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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 09:38 PM
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EFF Defended DU Admins and Won the Lawsuit...They Need Help Defeating CISPA...NOW!
Edited on Thu Apr-26-12 09:39 PM by KoKo
House Rushed through this terrible Bill...Senate will not vote to Amend and goes back to House for Reconciliation...(or bills used to) try to do this ACTION NOW...before the Senate Votes..probably tomorrow. Just a few moments of your time. Obama threatened to Veto...but, unless there's a huge interst in stopping this bill in it's current form...he may not be counted on.

We need to get behind defeating this bill or urging Senate to heavily Amend it. I got very small support...almost nothing when I posted this on DU-3. Which was surprising because EFF Defended Skinner in the Copyright Law Suit and won.

Anyway...if there are lurkers and any of you who want to take a few moments...please read and if you choose go to EFF and sign the Petition. (I know another petition...but, this one could make a huge difference.)

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Defending your rights in the digital world
Tell Congress: Keep My Inbox Away From the Government

THe House of Representatives is planning to vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this week. Please call Congress and tell them not to sacrifice the civil liberties of Internet users with this dangerously vague legislation.

CISPA would let companies bypass all existing privacy law, spying on online communications and handing that data to the government without a judge or jury every getting involved. We cant let that happen.

Heres a script you can use during you call feel free to elaborate and make it your own. We also really appreciate it if you ask the Representatives stance on the bill does he or she plan to oppose this bill?

Hi my name is and Im a constituent.

Im calling about the CISPA cybersecurity bill (HR 3523). CISPA would trample on decades of privacy law, letting companies spy on our online communications. Companies could also pass all kinds of sensitive data to the government.

Please tell my Congressional representative to stand up for civil liberties. Support privacy-protective amendments and oppose CISPA.

Thank you for your time.

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CISPA Critics Warn Cybersecurity Bill Will Increase Domestic Surveillance and Violate Privacy Rights

As it heads toward a House vote, critics say the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow private internet companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft to hand over troves of confidential customer records and communications to the National Security Agency, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, effectively legalizing a secret domestic surveillance program already run by the NSA. Backers say the measure is needed to help private firms crackdown on foreign entities including the Chinese and Russian governments committing online economic espionage. The bill has faced widespread opposition from online privacy advocates and even the Obama administration, which has threatened a veto. "CISPA will create an exception to all existing privacy laws so that companies can share very sensitive and personal information directly with the government, including military agencies like the National Security Agency," says Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "Once the government has it, they can repurpose it and use it for a number of things, including an undefined national security use."
Filed under Domestic Surveillance, ACLU

LINK TO MY POST ON DU-3 where I hoped there would be many who would help with this:

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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 10:46 PM
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1. It's off topic for DU3
All they're interested in over there is the jury system, or leg-humping Obama.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-12 03:52 AM
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2. I'll do it, but I really don't think anyone in Washington changes their
vote anymore based on calls or emails from their constituents.

And, I do recommend calls because I don't think most of their staffs don't wade through the emails that quickly.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-12 07:36 AM
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3. I signed the EFF Petition I linked. Felt they had more weight with the Politicians..
because they (EFF)have been active in defending internet freedom..and have articles everywhere and good creds.

I know...another "Petition" sigh..... But, I agree about calling and e-mailing my Senators. One is a Dino owned by Chamber of Commerce and the other is a Conservative Repug...owned by everyone who will give him a buck...including ALEC and Big PHARMA.

So...I signed another petition... case you missed the link:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-12 03:21 AM
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5. Thanks for the link
I honestly don't know what they pay more attention to anymore.

Before the day of internet petitions began, conventional wisdom was that writing your own letter or making your own call had more impact than using a form letter, simply because using your own words required more effort on your part than using a form.

Supposedly, this was true not only of elected folk, but also of things like newspapers, TV and radio stations, sponsors, etc.

Even if the above is true, I don't know if it bears on signing an internet petition.

Thing is, I think everyone in D.C. pretty much ignores everything equally, be it an internet petition or a carefully worded stern letter.

What taught me that more than anything was the amount of communications, emails, calls, internet petitions, etc. that went to the WH, House members and Senate members around the public option.

Drug companies, health insurers, and big medical providers got invited to the WH early on and had their say and nothing else mattered. In fact, the rest of us who tried and tried to make our voices heard got ridiculed and scolded, and more than once.
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-12 02:33 AM
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4. LETTERS have more impact than anything
Everyone from politicians to the media have said so, over and over. By writing a letter, you'll help out the USPS, as well. :)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-12 03:23 AM
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6. Since the anthrax scare, they don't even get letters until after weeks have passed.
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