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Last minute vote on Cyber Security bill - please call your Senators!

Update: First up, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could bring the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 back to the floor for consideration at the end of this week http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/267435-o...

Cybersecurity Bill returns to the Floor - Sen. Reid

Received this email from John Tate:

I know it's late.

But I just walked out of a meeting with some Senate insiders, and I'm still steaming mad at what I heard.

Members of both parties are scheming to ram through the so-called "Cybersecurity" Bill.

If passed, this scheme will virtually guarantee companies engage in more invasions of our privacy.

I know it's late, but I need you to call your senators first thing tomorrow morning and tell them you haven't fallen asleep just because the elections have come and gone.

You can call your senators at:

Sen. Bill Nelson
(202) 224-5274

Sen. Marco Rubio
(202) 224-3041

In Liberty,

John Tate

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Anyone heard more on this?

I would really like t know if anyone has heard more about this. Did Reid back down, was it passed, did it fail, what?

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

If someone has a bill number you can go to

thomas.gov and find out. Will update shortly: The most recent action seems to have been referral to the committee on Communication, Science, and Transportation

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

one of

My senators Orin hatch will most likely vote for this anyway

Yep, but so would have Scott

Yep, but so would have Scott Howell. I asked him on his FaceBook whether it was Constitutional to kill U.S. citizens without a trial. I was that straightforward, did not mention Obama or any legislation. His answer to that straightforward question? "I don't know"

I know companies quickly

I know companies quickly create software with security bugs because of competition to be the first on the market. Security in the coding of software takes a back seat to the features of the software. But DHS with Janet Napolitano to head this division?? Janet Napolitano and the DHS will determine quality software? Let's say they implement regulations on software and hardware for critical infrastructure. It takes over a year for government regulations to be completed and by that time the computers will be out of date.

Does the Cybersecurity Act cover the developers of software or the consumers? What about the exchange of information between the government and businesses?

How are these regulations going to effect innovation and new technologies? Will lawsuits and litigation be encouraged?

I am just trying to figure all this out...

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

Looks like a possible vote this week


or maybe next week:


Bill number is S. 2105

Here's a tidbit from Section 707 of the bill - guess we can see
how much state's rights matters to these cats:

(b) Federal Preemption- This title supersedes any law or requirement of a State or political subdivision of a State that restricts or otherwise expressly regulates the provision of cybersecurity services or the acquisition, interception, retention, use or disclosure of communications, records, or other information by private entities to the extent such law contains requirements inconsistent with this title.


sent to Senators Shelby and Sessions of Alabama.

Not that it will do any good though.

They'll both vote for a cyber security bill in a heartbeat.

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anyone know

what bill will be coming down on to the floor for a vote? I would like to be specific when contacting my reps.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

you still think these people give a fcuk what we think?

Your time would be better spent learning how to connect to a vpn server in romania or making sure your dial up modem still works. Do you have a list of the ip addresses of the sites you want to visit if the govt throws the no dns switch?

Again, asking your slavemasters to stop abusing you does nothing but waste your time. A free person does not call someone they don't know and beg them not to harm them or take away their liberty. They pay attention and prepare for any eventualities.

Good point about the preparations.

I'd still call my congresscritters *if* I had a bill name/number...

Tate did give a heads up before the election to expect evil
doings in this lame duck session of congress.. so I can't say
he's completely useless.

call, bump