UPDATE: President Obama just threatened to veto CISPA! He echoes our privacy concerns, saying legislation must “(1) carefully safeguard privacy and civil liberties; (2) preserve the long-standing, respective roles and missions of civilian and intelligence agencies”.
Meanwhile, here’s what the bill’s sponsor is saying about the opposition, according to Hill reporter Brendan Sasso:
@BrendanSasso: Rogers says Silicon Valley CEOs support #CISPA.
** Describes opposition as 14 year olds in their basement. **
Demand Progress members have sent more than 150,000 emails to policy makers in opposition to CISPA this year — and it’s starting to work. But voting in the House of Representatives is still set to start (Wednesday).
In anticipation of a full House vote in the House on Wednesday, industry giant IBM has sent nearly 200 senior execs to Washington to lobby in support of CISPA.
And their intentions couldn’t be more clear. CISPA would empower them to share your private data with the military without a warrant — and they wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
Chris Padilla, IBM’s VP of governmental affairs told TheHill.com that IBM and other corporations ”should be able to work directly and share information directly” with the National Security Agency “because that’s where the expertise is."
On Wednesday, CISPA 2.0 is up for a full vote in the House of Representatives. Please email your lawmakers to tell them to VOTE NO!
(This information comes from an email from “Demand Progress”.)