U.S. House passes CISPA bill

Close to one year ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). However, that version of the bill died before it could be voted on in the U.S. Senate. Today, the Republican-controlled House passed another version of CISPA but it may die once again before it has a chance to go any further.

CNet.com reports that the vote today for the bill was 288-127, which shows a higher degree of support for CISPA in the House than last year, when it passed with a 248-168 vote. Its supporters claim that the bill needs to be turned into a law in order to better protect Internet services in the U.S. However, critics of the bill have claimed that its language could be used as an excuse by businesses to spy on Internet users.

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration once again, but the Democratic-controlled part of the U.S. Congress may choose to let the bill die again without a vote. Even if the Senate votes on the bill and approves it, it still has to be signed by President Barack Obama. This week, the Obama administration stated that they would veto CISPA in its current state. A few days ago, the lobbying group TechNet, which includes Microsoft, Google and Yahoo among its members, said it supports CISPA.

Source: CNet
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After NDAA,do you really trust anything the government says? Last year, Congress passed the NDAA and made permanent very broad authority for the military to throw civilians into prison without charge or trial. While military detention without charge or trial is illegal in the United States, some key senators urged that even American citizens and others picked up in the United States could be detained under NDAA.And they can now legally kill you w/drones.

It's fair for the businesses. No reason why brick and mortar businesses should struggle because they have to charge tax while online companies don't have to.

Its bound to happen one way or another. They want some way to act on the information they have been illegally collecting and sifting through for nearly 2 decades now... I just want to see if its used to attack social bad guys (paedophiles, child abductors, traffickers) or economical/big business bad guys (media pirates, system hackers, researchers)..

The Republicans only care about your rights when its regarding The Second Amendment, otherwise who cares.

They don't care about any of your rights. They care about the big bags of money they get from lobbyists and their own shady investments.
How it benefits them is how they vote.

You're both wrong. Members on both sides care about their power and their pocket books. If it was the other way around they'd be yelling the exact same thing.

We need to vote new people in, not career politicians.

It's also funny that you say republicans... Did anybody look at who voted for what? It could take all the democrats and a few republicans to pass this. Not saying that's what happened. I haven't been able to find my answer yet.

Nobody has said anything about IBM putting a lot a money into this yet either... Sent 200 hundred people to go lobby.

{Edit} found some of my answer - 25 R, 12 D are cosponsors on the bill.
http://beta.congress.gov/bill/...624/cosponsors?q=H.R.%20624

bguy_1986 said,
You're both wrong. Members on both sides care about their power and their pocket books. If it was the other way around they'd be yelling the exact same thing.

We need to vote new people in, not career politicians.

Amen. Corruption goes far deeper than party lines.

ahhell said,
Convenient timing there.
Media occupied elsewhere....shady bill passes.
Nice.

Well, not really. Media is obsessing over Boston and a proponent cites it as the reason CISPA should pass because "we've had physical bombs. There are digital bombs as well, and they're coming".

Because they are the same thing, obviously. Disgusting little Republican ****

but wait, I thought the republicans where against big gov, this just makes gov bigger with more snooping powers.... I hope someone tells their leaders! </s>

So what if he plans to veto it, aspartame was rejected by the FDA for years, then for some strange reason the FDA team were fired, different people were rehired and it got passed. I expect the same to happen here.

What does Aspartame have to do with CISPA? By that logic, every bill will become law at some point, if enough people are replaced.

COKid said,
What does Aspartame have to do with CISPA? By that logic, every bill will become law at some point, if enough people are replaced.

That was the point.

Something like this seems bound to pass into law at some point. Despite the people obviously not wanting it, the politicians aren't bothered what the ordinary Americans think; they serve corporate interests.