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New Cyber Security Bills Open Door To Gov't, Corporate Abuse 93

Posted by timothy
from the concentrated-incentives-diffuse-objections dept.
Gunkerty Jeb writes with a selection from Threatpost about upcoming legislation to watch out for: "EFF looked at two bills making their way through Congress: The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 2105), sponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) of Connecticut and the Secure IT Act (S. 2151), sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-AZ). The digital rights group claims that the quality of both bills ranges from 'downright terrible' to 'appropriately intentioned.' Each, however, is conceptually similar and flawed, EFF said."
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New Cyber Security Bills Open Door To Gov't, Corporate Abuse

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  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @11:42AM (#39461087)
    There was an old indian prophecy, told after the arrival of the white man in America, shortly after the trail of tears. It was this: "One day, what they have done to us, they will do to each other." This country has a long history of stealing land held by indigenous people, slaughtering them, and relocating the survivors. The next land grab has arrived, except this time, it isn't a fight for physical property, but digital. And just as the fences went up, the land was repurposed, and the environment poisoned in its realworld counterpart, so too must the digital follow.

    Everything must be owned. It is the mantra of capitalism. The first peoples of the internet; the hackers, the academics, the non-profits, are now being rounded up, jailed, or forcibly deported from their homes and off their property to make way for The Man. All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again. Your days of "free" code and believing nobody can own [the internet] are coming to an end. They have guns, they have the support of the government, and this time they won't bother with that non-sense about signing treaties. And future generations will never know a world where ideas couldn't be owned, where knowledge was free, and where anonymity from corporations and governments provided fertile ground for social change.

  • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @12:18PM (#39461257)

    Also the government doesn't need a warrant to access the information & data the ISP has obtained. They conveniently skirt-around the 4th amendment by letting the corporation do the spying.

  • by 7-Vodka (195504) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @12:42PM (#39461361) Journal
    It's not about copyright. It's about the police state that they are creating.
    1. Protesting is now a fellony
    2. Martial law is both sort of here and can be declared without any emergency
    3. habias corpus is history
    4. due process is history, apparently just having any kind of process is now due process
    5. The US government claims the right to assassinate any of it's citizens, anywhere on the planet at any time of their chosing
    6. The executive branch claims they no longer need congress' approval on any war related matters, they would rather just take orders from the UN
    7. Every branch of government is now spying on you without any sort of oversight and in every possible way they can think up
    8. The "TSA" now has roving checkpoints on roads and transportation hubs within the US
    9. The so called "Free speech zones" cover only a tiny percentage of American citizens.
    10. we're in a war against a tactic, designed to never end
    11. elections are openly stolen and not covered by mainstream media
    12. Mainstream media is completely controlled now by crony capitalists and especially intelligence services, that takeover started in the 60's.
    13. Many hard working citizens routinely pay a combined tax rate (Fed, state, sales, etc) of over 60%. This is catallaxy choking, slavery level taxation. In the history of slavery, educated slaves have often paid 50% tax rates to their masters.
    14. The constitution is being taken to a dark room and violently sodomized
    15. The faction of power that killed JFK has been in power every since, making every effort to become supreme leaders
    16. presidents since JFK and nixon have been a mixture of puppets and high level darknet power-hungry secret society ranking members.
    17. The people have lost control of their money. 50% of EVERY transaction that takes place is now the FIAT decree of unaccountable masters

    With all of this going on, you thought that you would be allowed to keep you free press, right to assembly, free speech and communications on the internet?
    That's pretty fucking naive. Slaves don't get to have these freedoms. Only societies that treasure and fight for freedom have them. In these societies everyone is an individual and individual freedoms, regardless of race, religion, wealth or social status are all equal.

  • by artor3 (1344997) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @01:21PM (#39461597)

    Obama has raised around $750M over the course of his political career, primarily from small (less than $4000) donations. Only about 0.3% of that came from those companies you highlighted, which, I might add, aren't all media companies. Skadden et al is a law firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions... they may do some copyright law for all I know, but it's hardly a major business for them. GE sold NBC to Comcast a while back, so they aren't a media company anymore.

    Furthermore, I don't think you understand what those numbers (which I assume you got from Open Secrets) mean. If you were to pick up the phone right now and call the DNC and give them a donation for $300, a few things would happen. First, they would take your name, number, and address, so that they could ask for more donations in the future. Second, they would take your job title and employer, so it could be reported on their financial disclosure forms. So let's say that you end up giving $600 a year for four years, and that you work for Widgets, Inc. That would mean that sites like Open Secrets would now show "Widgets, Inc" as having donated an additional $2400 to the DNC. If a hundred of your coworkers (out of the thousands that the company employs) do the same, it will look like Widgets, Inc has paid $240,000 to the DNC, and people would get on Slashdot demanding to know what widget-favoring laws are being passed in response.

    But even setting that aside, even if we assume that all these donations are coordinated by the business in exchange for favors, do you really think that providing 0.3% of the presidents's money is enough to buy him off? Sorry to be so blunt, but that's stupid.

    These laws are happening because politicians don't have a good understanding of the issues. Or maybe they're happening because the politicians legitimately disagree with you. But they are NOT being bought, and you do a disservice to our democracy when you throw that accusation around so loosely.

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @01:55PM (#39461793)

    Our youth is already lost to Facebook, being filed and dissected for their consumerist value, lost in a world where you are what you consume, and you are if you consume, where you do not exist if you do not, or if you cannot. The value of a person is his purchasing power and his willingness to consume.

    I weep for humanity.

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