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A year ago, the House of Representatives was poised to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). It was a dangerous bill, threatening to obliterate Internet users' privacy rights and, in fact, to trump every privacy law on the books. It would have let companies share users' private information, including the content of email and other communications without personal information being stripped out. And it would have given companies broad legal immunity to do that.

The White House issued a veto threat of that bill, on solid ground:

  • "H.R. 3523 fails to provide authorities to ensure that the Nation's core critical infrastructure is protected while repealing important provisions of electronic surveillance law without instituting corresponding privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties safeguards. [...]"
  • "The bill also lacks sufficient limitations on the sharing of personally identifiable information between private entities and does not contain adequate oversight or accountability measures necessary to ensure that the data is used only for appropriate purposes. [...]"
  • It would "inappropriately shield companies from any suits where a company's actions are based on cyber threat information identified, obtained, or shared under this bill, regardless of whether that action otherwise violated Federal criminal law or results in damage or loss of life. [...]"
  • And finally, it "effectively treats domestic cybersecurity as an intelligence activity and thus, significantly departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres. [...]"
Well, that bad legislation is back, and we have to stop it again. House Republicans have reintroduced it without addressing any of those major flaws. That means that President Obama needs to send the message again that he will not sign a cybersecurity bill that does not protect the privacy of American citizens.

Please  join with Daily Kos and Demand Progress by sending an email to President Obama, urging him to reiterate his opposition to this bill.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:27:41 AM PDT

  •  President Obama MUST put the kibosh on CISPA/nt (4+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:29:54 AM PDT

  •  Mr. President, kindly remind Mr. Rogers (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Truedelphi, Words In Action

    ...that this neofascist dog ain't hunting around here.

    Time once again to fight cyber-spying! Defeat CISPA!

    by Brown Thrasher on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:08:43 PM PDT

  •  Could this to get through the Senate (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, Words In Action

    Seriously, the presiden'ts job is to sign or veto legislation that passes BOTH houses of congress. Shouldn't we focus first on stopping this there first? A veto threat would not be unwelcome to be sure, but the onus really belongs in congress long before we worry about the veto pen.

    "crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government" -Thomas Jefferson

    by Phil In Denver on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:27:57 PM PDT

    •  exactly - if it gets to Obama, then he will sign (2+ / 0-)
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      Words In Action, skyounkin

      This must be killed in the Senate or else without a doubt Obama will sign it.

      Obama has shown over and over that he endorses and expands the power of the Executive and the secrecy in government.  He has made a major priority to crush dissent and whistleblowing at every level.

      On top of that, he has been the biggest friend large corporations have ever had in the white house.  The AHCA is a gigantic windfall for the insurance and phara industries.  His treatment of Wall Street has been NO PROSECUTIONS and encouragement of increased consolidation.

      What would make anyone think he would veto CISPA?

      I'm sorry - but am I supposed to still genuflect to Obama since he got re-elected?

      Until/unless he demostrates some actual leadership action on the critical issues - he is proving himself Bush part II.

      •  Bush part II, seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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        Could you imagine ANY Bush endorsing marriage equality? I can't.

        Could you actually imagine Bush allowing the creation of a consumer protection agency? I can't.

        Could you imagine Bush signing Dodd-Frank? I can't.

        Could you imagine Bush ending the Iraq war? I can't.

        Could you imagine Bush bailing out the auto industry? I can't.

        Could you imagine Bush repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell? I can't.

        Could you imagine Bush raising fuel efficiency standards? I can't.

        The list goes on and on and on. Obama is imperfect to be sure, but he's damn sure no Bush II.

        "crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government" -Thomas Jefferson

        by Phil In Denver on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 03:32:17 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  yes, on and on (1+ / 0-)
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          if the only Change that should be Hoped for is be , then mission accomplished, but . . .

          Can you imagine Bush putting a whistleblower incommunicado torture chamber for, like 2 years?  I can.

          Can you imagine Bush appointing a Goldman-Sachs bag boy to head the Treasury?  I can

          Can you imagine Bush Dept. of Justice saying, Banks are too big to prosecute?  I can

          Can you imagine Bush saying The US policy is officially assassination based on "secret" evidence and no review?  I can.

          Can you imagine Bush supporting chained CPI and raising benefit age?  I can.

          Can you imagine Bush setting a "deadline" to "end" the war like 6 years in the future?  I can.

          The list goes on and on, perfection remain a joke, even a few bones would be nice for a change.

      •  The President threatened a veto last year (0+ / 0-)

        ...but at any rate, the Senate had the chance to pass both CISPA & its equally-evil twin, McCain's SECUREIT last year — & did neither. This zombie bill has been defeated before.

        I think the point is that we don't know "without a doubt" what the President's position is yet — so claims otherwise are premature & unhelpful.

        (Also, this diary is about CISPA; find or write a diary about one of those other topics if that's what you really want to discuss.)

        Time once again to fight cyber-spying! Defeat CISPA!

        by Brown Thrasher on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 05:24:49 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  CISPA = Bad, yes; Stop it in Senate = yes (0+ / 0-)

          Obama "threatening" to veto?  mkay, well not so much.

          Efforts to stop CISPA are best focussed on the Senate.

          Call your Senators offices - talk to an interna - get on the call counter against CISPA.

          Do not Hope for an Obama veto to Change CISPA.

  •  As nice (0+ / 0-)

    as that would be, it would be a hell of a lot nicer if he would "put the kibosh" on chained cpi.

    Peace thru hemp / hemp for life!

    by Boudicia Dark on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:33:29 PM PDT

  •  I'd place my bet on "won't" (4+ / 0-)

    Obama: self-described moderate Republican

    by The Dead Man on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:34:46 PM PDT

  •  Get Rand Paul on this immediately. At least he (2+ / 0-)
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    paradox, Words In Action

    gets attention.

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

    by the fan man on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:42:40 PM PDT

  •  What would the EMPIRE do? (0+ / 0-)

    That's what Obama will do.

    Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

    by Words In Action on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:59:37 PM PDT

  •  He can, but he won't (0+ / 0-)

    For me so much of what this president does has become a game of predictions. His batting average isn't too good lately. Sure, he could speak out forcefully against this bill for a number of reasons, and do so while holding the moral high ground. I really have my doubts about whether or not he will do that.

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