After facing defeat with Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) – thanks in part to the late Aaron Swartz – the State and Big Business have regrouped and re-branded their bill Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Relying on a lazy press to leave out the details and hoping that a dimwitted public will cower in the face of “cyberterrorism” threats. Somehow cyberterrorism translates into shutting down the internet for Hollywood. They don’t really have an explanation either.
Nonetheless, money has bought another bite at the apple as the CISPA bill has now passed the House with 42 Democrats supporting it.
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.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the bill was “needed to prepare for countries like Iran and North Korea so that they don’t do something catastrophic to our networks here in America.”
The final tally was 248-168, enough to pass the measure but not enough to override the threatened veto. Forty-two Democrats broke with the White House to vote for the bill, and 28 Republicans voted against it.
Despite public statements to the contrary, there are considerable doubts if President Obama would veto this bill. Obama made similar promises regarding NDAA which he broke when he signed the bill and made it law. If anything his veto threat is likely a smoke screen to slow down activists and help the bill advance.
President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, despite his own threat to veto it over prohibitions on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
The calculation from the sponsors is that after spending weeks hyping the cyber security threat and painting Iraq War-esque doomsday scenarios they can jam the bill through. Ideally they would like the public to not care and not pay attention which is when they do most of their dirty deeds, but given the SOPA experience CISPA’s supporters have to rely on the public’s emotional reasoning in the face of “terrorism” to blunt the force of the citizenry’s natural ambivalence towards having a police state and the effect of activism from groups that know better.
If CISPA passes the Senate it will likely become law.