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March 22, 2013

CISPA: The Courts Won’t Protect You

Quote of the Day: “There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.” — George Orwell, 1984

We’re joining with several groups to protest CISPA, the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.” Read this letter we signed urging the President to veto CISPA (pdf).

The letter to Congress below explains CISPA’s dangers.

Tell Congress you oppose CISPA using DownsizeDC.org's Hands Off the Internet campaign. 

The hardwired message says:

“As a constituent, I insist that you oppose any attempts to undermine Internet freedom.”

I added the following personal comments, which you may borrow or copy…

That's why I demand you oppose CISPA (HR 624).

CISPA allows private companies to…

* break their own privacy agreements…
* spy on my Internet activities…
* share my information with federal agencies—INCLUDING the secretive NSA!

I won't know who has my information or if it will ever be used against me.

Even worse, I can't trust the courts to strike down CISPA, even though it violates the 4th Amendment. The Supreme Court's criminal “Clapper v. Amnesty International” ruling makes me certain the Court will give CISPA a pass.   

Plaintiffs challenged the top-secret warrantless wiretapping program, but because the program is so secret, they couldn't “prove” they were themselves the victims of spying. So the Court simply dismissed the case.

This decision also makes it nearly impossible to challenge CISPA. If CISPA passes…

* We won't know if we’re being spied on.
* Our lack of “proof” means the Court won't let us defend our Fourth Amendment rights.

The courts have failed, but YOU can honor your oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution.”

That's why you must OPPOSE CISPA. I'll be watching what you do.

Failure to do the right thing will be more evidence that Congress and the federal “government” has lost its legitimacy.

END LETTER

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

Defeating CISPA will be easier as more people become aware. Please, share this message with your friends.

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Thanks for your participation!

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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