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Remember when we fought off CISPA? Well, they're at it again, and this new bill is an even greater expansion of mass surveillance than before, as well as an assault on the ability of investigative journalists to do their job. In the words of one of the 55 civil liberties groups now expressing outrage, this bill "is little more than a backdoor for general purpose surveillance.”
Worse, the White House is publicly endorsing it.
Even worse, the PCNA is soon to be followed by another assault on privacy, The Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA).
Civil liberties groups are trying to amass pressure for a presidential veto. Write, call, visit, and demand that this assault be stopped:
House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite Privacy Protests
“PCNA would significantly increase the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) access to personal information, and authorize the federal government to use that information for a myriad of purposes unrelated to cybersecurity,” reads a letter signed earlier this week by 55 civil liberties groups and security experts that includes the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Human Rights Watch and many others.
Specifically, PCNA’s data-sharing privileges let companies give data to government agencies—including the NSA—that might otherwise have violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or the Wiretap Act, both of which restrict the sharing of users’ private data with the government. And PCNA doesn’t even restrict the use of that shared information to cybersecurity purposes; its text also allows the information to be used for investigating any potential threat of “bodily harm or death,” opening its application to the surveillance of run-of-the-mill violent crimes like robbery and carjacking.
“I’m very disappointed that the house has passed an information sharing bill that does so much to threaten Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, and no real effort was made to address the problems the bill still had,” says Greene. “The rules committee has excluded amendments that would have resolved privacy concerns…“This is little more than a backdoor for general purpose surveillance.”
In a surprise move yesterday, the White House also publicly backed PCNA and its Senate counterpart, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act in a statement to press. That’s a reversal of its threat to veto a similar Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act in 2013 over privacy concerns, a decision that all but killed the earlier attempt at cybersecurity data sharing legislation. Since then, however, a string of high-profile breaches seems to have swayed President Obama’s thinking, from the cybercriminal breaches of Target and health insurer Anthem that spilled millions of users’ data, to the devastating hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI has claimed was perpetrated as an intimidation tactic by the North Korean government to prevent the release of its Kim Jong-un assassination comedy the Interview.
House passes bill allowing corporations to share your data
The issue appears to be the bill's lack of specificity. The PCNA would allow for data to flow between corporations via a government intermediary. Crucially, there are provisions that would allow the government to use these data outside of cyber threats. The civil liberties groups criticize the bill for allowing any data to also be used with the Espionage Act, making it ripe for abuse for things such as surveillance of journalists and their sources. While all this is going on, there's still the very real threat of more large scale attacks on corporations that could expose this very same data to anyone on the internet. The bill is still being finalized as it awaits approval from the Senate.
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Apr 23, 2015, 09:18 PM (18 replies)
Notice that the posts about her corporate record extensively reference her actual behavior and record, whereas the denials always take some absurd form of 'Yeah, she worked on the TPP and praised it in speeches, but you can't prove she really meant it!'
This is the degree to which we are treated like absolute blithering idiots, incapable of drawing conclusions from a candidate's lengthy record of policy and associations.
And this is the Orwellian nonsense that passes for advocacy for a corporate candidate these days: Not laying out an impressive record of working for the 99 percent and opposing predatory policies like the TPP and bank bailouts and H1B visas and wars for profit and the surveillance state....but a record of working FOR these things, paired with a belligerent challenge that you can't *prove* she will continue to do all the horrible things her record and associations suggest she will.
It's Twilight Zone level propaganda, beyond insulting to anyone who follows the issues and understands the duty of a candidate to appeal to voters with a record. Hillary has been clear on all the issues detailed in my links, and she has chosen AGAINST the 99 percent on all of them. More importantly, these aren't minor issues. These are serious, serious issues at the heart of the corporate coup of democracy being perpetrated on this nation.
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Apr 9, 2015, 06:48 AM (5 replies)
It is corporate MO to divide, as this OP does. Build hatred between groups. But the truth is that we have much more in common with each other than we do with the corporate thieves who are looting and oppressing us all.
Below is the very best post I have read on DU in a while. It is by DUer, F4lconF16, and it exposes the MO of the corporate propaganda machine exactly:
Posted by woo me with science | Sun Apr 5, 2015, 04:38 AM (1 replies)
Posted by woo me with science | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 07:07 PM (0 replies)
the police state, in particular.
Q: Who defends torture and calls torturers, "patriots"?
Or this topic:
Obedience is conditioned into us early now by our corporate State.
Posted by woo me with science | Sun Mar 29, 2015, 05:57 PM (0 replies)
and claims to especially care about "civil rights" really are.
My favorite recent example is the swarm response I received when I had the audacity to suggest in a thread about Ferguson that the protests by Ferguson residents should yield some ACTUAL POLICY CHANGES.
You would have thought I committed a mortal sin for bringing up the fact that this corporate administration has been complicit in the militarization of police and other policies, such as privatization of prisons, that actively *grow* exploitative communities like Ferguson.
For merely suggesting that protesters demand an end to the federal militarization programs. I was met with one of the most over-the-top, sustained, hyperbolic, and vitriolic defensive swarms that I have ever seen from the corporate posting crew here. I was even accused of not caring about RACISM because of suggesting that the protesters might actually have policy demands that might involve the Obama administration. It would have been amusing if the political motive behind it weren't so transparent and ugly. And the cherry on top was that, AFTER all these accusations were leveled against me, the Ferguson protesters *themselves* came out the very next day, demanding exactly what I had suggested.
The MO of corporate Third Way propaganda is to give lip service to the disempowerment of minority groups while DEFENDING THE MALIGNANT POLICIES THAT SUSTAIN IT and attacking those who would implicate Third Way politicians in its perpetuation and escalation.
The corporate corruption of this nation will never end as long as we yield to the bullying to refrain from holding politicians accountable just because they wear a certain team color. Dividing us by team color is a tactic and a tool by corporatists and their propaganda machines to keep us powerless in the face of what is being done to us all.
Policies that concentrate wealth in the hands of a tiny elite, while dismantling democratic protections of the masses, have NEVER resulted in empowerment of or increases in civil rights for vulnerable groups. Never in history, and not now. See my extensive links elsewhere in this thread documenting the REAL consequences of neoliberal policies on women and minority groups.
That is why the lies of neoliberals are so dangerous.
Posted by woo me with science | Sun Mar 29, 2015, 04:20 PM (2 replies)
Corporatism is the ruling elite's answer to the problem of democracy replacing monarchy.
Democratic government was supposed to solve the problem of monarchy: the hoarding of wealth by a ruling elite over generations.
The goal of corporatism is to grow/transfer/redirect and SUSTAIN the wealth of this nation in the hands of a tiny, privileged elite, notwithstanding the propagandized illusion of democracy and transfer of power. It is the equivalent of monarchy, just wearing a slick democracy costume.
The Clintons and the Bushes are not the ruling elite, but they have close ties to it and are/will be handsomely rewarded for their service to it. They are not the dynasty itself (Think Rockefellers, Rothschilds...), but the corrupt, purchased political product of it; if we don't get a Clinton or a Bush, we get an Obama or a Romney. As long as our government is purchased by this fraction of the One Percent, there will always be more corrupt corporate-political puppets being groomed and waiting in the wings.
For their service in entrenching, legalizing, sustaining, and growing this monied corruption at the expense of the 99 percent, they and their children will never have to worry about anything for the rest of their lives.
Posted by woo me with science | Sun Mar 29, 2015, 12:21 PM (4 replies)
of reversing that course, all slick rhetoric about body cameras and pretty intentions aside.
Huge K&R. Thank you for this important OP.
Posted by woo me with science | Sat Mar 28, 2015, 07:19 AM (3 replies)
1. I will grant you that Barack and Hillary BOTH love the TPP. They are two Third Way peas in a pod that way. However, it is flat out disingenuous to try to deny Hillary's major role in drafting this piece of predatory shit:
Hillary Clinton's leading role in drafting the TPP
2. That's almost as absurd as trying to suggest that she does not run to the right even of Obama on warmongering policy:
The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton "I urged him to bomb..."
Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama's foreign policy 'failure'; strongly defends Israel
Hillary defends Israel on Gaza carpet bombing
Hillary tacks right of Obama on foreign policy.
Dissecting Hillary Clinton's Neocon Talking Points - Atlantic Interview
NYTimes notices Hillary's natural affinity toward the neocons.
Hillary Clinton, the unrepentant hawk
Hillary Clinton Praises George W. Bush and the Art of Compromise
Hillary Clinton's role in right-wing Honduran coup and aftermath
Hillary Clinton's Horrifying Iraq War Vote Still Matters.
Secret recordings show US military and a Democratic congressman distrusted Hillary Clinton on Libya (lying, manipulating intelligence)
Hillary Clinton Blasts ‘Unfair’ World Reaction Over Gaza, Cites Anti-Semitism As Factor
Obama didn't go as far as Hillary now says she wanted to go in smashing Syria
Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review
Hillary Clinton Serves Us KISSINGER KOOL-AID
MJ - Hillary Clinton Praises a Guy With Lots of Blood on His Hands
Posted by woo me with science | Mon Mar 23, 2015, 11:19 PM (0 replies)