April 26, 2012
So this is how freedom dies.
Ben Franklin warned that those who trade (cyber) liberties for (cyber) security will have neither. And yet, despite outspoken criticism and the founder’s wisdom, gross civil liberties have been again wagered for new government powers under the promise of ‘keeping us safe.’ That translates to more mass spying and the selective shutting down of online dissidents, all part of the overall clamp down of the free Internet. And apparently, Obama will again pose as an opponent by threatening to veto, like he did with NDAA, before signing it under cover of night.
The House passed the controversial CISPA cybersecurity bill on Thursday, defying a White House veto threat and throwing the issue squarely into the Senate’s lap.
[...] But civil liberterians were unhappy with the outcome.
“Cybersecurity does not have to mean abdication of Americans’ online privacy. As we’ve seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there’s no going back,” ACLU legislative counsel Michelle Richardson said. “We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity.”