The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, otherwise known as CISPA is a broad and over-reaching piece of legislation that threatens the privacy and security of every American.
This legislation basically permits any type of company involved with the internet to openly share your information with the federal government and the National Security Agency (NSA). Why? Well, to protect you of course.
The claim is that the government needs to be able to have access to trillions of pieces of data to make sure they protect us from cyber threats. What is a cyber threat? And if they are looking for a criminal, why can’t they go to a judge and get a warrant? Why are they allowed to have absolutely no oversight in their search for information and data on people?
I am not a terrorist – and I am not a cyber threat – why should they be able to collect information and data on me if I am not a criminal? And if they think I am a criminal, then they should be required to go through a judge to get a warrant – that is a pertinent check and balance. To make sure that each individual’s civil liberties are protected.
Granted, I do think there are bad people on the Internet that seek to do bad things to the American people, through what they are calling a “cyber threat”. But this is absolutely NO REASON to enact this vague and sweeping legislation that can be broadly interpreted to take away each of our ability to use the Internet with some sense of privacy. There are better and more efficient ways at tracking down criminals than to subject 307 million Americans to this type of invasion of privacy.
My representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district – Republican incumbent Scott Tipton – voted FOR CISPA. I am running for Congress to make sure that this type of legislation is never even debated on the floor of the House of Congress, and I would never vote for any piece of legislation that erodes the privacy of my fellow Americans.
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