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Anonymous calls for citizen action against CISPA

CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was rushed through the House of Representatives on Thursday last week. It was passed by 248 votes to 168. On the previous day, Wednesday, President Obama – or more specifically, the Office of Management and Budget – warned that he would veto the bill: “Legislation should address core critical infrastructure vulnerabilities without sacrificing the fundamental values of privacy and civil liberties for our citizens… for the reasons stated herein, if H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

Doesn’t mean he will veto the bill. Guantanamo? NDAA?

It’s a possibility not lost on Anonymous. On Friday it issued its own citizen call to arms. It’s not asking for the usual DDoS attack – at least not yet, because it’s not clear who would need to be attacked, but it does say:

President Obama has already stated that he will veto the bill, but this is also what was said about NDAA.

Anonymous’ call is:

We have defeated previous attempts to censor our only platform of true honest communication, the internet. SOPA was only the beginning.

Sign petitions, call your congressmen, and kill this act in the senate.

As a foreign observer I would say that one thing is very clear about CISPA: it is being sold to the American public on a tissue of lies, misconceptions, misleading claims and overarching FUD. It will do nothing to prevent terrorism. It will do nothing to curtail crime. But it will allow both US law enforcement and the entertainment industry to legally spy on the private and legitimate communications of both innocent US citizens and everyone else anywhere in the world. A specific misleading endorsement? Joel Kaplan, Vice President-U.S. Public Policy, Facebook, wrote:

Importantly, HR 3523 would impose no new obligations on us to share data with anyone –- and ensures that if we do share data about specific cyber threats, we are able to continue to safeguard our users’ private information, just as we do today [my ironic emphasis].

If the American citizen can expect the same from the US government as the Facebook user can from Facebook, then expect your personal data to be covertly extracted and sold to the highest bidder. It’s time to listen to those great advocates of US free speech: ACLU, EFF, CDT and, I have to say, Anonymous.

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  1. Rwolf
    May 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Is CISPA a Trojan Horse?

    Government can use CISPA to secretly (certify employees) including those that work for a Government certified cyber self-protected entity—to spy on their certified employer and clients with full immunity from lawsuits if done in good faith. In effect spies spying on spies, even for profit.

    U.S. Government is not prohibited from paying any Government Certified self protected cyber entity or Certified Employee part of government forfeited assets or other compensation for providing U.S. Government a corporation’s confidential information and or client information—that otherwise would require a warrant. U.S. Government now contracts on a commission basis (self protected cyber entities) e.g. private government contractors with security clearances to facilitate arrests and Government asset forfeitures. Currently Government can’t use evidence obtained through there contractors’ illegal warrant-less spying on: Internet activity, private emails, faxes and transmitted electronic files; however that will change if CISPA is passed by Congress. Not surprisingly some of the same private security contractors involved with government asset forfeitures have lobbied Congress to pass CISPA.

    Is CISPA a Trojan Horse? CISPA provides “Government Certified “Self Protected Cyber Entities” an incentive to anonymously snitch on their corporate competitors to gain an economic advantage: although CISPA states using a certified cyber status to gain an economic advantage over a competitor is prohibited, however, that appears covertly unstoppable. In either case U.S. Government can use CISPA to accumulate through warrant-less searches, any corporation’s confidential and private client information that potentially could be used by a corrupt U.S. Government to extort corporations, politicians and wealthy Citizens. Hitler and his private security Gestapo used this tactic to force corporations to support Nazi policies.

    Hitler also promised to use new Nazi laws to go after a corporation’s competitors if the corporation supported him. Some of the corporations (Hitler partnered with} were so greedy, they did not see that Hitler was pitting corporations against each other to reduce their combined political power so Hitler could control them. Does Nazi Government Partnership with private corporations sound currently familiar in the U.S.?

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