Have you been paying any attention the the Federal Government’s third attempt to pass legislation to get their grubby little hands on the internet? It’s H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA for short).
I have to admit that when I read the bill, nothing struck me as particularly diabolical or evil. I’m no lawyer and not really accustomed to reading bills from Congress. For this one I’ll defer to the experts. I’m very concerned when it comes to internet privacy and free communication. I’m a web designer by trade and the past two bills that were killed last year (SOPA & PIPA) were said to have elements to them that would have ended the internet as we know it. Broad and unclear, sweeping government regulatory powers over the internet and personal information sharing seem to be at the heart of each of these attempts to control the internet.
Ron Paul released a statement today explaining the dangers of this bill that has over 100 cosponsors and may be up for a vote this week.
But we should never underestimate the federal government’s insatiable desire to control the internet. Statists of all parties, persuasions, and nationalities hate the free, unbridled flow of information, ideas, and goods via the internet. They resent the notion that ordinary people can communicate and trade across the world without government filters or approvals. So they continually seek to impose controls, always under the guise of fighting terrorism or protecting “intellectual property” rights.
Ben Swann also looked at CISPA in a recent Reality Check segment.
RT has been talking a lot about CISPA recently. Here is an interesting interview with David Seaman.
Ron Paul put this bill in to context with this description.
“Proponents of CISPA may be well-intentioned, but they unquestionably are leading us toward a national security state rather than a free constitutional republic. Imagine having government-approved employees embedded at Facebook, complete with federal security clearances, serving as conduits for secret information about their American customers. “
Read his entire statement, “CISPA is the New SOPA”
What do you think. Good idea or Dangerous Bill?