LLPH is urging NO votes on both H.R. 1560, Protecting Cybernetworks Act, and H.R. 1731, National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015. The first bill is the cybersecurity bill from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence while the second bill is from the House Committee on Homeland Security. In their current forms, both bills are violations of our civil liberties.
Our friends at Freedomworks stated,
Unfortunately, neither bill appears to adequately prevent “personally identifiable data” from being among the data shared with the government, and both facilitate the sharing of this data among government agencies – including the NSA. Both bills also allow the governments to use the collected data to investigate crimes beyond just cyber-attacks, which as cybersecurity expert Greg Nojeim said about H.R. 1731 “makes the legislation, intended to be a cybersecurity bill, look much more like a cyber-surveillance bill.”
The sharing of data without search warrents is not what our founding fathers envisionsed. The Bill of Rights is very clear that any data collected must be gathered through the obtaining of a search warrent.
But even worst, both of these bills are completely useless in the advancement of cybersecurity. Security experts for major companies including Amazon, Twitter, Mozilla, Cisco as well as computer science professors at Darthmouth, John Hopkins, Stanford, and Yale all stated the following in a joint letter:
“Threat data that security professionals use to protect networks from future attacks is a far more narrow category of information than those included in the bills. These bills permit overbroad sharing.”
Thankfully, LLPH Liberty Team Members Rep. Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Tim Huelskamp are all leading the charge against these bills. Here’s some of their statements:
Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3):
Leadership in the House and Senate are rushing CISPA-like bills through Congress that put your privacy at risk. Two of these cyber bills, #HR1560 and #HR1731, are expected to be voted on this week in the House. As drafted, these bills violate the Fourth Amendment, override privacy laws, and give the government unwarranted access to the personal information of potentially millions of Americans.
There’s still time to contact your representative in Congress. It’s one of the most important things you can do over the next couple days to defend liberty and privacy.
Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-4):
#CISPA is back. Even though support for mass surveillance of innocent Americans is at an all time low, congress is likely to push through even more government data collection of your internet data, again in the name of safety and security. This reincarnation of CISPA would absolve big companies of liability for violating your privacy.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-1):
Our fourth amendment rights are under attack. Congress should be protecting our privacy not giving it away.
When we look at the lead sponsors of these two legislations, it is no surprise to us the type of people who are looking to take away our internet freedom. The lead sponsor of H.R. 1731 from the House Homeland Security Committee is Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX 10) who has a lifetime rating of 45% (F). The lead sponsor of H.R. 1560 from the Select Committee on Intelligence is Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA 22) who has a lifetime rating of 15% (F) and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA 3) who has a lifetime rating of 65% (D).
So the opponents of these bills (Amash, Massie, and Huleskamp) all have A+ with LLPH while the sponsors of these bills all have Fs and Ds. Our liberty is at stake. Urge your members to vote NO on both of these anti-liberty “cybersecurity” bills. The votes are expected tomorrow and on Thursday.
Both these bills will count at least as Quizzes in our scorecard, possibly as MAJOR votes in our scorecard.
(Amendments are possible and we will release key vote alerts for those as soon as possible. We will also make it clear if any of these amendments are sufficient enough for us to revoke our opposition.)