Debunking CISPA supporters' claims of harmlessness, inevitability

A coalition of US civil liberties organizations have declared this to be Stop Cyber Spying Week, with the goal of scuttling CISPA, the Internet spying bill that promotes web-censorship, bulk surveillance, and warrantless wiretapping by government and Internet companies, while turning over spying governance to the unaccountable, secretive NSA.

CISPA's supporters, notably CISPA sponsor Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), have pooh-poohed the Internet's concerns, and say that the bill is a lock, and nothing we say can change Congress's mind (apparently, they've forgotten the lesson of SOPA). Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation replies with specific, Internet-breaking, out-of-control surveillance scenarios CISPA would create:

One of the scariest parts of CISPA is that the bill goes above and beyond information sharing. Its definitions allow for countermeasures to be taken by private entities, and we think these provisions are ripe for abuse. Indeed, the bill defines "cybersecurity purpose" as any threat related to safeguarding or protecting a network. As long as companies act in "good faith" for a cybersecurity purpose, they have leeway to protect against “efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy [a] system or network.” This opens the door for ISPs and other companies to perform aggressive countermeasures like dropping or altering packets, so long as this is used as part of scheme to identify cybersecurity threats. These countermeasures could put free speech in peril, and jeopardize the ordinary functioning of the Internet. This could also mean blocking websites, or disrupting privacy-enhancing technologies such as Tor. These countermeasures could even serve as a back door to enact policies unrelated to cybersecurity, such as disrupting p2p traffic.

Yes, CISPA Could Allow Companies to Filter or Block Internet Traffic


      1. That’s the thing. They don’t want to do it TOO quickly, they just want to get their foot in the door. That lets them slowly poison the last safe haven of free speech, making victory for them much, MUCH sweeter. Sadistic bastards.

  1. Time to have Mr. Rogers, the dick not the pastor, turn over all of his digital records and such to the people.  He can set an amazing example for the rest of us who think its a bad idea.  He and turn loose all of the email offers of future work and donation offers for having sponsored this bill. 
    Once you put it into a frame of reference where it actually effects him you’d be surprised how what he once heralded is now an invasive evil thing.

  2. Looks like its time to move my hosting away from America. All these laws are gonna do is screw your digital economy.

    I still want to know why these morons think that upsetting digital distribution of pirated files is going to stop piracy. Remember how piracy existed before we had the internet? With the advent of cheap and portable storage devices, as well as one-click software to remove DVD region restrictions and copy protection, it is simply going to move offline and be done in bulk as opposed to one-by-one.

    With this assault being spearheaded by the RIAA, MPAA and associated cronies I have even less guilt (if that’s possible) about pirating their stuff… I almost feel it is our duty to rip them off entirely for the purpose of bankrupting them. If they wanna mess with laws and human rights for their own benefit then I will gleefully laugh at and facilitate their demise. Anyone wanna meet up? I got a couple of TB I can save you on bandwidth :)

  3. Those that think CISPA is a good thing, especially those in congress, should be required to do the following:

    Release all of their data to public scrutiny at the same level of avalibility our information, documents, any online doings whatsoever, would be viewable by them under this or any other law they wish to enact.

    Remind them that if they think it’s creepy and ‘doesn’t work that way’ they should only be afraid if they have something to hide.


    Either get the current crop of Entertainment/Millitary bootlicking bluehairs in Congress to enshrine once and for all in a constitutional amendment the rights to a few basic liberties and freedoms online so that we can get on with more important business like rebooting America’s economy and manufacturing capability; or fire the whole lot of ’em and elect a congress that will.

    1. Either get the current crop of Entertainment/Millitary bootlicking bluehairs in Congress to enshrine once and for all in a constitutional amendment the rights to a few basic liberties and freedoms online

      Isn’t the problem that they just ignore already-there parts of the Constitution that don’t serve their agenda?

      1. Sadly you have a point there.

        Still. What’s happening here is toxic and counter0productive to our national interests. Plus it’s just plain Evil.

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