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The controversial national cybersecurity bill known as CISPA was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday night, a full day ahead of when the vote was expected and despite the fact that it had received enormous criticism from Web user rights advocacy groups and the White House itself, which threatened to veto the bill a day earlier.
The cybersecurity bill, introduced by sponsors Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD) in November 2011, is designed to allow intelligence agencies such as the NSA or the CIA to share information on national cybersecurity threats with private companies such as Facebook, and vice versa.
SOURCEIt'll be interesting to see the next move of the Executive Branch on this. Do they stick by their threat and veto? Or do they go along and sign off? Didn't the President threaten to veto the NDAA as well? EDIT: With regards to GmoS719 Here is the bill text.H.R. 3523
The Obama administration has threatened a veto of the House bill, preferring a Senate measure that would give the Homeland Security Department the primary role in overseeing domestic cybersecurity and the authority to set security standards. That Senate bill remains stalled.
Yeah, here's what you're looking for.H.R. 3523
Originally posted by AliceBlackman
reply to post by GD21D
Any idea how to look up who voted for this bill ?
I guess that's what everything is boiling down to ... anyone who realises what is happening is going to have to make the choice themselves too... or face the consequenses.
Originally posted by jlm912
I sure hope it gets vetoed. Not that another bill won't take it's place... I don't really think we can trust Obama to veto, unless we the people speak loud enough against it to give him the impression that signing it would hurt his chances of re-election, but even then I have my doubts.
Let me remind those who missed it that he was dead-set against signing the NDAA also. His last word on the matter was that he would not sign it. Until he did--under cover of secrecy, while everyone else was busy not paying attention on a New Year's Eve night!
I suspect there were "signing statements" involved. But since signing statements are not disclosed, we can only speculate about their content. My guess is it went something like this: "I am already all-powerful and do not require no stinkin' Congress to tell me what I can and cannot do. I can kill American citizens in faraway countries. BAM! I just did!"
So let me remind you that you cannot take what he says at face value. He might or might not sign it; you sure as hell can't judge what he will do by what he says he will do.