CISPA is dead! (again) (for now)

After months of activist agitation and a crushing disappointment from the cowards in the House of Representatives, the US senate has effectively killed CISPA, a sweeping Internet surveillance proposal. This is astoundingly great news! But CISPA died once before, and came back from the dead, and it will not likely stay dead this time around either. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, etc etc etc:

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said in a statement on April 18 that CISPA's privacy protections are "insufficient."

A committee aide told ZDNet on Thursday that Rockefeller believes the Senate will not take up CISPA. The White House has also said the President won't sign the House bill.

Staff and senators are understood to be "drafting separate bills" that will maintain the cybersecurity information sharing while preserving civil liberties and privacy rights.

Rockefeller's comments are significant as he takes up the lead on the Commerce Committee, which will be the first branch of the Senate that will debate its own cybersecurity legislation.

Michelle Richardson, legislative council with the American Civil Liberties Union, told the publication she thinks CISPA is "dead for now," and said the Senate will "probably pick up where it left off last year."

CISPA 'dead' in Senate, privacy concerns cited [Zack Whittaker/ZDNet]


  1. I’ve seen enough horror movies to know that just when you think the monster’s dead, it opens its eyes and grabs the protagonist’s foot, and everything starts all over again.

  2. Looks like a really good day for internet advocacy. To celebrate, let’s all go outside and get some physical exercise and fresh air! I’m going, I just have one more thing to do… wait, two things… wait

  3. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the MAFIA and all the odious apparatus of corporate rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in Washington, we shall fight in the blogs and papers, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our internet, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight in the House, we shall fight on the Senate floor, we shall fight in the courts and in the streets, we shall fight in the media; we shall never surrender!

  4. good day for liberty, cispa in the US snooper’s charter in the UK, now take a hint legislators: STAY AWAY FROM THE INTERNET.
    you can’t legislate something you don’t understand.

  5. Naysayers informed me that CISPA would go through because, unlike SOPA, it was popular with IBM, Google, etc. – and all our activism was worthless.

    What say you now, naysayers?  Haha

    The struggle continues…

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