Cybersecurity Act Passed, Allows NSA Snooping

CISA Passed, Allows NSA Snooping

If you have yet to hear about the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, but the acronym sounds somewhat familiar, you are not alone. CISA is another attempt at praying on fears about "hacking" that is so prevalent in "news" stories today. 

That is not completely unfounded given the bevy of online breaches that have occurred in just the last couple years. If you have gotten some laughs from using Ashley Madison, needed new credit cards after buying something from Target, watched an unauthorized copy of Sony Picture's Fury with Brad Pitt, or think a presidential candidate and Secretary of State should be able to manage confidential correspondence, it is clear that "hacks" occur with alarming frequency.

Let it be clear that CISA does nothing to avoid any of those security breaches. Instead, it is just a rehash of several other similar-sounding bills — think CISPA (twice), SOPA, and PIPA — that have been, thankfully, shot down due to public outcry. Why is this legislation so bad? While it is meant to streamline the process in which companies like Google or Facebook share information with the NSA about two dumb ISIS collaborators chattering about ISIS stuff, for instance, the language employed in CISA is so broad that it carries a lot of inherent risk. 

Think about how much information is communicated via the internet, in some form or another. Damn near all of it. Want your friend to pick up more bacon for your wake-and-bake breakfast burritos? How about the meeting spot for next week's “camp”? The wording in CISA allows the NSA to collect information on anyone that meets a certain threat level. What that is and how it is specified is not described. Though, working in a federal grey area could be enough. 

The bad news is that CISA passed by a 74-21 vote in the Senate yesterday. The good news is that the bill will go to committee conference next, giving you plenty of time to contact your Senator in outcry. Those who voted Yea can be found below:

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Capito (R-WV)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Feinstein (D-CA)

Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Gardner (R-CO)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Lankford (R-OK)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)

Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Perdue (R-GA)
Peters (D-MI)
Portman (R-OH)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Sasse (R-NE)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Warner (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)

And these fuckers did not bother to vote at all:

Cruz (R-TX)
Graham (R-SC)

Paul (R-KY)
Rubio (R-FL)

Vitter (R-LA)

Emphasis mine. Get angry, folks. Then, call your representative