Regarding the incarnation of CISA that is currently before the US Congress, a press release from https://www.fightforthefuture.org/
Congress is dirty in their ways. They snuck a much worse version of CISA – the terrible surveillance and incarceration bill – into the omnibus, a budget bill that has to be passed to prevent a government shutdown.
But, it’s starting to look like there might not be enough votes to pass it. Both Democrats and Republicans are starting to balk because of CISA and other provisions. Now, we need to try our damndest to make sure every on-the-fence senator and representative sides with us and votes no. Otherwise, CISA winds up on President Obama’s desk.
Take action right now to stop Congress from passing the worst surveillance and incarceration bill since the PATRIOT Act.
The provision looks a lot like CISA, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act — but there’s no pretense of privacy in it at all.
It’s a flagrant attempt to expand U.S. government’s surveillance programs. It has language in it that allows many federal agencies to use our data for their purposes. Inevitably, the FBI and law enforcement agencies will use the data they collect from companies through this program to investigate, prosecute, and incarcerate more people, deepening injustices in our society while failing to improve security.
In short, Congress is overreaching again — which means it’s time for us to make sure they don’t get away with it.
Tell Congress: Don’t sell out the open Internet in this year’s omnibus bill.
Instead of actually debating the bill on the floor of Congress, it’s being attached to the must-pass omnibus spending bill, which makes it less likely that Congress will actually spend the time they need to discussing this provision.
That’s because ever since Congress adopted its do-nothing mentality, spending bills have become more and more important because they’re one of the only things that Congress absolutely has to do on a regular basis — otherwise there would be another government shutdown and no one is actually willing to chance that again.
In practice, that means spending bills have become vehicles for legislation that would otherwise never pass. Regulations and provisions make their way into law as part of massive trades and compromises that need to be made this way because Congress is so impossibly ineffectual.
To make sure CISA doesn’t become law, much less without even a hint of the previous privacy protections, we need to act now.
Yes, I’ll take action right now.
No, I can’t do that — but I’ll chip in $10 to help Fight for the Future expand the campaign to protect basic rights online.
Thanks for protecting the Internet,
Evan at FFTF
P.S. There is some good news in the omnibus bill, though — the anti- Net Neutrality provisions that were being discussed have been completely axed from the final version. Together, we did that. We scared them, and they left it out. So be proud of that win…while you take action to keep CISA out of the budget