Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act latest victim of terrorist attacks

Dec 08, 2015 11:54 pm
All the work privacy advocates have done since September 11 may be erased with the bullets in San Bernadino recently. Politicians are using that as an excuse to expand surveillance and restrict privacy. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is a perfect example of what is currently going on in the halls of Congress. The bill began as an effort to roll back the excesses of surveillance, and, now, is being turned into an all-access pass for federal authorities to snoop. The Senate and the House both recently passed versions of the bill that were not raising objections with privacy advocates. House Intelligence Committee members have been working out the differences secretly lately, and are gutting the surveillance restrictions, and opening backdoors for snoops and hackers. “We’ve just learned that the Intelligence Committees are trying to pull a fast one,” Nathan White, senior legislative manager at digital rights advocate Access, wrote in a recent email. “They’ve been negotiating in secret and came up with a Frankenstein bill — that has some of the worst parts from both the House and the Senate versions.” Sources tell The Hill newspaper that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other congressional leaders are behind many of the new surveillance sections of CISA.