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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which President Obama threatened to veto for its lack of privacy protection, has been resurrected by its sponsors and will be reintroduced to the US House of Representatives this week. CISPA sets up a framework to allow government agencies to share information on new …

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  1. Steve 129
    WTF?

    anti-abortion tagged on ???!!!!

    This is an example of just how messed up the US system is when senators can tag on any old crap, hiding it.

    Seriously, John Boehner needs to put his foot down on this type of thing !!!

    I know, it means our elected officials will have to actually READ what they are signing in to law, but come on!!!

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
      Happy

      Re: anti-abortion tagged on ???!!!!

      Of course.

      Never read "Take back your government" or "Magic Inc" ?

      Such a topic is guaranteed to get people steaming. Which is one of the ways it was derailed.

  2. Tom 35

    Don't they

    Normally change the name and pretend it's something new?

  3. Eddy Ito

    Thoughtless process

    "It is time to... deal with it immediately"

    In other words he doesn't want anyone to think about it before voting for it. How sad that it's the standard thought process in D.C. It really needs to stop unfortunately even when the clever folks across the country vote for gridlock there is always some crap that slips through.

  4. Tikimon
    Big Brother

    Easy to pass, impossible to repeal

    It only takes a 50% majority to pass crap laws, and 2/3 (or more? kinda apathetic these days) to repeal them. You can always count on party-line votes to prevent the repeal. Everyone knows this, so if ya has a bill that the public would revolt over, PASS IT QUICK!

    This one's a repeat. They're hoping to get 'er done before the resistance builds again, and that the public will be worn down by repetitive (even if true!) cries of WOLF!

    It's traditional for newly-elected presidents to ram through their party's favored schemes immediately after inauguration. It prevents the opposition from having time to rally against the raping away of American's rights.

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  6. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Gimp

    Sounds like a data suck to me

    "We want to help the poor beleaguered multi $Bn corporations by getting them to share their data with us."

    Data fetishists.

    They don't know why they want everyone's personal details.

    They just do.

  7. Graham Marsden
    WTF?

    "The Republican-controlled House of Representatives...

    "...may be willing to overlook the privacy failings of the bill in exchange for a chance to put one over on Obama."

    So they're anti-Big Government and state snooping and all that sort of stuff, apart from when they can play partisan political games...

  8. Schultz Silver badge
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    Spin versus content

    Spin:

    "... to allow government agencies to share information on new security threats and attack vectors with private companies" -- They surely can do that already, after all it's the job of the police to keep everybody safe.

    "companies can choose to share information about their users with the government" -- There is a well-established framework for the police to get somebodies data. It usually involves reasonable cause for suspicion and judicial oversight.

    So the thing the police really wants is a short-cut to remove judicial oversight. And the companies would love legal immunity. So it's a win-win situation if you ignore that it destroys a century of well-designed legal precedent.

    What would <insert tyrant of your choice> do in this situation?

    What would <insert respected democrat of your choice, e.g., Churchill, Roosevelt, Mandela> do?

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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      Re: Spin versus content

      "So the thing the police really wants is a short-cut to remove judicial oversight. And the companies would love legal immunity. So it's a win-win situation if you ignore that it destroys a century of well-designed legal precedent."

      Exactly.

      Joseph Wambaum wrote that "Police work is only easy in a police state," while Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote in the Gulag Archipeligo that the NKVD did not need evidence they just had to use their "revolutionary sense of justice" to decide if people were guilty.

      Does that sound a lot like some cop saying "We know they are guilty, we just can't prove it" when all the real evidence says they are innocent.

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Cyber security bills to pass

    There will be a lot more cyber security bills passed around the world as governments are forced to address the crimes of cyber criminals which are growing exponentially. It's the nature of the beast and eventually those who chose to use the internet to execute their crimes, will be held accountable.

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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      Re: Cyber security bills to pass

      "here will be a lot more cyber security bills passed around the world as governments are forced to address the crimes of cyber criminals which are growing exponentially. "

      Citation needed.

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