Fourth Amendment threat CISPA slips quietly through House while media busy covering Boston bombing
by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Media coverage of late has focused primarily on the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, gun control, immigration “reform” and little else. Few outlets have paid much attention at all to a piece of legislation that essentially tears the heart out of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The legislation is called the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,” or CISPA, and it has already passed in the Republican-led House (248-168; 42 Democrats voted for the bill, while 28 Republicans voted against it).
There is some potentially good news, though, according to Scott Bomboy of the National Constitution Center. “Like gun control,” he writes, “it’s far from a done deal after the House passes CISPA. It would need Senate approval, and President Barack Obama has indicated he’ll possibly veto CISPA if it comes to his desk.”
Not a done deal, but still…