“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hall of Shame

Details from ZDNet: CISPA passes U.S. House: Death of the Fourth Amendment?  Key quotes:

A great deal of controversy has stirred around this Bill. Having amendments passed in a veil of secrecy did not help matters, either.
The key provision of CISPA is that it allows government entities to acquire your data without a warrant, should a private company holding your data hand it over.
As it stands, CISPA is dangerously vague, and should not allow for any expansion of government powers through a series of poorly worded definitions. If the drafters intend to give new powers to the government's already extensive capacity to examine your private information, they should propose clear and specific language so we can have a real debate.
"The core problem is that CISPA allows too much sensitive information to be shared with too many people in the first place, including the National Security Agency," the privacy group said. In a statement today, it went further, calling the Bill "extreme."
Members of the Washington Delegation whom voted for CISPA (H.R. 624, Internet regulation and loss of freedom):
CISPA can still be killed in the Senate.  Contact your US Senators, and urge them to stop HR 624.  For
Washington State: