CISPA is a ‘Patriot Act for the Web’


With the House of Representatives’ approval of the controversial CISPA bill, Internet users are worried about possible consequences. RT spoke to Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who said CISPA could be used to spy on people.

­RT: Can you explain the difference between this legislation and the previous controversial bills aimed at combating piracy?

Aaron Swartz: The previous bills were about giving the government the power to censor the Internet. And this is more like a Patriot Act for the Internet. It sort of lets the government run roughshod over privacy protections and share personal data about you, take it from Facebook and Internet providers and use it without the normal privacy protections that are in the law.

RT: So as far as individuals are concerned, is it worse than the previous ones?

AS: Yes, it’s worse because it does allow the government to shut down websites for ‘national security’ reasons. It does have all the censorship problems the previous bill did. But it also goes much further and allows them to spy on people using the Internet, to get their personal data and e-mails. It’s an incredibly broad and dangerous bill.

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4 Comments on "CISPA is a ‘Patriot Act for the Web’"

  1. Dietrich Von Bacon | Apr 29, 2012 at 1:48 am |

    After SOPA and PIPA the US citizens fell asleep. It won’t be long before the internet will no longer exist in its current form.

  2. CISPA
    Legislation Is Disguised—Fascism

    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
    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. 

    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 spying.

    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.

    (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?

    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.

    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.

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

  3. Hicksj678 | Apr 29, 2012 at 11:18 am |

    If something became a law it can unbecome… We didn’t like sopa or pipa.. Therefore what makes the us gov think that just because they sneak a bill or law in that it won’t cause upheaval…. Let fight it…  

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