Saturday, June 29, 2013

Senator Debbie Stabenow's Epic Fail on CISPA and Prism

Outcry over PRISM spying delays CISPA and other cyber bills from moving forward
Internet on CISPA
Several months I ago I signed several online petitions against CISPA. I just received a response back from one of my US senators, Debbie Stabenow. This what she says:

Dear John,
Thank you for contacting me about cybersecurity legislation. I understand your concerns.

As you may know, multiple bills have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. These bills contain different proposals to address cybersecurity issues related to our nation's critical infrastructure. When addressing cyber threats, we must find a balance between protecting our country, ensuring our personal privacy, and keeping the Internet a free and open source for innovation. Should any of these proposals come before me for a vote, I will keep your concerns in mind.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.

First off I sent you this email nearly 4 months ago. If I was a corporate donor you can bet I would have gotten a call that very day but since I am only an actual human/citizen and not a corporation peddling bribery I barely rate a response from her majesty.

Second and more troubling is she quotes President Obama saying we need to give up our rights for security.  I guess she never heard what Ben Franklin famously said on the subject? My guess is though she rather push the false choices used by President Obama in a recent news conference responding to the NSA revelations made public by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Third and most troubling of all is she is equating business interests with national security. Gee never knew downloading the latest Beyonce song would cause the collapse of the American Empire and let the terrorists win. Silly me.

And to top it all off, the letter is written in vague weasel words that sound like they mean something but really mean nothing. One could come to any number of conclusions by her letter, but it never comes out and says "Yeah I am for or against CISPA", just that she will keep my concerns in mind. I won't hold my breath senator.

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