“Just like most draconian legislation that politicians try to pass, the government has already been using the illegal powers and hopes to justify its actions with the passage of a new law. See warrantless wiretapping. Other even worse actions, like torture and assassinations of Americans without due process, are simply kept secret because they know a law for it would never be possible.
It was recently announced that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, will once again be coming for a vote in the United States Congress. Lawmakers cited increased threats from hackers and cyber espionage as the motivation for its reintroduction.
This version of CISPA is reportedly identical to last year’s version that easily passed in the House by a count of 248 to 168. Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo), who voted against the measure, said the law “would waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity.”
Other critics have pointed out that CISPA gives Obama a “kill switch” over the Internet in a “national cyberemergency”. “
Via Activist Post
“After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government’s ability to identify and intercept national security threats became paramount. With this concern came the Patriot Act and its inclusion and extension of the Cold War-era FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Originally signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, FISA allowed electronic surveillance of individuals located inside the U.S. who were suspected of espionage. According to the law, the government could eavesdrop for a period of one year without a warrant if the subjects were not American citizens. If the government’s activities included eavesdropping on an American citizen, the government was required to obtain a warrant from a judge within 72 hours.
FISA came to national attention during President George W. Bush’s pursuit of the War on Terror. In 2005, a New York Times story reported that Bush had initiated a domestic surveillance program of wiretapping phones and reading e-mails of U.S. citizens, on the justification of tracking potential terrorists, but had not been using a judicial warrant as the 1978 act required. Bush’s program became colloquially known as “warrantless wiretapping.”
FISA was amended in 2008 with warrantless wiretaps in place and participating telecommunications companies immune from prosecution. FISA was renewed by the US Senate on Thursday with its 2008 amendments due to expire and included provisions that affect Americans’ internet and phone privacy.”
” What is arguably the very last bastion of totally free speech is once again under assault by the world’s tyrants, as the United Nations is now eying regulation of the Internet – as though it was in need of being regulated.
Why? It’s an age-old story.
Leaders of authoritarian regimes the world over hate the free flow of information that is disseminated via the Internet. They hate the fact that they no longer have a monopoly on ideas and opinion within their own country. They see notions of freedom and liberty as a threat. They despise any medium that undermines their grip on power. And their regimes are heavily represented in the U.N., of which the United States (once considered the bastion of liberty and freedom) is the largest contributor.
“Who runs the Internet? For now, the answer remains no one, or at least no government, which explains the Web’s success as a new technology. But as of next week, unless the U.S. gets serious, the answer could be the United Nations,” reports The Wall Street Journal.”
Via Natural News
“One major assault against liberty over the last two years has been the steady erosion of online privacy. From Obama’s ‘kill switch’, to ACTA, SOPA and PIPA, to stasi tactics against people like Kim Dotcom, hardly a month goes by without some major action against Internet users.
It’s really getting absurd.
Perhaps the biggest looming threat to our online privacy is the yet-to-be-completed NSA data-centre, located in the middle of the Utah desert. We’ve discussed this many times before, and in case you’re not familiar, I recommend checking out this excellent report from Wired magazine.
Bottom line, people won’t be able to utter a single word or bit of data anymore, anywhere in the world, without it being monitored and stored by Uncle Sam.
And with ‘yottabytes’ of storage capacity (roughly 10 billion times the entire content library of the iTunes store) the NSA can archive every email, phone call, text message, voice mail, instant message, etc. forever.”
Via Sovereign Man
“Secretly, behind closed doors, the nations of the world are negotiating a treaty — initiated by Russia and China — to regulate the Internet through the United Nations. The only reason we know about these talks in the first place is through a WikiLeaks anonymous posting by a participant in the talks. That and the fact that a signing ceremony has been scheduled in Dubai in December of 2012.
The Russian and Chinese play to get control of the Internet is one of the major themes in our new book Here Come the Black Helicopters: UN Global Governance and the Loss of Freedom. The world learned of these negotiations only because Jerry Brito and Eli Dourado, George Mason University researchers, set up a website called WCITLeaks and encouraged anyone with knowledge of the negotiations to make an anonymous posting detailing their progress. Someone responded on June 12 of this year posting a 250-page synopsis of the proposed treaty and the talks surrounding it.”
Via The Hill
“Privacy rights face a crisis. Governments around the world have been taking overreaching, fear-based surveillance measures against essential online freedoms. Organizing an international resistance demands a complex understanding of both the latest online surveillance trends and of long-standing threats to privacy.”
Via Activist Post