Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CISPA: Another threat to the free Internet and more

Samantha Torrence -  If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That seems to be the motto of the American Congress at least no one can accuse them of being unmotivated, but is their motivation well directed? The American people seem to think not when it comes to the unending assault on Internet freedom who are saying loud and clear that they want none of it. So if the American people do not approve of the onslaught of legislation meant to regulate the Internet then who is Congress trying to impress?

CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is yet another form of internet security legislation like SOPA and PIPA. What sets CISPA apart is the fact that it is even more intrusive inside and outside of the internet. This peice of legislation should just be renamed "Big Brother" for all the information it allows the government to collect on you. Again citizens on the left and the right of the political spectrum are coming together against this budding law, and that should be enough to get the attention of American representatives who thrive on the divide and conquer tactic.

Authors of the bill defend their creation as an effort to protect government and private information systems and technology as well as research and developement from theft or destruction. Some amendments have been written to include provisions for punishments as well as permission of private parties to sue the government or private agencies that misuse information obtained by the bill. CISPA , if passed, would allow access to some of your most private information as long as it is connected to the internet in some way. That would include banking information but also medical information. Any information that is deemed useful in the name of national security to protect from a threat.
Some companies that opposed SOPA and PIPA are now on the side of CISPA, one of those companies being Facebook. The ACLU, however, has taken up arms against the legislation as well as many other groups comitted to the protection of libtery and human rights.

CISPA is just one bill in a parade of many that congress has proposed that seems to target the American public, an attitude that is argued to be Anti-American at its core. While many people express deep opposition to the bill, Rep. Mike Rogers brushes their worries aside claiming it is just a little turbulance and is pushing for a floor vote with the bill as-is.