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April 27, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

CISPA (bing, bang, boom). Death of Internet.

Brought to you by the same state, Michigan, that now allows state agencies to come on private property, point out livestock they don’t like, and ordered them killed – or be charged with a felony, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA. H.R.3523) is looming in the Senate for a vote next week.

The measure passed the House Thursday (opposed by 28 Republicans; supported by 42 Democrats) having been shoved ahead one day for a vote.

This is your internet on CISPA

In order for this bill to fly through the Senate, backroom deals are now being made – and amendments being added.

“You vote for this, and we’ll add this in and vote with you on this” type of deals.

Dangerous politics practiced by both parties.

The President had said he will veto this bill.

This is not certain – given this is an election year – and politics makes odd things happen.

Smiling earnest faces proclaim: CISPA. It will make you safer!

(We know how well that worked)

What is CISP?

It makes it easier for companies to share information with the government about “threats” facing their networks.

(My that sounds harmless.)

Read the facts here: Cybersecurity Bill FAQ: The Disturbing Privacy Dangers in CISPA and How To Stop It”

(Might want to glance over that. Talks about people reading your emails…and that Facebook page…)

Here’s what is being said:

  • Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) says: the bill is an “unprecedented, sweeping piece of legislation that would waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity.”
  • Rep. Bernie Thompson (D-Miss) “In an effort to foster information sharing, this bill would erode the privacy protections of every single American using the Internet. It would create a Wild West of information sharing, where any certified business can share with any government agency, who can then use the information for any national security purpose and grant the business immunity fro virtually any liability.”

And bless my granny shoes!

The American Library Association

You know, that group of benign knowledge hounds in those buildings with all those books

 Those alway cheerful, helpful people who hold storytime and give you a few minutes of peace

Those mild-mannered…

Oh, you know who they are?

OK, onward then….

The American Library Association has issued a statement concerning CISPA:

“This bill would trump all current privacy laws including the forty-eight state library record confidentiality laws as well as the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Wiretap Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the Privacy Act. 

Essentially, CISPA would establish a whole new system for our nation’s privacy laws and policies and legalize extraordinary intrusions into established privacy rights and civil liberties.”

Read more on CISPA by the American Library Association here .

  • Join the fight on Twitter.
  • How to contact your legislative representatives (Legislative Action Center link with Talking Points)
  • Coalition letter

Seriously, if meek librarians are worried – shouldn’t you be?

Do you think it’s true people get the government they deserve?

What is the possibility of a government agency knocking on your door with guns making demands?

(Nah, it can’t happen here)

Ask the small farmers in Michigan.(Story: here)

Now hush.

Sounds like a drone – quick, duck…

No, I know it’s a drone, not a duck.

I meant get down.

Those bird of a feather tend to flock…

Duck, duck, goose. Sleep and you lose.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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And librarians, I have the greatest respect for you who have sounded the alarm before (but there’s that image problem even with the TV series….working on that).


  1. shoreacres / Apr 27 2012 5:51 pm

    Granted, this is slightly off-topic. Still…. “This bill would trump all current privacy laws including the forty-eight state library record confidentiality laws” Uh – what? Forty-eight states? I think it’s time for them to let a reference librarian into the group. Or a fact-checker.

    OK. I suppose there might be two states whose librarians haven’t bought into the importance of privacy, but even so, a footnote might have been in order.

    Now, to your point. Apparently political pressure doesn’t equal education. After the SOPA/PIPA flap, I’d think those boyz in the DC hood might have gotten the point. Apparently not. Of course, given the number of legislators who’ve proven via Facebook and Twitter that they don’t care about their own privacy – or the privacy of their private parts, for that matter – what should we expect?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2012 6:26 pm

      I noticed that 48 also, but decided not to alter their quote.(Not all state library organizations support ALA due to some of their policy stances, but I’m not sure if this is related to that or not – some state legislatures oppose ALA as it is seen as too liberal)
      Excellent point in that last comment on legislatures and “private”. Thanks for exposing that!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2012 7:30 pm

      Checked into that 48 states thing. Turns out only 48 states have enacted “library record confidentiality laws” that allow libraries to protect confidentiality of items read on computers, or what resources/books checked out by library patrons. So guess the statement is OK.


  2. roughseasinthemed / Apr 27 2012 6:27 pm

    Your amazing laws, and the ones that you tag on the back of the other ones leave me jaded. Seriously. The day I discovered The Safe Port Act and anti-terrorist legislation and anti-gaming laws left me rather stunned.

    And the connection? Curtailment of civil liberties. Wherever, if it doesn’t suit the state(s). As above, slightly off-topic but it is about clamping down on people. By insidious means.

    Wishing you well in your bookly rebellion.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2012 6:33 pm

      It’s disturbing all the power grabs going on here. Even more concern is that so many people are blindly accepting what politicians are saying and willing to give up rights and freedoms. (And it’s not just the outer fringe nuts realizing that). That nice boat in brokerage is looking rather beckoning….


  3. MJ, Nonstepmom / Apr 27 2012 7:01 pm

    The photos you chose for this were perfect, can’t think of a better visual to get this point across. This is one area I’m hoping people will not blindly accept – too many young techno-geeks out there to let this slide (I hope!!!!)


  4. robstroud / Apr 27 2012 7:35 pm

    Beware, or you’ll be the next person shipped off to the Tower!


  5. My Ox is a Moron / Apr 27 2012 7:47 pm

    It is amazing what rights people will give up in the name of “safety”. Personally, I believe the 2nd ammendment gives us more safety than any new government regulations. Did you know that Japan did not attack California during WWII because so many Americans own guns?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2012 7:56 pm

      Yes, but probably not many know that about WW II – the schools just have so much to teach…..Thanks for targeting this blog today


  6. PiedType / Apr 27 2012 8:52 pm

    … sigh … Seems like every time I look up, the government is trying to take another piece of my privacy. I’m getting so tired of having to continually defend myself against my own government!! At least I can say Jared Polis is my congressman. Or was. I think I’ve been redistricted right out of his district. Figures, doesn’t it?

    Well, I’m off to and to write to Washington for the umpteenth time …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2012 8:56 pm

      Repetition or deja vu, I’m not sure. It’s always something these days. Thanks for stopping by to chat – and taking action


  7. CATachresis / Apr 27 2012 10:22 pm

    Well I know you are talking about the US, but it’s the same here in the UK. Trouble is it’s all being done by stealth and we Brits are too busy facebooking and tweeting to notice!!!

    BTW I was going to make a comment on your last post (I really was!) but Austin was hogging the keyboard!! 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2012 10:38 pm

      (That Austin is trying to stay connected. How purrfect is that?) There’s so much stealth, you worry what you haven’t stumbled across. Thanks for wandering by to chat


  8. By The Hilt / Apr 27 2012 10:54 pm

    Their persistence is terrifying, isn’t it? As if the mere suggestion of laws like these weren’t frightening enough.


  9. rumpydog / Apr 28 2012 12:22 am

    Oh Dog! They might find out that I’m a dog!!!!! *gasps*


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2012 3:12 am

      Rumpy, don’t worry, as long as your bones and toys (and the mousies) are safe, you’ll be fine! Thanks for barking along


  10. Jim Cantwell / Apr 28 2012 12:55 pm

    We will be no safer online with CISPA than we are with the TSA at airports


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2012 4:01 pm

      Real excited that the TSA is allowing “new” TSA agents to work in secure areas/body searching travelers without first completing background checks. (Teachers aren’t allowed in classrooms here without background checks completed..they deal with vulnerable children)
      It must be backwards world. Thanks for adding that.


  11. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 28 2012 9:10 pm

    Love the photos! Are they from London? I swear I saw them at the British Museum and Tower of London when I visited last summer. Very good points raised and I enjoy how you raise them. 🙂


  12. The Hook / Apr 28 2012 11:19 pm

    I wish I had your grasp of the political scene…


  13. Spinster / Apr 29 2012 8:47 pm

    Thanks for a simple & clear explanation about CISPA. I just KNEW that it smelled fishy. 😐


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2012 8:50 pm

      Tried to distill it down – but who knows what is actually in that pile of paper…and it keeps morphing as backroom deals are made. Thanks


  14. Spinster / Apr 29 2012 8:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Spinster's Compass and commented:
    Have you heard about CISPA? No? Well, here’s a simple & clear post from Philosopher Mouse of the Hedgehog which explains it. Take a look, then decide if this is something that you want.


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