April 5, 2012 in General
Is this yet another manifestation of the growing Government-Corporate complex? To quote an article posted on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website:
H.R. 3523, also known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, would let companies spy on users and share private information with the federal government and other companies with near-total immunity from civil and criminal liability. It effectively creates a “cybersecurity” exemption to all existing laws.
On the surface, this bill has the look of something more nefarious than the ill-fated SOPA. If a company can make the claim that information collected from internet users is in the interest of “cybersecurity”; there are virtually no restrictions on what can be collected and how it can be used. Simply stated, your comrades such as AT&T, Facebook, Google, or Twitter could intercept your emails and text messages. These companies could then forward copies to one another and to the government, wherein potentially modifying those communications or preventing them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop “cybersecurity threats.”
What could constitute “cyber-security” is as broad as it is nebulous. According to the above-referenced article, a company could sensor any speech that it believes could “degrade the network”. In my view, the network has already been substantially degraded!
H.R. 3523 indicates specifically that the act of cybersecurity can include the protection against the “theft or misappropriation of private or government information” including “intellectual property.”
The long and short of it is Congress believes that companies should have the right to monitor our communications throughout the vast galaxies of cyber-space and copy and share those communications if a perceived cyber-threat is detected. If H.R. 3523 is passed, our freedoms and free speech will be further constricted in the name of stopping the misuse of corporate or government information and the thievery of intellectual property. I, for one, stand against the stealing of intellectual property, but ultimately that is not what this bill appears to be about.
Government and large corporations have become partners; working hand in hand to bring a pseudo Martial Law to the flyways of Cyberspace as the free world slowly but steadily morphs into a new world order and one world system.