But as for me and my house ...
The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed by the U.S. House by a vote of 288-127 (18 abstained), and headed to the Senate for a vote (possibly Friday, April 25th). Amendments were passed in secret.
CISPA will allow private companies to share the personal data of every U.S. citizen and resident (sometimes, incorrect data, as I recently discovered and the company refused to correct it), with the U.S. government, its law enforcement agencies, intelligence services, and over 600 other agencies.
Therefore, if you patronize Facebook, Twitter, Google, Verizon, et al, your personal information will be provided to the U.S. Government and law enforcement — for whatever purpose the agencies deem necessary, in violation of the Fourth Amendment contained in the Bill of Rights.
CISPA's purpose is purportedly to prevent cyber-attacks or trace an attack back to its source. The explanation of CISPA's necessity is that cyber-attacks are weapons in the virtual battlefield and could lead to actual war. Seriously?!?
CISPA also amends the National Security Act, allowing U.S. intelligence services to share classified information with anyone, even persons without a security clearance.
An amendment to CISPA was proposed, allowing U.S. companies to retain their privacy policies, but was voted down. These promises made to you, including terms of service, will be unenforceable should the Senate ratify the Bill. Hope you kept a list of companies you do business with!
According to Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), these companies are "completely exonerated from any risk of liability." Just like Monsanto! Eat our poison - you can't sue us!
The Bill of Rights, Fourth Amendment, of the U.S. Constitution, states:
'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.'
'Probable cause' requires providing evidence of probable criminal activity before the law enforcement agency is allowed to search a citizen's person, home, papers, and effects, specifying the area to be searched.
The Fourth Amendment does not protect against private companies mining for information about you for their own gain. It protects you against the U.S. government unlawfully accessing your data without a search warrant. CISPA, however, will allow the government to acquire all your personal data without a warrant, without probable cause, without your knowledge, and for free.
According to the privacy and civil liberties group, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF),
"As it stands, CISPA is dangerously vague, and should not allow for any expansion of government powers through a series of poorly worded definitions. If the drafters intend to give new powers to the government's already extensive capacity to examine your private information, they should propose clear and specific language so we can have a real debate."
Once information is acquired by the U.S. government, CISPA supposedly only allows the Government to use the information as it pertains to 'cyber-security', rather than 'national security'. However, the poorly defined language in CISPA enables its misuse. As with Obamacare, once it is in effect, it will prove much more intrusive than those who voted in favor, misguidedly intend.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) calls CISPA 'fatally flawed' and 'extreme', stating, "The core problem is that CISPA allows too much sensitive information to be shared with too many people in the first place, including the National Security Agency."
I looked at the main stream media (NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN) to see how this is being reported and the results are as follows:
A sample of ABC headlines:
CNN: (ONLY ONE!)
Has the United States Government conspired to undermine HIPAA and the Fourth Amendment? Yes!
Common sense tells us that health records cannot provide the Government with anything akin to cybersecurity 'threat information'. This is a phishing expedition by the U.S. Government to gain access to your private, personal information. Not only does it violate the Fourth Amendment - it violates HIPAA - it violates U.S. citizens! Have they lost their minds?!?
No - there's a purpose in the seeming madness. To enslave You!
I wrote my Senator - will YOU?
ALL amendments in the Bill of Rights are important to American citizens, NOT just the Second Amendment! They are NOT to be infringed upon and they are not amendable!
Yet, Congress continues to try to undo the Bill of Rights. Therefore, are we to assume a name change for the United States of America is coming soon?
Is Congress going to give authority over to the United Nations, as well?
The CISPA Bill passed by the House violates the Fourth Amendment and, if the Senate passes it, there will be lawsuits filed. If no one else does, I will!
Congress: Stop trying to undo the Bill of Rights!
We are NOT stupid and we know who is behind this! We will fight them and their 'god' tooth and nail, if need be.
The Guard's violation of the Fourth Amendment in the Boston suburbs is disgusting and criminal! This is what the British did to the Colonies! Is this practice for the future? Not all Americans will be so willing to have the government barge into their homes with rifles drawn and no Search Warrant! The center of the country is not like the coasts. You know this.
Because I exercise my right to free speech, the government calls me a 'terrorist'. I am an AMERICAN! I have rights that the government CANNOT take away no matter what 'law' Congress wants to squeak by or executive order Obama wants to pen to give himself power that is also unConstitutional. We will not observe them because they are in violation of our Constitution!
We are becoming GERMANY - and the USSR! This must STOP!
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