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April 14, 2015

Stop the Wild West cyber-surveillance bill

We will always have the cyber criminal amongst us; but until now, we didn't have state-encouraged cyber vigilantes.  
 
Congress will soon vote on “cybersecurity” bills that threaten your privacy. We've defeated these kinds of bills before. Let’s do it again…  
 
Tell Congress to oppose these bills through DownsizeDC.org's Hands Off the Internet campaign.
 
The hardwired letter there begins…
 

Oppose all attempts to expand government involvement in the Internet.

Please add personal comments of your own, or copy and paste the sample letter below…
 

I STRONGLY oppose the Senate's Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA) and similar House bills.
 
CISA…
 
* Allows private companies to ignore federal privacy laws
* Authorizes them to share my information with the NSA based on vague suspicions of a cyber “threat”
 
And, CISA empowers companies to retaliate against merely SUSPECTED cyber threats, putting innocent third parties at risk.
 
Does Congress REALLY think a cyber world of Wild West VIGILANTES will enhance Internet security?  

But that's not all…
 
Personal information swept up in the reporting of cyber “threats” to the feds can be used to investigate crimes UNRELATED to cybersecurity. Such crimes are serious, but citizens deserve Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections such as search warrants and due process.   
I must conclude that…
 
CISA is NOT about cybersecurity at all. Its REAL purpose is to strengthen the Surveillance State.
 
And I DO NOT CONSENT.
 
Remember, you work for me. And I'm telling you…
 
OPPOSE CISA!

–END OF LETTER–
 
Send your letter through DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.
 
But please don't stop there. Spread the word on social media, such as Facebook.

Are you seeing our Facebook posts in your Timeline? Chances are, you're not, thanks to changes made by the social media giant. But the fix for that is simple…
 

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/downsizedc
  2. Click on the Like (Liked) button, in the top of the page banner
  3. A drop-down menu displays, and in it, click Get Notifications

It's that easy.
 
Whether we like it or not, Facebook is a necessary part of Internet outreach these days. If you're on Facebook, you can grow the Downsize DC Army by promoting these Action Items there.

Thanks for helping to expand the volume and reach of Downsize DC.

And thank you for being a DC Downsizer,
 
Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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