Cybersecurity Vote Friday – Please “Withdraw Your Consent!
Quote of the Day: "If you believe in privacy and free markets, you should be deeply concerned about the proposed marriage of government intelligence gathering with private, profit-seeking companies. CISPA is Big Brother writ large, putting the resources of private industry to work for the nefarious purpose of spying on the American people." - Rep. Ron Paul <http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/223067-cispa-is-the-new-sopa> Thanks to you . . . Rep. Mike Rogers has embraced "good changes" to his cybersecurity bill (CISPA). You can see the changes here. <https://www.cdt.org/blogs/leslie-harris/2404cispa-progress-flaws-remain> You caused this. DC Downsizers were part of an army that "withdrew consent" from CISPA. And Rogers addressed some of your concerns. Congratulations! But . . . * There are STILL fundamental flaws to the bill. * And the House Rules Committee has refused to allow amendments to address these flaws. <https://www.cdt.org/pr_statement/cdt-opposes-cispa-going-forward> This means CISPA must be defeated... and the House vote is scheduled for Friday. <http://majorityleader.gov/floor/weekly.html> Please call your Rep. You'll see the number when you log in at our "Hands Off the Internet" campaign. <https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/hands-off-the-internet/> You can say this . . . I'm calling to oppose the CISPA cybersecurity bill. I don't want companies spying on me, and then sharing my private info with the government. I don't see how this protects me from cyber attacks. It's that simple. And while you're on the page of our "Hands Off the Internet" campaign, please send a letter too. <https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/hands-off-the-internet/> You can copy or edit this one . . . Oppose CISPA (HR 3523). I don't want companies spying on me and giving my private info to the Feds. I'm shocked that this bill would allow my Internet activities to flow directly to the NSA. If I want to talk to the NSA I'll call them. Otherwise the Constitution and common sense says they need a warrant to spy on me. I don't even trust the motives behind this bill. As TechDirt asks (http://bit.ly/J9piUB ): Why should I be afraid of cyber-attacks if Congressmen don't even secure their own websites? You're a more likely target than I am. I think this bill is a fraud. I withdraw my consent to be governed in this way. Oppose CISPA! END LETTER You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System. <https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/hands-off-the-internet/> We thank you for taking action, and for sharing this with your social networks and friends. <http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/cybersecurity-vote-friday> James Wilson Policy Research Director DownsizeDC.org, Inc.