STOP THE CYBERSECURITY ACT OF 2012


Today I received this email from Matt Hawes at the Campaign for Liberty (also see the new site):

The latest threat to the Internet is already emerging.

It didn’t take long for politicians to regroup after their progress on SOPA and PIPA was halted following a massive public outcry in January.

So-called “cyber security” legislation is currently being fast-tracked for consideration in the Senate.

And when government officials talk about cyber security, they’re mostly talking about how to increase their own power instead of keeping us safe.

“The Cybersecurity Act of 2012,” introduced by Senators Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, and Jay Rockefeller, would seek to give the Department of Homeland Security regulatory authority over the private companies that control “critical infrastructure systems.”

And, no surprise here, Senator John McCain actually wants to make it worse by instead granting the National Security Agency with the monitoring authority over private businesses.

This legislation is the result of three years of scheming, and the only way to halt its progress is to send Congress a simple message – STOP IT!

Stop trying to regulate the Internet.

Stop trying to censor the Internet.

Stop trying to control the Internet.

Just stop it!

Sometimes, Congress just needs to hear a simple message from their constituents in order to get the point.

Whether it be through so-called “net neutrality” regulations, “intellectual property” laws, or “cyber security” legislation, Washington, D.C. will do anything it can to get its grimy hands on the Internet – and it’s up to you and me to fight back.

We don’t have to look far into the past to find previous efforts by Senators Lieberman and Rockefeller to create “Internet kill switch” legislation in an effort to “thwart” cyber attacks.

I need you to take action today by urging your senators to oppose “The Cybersecurity Act of 2012” and any other schemes that would grant government more power over the Internet.

The Internet is one of the last sectors of our economy still mostly free from the corrupting effects of government intervention.

After you’ve contacted your senators, please chip in at least $10 to help Campaign for Liberty keep up the fight against any efforts to take over the Internet!

Without continued vigilance by those of us concerned about our liberties, the Internet doesn’t stand a chance to remain free and open.

I’ve also attached our previous email from Senator Rand Paul regarding SOPA/PIPA below. If you haven’t yet signed our UrgentGram telling Congress to keep these bills from coming back to life, you can make your voice heard today.

Please, take action today by contacting your senators and then contributing to Campaign for Liberty’s fight to keep the government’s grimy hands off the web!

In Liberty,
Matt Hawes
Vice President

P.S. The government’s attempts to grab more power over the Internet seem to never end.

So we need to make our voices loudly and clearly heard!

Contact your senators right away and urge them to oppose both “The Cybersecurity Act of 2012” and any other efforts to give government more control over the Internet.

I know that you are tired of hearing hyperbole from every source in order to get you to respond with money or action. But it’s clear that this bill would be a great step toward totalitarian government.

I urge every American who wants to maintain the smallest bit of freedom to protest this bill. I just did so by sending email messages to Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Congressman Walter Jones (3rd District, NC):

I strongly urge you to vote against the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, and any other legislation the aim of which is to establish government control of the internet. The act would give the Dept. of Homeland Security control over the private companies that maintain the internet. For me, the “national security” argument for passage of this bill–or any such bill–is spurious. It is just another government attempt to abridge Americans’ freedom and liberty, and it smacks of totalitarian intent. No such “security” is worth the loss of our freedom and liberty. It would be abhorrent to our founding fathers. I, for one, will vote against, and work hard to defeat, any senator or representative, Democrat or Republican, who votes in favor of this bill or any bill that tries to establish government control of the internet.

Please feel free to use my message as an outline and send a message to your senators and congressman. Do it now!

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2 Responses to STOP THE CYBERSECURITY ACT OF 2012

  1. Bob says:

    I had written a message but I liked yours better so I plagiarized it. Thanks for the permission.

  2. cctruckston says:

    You’re welcome. I hope everyone will send a message to stop this bill to their senators and congressmen. All of the incremental restrictions on our liberties are onerous, but this one is the most far-reaching and dangerous one yet.

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