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Rep. Ron Paul joins internet users in opposing CISPA: The new SOPA

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Texans have joined some Twitter users and are showing their disapproval for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, by Tweeting #CongressTMI and sharing what they consider “inappropriate, awkward, often embarrassing personal details.” They want to send a message, telling the government how absurd it would be to collect this kind of personal information on a daily basis.

These are some of the tweets they shared:

.@RepAlGreen #EndingOurPrivacy with #CISPA? OK: I got to work early today. In case you're looking for me. #CongressTMI. congresstmi.org/

.@JudgeTedPoe #EndingOurPrivacy with #CISPA? OK: I have a weird rash on my left foot #CongressTMI. congresstmi.org/

.@JudgeTedPoe Does the CIA really need to know the contents of my e-mail to my doctor? #CongressTMI Stop #CISPA eff.org/r.1X2

.@JudgeTedPoe #EndingOurPrivacy with #CISPA? OK: These bug bites are itchy.#CongressTMI.congresstmi.org/

Strong public opposition, led by several prominent websites such as Facebook and Google, with the help of social media, forced Congressional leaders to cancel votes on two bills known in Washington as “SOPA” and “PIPA,” earlier this year. However CISPA, another bill regarding information and the internet, is up for consideration. The bill may be voted on this week and again, the Twitter-verse is weighing in.

This bill will allow all websites to freely send your private data such as E-trade and other online bank records, emails, etc. to local police or government officials, and websites will NOT be held accountable for any fraud, as a result. Keep in mind, President Obama is signing all these bills, violating the 1st, 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment rights of the U.S. Constitution.

Although, the bill may come with good intentions, they do not have any effectiveness, unless, they are well thought out. The bill is a horrible idea, because, it gives companies the authority to judge, arrest and convict without asking any questions. The companies will only answer to board members not the people. How is that fair and practical, at all? What has happened to our fair and just government? Has it become too lazy to be held accountable for its own laws and people, anymore?

At least Congressman Ron Paul knows an infringement on rights when he sees it. In an article written by Rep. Paul, he describes the CISPA as an internet monitoring bill that allows federal government and private companies to view private online communications in the name of “cybersecurity.” A broadly written bill, it allows the Department of Homeland Security to obtain large amounts of personal information contained in emails and online communication and use it for purposes far beyond any reasonable definition of fighting “cyberterrorism” Paul said.

Rep. Paul also mentions how the government will able to intertwine with companies like Google and Facebook , a form of corporatism, permitting them to hand over private communications to government officials without warrant. They will be able to bypass well-established federal laws like the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and no one will be able to fight it, because it grants them broad immunity from lawsuits for invasions of privacy, Paul said.

“Simply put, CISPA encourages some of our most successful internet companies to act as government spies, sowing distrust of social media and chilling communication in one segment of the world economy where America still leads,” he said.

If you don't mind the government infringing on your freedom, than sit by idlely, while your rights are taken away, but If, you believe in privacy and free markets, you need to be deeply concerned about the possibility of government intelligence, along with private, profit-seeking companies, invading your online privacy. In order to stop CISPA, the public must respond aggressively, just like it did to SOPA and PIPA, back in January. You can learn more about the bill by reading a synopsis provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on their website at http://www.eff.org. Call your federal senators and representatives and urge them to oppose CISPA and similar bills that attack internet freedom.

According to a blog found on the Daily Kos, Because Facebook would profit at the expense of its users, it is supporting CISPA, relieving certain regulatory burdens and providing attractive immunities for the company.

Internet users were able to push GoDaddy to withdraw its support of SOPA. In an effort to show Facebook they oppose the company's support for CISPA, they have created an open letter to Facebook through Demand Progress's action page for people to sign. So far, more than 150,000 people have signed the open letter.

You can join their efforts by visiting http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/cispa_facebook/

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