by Scott Creighton
the time has come — indeed, it is long overdue — for the wisdom, ingenuity and resources of American business to be marshalled against those who would destroy it. Lewis Powell memo, 1971
I’ve been writing about the new CISPA waiting in the wings and it appears it’s on track for early 2015.
It’s called CISA and it just breezed through committee in the senate by a 14-1 vote and at first glance it looks as bad as it’s predecessor CISPA.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approved a cybersecurity bill during a secret session on Thursday, marking the next step in a process that critics warn will nefariously expand the government’s already substantial surveillance powers.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which passed by 14-1 vote, would ostensibly protect against large-scale data thefts of private consumer information, exemplified by recent hacks of Target, Sony, and Home Depot. But critics—including the lone dissenting voice on the committee Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or.)—say it would open the door for continued invasive and unlawful government spying operations. Common Dreams
Back in early 2013, 800 major corporations sent lobbyists to D.C. to push for CISPA. They wanted it in the worst kind of way.
In all, with the aligned companies that make up the various Roundtables and alliances, there are 800 corporations that support the passage of CISPA…
April 15th, 2013… right before this whole thing kicked off and Glenn Greenwald was contacted by Edward Snowden, 200 senior IBM executives hit D.C. like a plague of locusts to push them to pass the new CISPA bill.
“The message we’re going to give [lawmakers] is going to be a very simple, clear message: support the passage of CISPA,” he later added. The Hill
Scott Creighton, June 2013
A month later, “Snowden” was born and we’ve had a series of one hack after another given a great deal of MSM coverage in order to set the stage for “the discussion” about security vs privacy on the internet.
Recently we were fed a placebo of sorts. The FCC passed it’s 400 page “open net” ruling which was just released to the public this past Thursday and I am still reading through it to see what it really does.
As I have written on several occasions in the past, the biggest problem with CISPA is not “nefariously expand(ing) the government’s already substantial surveillance powers.” as was written by Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams.
The horror is much worse than that.
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