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CISPA Sponsor Says Protests Are Mere 'Turbulence' 258

SolKeshNaranek writes with news that Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), sponsor of CISPA, has decided to tempt fate by referring to the protests that are springing up as 'turbulence on the way down to landing.' From the article: "What really comes through in the article — which mostly talks about how Rogers has been supposedly working with Google to change some of the language in the bill to make it more acceptable -- is how little concern Rogers has for the public. Instead, most of the article just talks about how he's been working with tech companies to make sure they're okay with the bill. And while that's a start, it's no surprise that lots of tech companies would be okay with CISPA, because it grants them broad immunity if they happen to hand over all sorts of private info to the government. But to then call the protests mere 'turbulence' is pretty damned insulting to the actual people this will impact the most: the public, whose privacy may be violated."
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CISPA Sponsor Says Protests Are Mere 'Turbulence'

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  • by TheEyes ( 1686556 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @02:32AM (#39720139)

    Telcom companies don't care about public opinion. They don't have to; they've carved up the country into their own spheres of influence, much like Europe carved up China in the 19th century. If I want an internet connection to my house, I have exactly two choices, who offer suspicously similar pricing schemes. Regulators should be looking into this, but they won't because they're being paid too much money to look the other way.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @02:34AM (#39720157)

    Either we all stop buying movies and music for a few years so the MPAA and RIAA go bankrupt, or we shoot them all... I'm fine either way.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @02:42AM (#39720187)

    ...shoutdown the politicians that would suggest the government has a right in the first place. Always hold them accountable. (thats the goal)

  • by FSWKU ( 551325 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @03:12AM (#39720329)
    To paraphrase:

    Mike Rogers: "The will of the people will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that democracy has been dissolved permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever."

    Barack Obama: "But that's impossible! How will we maintain control without the illusion of people having a voice?"

    Mike Rogers: "The regional CEO's now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local populations in line. Fear of having their personal information leaked with immunity."

    Barack Obama: "Excellent. Everything is proceeding exactly as I have forseen it..."

  • by DarwinSurvivor ( 1752106 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @04:18AM (#39720589)
    They'll just scream pirates and demand a bail-out like the automotive companies did. Then they'll use the governments money to buy new laws.
  • Re:Constituants. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @06:29AM (#39721091)
    Lenin and Washington were from revolutions as well. Hitler was elected into power. Well, Washington was elected into power, but based at least partly on his performance in the revolution.
  • Re:Constituants. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:20AM (#39721271)

    Do you really find it hard to imagine a Mao-like revolutionary leader in the US? Sure, they would be very unlikely to be carrying a communist banner, but some aspects of his thinking carry over very well.

    "You worked for the government? Then you die."
    "But I was just a primary school teacher!"
    "Socialist! Indoctrinator! You make the children dependent on the state! Die, scum."

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.