Thursday, April 5, 2012

SOPA Changes Name to CISPA

After withdrawing the SOPA and PIPA legislation in the face of massive protests, the House & Senate are scheduled to address a much more fascist internet bill by the end of the month, CISPA.
CISPA (Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) would classify the internet as national security infrastructure, and place its entire control under the Pentagon and the NSA.

After nearly unprecedented pushback against bills SOPA and PIPA, their apparent defeat cannot yet be claimed.  Most skeptics presumed that the defeat of the aforementioned would only serve to offer a compromised “SOPA light” at some point to circumvent criticism over government censorship.  Well, it didn’t take long.  In addition to OPEN and ACTA to combat supposed piracy issues in the U.S. and Europe respectively, we now have been presented with a full-on fascist template for Internet control where government and private corporations will work hand in hand under the very broad definition of cybersecurity.
The CISPA acronym is probably the most honest of those proposed thus far, and certainly is self-explanatory: the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Cybersecurity initiatives themselves are framed in such a way as to declare the free and open Internet to be subsumed into national security infrastructure, thus giving it over to the Pentagon, NSA, and other agents for use in surveillance and even offensive war.  However, CISPA goes one step further to suggest that all information transmitted on this national security infrastructure is fair game for the prying eyes of the State. Most likely the private sector must bow to any and all demands made, or face being labeled as supporters of terrorism.
Both House and Senate are due to address CISPA (H.R. 3523) in the last weeks of April — we had better make noise ten times louder than what was made against previous attempts to hijack the Internet.  Once the Internet is co-opted openly by the military-industrial-surveillance complex, there will be very little chance for regaining what will be lost.
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