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Buck McKeon is a Traitor to Civil Liberties

 

By: Brian Ryman

Having been saddled by our representatives, with a failing economy, runaway regulation and dwindling rights it is no wonder that satisfaction with Congress is at a historical low. US citizens are tired of Congress riding rough shod over our liberties and saddling us with an exorbitant bill to pay for the privilege.
The majority of patriotic Americans… from the Left, or Right… conservative, liberal, or libertarian… desire change. Howard Philip “Buck” McKeon embodies all that must be changed.
“Buck” McKeon has voted with the majority in congress more than 95% of the time. Among his legislative “gifts” is the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 which he sponsored in the House. The NDAA has been called by some constitutionalists, “the most onerous piece of legislation since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 or the Espionage Act of 1917.”
While our representative, Buck McKeon has claimed that with passage of NDAA 2012 “we have ensured that as we fight terrorists around the world, we also protect the civil liberties of Americans at home”, his understanding of what constitutes “civil liberties” is questionable.
Lindsey Graham conceded when he said on the Senate floor that “the statement of authority to detain [included in NDAA 2012], does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.” This is further clarified in an exchange between Senators Rand Paul and John McCain:
Sen. Paul: “My question would be under the provisions would it be possible that an American citizen then could be declared an enemy combatant and sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained indefinitely.”
Sen. McCain: “I think that as long as that individual, no matter who they are, if they pose a threat to the security of the United States of America, should not be allowed to continue that threat.”

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CISPA is heading to Congress

I wrote a new post at the Orange Juice Blog about CISPA feel free to visit them to read it.

Even Joe Baca, who represents me sponsored this piece of crap. UPDATE: Out of fairness Joe Baca voted against it. Thank You Congressman Baca. 

It seems that, despite the controversy over NDAA and SOPA last year, politicians still aren’t getting it.  From the people who brought you indefinite detention, 30,000 drones flying over America by 2015 and a potential crippling of the Internet by the content creators, now comes CISPA.

CISPA stands for “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act”  – H.R 3523, written by Congressman Michael Rogers of Michigan. It is currently sponsored by over 110 congress members including several OC members – Ken Calvert, Darrel Issa and Gary Miller. The bill is designed to make sure that all of the data we send on the Internet from our instant messages and rants on Facebook gets sucked into a giant database for the benefit of the government, as a voluntary arrangement by participating companies.

CISPA was going to have a section on Intellectual Property, but due to the uproar over SOPA, the bill was re-written to address many of the opponents’ concerns.  Still, privacy advocates feel these changes are cosmetic and not substantial enough to end their opposition to the bill.

(more) at the Orange Juice blog