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Business Insider: CISPA “is absolutely ludicrous insanity. The minds behind this in Congress should be forced to resign, immediately — they are acting in the interests of weird lobbying groups and defense contractors.”

Total surveillance of the people is what Congress ultimately wants, so it is no surprise that this is apparently a top legislative priority for them — even at a time when 1 out of every 2 recent college graduates face unemployment. Even at a time when our total public debt is above $15 trillion.

How bad is CISPA in its current form? Here’s some analysis from Techdirt: “Up until this afternoon, the final vote on CISPA was supposed to be tomorrow. Then, abruptly, it was moved up today—and the House voted in favor of its passage with a vote of 248-168. But that’s not even the worst part. [...] Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for ‘cybersecurity’ or ‘national security’ purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.”

Let me put this into perspective for you:

- If the government suspects you are a genuine “bad guy,” like a cyberterrorist, human trafficker, drug kingpin, etc… they can already seize all of this online activity information about you. It’s called obtaining a warrant. CISPA does away with that. It supercedes ALL existing federal privacy laws. As Techdirt’s Leigh Beadon put it, “Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cispa-is-ridiculously

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Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill (NDAA)

This afternoon, Obama signed the controversial Defense authorization bill, despite his reservations about provisions related to the treatment of terrorism suspects. The National Journal reports:

President Obama signed on Saturday the defense authorization bill, formally ending weeks of heated debate in Congress and intense lobbying by the administration to strip controversial provisions requiring the transfer of some terror suspects to military custody.

“I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists,” Obama said in a statement accompanying his signature.

 

Read more http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/12/31/396018/breaking-obama-signs-defense-authorization-bill/

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Petition to Have the President Veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

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Please Sign The Petition To Have The President Veto The National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act, which Occupy Wall Street is strongly against, allows American Citizens to be detained & held by the US Government/Military indefinitely, without judge, jury, or trial.  It also allocates an additional $650 billion in defense spending, that we don’t need to be spending or have in the first place.

This act has been passed by Congress and will be in front of Obama to sign into law shortly.  He has already stated that he has no intention to veto it.

Read more & sign the petition:
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/veto-national

Here is the section of the bill where it specifically mentions detaining citizens without trial:
NDAA Bill

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White House issues statement saying it will not veto defense bill (NDAA)

White House issues statement saying it will not veto defense bill (NDAA)
White House Lifts Veto Threat of Defense Authorization Bill.

This bill of “detaining Americans indefinitely will no trial, judge or jury” will pass. Obama will not veto it.  This will actually happen.  Wow.

President Obama has dropped his threat to veto the 2012 defense authorization bill after his advisers concluded that revised provisions about detainees would not harm national security.

The new “language does not challenge or constrain the president’s ability to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the American people,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

The House is poised to pass the bill on Wednesday, despite controversial provisions requiring military detention for some terrorism suspects.

Flood the whitehouse comment line 202-456-1111! Be proactive!

Read more:  http://www.nationaljournal.com//nationalsecurity/white

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