[W]hat is worrisome is that the legislation was passed in the House, largely by a party that is supposed to be all for smaller, less intrusive government. See how there isn't much difference these days between Republicans and Democrats?
At CISPA's core is the Fourth Amendment, which reads:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
That seems clear enough - no government intrusion into your private "effects" without "probable cause" and a search warrant. But, says Bomboy, CISPA would essentially nullify these rights as long as the federal government says it needs to do so to protect you:
CISPA is designed to let the federal government work with private companies to fight hackers and cybercriminals in and outside of the United States. As part of the effort to detect cyber threats, private companies could voluntarily share with the government data about Internet users. The sharing could be done in "real time" as the cybercops try to defeat and track down the evildoers. Companies could also share data among themselves as part of the effort.
The people don't want it. Congress rejected it. Obama still demands it. Tyranny much? via SHTFPlan.
Over the course of the last month, while Americans were distracted with the threat of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula and the devastation wrought by the Boston bombings, President Obama was quietly working behind the scenes to craft laws and regulations that will further erode the Second Amendment.
Congress, and thus We the People, may have unequivocally rejected federal legislation in March which aimed to outlaw most semi-automatic rifles, restrict magazine capacity, and force national registration, but that didn’t stop the President from ceding regulatory control over firearms importation to the United Nations just two weeks later. What the UN Arms Trade Treaty, passed without media fanfare by 154 counties, would do is to restrict the global trade of, among other things, small arms and light weapons. Opponents of the treaty argue that loopholes within the new international framework for global gun control may make it illegal for Americans to purchase and import firearms manufactured outside of the United States.
It's not over yet, and he still faces the death penalty, but for some unesplicable reason the judge has already let him skate on three of the charges. From Human Events:
Without further explanation, Judge Jeffrey Minehart has dropped three of the eight murder charges against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, including the charge for murdering the 28-week-old baby he kept in a water jug in the clinic freezer. Five counts of corpse abuse were also dropped at the request of defense attorneys, according to LifeNews. These charges apparently referenced Gosnell’s habit of keeping severed baby feet in jars.
Gosnell remains on trial for four infant deaths, plus the death of an adult patient due to an overdose of anesthetics, and the Associated Press maintains that he could still face the death penalty if convicted. The AP report speculates that the judge threw out three of the murder charges because he didn’t see enough hard evidence that the babies were alive when their spinal cords were cut:
40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 40:2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. 40:4 Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. ~Fourth Amendment to the Constitution