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.