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Sneak attack: surprise amendment makes CISPA worse, then it is voted and passed a day ahead of schedule. Congress just deleted the Fourth Amendment
By Cory Doctorow at 4:20 pm Thursday, Apr 26
In a sneak attack, the vote on CISPA (America’s far-reaching, invasive Internet surveillance bill) was pushed up by a day. The bill was hastily amended, making it much worse, then passed on a rushed vote. Techdirt’s Leigh Beadon does a very good job of explaining what just happened to America:
Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for “cybersecurity” or “national security” purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.
Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity bill at all. The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a “cybersecurity crime”. Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.
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O.K. Well I love this idea, however I don’t see the point in this. Because as I understand it, the 4th amendment applies to you being forced into unreasonable search and seizure. I don’t believe that you are forced to take an airplane when you travel. You can drive charter, a private small plane, take a boat or even swim and/or walk. So you don’t have to fly in a plane, therefore you don’t have to be searched.
For the record I am against them increasing the security to such levels, but I don’t see that they are destroying our freedoms with it. I am much more in favor of eliminating the mandatory insurance law they have implemented. We should go back to, if you want to be covered by insurance, then you get insurance to cover yourself. Then you don’t have to hope the other driver has bought insurance. Because if you don’t buy it for yourself then you are not covered. SIMPLE! But big insurance lobbyist being the way they are managed to get it passed and increase the power of insurance companies. Believe it or not before they got that law passed the insurance companies were not as large as they are now.
I’m sorry for ranting, but this sort of stuff aggravates me. People need to stop getting distracted and focus on real issues. Again Sorry