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Dear President Obama,
Two years ago you promised to veto any bill that would threaten our online privacy. Now Congress has passed dangerous legislation that amounts to online surveillance as part of the omnibus spending bill. This cyber surveillance bill (now called the Cyber Security Act of 2015) would allow surveillance at the expense of our privacy and undermine network security. Please make clear that you will veto any cyber sharing legislation that fails to protect our fundamental rights. Mass digital surveillance must end.
Millions of people have demanded an end to unconstitutional mass surveillance. They have demanded that Congress reject cyber surveillance legislation which has gone by names such as CISPA, CISA, PCNA and NCPA.
Yet, Speaker Paul Ryan has decided to include a new "Frankenstein" bill in the omnibus spending bill. The new bill is called the Cyber Security Act of 2015, but it includes the worst parts of previous bills - CISA, PCNA, and NCPA. You can see how the new Cyber Security Act combines the worst parts of all bills by downloading this PDF created by our friends at New America's Open Technology Institute.
Masquerading as “cybersecurity” legislation, this new Frankenstein monster rewards companies that give our private data with the government, which will immediate hand it over to the NSA and the FBI.
We need President Obama to veto any bill that violates our rights.
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"CISA is fundamentally flawed because of its broad immunity clauses for companies, vague definitions, and aggressive spying powers. It’s a surveillance bill in disguise."
"Cybersecurity is an increasingly important issue for U.S. industry, federal, and state governmental entities and AALL would strongly support a good-faith effort to improve information sharing for cybersecurity purposes. However, CISA is not that legislation. Write your Senators today to urge them to oppose CISA for the automatic and over-broad surveillance authorities and transparency-weakening provisions it would enable."
--American Association of Law Libraries
"Data collected by national surveillance programs has been used to harass the Arab American community across a wide scope of issues, including immigration and other non-terror and non-national security related incidents. Legal challenges to this data’s admission into evidence have shown to be difficult. CISA is no different, it is cyber surveillance."
--American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
"CISA is more than just a bad solution to a serious problem. It would actually make cybersecurity worse while compromising basic democratic protections for personal privacy. The Senate must reject this surveillance bill."
--American Civil Liberties Union
"With all of its defects and dangers, it’s no wonder that CISA’s been labelled a “zombie!” Now, it’s time for librarians to rise again, too . . . to the challenge of once more stopping CISA in its tracks. This time around, ALA has partnered with more than a dozen other national groups to do it in a way so old its novel again: sending Senate offices thousands . . . of faxes."
--American Library Association
"CISA also allows for governments to use cyber threat indicators to investigate a wide range of crimes, including those that are not related to cybersecurity, such as robbery, arson, or trade secret violations."
--Association of Research Libraries
"The Administration first stated its ... intention to veto legislation [that[ failed to “preserve Americans’ privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and recognize the civilian nature of cyberspace.” CISA ... fails to adhere to these important principles."
--Bill of Rights Defense Committee
"[C]yber attackers often hide behind innocent bystanders, masking their true identity. CISA would allow a company that has been hacked to hack the attacker back. If the hacker is posing as an entity on a different network — for instance, a hospital or an emergency responder — the private company could damage the innocent network. Normally, this behavior would be against the law, but CISA amends current law to allow for these defensive operations. Because the defensive attacks would exploit system vulnerabilities and create new ones, CISA makes the Internet infrastructure less secure, not more."
--Brennan Center for Justice
"While cybersecurity threats continue to be a significant problem warranting Congressional action, CISA goes well beyond authorizing necessary conduct, to authorizing dangerous conduct, and unnecessarily harming privacy. Its broad use permissions suggest that the legislation is as much about surveillance as it is about cybersecurity. We urge Senators to oppose the bill, support amendments to improve it, and for the President to veto the bill should it come to his desk."
--Center for Democracy and Technology
"CISA will be of little help in preventing data breaches and information theft from occurring.... Cyberhygiene, Not Information Sharing, Is The Most Effective Way to Protect Cyberspace."--The Constitution Project
"For five years, privacy and internet freedom advocates have successfully fended off cyber “security” bills that focus on data sharing and surveillance rather than sensible security measures. But, like zombies, the bills keep coming back. Meet CISA."
--Defending Dissent Foundation
"CISA [is] a surveillance and anti-internet freedom bill in disguise. Now more than ever, we don’t need more cyber surveillance."
"How do you kill a zombie bill like CISA? Grassroots action. That's why EFF and over a dozen other groups are asking you to join us in a Week of Action to Stop CISA. The Senate is likely to vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) in the coming weeks, and only you can help us stop it."
--Electronic Frontier Foundation
"The National Security Agency is sitting on a new surveillance apparatus, awaiting congressional action to help them begin collecting a massive amount of new data on people in the U.S. that they can view and share without a warrant."
--Fight for the Future
"So who’s behind the massive push to pass CISA? Insurers, credit-card companies, banks, gas and oil giants, and telecom companies have all lined up behind the bill…. these companies are eager to share more of our personal data with the government so long as they don't have to worry about violating any privacy safeguards. CISA gives companies exactly what they want: ironclad liability protection to share information about any perceived cyber threats with federal agencies."
"CISA sacrifices liberty without improving security. We deserve both."
"Debated and approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door meeting without public scrutiny, the measure would go far beyond its stated purpose in stopping cyberattacks... When it comes to protecting against cyber threats, CISA is like the emperor's new clothes. Merely stating that the bill is not a surveillance bill does not make it so."
--National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
"Congress has been trying to pass cybersecurity information sharing legislation for years. All of these bills have failed to become law because they universally unnecessarily undermined privacy and civil liberties and simultaneously empowered law enforcement and intelligence community agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA)."
--New America's Open Technology Institute
"Initial criticisms of CISA still hold: from its clear inferiority to the status quo and obvious shell for a more expansive surveillance state, to the more mundane morphing of the bill’s language to accommodate the circumvention of due process and the possible unintended consequences of its passage."
"OpenTheGovernment.org is particularly concerned with the harm the bill would do to the Freedom of Information Act and transparency more generally... There are serious concerns that CISA will enable government surveillance and that companies will turn over private information without adequate safeguards. Exempting all information provided under CISA from disclosure will make it impossible to understand or limit these risks."
"PEN has seen the impact this kind of sweeping surveillance has on writers around the world: growing self-censorship and lasting damage to the U.S.’ reputation as a haven for free expression."
--PEN American Center
"When someone shows up with a bill that promises to help secure America’s online infrastructure, it sounds like something we can all get behind. That was the idea behind the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), but there are colossal problems with this bill, including significant issues with accountability and transparency. ... CISA is unacceptable, and we urge all in the Senate to reject it."
--The Sunlight Foundation
"Whatever the intentions of CISA’s sponsors, the bill could end up facilitating large-scale sharing of sensitive private user information with the government... Congress needs to address these concerns in further hearings and carefully consider them before moving forward on CISA."