CISA deputizes companies to share our communications, patterns, and preferences with government agencies without warrant, and to share that information with other technology companies as well. Further, companies are absolved of liability in the mishandling of this personal information; we can't sue for our rights. This surely explains the nearly billion dollars of lobby money over the past five years to push this through.
This bill, in various forms, had been stopped multiple times over five years. It was a related bill (five years ago as CISPA) that inspired the creation of Loyal 9, and as the renamed CISA, it was the first battle L9 took on when it went live over two years ago. Each time one house passed it, the uprising of voices forced the other house to drop it. This time, it WAS passed -- by sneaking it into the 2000 page budget bill by Rep Paul Ryan on the penultimate day of the year's session.
To us, surveillance of banks, cell records, web searches, and group-affiliations is the same thing as the government being in our homes and lives. Isn’t that what is also being done in our cars as each new car has a tracker measuring where we go and how fast (“Map-21,” HR 4348)? Even if the car trackers provide emergency safety and if personal surveillance catches some bad guys, this just seems be the modern, technological version of quartering the authority in the citizen's homes.
The bill's apologists assure us that law abiding citizens have nothing to worry about, that our information is secure, that it is for our safety, yet our concern is validated by their secret tactics: the lobby money, the closed door hearings, the distracting timing of earlier votes, and now, finally, the last minute text insertion into a previously voted-on, 2000 page spending bill.
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