"If you believe in privacy and free markets, you should be deeply concerned about the proposed marriage of government intelligence gathering with private, profit-seeking companies. CISPA is Big Brother writ large, putting the resources of private industry to work for the nefarious purpose of spying on the American people." -Presidential Candidate , the only candidate speaking out for American’s liberties.
CISPA will obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States, giving the government- including the military, broad new powers to spy on Internet users.
This bill "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" is the next great threat to our privacy over the Internet, but unlike the fight against SOPA and PIPA, Internet giants like Facebook and Twitter are openly supporting CISPA. You have to ask yourself, what did Congress promise them for their support? Perhaps it’s tied to President Obama’s March 16th Executive order for “martial law”?
George Orwell may have been off by 30 years but between this move by Congress and the martial law executive order we may be on the verge. Obama’s threat to veto the bill is more than likely just a ploy to boost his approval rating.
Still, this letter from the White House should give us hope, "The bill lacks sufficient limitations on the sharing of personally identifiable information between private entities and does not contain adequate oversight or accountability measures necessary to ensure that the data is used only for appropriate purposes."
It goes on to say, "The American people expect their Government to enhance security without undermining their privacy and civil liberties. Without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public's trust in the Government as well as in the Internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections."