As CISPA Debate Rages Again, Obama Already Using Its Powers
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Just like most draconian legislation that politicians try to pass, the government has already been using the illegal powers and hopes to justify its actions with the passage of a new law. See warrantless wiretapping. Other even worse actions, like torture and assassinations of Americans without due process, are simply kept secret because they know a law for it would never be possible.
It was recently announced that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, will once again be coming for a vote in the United States Congress. Lawmakers cited increased threats from hackers and cyber espionage as the motivation for its reintroduction.
This version of CISPA is reportedly identical to last year’s version that easily passed in the House by a count of 248 to 168. Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo), who voted against the measure, said the law “would waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity.”
Other critics have pointed out that CISPA gives Obama a “kill switch” over the Internet in a “national cyberemergency”.