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You may have missed this last night. But you need to know. Privacy-Killing CISPA Bill Passes House #CISPA #STOPCISPA

CISPA, a terrible bill that would let websites hand over your personal data to the government with little oversight, just passed the U.S. House of Representatives. That's not good.
Although the vote was scheduled for tomorrow, in something of a surprise, it took place today, and passed the House 248-168.

The bill is still unabashedly a violation of your privacy rights—nearly anything you say or do online can be handed over to the government without so much as a warrant—although version of the bill that passed this afternoon is both better and worse than it had been in its original form. As CNET points out, one amendment was withdrawn before the proceedings that would have given the Department of Homeland Security sweeping and, more importantly, superseding authority. When it was in, CISPA would have been a DHS trump card, essentially, overruling any local or state legislation that contradicted it. That's gone.
CISPA, a terrible bill that would let websites hand over your personal data to the government with little oversight, just passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
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I actually heard a guy on the radio this morning, Conservative leaning guy of course, claim that we may be making too much of a big deal out of this. That it may not be as bad as we think it will be. That when the Patriot Act was passed out lives did not change, this may not do much either. He actually believes the US Govt will not use it against us. I was blown away by his comments considering he usually thinks this kind of stuff is wrong.

To me its not whether the Govt has a track record or not misusing these kinds of power, which they do, its the fact that the ability is there and every bill passed that has similar results, the erosion of our freedoms and rights, only makes them stronger and the day they do use it against us we will be powerlkess to stop them because we allowed them to become that power and not question it. They will simply tell us "well you didn't complain about it before".
 
What I hate is that it takes 1 million of the people's voices to contradict one of those in government, the ones with the power. Whatever happened to "We, the People"?

I mention this because, as much as I disagree with and oppose this kind of bill, I can sign a hundred petitions, protest on the streets, etc., and it is all for naught (it feels that way, anyway). How can those without the wisdom and education needed to lead be given the right to lead us into oblivion?
 
I'll take it one step further. This bills are being created and passed by people who more often than not have no understanding of today's technology. In essence it's like asking a caveman to pass a bill to approve the use of electricity.
 
And yet, should the government step in to take their guns, all we would hear is how we need to protect ourselves from an overreaching government.