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The US House of Representatives passed the CISPA bill yesterday.

CISPA is the equivalent to Big Brother on the Internet.

It's far worse than SOPA or PIPA. This bill would allow the government to spy on your activities, legally, in perpituity. If they make a mistake, or confuse you with someone else, you can take no legal action to defend yourself. From the bill's text:

"Private information may be shared nonwithstanding any other provision of law."

Quote from ACLU: ""Cispa goes too far for little reason," said Michelle Richardson, ACLU legislative counsel. "Cybersecurity does not have to mean abdication of Americans' online privacy. As we've seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there's no going back. We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity."

This graphic explains it much more clearly.

http://luminconsulting.com/cispa/

Obama has threatened to veto it, but this is no guarantee. He did the same thing with NDAA, eventually signing it into law. (That was the bill in which even American citizens can be legally imprisoned, held without trial, as long as the government likes.)

Call the White House, 202 456 1111 to express your feelings about the way #CISPA would take away your 4th Amendment rights to privacy. Tell them your vote depends on whether this bill is vetoed or not. Call your senators; CISPA must pass the Senate before Obama gets to decide whether to veto or not.

You can find your senators listed, with their phone numbers, here. Call today. This is urgent.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
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"...not widthstanding any other provision of law."

And what happens if they end up tracking a Canadian citizen's information stored on an American's site? Or anyone else for that matter?
 
Citizens of other countries should be concerned too; we already extradited a UK citizen to face trial over grounds of copyright infringement this year.
 
Hahaha. Yes. This image accurately depicts the degree to which the notion of CISPA creeps me out. Now everyone will know the horror of having a stalker.
 
FYI the thing with Obama not vetoing the NDAA bill is twofold. For one, it expires on its own, but more importantly the bill was backed by a veto-proof majority, so he wouldn't have been able to. Vetoing anyway would cost him quite a lot and accomplish nothing.
 
+Gavin Bisesi it doesn't matter. Bills which contain blatent violations of the Bill of Rights should never be signed into law. It does not expire; just like the Patriot act has been continually renewed, this will be as well. The administration handled this very poorly.
 
+Gavin Bisesi I know it might not have stopped the bill becoming a law, but what it would have accomplished is retaining our trust that he was on our side even when Congress wasn't.
 
I agree it was a questionable action, I'm just trying to ensure everyone knows the details of what went on.
 
A law based on the fear of law will only hurt the users, about the only contingent not in favor of the bill it seems.
 
It's not law yet. Just passed US Reps. Time to call, email and tweet up a storm with our US Senate and President.
 
That's what the post says- I have a link in there (check the bottom) for where you can easily find your US Senate reps for your state.
 
Thanks for the link +M Monica . I've sent email to my state senators. Now onto tweeting.
 
Also, reshare, please, if you find this a threat- a lot of people haven't even heard of this, yet it would destroy the internet even more than SOPA or PIPA would.
 
Okay I tried to get something going for this weeks vote in the House of Representatives by not using the Internet and that we all do the same thing to show our support for not passing this darned bill. hat didn't work.
Lets try again when the bill goes up in the Senate, and also use www.congress.org to send an email to your Senators.
 
I'm more and more amazed at how poorly our representatives do their jobs. It seems like, 99 times out of 100, they haven't even read the bills they're passing. SERIOUSLY!?! WHAT THE !*@$#!
 
They don't care, +Davis Centis ... I think most of them know at this point they'll lose their jobs next election. They will just go into lobbying instead. It pays better.
 
It requires a change in the system +M Monica . Representatives have to be more than just a body that raises their hand to vote for or against, more than just a voice to shout the words written by others. We've discovered how to apply mathematical models to every other job on the planet so we can quantify their effectiveness and efficiency - the same should be done with Representatives.

"Well, Mr. Romney, it appears that you only read 15% of the bills you voted on, and even then, only with a 35% level of understanding. That's a failing grade in any schoolroom, how can we accept that from someone claiming to represent all of us?"

Seriously, anyone passing laws should have to write a minor, unaided, test on these bills before they are allowed to vote on them. Would probably make a world of difference.
 
They want to control you so they can get away with all there illegal activies..
 
It's plain and simple, if you care about what you say or do, then don't do or say it!
 
we live in a country that gives us a right to privacy, hence the word private. I, myself dont want the gastoppoatmy door cuz of something i looked at in private
 
Oh well, time to stop using the Internet and go back to watching porn on DVD instead
 
Isn't this all just stemming from the Patriot Act?
 
+Veater Brooks but now they can do it publicly without having to masquerade behind lies. No one is safe.
 
We Canadians always follow closely behind you, so it shouldn't be long before the Members of Parliament force through a bill of its' own as well. So much for democracy.
 
one of my friends back home would have always said in response to any damn thing like this "Congratulations" [to express his anger]
Kyle F
 
This goes against many of the rights we as a people have, and will definitely start in riots. There is a low probability that the bill will pass.
 
No, probably it will pass, and there will be no riots. The american people are complacent.
 
i like this picture because is so alsome that a gient man can not see a purson that is using a coputer and he needs a magnifyto see the pursen that is adeicted to a stupet coputer
 
THE GOVERMENT IS NOT R DAD!!!!!!!!!I wish they cld understand that were supposed 2 b independant with librty and justice for all what happened 2 our constitution?
 
Why hasn't there been the coverage and outrage from Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others about this if it's "far worse" than SOPA or PIPA? Where those preemptive strikes to errode interest and pass CISPA quickly and quietly?
 
According to the numbers on POPVOX, it doesn't look like this thing has too many friends. Anyone interested in an easy way to inform your senator that they shouldn't repeat the House's mistake should visit https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3523
Jim Orr
 
Why is the big guy looking through a concave lens?
 
They've been spying ! and i don't care because i'm not on a computer all the time and I do not do anything illegal anyways thats why you stick with the PAPER ! YOU KNOW ! YOU KNOW !
 
CISPA is NOT something you would have asked Congress to do for you.
Jeff V
 
this bill better not let the american government spy on those who are not american
 
How many of you have read the bill? Or are you taking a G+ers word for it?
 
We're already doing that +Jeff V. And Guantanamo is still open. Many people who are there have never been charged with a crime. We just made it legal for our own government to hold even American citizens in such a place without trial, with the passage of the NDAA.
 
A G+ER WOULDN'T TELL SUCH LIES PAUL
 
I think re-posting a response from this post will help if all of you all:
Do something about it first, then share it.

+Dad Davis 1:03 PM
Okay I tried to get something going for this weeks vote in the House of Representatives by not using the Internet and that we all do the same thing to show our support for not passing this darned bill. hat didn't work.
Lets try again when the bill goes up in the Senate, and also use www.congress.org to send an email to your Senators.
 
No word from Google on it, telling, eh?
 
I'm fairly certain the Prez threatened to veto it...
I hope that remains true
 
The president cannot veto it if it passes the senate with more than a 2/3 majority.
 
The POTUS must VETO it first before the Congress can seek a 2/3 majority. Let's hope that he does!

"If the President objects to a measure, he may veto it by returning it to its chamber of origin together
with a statement of his objections, again within the same 10-day period. Unless both chambers
subsequently vote by a 2/3 majority to override the veto, the measure does not become law."

However, there is this constitutional provision to consider:
"If the President does not act on a measure-approving or vetoing it-within 10 days, the fate of the measure depends on whether Congress is in session. If Congress is in session, the bill becomes law without the President's approval.
If Congress is not in session, the measure does not become law.
Presidential inaction when Congress is not in session is known as a pocket veto."
 
That's f'd up, the president better veto that crap.
 
Is the internet a right or privilege? Has that been violated?
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I strongly suggest you stop driving cars and handhelds simultaneously.
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America is under constant attack, the innerspring influence is fear and control.
 
Wow!!!! The ignorance is astounding!!! Wake up America!!! I challenge each and every one of you to reread the constitution of this great land...if you disagree with ANY part of this document, then leave!
 
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
 
problem is it doesn't just affect america does it?
 
The term "Big Brother" alone turns me off from this post because its origins are from the novel 1984 by George Orwell. If you were to actually read the book, the United States Government is not even remotely like Big Brother. There may be some superficial similarities, but to use them interchangeably is asinine. That's both a Strawman and Appeal To Emotion logical fallacy, thus degrading your entire argument.

EDIT: Please note I am against the CISPA bill; I'm not endorsing it whatsoever, nor am I attacking anyone with this post. I'm simply stating how if [someone] wishes to convey a really powerful message, using controversial and often misrepresenting terms like "Big Brother" is not a good idea.
 
but it will go beyond america, this is the problem.
 
democracy???????? freedom???????liberty????????? big bad bullying brother is watching you
 
Write your reps and we won't be doomed. Everyone must raise their voice on this issue.
 
that is just freaky................
 
guess i'll use my bluetooth
 
Passed through the republican house at the last minute...just like those sneaky fucks! Spare your I'm a republican and I'm offended comments. I believe this is where I start chanting four more years four more years four more years
R Vest
 
They forget, we are watching them as well.
Kevin B
 
Time for another blackout
 
While the rest if the world fights to be free, america feels free to loose their rights.
 
What is wrong with Americans these days. The politicians these days have got to be laughing all the way to the bank. I want to run for Mitch McConnell's senate seat so bad its ridiculous. In a nut shell I would present the upcoming legislation online to the registered constituents. Have them enter a numeric opinion score pertaining to each piece of legislation then average those individual opinion scores into a collective score and vote according to this collective opinion every time. No corporate or political party influence just a two way conversation with the people I would represent. Seems simple...
 
I think George Carlin said it best

"Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'"
 
they were anyway long ago seems. get tract back. interesting. yes i agree with you Rob...
 
The house is full of commies right now teabaggers who should be impeached ASAP! These people have a purely corporate agenda.
 
but it hopefully won't go through Congress
, i am not sure...trolls beware
 
A similar bill is proposed in England. Orwellian?
 
Mr President, please wield your power and veto this bill. Thank you.
 
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I am "other" - and the more I hear about how things are done in the US - I am happy to be "other".
WHY do you allow the people in charge to take advantages of you ? Why are they selected in first place ? Why do money rule ?