srevilak — occupyboston.org
On April 26th 2012, the US House of representatives voted on HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) . The entire Massachusetts congressional delegation voted against CISPA, but it still passed the house by a vote of 248 – 168 . In the coming weeks, CISPA (or similar cybersecurity legislation) will likely come up for a vote in the Senate, so it is imperative that we contact our Senators and ask them to vote against this overreaching surveillance bill. Here’s why: CISPA would legalize an oppressive degree of domestic surveillance with no accountability or democratic oversight.
(1) CISPA relies on an oppressive degree of surveillance.
CISPA invites private industry to a government-sponsored fishing expedition. Sections (b)(1)(A)(i) and (b)(1)(B)(i), allow “cyber security providers” and “self-protected entities” to “…use cyber security systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information”. This means that any business can eavesdrop, collect the contents of your communications, analyze who you’re talking with and what you’re saying, and turn that information over to the government, without a warrant — as long as they claim they are doing it in the spirit of cyber security. Currently, laws such as the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act prevent companies from monitoring your private communications . Would you feel comfortable if the post office opened all of your letters, photocopied them, and shared that information with the government? Of course not! But that is exactly what CISPA would do with your electronic communications.
Amendment IV – Bill of Rights
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Read the rest of this entry →