CISPA Another Assault on the Constitution

Whenever a Congressional bill is praise for being “bipartisan” there’s one thing you can be sure of: it’s an assault on the U.S. Constitution and your freedom and liberty. You can also be certain that the more “bipartisan” the bill is, the greater the damage to your rights.

Such is the case with HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which just passed the House 248-168.

District 2 Rep. Renee Ellmers voted for the bill.

For the record, I would not have voted for the bill.

Typically, the bill used vague and nebulous language and grants virtually unlimited and unchecked power to bureaucrats. Here’s an example:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a self-protected entity may, for cybersecurity purposes — (i) use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property of such self-protected entity; and (ii) share such cyber threat information with any other entity, including the Federal Government… “

In plain English, this means “forget the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and any other law that protects you rights; they don’t count. Any business (“entity”) can give your personal information to the Feds without your consent.

“Though CISPA is touted as being a harmless bill that enables voluntary ‘information sharing’ between private corporations and government agencies, the “notwithstanding any other provision in law” clause it contains would essentially deem all existing privacy laws null and void for ‘cybersecurity’ purposes,” wrote Matt Hawes, Campaign for Liberty vice president, in a letter to Congress.

In addition, Hawes said CIPSA would allow the transfer of vast amounts of data between private entities and government departments without any requirement on removing personally identifying details

President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the bill, but not because he thinks it violates the Constitution and he wants to protect our rights. He’s threatened to veto it because he doesn’t think it goes far enough.

Although opponents think the House bill won’t pass the Senate, there is another bill that Hawes called “CISPA on steroids” being considered.

Don’t let Congress use “cybersecurity” fears to trample on civil liberties. Go to the Electronic Freedom Foundation website to send a message to Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr to stop this latest assault on the Constitution.

Read more here on CNET.com and here.