Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Congress passes new spending bill with several hidden riders including CISA

Nothing in politics happens by accident, and if the result was chaos then it was meant to be that way.  These were the words of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt over 70 years ago, and which apply just as much today as it did back then in the halls of Congress, and the administration of the White House.
This is because a new trillion dollar omnibus spending bill contains much more than just appropriations, as included in the bill are a myriad of liberty destroying laws such as CISA that negate all ground gained in recent years in stopping the government from spying on your communications.
CISA is the Cyber-security Information Sharing Act, and allows private enterprises such as social media and telecommunications to share data with the government without fear of lawsuits, and without warrants.  And like the way the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was pushed through via a defense appropriations bill, Congress provided little time at all for the public, or other legislators, to debate its inclusion in the primary bill.

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