Cybersecurity Bills Threaten Freedom
Destroying freedom one law at a time.
by Stephen Lendman
Various cybersecurity acts threaten constitutional freedoms.
On March 27, HR 4263: SECURE IT Act of 2012 was introduced. Now in committee, no further action was taken.
On April 26, the House passed HR 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) of 2011.
On June 27, S. 3342: SECURE IT Act was introduced. Now in committee, no further action was taken.
On July 19, S. 3414: Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was introduced in the Senate. On August 2, a Senate cloture vote failed. Voting 52 - 46, the bill fell eight votes short.
Prior and current cybersecurity bills represent draconian threats to Internet and constitutional freedoms. Unless stopped, they'll be lost en route to destroying other legal protections.
Pending legislation lets government bypass existing laws. Alleged cyber threats smooth the process. New bills emerged after earlier ones were defeated. Washington won't quit until all legal restraints are removed.
Senators were flooded with emails, calls, letters, and tweets against S 3414. Civil liberty groups petitioned them. For now, the measure is defeated. Score one for privacy advocates. Declaring victory remains premature. More battles remain.
Congress and Obama officials prioritize cybersecurity. Doing so compromises civil liberties. Privacy is threatened.
Following the vote, a White House statement expressed "profound disappointment." Obstructionist politics were blamed "driven by special interest groups seeking to avoid accountability...."
Since taking office, Obama and those around him waged relentless war on constitutional freedoms. Police state laws passed. Domestic spying exceeds the worst Bush administration practices.
Destroying Net Neutrality and other freedoms is planned. Full-blown tyranny approaches unless ordinary people and supportive organizations stop it. Cybersecurity battles continue.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says other pending legislation is "dangerously vague." If enacted, they'll add a "cybersecurity exemption to virtually all existing privacy laws."