This is HUGE: President Obama just threatened to veto CISPA if it makes its way through Congress.
CISPA is up for a vote this week. It would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States, giving the government — including the military — broad new powers to spy on Internet users.
The White House’s letter expresses precisely the concerns that we’ve been highlighting over recent weeks — and is a result of the public pressure against CISPA:
And the letter goes on to assert that:
The American people expect their Government to enhance security without undermining their privacy and civil liberties.
Without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public’s trust in the Government as well as in the Internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.
This is an amazing development. Let’s make the most of it:
PS- We only have a few days left to kill CISPA. Please tell your friends to get involved by forwarding this email or using these links:
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via Rebecca MacKinnon on today’s Democracy Now with Amy Goodman:
Although the Government (supposedly) needs a Search Warrant to enter your house, or read your mail, not so with the Internet.
Did you know that if you have EMAIL THAT IS MORE THAN 180 DAYS OLD it is ENTIRELY LEGAL for the Government to “inspect” it, if you have it stored on Google or Yahoo or Hotmail or some other mail delivery system?
YIKES! I have close to 5000 messages in my Gmail, I’m sure some of them are over six months old…
I know what I’M doing today!