The title of this controversial act is H.R. 3523 and it has been dubbed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short). It is feared that CISPA is far worse than SOPA and PIPA in its possible effects on the internet.

While this paper has been created under the guise of being a necessary weapon in the U.S. war against cyberattacks, the wording of the paper is vague and broad. It is thought that the act could allow Congress to circumvent existing exemptions to online privacy laws and would allow the monitoring and censorship of any user and also stop online communications which they deem disruptive to the government or to private parties.

So, criticizing a corrupt official or agency (or, given the ‘private parties’ part, a corporation?) for being so could be construed as being disruptive and allow the gov to use this against you? Remember when we had freedom of speech, etc? Be careful how you answer as doing so online will probably be a crime soon.

Oh, BTW, the Supreme Court said you can be stripped searched for pretty much anything now.

  1. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    “Oh, BTW, the Supreme Court said you can be stripped searched for pretty much anything now.”

    I don’t mind as long as I get one of those guberment issue “reach-arounds” with a “happy-ending”.

    Oh, that reminds me, I have to catch a plane.


    • Glenn E. says:

      Of course. That’s because you might explode at any moment. Thanks to the underwear bomber, incident. If I believed this might happen to me, I think I’d sew little packets of talcum power into my clothes. That would pop open at slightest frisking. Freaking out the cops, thinking they’ve just been Anthrax’d. Then later, tell them I use this stuff to stop rashes. I never said if was a biological weapon. 🙂

  2. dusanmal says:

    Keep electing Progressives, this is what you’ll get… You like individual mandate for X … with it comes power of the Government to tell you what to do; you want Government to be single provider of Y … with it comes power to control you; and so on, and so forth. Only weak Government unable to tell you what to do or what to buy, one that is not providing you any “benefits” is the one you can control.

    • Cap'nKangaroo says:

      This is a House bill. The House is controlled by the Republicans. The Bill’s sponsor is Republican Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan’s 8th district. The bill has 106 cosponsors of whom I counted 80 as being Republican.

      So where are these “Progressives” you speak of when this bill is so clearly a product of the “Conservative” House. The House elected in 2010 to STOP the expansion of government control over all things good and fair. Some have even given credit to the “Tea Party” for giving control of the House to the Republicans. And this is the result.

      Do not lay this at the feet of “Progressives” but blame the true authors of the bill, the House Republicans.

      • msbpodcast says:

        Ignore him. He doesn’t know what the word “progressive means but he is fixated on using that as if it was an insult.

        He probably doesn’t believe in evolution either.

  3. Grandpa says:

    In case you haven’t noticed, there is no such thing as free speech online. Get used to it. The Internet is no longer the wild wild west. It is a controlled, monitored, and used government tool. If you are online, you should assume you are being monitored and everything you do can and will be used against you.

    Sorry. That’s the way it is, now.

  4. kerpow says:

    Sponsored by:
    Rep. Michael “Mike” Rogers

    Michigan – District 8


  5. deowll says:

    You can be strip searched if you are arrested. A reasonable safety procedure but a sure fire way for the local cops to become more and more detested.

    I’m sure this piece of bleep law has wide bipartisan support. Most of the anti bill of rights bills do.

    1981 arrived late but it has arrived.

    • Cap'nKangaroo says:

      It is currently 81 Republican and 25 Democratic cosponsors. Bipartisan support but far from being wide.

  6. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Oh yeah, one of the original cosponsors, Tea Party darling and one-time Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oh, BTW, the Supreme Court said you can be stripped searched for pretty much anything now.

    But you can’t walk around naked?!

    Sounds like typical old Washington.

    • The Monster's Lawyer says:

      You can’t? Man, I’m in trouble now.

    • Glenn E. says:

      Why does a Michigan Rep. want this bill. Does Ford, Chevy or Chrysler, need Americans to be strip searched? That’s pretty much all that Michigan politicians do. Whatever the hell the big automakers want. But as they’re all Defense Contractors too. Maybe it’s really the DoD who wants this, and is using these Michigan based A-holes to get it.

  8. NewfornatSux says:

    By the way, campaign finance reform laws says you can’t mention candidates within 2 months of an election. So you have until the first week of September. After that you have to shut up. Any mention of a candidate will trigger a campaign finance investigation. At a minimum you will be charged with not registering as a political organization.

    • Glenn E. says:

      I wonder if Sarah Palin will loose her job on NBC’s morning show, two months prior to the election? Because I can’t see how simply her appearance, isn’t an endorsement for a political candidate. Plus she’ll probably shoot her month off about someone, anyway. And NBC will be pretending they can’t control her, and she doesn’t represent the network’s view. But they ARE paying her to be there.

  9. Glenn E. says:

    It didn’t take Congress very long to get back on this horse, did it? They probably think the mainstream news will be too busy reporting the Republican primaries and national convention, to mention this bill. As they barely mentioned the previous ones.

    Will the internet get another “blackout day” of protest? Or will that not be permitted anymore?

  10. JimD, Boston, MA says:


    Lady Liberty weeps !!!


    • Glenn E. says:

      Hey! I like that term “Corporatism”. I think I’ll try using it more. Thanks!

  11. Breetai says:

    We are so screwed. Even here people are blaming parties.

    • Glenn E. says:

      There are only two parties that count in the US. The party of the 1 percenters, hold most of the wealth and power. And the party the other 99% are all dumped into. The taxpayer’s party. Sometimes known as the slave party.

  12. Rwolf says:

    Government Asset Forfeiture To Escalate If U.S. Senate Passes CISPA Legislation

    CISPA the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act if signed into law will allow——the military and NSA warrant-less spying on Americans’ confidential electronic Communications; any transmitted private information circumventing the fourth amendment. CISPA will allow any self-protected cyber entity to share with the Feds any person’s private information that might allegedly relate to a cyber threat or crime. Considering the U.S. Government’s current business relationship with telephone and Internet companies, it should be expected the feds would use CISPA to gain unprecedented access to lawful Americans’ private electronic communications. Almost every week news media reports corrupt police arrested for selling drugs, taking bribes and perjury. It is foreseeable that broad provisions in CISPA that call for private businesses / cyber entities to share among themselves and with Spy Agencies confidential information will open the door for corrupt government and police to sell a corporations’ confidential information to its competitors, foreign government and others. CISPA provides insufficient safeguards to control disposition of (shared) confidential corporate / cyber entity information, including confidential information shared by spy agencies with private entities derived from spying on Americans.

    The recent House Passed Cyber Security Bill overrides the Fourth Amendment. Government may use against Americans in Criminal, Civil and Administrative courts (any information) derived from CISPA warrant-less Internet spying.
    CISPA will open the door for U.S. Government spy agencies such as NSA; the FBI; government asset forfeiture contractors, any private entity (to take out of context) any innocent—hastily written email, fax or phone call to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a person’s arrest, assess fines and or civilly forfeit a business or property. There are more than 350 laws and violations that can subject property to government asset forfeiture. Government civil asset forfeiture requires only a civil preponderance of evidence for police to forfeit property, little more than hearsay.

    CISPA (warrant-less electronic surveillance) will enable the U.S. Justice Department to bypass the Fourth Amendment, use information extracted from CISPA electronic surveillance) of Americans’ Web Server Records, Internet Activity, transmitted emails, faxes, and phone calls to issue subpoenas in hopes of finding evidence or to prosecute Citizens for any alleged crime or violation. If the current CISPA is signed into law it is problematic federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and private government contractors will want access to prior Bush II NSA and other government illegally obtained electronic records to secure evidence to arrest Americans; civilly forfeit their homes, businesses and other assets under Title 18USC and other laws. Of obvious concern, what happens to fair justice in America if police become dependent on “Asset Forfeiture” to help pay their salaries and budget operating costs?

    Note: the passed “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000” (effectively eliminated) the “five year statue of limitations” for Government Civil Asset Forfeiture of property: the statute now runs five years (from the date) police allege they “learned” an asset became subject to forfeiture. If CISPA takes affect, allows (no warrant) electronic government surveillance of Americans, it is expected CISPA will be used by government not only to thwart cyber threats, but to aggressively prosecute Americans and businesses for any alleged crime: U.S. Government spy and police agencies; quasi government contractors for profit, will relentlessly sift through Citizen and businesses’ (government retained Internet data), emails and phone communications) to discover possible crimes or civil violations.

    A corrupt U.S. Government Administration too easily use CISPA no-warrant-seized emails, faxes, Internet data and phone call information) to target, blackmail and extort its political opposition; target any Citizen, corporation and others in the manner Hitler used his Nazi passed legislation that permitted no-warrant Nazi police searches and seizure of Citizens and businesses or to extort support for the Nazi fascist government. Hitler Nazi Laws made it possible for the Nazis to strong-arm German parliament to pass Hitler’s 1933 Discriminatory Decrees that suspended the Constitutional Freedoms of German Citizens. History shows how that turned out.

    CISPA warrant-less electronic surveillance) has the potential of turning America into a Fascist Police State.


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