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  • Obama Opposes CISPA, But Will Sign ItAnywayPaul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comWednesday, April 25, 2012Get ready for another NDAA-stylebait and switchPresident Barack Obama simply“can’t wait” to bypass Congress anduse executive privilege to advancehis political agenda, but even thoughhis administration has expressed itsopposition to the draconian CISPAbill, don’t hold your breath for aveto.Earlier this week the New YorkTimes reported on how Obama hadpersonally invented the slogan “We Can’t Wait” to characterize his intention to “aggressively useexecutive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.”However, Obama ‘s penchant for defying Congress seems to lose its steam when there’s a bill tobe passed that will strip Americans of what’s left of their fourth amendment rights.The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) orders ISPs to share Internet data ofusers with government “notwithstanding any other provision of law.”The bill “gives companies a free pass to monitor and collect communications and share that datawith the government and other companies, so long as they do so for ‘cybersecurity purposes,’” the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has noted. “Just invoking ‘cybersecurity threats’ is enough to grant companies immunity from nearly all civil and criminal liability, effectively creating an exemption from all existing law.” Yesterday senior State Department official Alec Ross publicly announced that the Obama administration opposed CISPA, but refused to entertain the notion of the bill being vetoed. “The Obama administration opposes Cispa,”
  • he told the Guardian. “The presidenthas called for comprehensivecybersecurity legislation. There isabsolutely a need for comprehensivecybersecurity legislation.“[But] part of what has beencommunicated to congressionalcommittees is that we want legislation tocome with necessary protections forindividuals.”Ross’ words carry absolutely no meaningwhatsoever. History tells us thatObama’s opposition to CISPA is nothingmore than political grandstanding and that he will sign the bill without haste once it lands on hisdesk.Cast your minds back to the National Defense Authorization Act and specifically the provisionthat allows indefinite detention of Americans without trial.At every step throughout the process, the Obama administration threatened to veto the billunless the ‘kidnapping’ provisions were removed from the text, lulling civil libertarians on the leftinto a false sense of security. However, Obama signed the legislation into law on New Year’s Evewhen Americans were out partying, a sneak attack that caught everyone by surprise.Despite a toothless signing statement in which Obama promised not to use the ‘indefinitedetention’ provision against American citizens, it subsequently emerged that it was theadministration itself which specifically demanded the provision be applied to Americancitizens. According to its co-author Rep. Mike Rogers, CISPA already has enough votes to pass the House on Friday and despite an onslaught of new amendments, some of which actually make the bill worse for privacy, will head to the Senate for approval before awaiting the President’s signature. Given what we learned from Obama’s NDAA bait -and-switch, the President probably “can’t wait” to sign CISPA into law, formally empowering the federal government to use the Internet as one giant world wide wiretap in the name of cybersecurity.
  • CISPA Amendment Allows DHS to InterceptTax ReturnsPaul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comWednesday, April 25, 2012Perennial big government advocate Sheila Jackson Leestrikes againAn amendment introduced to the controversial CISPA bill byperennial big government advocate Rep. Sheila Jackson Leewould empower the Department of Homeland Security tointercept online IRS tax returns and any other Internet trafficdeemed to transit networks owned by the federal governmentor operated on its behalf.“Jackson Lee’s amendment (PDF) is broad enough to sweepin government contractors and university networks such asInternet2 and CENIC, said a telecommunications attorney whodid not want to be identified because of client sensitivity. Italso appears to cover open Wi-Fi networks run by federalagencies and networks in government-provided housing,”reports CNet’s Declan McCullagh.Not only would the amendment give Big Sis the power to monitor all government networks, itcould also, according to McCullagh and Ryan Radia, associate director of technology studies atthe Competitive Enterprise Institute, “allow Homeland Security to monitor the communications of the federal courts and Congress, and intercept tax returns sent to the IRS.” Given the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has already identified all kinds of mundane behavior as “suspicious activity” possibly indicative of terrorism, the prospect of the federal agency trawling through Americans’ 1040 forms is nothing less than chilling. The CISPA bill has already come under attack from all sides of the political spectrum because it states that “notwithstanding any other provision of law,” companies may share information with the government, demolishing
  • fourth amendment privacy protections.Earlier this week Congressman RonPaul slammed the legislation as a “BigBrother writ,” writing, “CISPA isessentially an Internet monitoring billthat permits both the federal governmentand private companies to view yourprivate online communications with nojudicial oversight, provided, of course,that they do so in the name of cybersecurity.”Targeting Americans for spying andpunitive measures through theirrelationship with the IRS has been acommon theme in recent weeks, with a separate bill, the ‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury Act’ (MAP-21), giving the IRS the power to revoke passports of Americans merelyaccused of owing $50,000 or more in back taxes.Texas Democrat Jackson Lee has aggressively pushed for extra powers for the DHS on a numberof different fronts, most recently when she promoted a program that places TSA agents onHouston buses as undercover spies tasked with interrogating passengers and searching bags.Jackson-Lee also savaged a newly passed law that enables airports to evict TSA screeners andreplace them with private security, ludicrously claiming that such changes would cause a new 9/11-style attack. Jackson-Lee’s amendment will be debated during a House floor hearing tomorrow, with the full CISPA bill expected to face a vote on Friday amidst a crescendo of vocal opposition. http://www.infowars.com/