Target: US President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop cyber-security legislation that would infringe on personal privacy and the freedom of speech.
In recent years, the U.S. Congress has attempted to pass a number of cyber-security bills that deeply conflict with Constitutional rights to privacy and freedom of speech. Now, certain members of Congress are again trying to pass such a bill which has been rejected multiple times already, called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA). This bill would give broad, far-reaching authority to American intelligence agencies, well beyond Constitutional limits. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, this bill would subject all online private information to unwarranted search and seizure, essentially nullifying the 4th Amendment. We must demand that President Obama veto this bill if it ever passes through Congress.
Much like the Patriot Act, which was signed into law in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, CISPA assumes that every civilian is a potential terrorist, and therefore that all electronic civilian communication falls under the jurisdiction of American intelligence agencies. Supporters of the bill have not made it clear how CISPA would help fight terrorism or protect Americans from cyber-crime; it simply provides the government with more power to monitor its own citizens. What’s more, the bill provides for very little oversight of the agencies that would be allowed to use these new powers, making it difficult or impossible for citizens to ever find out how and why their private information might be scrutinized.
If Congress attempted to pass a bill that stated all civilian content in the U.S. postal system would be subject to random search and seizure, the public would go into a frenzy of protest. CISPA attempts to do exactly the same thing, but for electronic content. This would be a major invasion of our privacy and a major violation of our Constitutional rights. Obama’s administration has expressed opposition to this bill in the past; sign the petition to urge the President to uphold his stance against CISPA, and to veto any invasive cyber-security bills proposed by Congress.
Dear President Obama,
Certain members of Congress are once again trying to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Your administration has expressed opposition to this bill in the past, and we encourage you to remain opposed to it. As written, CISPA would nullify the 4th Amendment rights of U.S. citizens when it comes to electronic content. Americans have a right to privacy, do not allow our rights to be trampled.
CISPA would provide over-reaching powers to the government and benefit particular tech-industry organizations, while jeopardizing every American citizen by reversing the essential presumption of innocence mandate in our legal system. We urge you to oppose any invasive cyber-security legislation, and to veto CISPA if Congress ever approves it.
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