By April 25, 2012

President Obama Threatens To Veto CISPA; Authors Brush Off Threat And Proceed Towards Vote

According to TPM, President Obama will veto the controversial cybersecurity bill known as CISPA if it arrives on his desk in it current form.

However, the primary sponsors of the controversial cybersecurity bill, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD), brushed off the White House threat, arguing that the additional amendments being considered more than address the concerns that have been raised.

“This is just, I think, them kicking up some dust,” Rogers later told POLITICO regarding the White House threat.

Unfortunately, many of those amendments have their own issues. One even offers — I kid you not — a promise to “develop” policies and procedures that will protect individual privacy and civil liberties… after the bill is passed.

It’s okay. Trust us.

Several of the amendments would in fact make it worse. And nearly all retain the national security loophole that would allow DHS, the NSA, and anyone else in government to run roughshod over your privacy. (See my earlier article.)

Picture a shady real estate agent slapping a fresh coat of paint on a house rotten with termites, and you’ll get a good idea of their methodology and agenda:

Do anything to make the sale.

Folks, we’re not done yet.

We need to stop trying to patch a bad bill and start over, this time with a bill that addresses cybersecurity issues only, and begins with privacy protection at its core.

Then we can read it, consider it, and vote on it.

Keep up the pressure. Take a moment and use the EFF’s automated system to call or email your representative now. Stop CISPA.

Next in the series: CISPA Is NOT About Copyright; It’s About Free Speech, Privacy, And Personal Freedom

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