Back in 2014, civil liberties and privacy advocates were up in arms when the government tried to quietly push through the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, a law which would allow federal agencies - including the NSA - to share cybersecurity, and really any information with private corporations "notwithstanding any other provision of law." The most vocal complaint involved CISA’s information-sharing channel, which was ostensibly created for responding quickly to hacks and breaches, and which provided a loophole in privacy laws that enabled intelligence and law enforcement surveillance without a warrant.
Ironically, in its earlier version, CISA had drawn the opposition of tech firms including Apple, Twitter, Reddit, as well as the Business Software Alliance, the Computer and Communications Industry Association and many others including countless politicians and, most amusingly, the White House itself.
In April, a coalition of 55 civil liberties groups and security experts signed onto an open letter opposing it. In July, the Department of Homeland Security itself warned that the bill could overwhelm the agency with data of “dubious value” at the same time as it “sweep[s] away privacy protections.” Most notably, the biggest aggregator of online private content, Facebook, vehemently opposed the legislation however a month ago it was "surprisingly" revealed that Zuckerberg had been quietly on the side of the NSA all along as we reported in "Facebook Caught Secretly Lobbying For Privacy-Destroying "Cyber-Sec...
Following the blitz response, the push to pass CISA was tabled following a White House threat to veto similar legislation. Then, quietly, CISA reemerged after the same White House mysteriously flip-flopped, expressed its support for precisely the same bill in August.
And then the masks fell off, when it became obvious that not only are corporations eager to pass CISA despite their previous outcry, but that they have both the White House and Congress in their pocket.
As Wired reminds us, when the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 74 to 21 in October, privacy advocates were again "aghast" that the key portions of the law were left intact which they said make it more amenable to surveillance than actual security, claiming that Congress has quietly stripped out "even more of its remaining privacy protections."
"They took a bad bill, and they made it worse," says Robyn Greene, policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute.
But while Congress was preparing a second assault on privacy, it needed a Trojan Horse with which to enact the proposed legislation into law without the public having the ability to reject it.
It found just that by attaching it to the Omnibus $1.1 trillion Spending Bill, which passed the House early this morning, passed the Senate moments ago and will be signed into law by the president in the coming hours.
This is how it happened, again courtesy of Wired:
In a late-night session of Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced a new version of the “omnibus” bill, a massive piece of legislation that deals with much of the federal government’s funding. It now includes a version of CISA as well. Lumping CISA in with the omnibus bill further reduces any chance for debate over its surveillance-friendly provisions, or a White House veto. And the latest version actually chips away even further at the remaining personal information protections that privacy advocates had fought for in the version of the bill that passed the Senate.
It gets: it appears that while CISA was on hiatus, US lawmakers - working under the direction of corporations adnt the NSA - were seeking to weaponize the revised legislation, and as Wired says, the latest version of the bill appended to the omnibus legislation seems to exacerbate the problem of personal information protections.
Gunfight before Christmas
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the land,
There was talk from our rulers that guns should be banned.
They wrote bill after bill so we’d think they care,
In hopes that dictatorship soon would be theirs.
The criminals nestled, all snug in their beds;
They’ll always have guns, no matter what’s said.
Same for the pols, who tax us to hire
Armed thugs for protection, even when they retire.
Far, far away flew the truth like a flash
As bureaucrats demonized those with a stash.
Statists as usual stooped lower than low,
Blaming our guns for San Bernardino,
This editorial, even labeled as such,
Disgraced the front page with its bias too much.
But in towns large and small there arose a great clatter
From Americans vexed at such despotic chatter.
More rapid than eagles, these massacres come.
“Public servants,” our masters, spurn us as dumb,
For each time they claim they can only protect us
If we disarm and let them direct us.
Yet the farmers at Concord and Lexington, too,
Stood firm with their guns against tyrants, ’tis true.
Thank God that their brave Revolution founded
A country of free men, not serfs to be hounded.
Alas, in a twinkling, we hear on the tube
That Obummer plans to disarm all us rubes.
He calls the inept TSA to stand by,
With its list of those it prohibits to fly.
But unlike St. Nick, who checks everything twice,
The TSA doesn’t; it just rolls the dice.
You or I could land on its docket tomorrow
And stay there forever, to liberty’s sorrow.
Without any trial, charges or indictment,
TSA strips us with fascist excitement
Of our right freely to come and to go.
Now Obummer lusts for our guns also—
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Tell anyone watching we have much to dread.
He speaks many words, then goes straight to his work
Of voiding the Second. Wow, what a jerk.
Gun owners and patriots, we’ve no time to doze,
For, giving a smirk, up to Congress he goes,
But let us exclaim, ‘ere he scuttles from sight,
“Defense from tyrants like you is our right!”
Remember people these bullshit laws are only the LAW if "We the People" accept them.....!
Fuck Congress and the White House and the "Not-so-Supreme" Court... There are a few hundred of
them.... There are a 100 Million of us...! They can KISS OUR COLLECTIVE ASSES.......
Mr, Zuckerberg, you continue to support and defend islam. Islam is based on Sharia Law and the backing of a violent military Jihad. That Jihad has killed a vast majority of Christians and Jews in the Middle east. I warn you, not out of hatred, but out of the clear and present facts that islam is a danger to all Americans, and all civilized people in the world. islam openly states that their number one goal is to kill every Jew in Israel. Your support for islam is furthering their cause, and will enable a genocide worse than Hitler could ever achieve.. Their second goal is to destroy America. You have made all of your money using the American Capitalist system. Sharia and islam is intent on destroying America and all here who oppose it. Yet though you seem to support the world wide expansion of jihad islamist Terrorists, do not think they will not come after you too. After all, as you pointed out , you are Jewish. Under Sharia and ISIS all Jews are to be killed as infidels. Think about what you are saying when you openly support organizations bent on destroying all you stand for and who you are. Do not think that ISNA ,CAIR and other muslim brotherhood fronts in America are as kind and benevolent as their public face. They fully support ISIS and all their evil deeds.
Islam Will Never Be Compatible With American Government. Why?
Too Much Pork. You Have Heard Of The Untouchables. The Pork Passing Congress Is Known As The Unreadables. Their Law Making Slogan Is Make It Big And Don't Read It. Then They Tell You We Can Only Send Lawyers To Government Because Only They Can Read The Shet They Pass. I Say Send Housewives Who Clip Coupons And The Deficit Will Be Gone In A Year. Then You Will See One Side One Page Laws In Caps And American Straight Talk.
Watching Glen Beck today He Is Describing An Episode Where They Were Filming A Shopping Center In A Foreign Land. All Of A Sudden A Crowd Formed Around He And His Crew. The Crowd Started To Turn Mean. His Security Guy Said We Got To Go Now. So They Beat A Retreat Back To The Bus And Took Off. Glen Said He Felt Safer In Iraq. He Was In Sweden And The Crowd Was Not Swedish But They Run The Country.
I Say The Next Big Load Of Refugees Will Be White From Europe. Sadly These Are The Losers Who Let Their Country Be Taken From Them.
They Will Bring Their Losing Talents Here And Accelerate The Demise Of The Usa.
One More Terrorist Hit And Trump's Poll Numbers Will Go To 75%. Black On Black Gun Crime Is Rising And Obama Wants To Take Good Peoples Guns Away Including Blacks. But Two Places He Dare Not Try. The Drug Filled Ghetto And Any Indian Reservation.
Obama Likes To Bail Out Terrorist Nations And Communist Nations. Bailing Out Cuba Is The Biggest Drug Deal Since Columbia Went Cocaine Usa. Wait Till You See The Balance Of Junkie Trade Deficit When The Good Stuff Arrives.
I Have Come To The Conclusion Much Too Late That There Is Only One Party In The Usa. The Republican Party Has Been Infiltrated By Democrats. They Are Called Rino Rats. 149 Of Them In Congress Just Voted To Break America. When You Have A Republican Party That Is The Majority In House And Senate And Passes Democrat Laws, You Have One Democrat Party.
Abutom The American Fun Da Mentalist Endorses Trump For No Money. Like El Trumpo I Can't Be Bought. I Can Be Lured!.
No Trump No America. We Are All Learning Much Too Late The Rino Rats Are Democrats. There Is Only One Party. You Want A Fair Shake? it Has To Be Trump. You Want Your Wasted Tax Money Back? It Has To Be Trump.
You Want A New Government? it Has To Be Trump. You Want To Take Your Shoes Off In The Mall Like The Airport? We Need Mr. Fixit. Whatever Is Wrong In This Duck And Coverup Government. No One But Trump Will Do Anything To Make It Right.
One More Jihad Attack And His Numbers Go Up 25%. He Is The Only Candidate That Can Draw Votes From All Sides. He Will Get More Latino And Black Votes Than His Enemies Who Say He Won't.
he Will Pull The Silent Majority From Both Party's. He Wants The Same Thing You Want. He Wants The Job. He Gets The Job. You Get The Job. He Is Ready Now To Go To Work For Us.
Viva El Trumpo.More Tea Anybody?
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Mr. Zuckerberg how come Cair or otherwise the Moslem community does not come out and shake their shoes against the acts of the Isis and their allies? When the FBI adds with alarm that the majority of mosques in this county are pro Iisis you would have the FBI racists too. Mr. Zuckerberg how come your community does not decry the holocaust against Christians by the Moslem combine in the Middle East and in Africa?People have not forgotten the holocaust against Christians, some 20 million, during the Trotsky takeover of Russia post 1917.
Mr. Wink you are over the top with your second paragraph and I reject your words.