and civil liberties?

        Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

        by MrAnon on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:19:01 PM PDT

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        •  Ask yourself... (0+ / 0-)

          ...'why is this bill necessary?'

          If the answer to that is not satisfactory then you don't even have to bother worrying about the possibility for abuse (although that's certainly a huge deal in itself).

          I have not heard any argument for why existing tools are not adequate to solve the purported problems that supposedly 'exist'.

          (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
          Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

          by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 06:22:09 PM PDT

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    •  It depends on what the amendments are, in a day (1+ / 0-)
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      MrAnon

      on which GOPs are after Obama with electoral intent about what they claim is his sloppiness on National Security leaks. If there is political advantage, they will want the bill pushed now, before the recess to demonstrate by legislation how lax O has been on national security, and little chance of putting it off until after the election, as the diarist suggests. It won't be any better then.

    •  Real cybersecurity is necessary. Anything (1+ / 0-)
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      MrAnon

      the gop supports is likely to be like the "voter fraud" bills that are "protecting" our "democracy" (or "republic" as they like to phrase it, the idiots).
      We should wait until we've voted all the Republicans out of office before we do anything "bipartisan."

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:02:35 PM PDT

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  •  Joan is right, as usual. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  INB4 "Well, we tried, and this was the best (1+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk

    bill we could get, and we had to pass SOMEthing".

    All Cretans are sockpuppets. -- Epimenides the Cretan

    by JesseCW on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:52:02 PM PDT

  •  Start a campaign in the red states, esp. the (0+ / 0-)

    "Bible Belt," (ie Ok) telling folks that look at porn that they will be subject to public exposure and maybe arrest if the cybersecurity bill passes.

    We'll turn the red states blue.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:58:54 PM PDT

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