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Hr 3523 (cispa)

Discussion in 'Activism' started by Rail Driver, Apr 20, 2012.

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  1. Rail Driver

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    While this isn't directly related to RKBA, this has the very real potential to destroy THR, the Internet as a whole, and our right to privacy as we know it, while protecting those who would violate our privacy from litigation. The wording is so vague as to give unspecified entities (both Government and Private) the "legal" right to invade our privacy.

    It hasn't received any mainstream media attention, and even such internet giants as Google, Facebook, and others are actually supporting this bill.

    It goes to vote in the House on Monday, April 23. That's just a few days away.

    Please read the bill (link to full text to follow) and call, write or email your representatives as soon as possible to tell them that We The People do NOT want this.

    If this bill is signed into law, we may very well be forced to learn firsthand what the 2nd Amendment is really for.

    Yesterday was the 236th anniversary of the beginning of the Revolutionary war. If we allow this bill to be passed and signed into law, all of our American Soldiers for the past two centuries who have fought, bled and died for our freedom will have died in vain.

    There is a "twitter bomb" planned to go on from Midnight this morning until Sunday night, so if you're registered on Twitter, please join us in "tweeting" our outrage and displeasure to our representatives.

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr3523/text
     
  2. ArfinGreebly

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    Planning?

    Two things:

    1) Could you excerpt or summarize the bill to provide some foundation for this statement:

    2) Do you have any further plan of action for this?


    If the bill is an imminent threat to 1st or 4th Amendment protections or some other civil right on which the foundation of THR rests, then activism against the bill is appropriate and worthy of our support.

    You caught me as I was checking out for the night, as I have to be up at 5:00 am.

    I'll look in on this thread tomorrow and see if it stays or goes.

     
  3. Rail Driver

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    Exerpt from HR 3523

    I've posted here an exerpt from the bill showing some of the more frightening portions of the bill such as the exemption from liability and definitions of the terms, as well as illustrating the vague wording of the bill. Ellipses (...) show where I've snipped, and bold text is mine.

    One of the most frightening portion of this bill are the definitions. As you can plainly see, the definitions outlined in this bill are so vague and broad in scope that nearly anything could be meant or implied by the definitions. These definitions show that the bill seeks to subvert our right to privacy under the guise of protecting our private information from being stolen and/or misused by inspecting that private information to find out if it's been stolen or misused.

    Finally, information shared with the Federal Government is classified. We will not be told what information is shared, we will not be told if information is shared at all, and we will not be told how information will be used (though we'll obviously find out if that information is used against us). The bill would also permit the sharing of private information with other companies at the investigating company's discretion like a bunch of old ladies gossiping about what their neighbors do in their fenced in backyards over a game of bridge.
     
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    In violating our 4th Amendment right to protection from unreasonable search and seizure, this bill will severely stifle our 1st Amendment rights to free speech and assembly (or possibly just free speech... I'm unsure whether online communication can be considered assembly as used in the 1st Amendment or not).

    As far as a plan for further action, I intend to open a thread in the subforum to discuss the proper methods of dealing with this legislation pending the House vote on Monday. Right now, I suggest participating in the "Tweet Bomb" by registering for a Twitter account and "tweeting" your State Representatives in regards to this issue, as well as emailing them and contacting their offices both in your state and in Washington D.C. by telephone to leave messages or ideally, speak directly to those representatives voicing your concerns about this bill. I would also like to enlist the help of a printing company or companies willing to donate fliers printed with information about this bill, and people willing to help me initiate a campaign to pass out fliers in order to spread the word in our communities about this horrendous legislation. I am already engaged in spreading the word via social networking sites and email campaigns, and I urge everyone to do the same.

    A government that seeks to root out unspecified threats by rifling through our collective underwear drawers is no different than a prison warden "tossing cells" for contraband. This bill intends to transform our nation of Freedom, Liberty, and Individual Rights for all citizens into a police state where its subjects fear to speak out against the tyranny they are being subjected to.
     
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