Last updated: May 21, 2012 - 8:53am
[Commentary] Internet activists who killed an antipiracy campaign on Capitol Hill in January are back on the virtual warpath against efforts to improve America's cyber defenses. As then, the ferocity of the ire is disconnected from the modesty of the legislation.
Standing in the way of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), however, is the Obama Administration, which came out against CISPA before the House vote, citing supposed shortcomings on privacy protections. Having worked closely with Republicans to write the bill, Rep. Ruppersberger was blindsided by the White House and has said as much. The House passed the bill 248-168, with 42 Democrats defying the Administration's veto threat. The online activists, who don't let facts get in the way of a good campaign, needed no invitation to sound the call to battle. The ACLU, privacy evangelists and tea party libertarian-types are in. Search #CISPA on Twitter to behold the Orwellian future of the National Security Agency prying into your Web affairs. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone's out to get you.
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