It has become incredibly frustrating to deal with people who erroneously believe that Obama and his administration will live up to a single claim, promise, or statement. Especially since neither Obama nor his pals have given us a single reason to trust them while giving us tons of reasons not to, not the least of which being the fact that they claim they can kill you or me whenever they please, based on policies which they repeatedly have refused to justify in a court of law.
Back when the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 was being pushed through the House and Senate and making its way towards Obama’s desk I attempted to make it clear that the Obama administration’s supposed intention to veto the bill was nothing more than theater.
Of course, he ended up signing the bill with a meaningless signing statement claiming that he “signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”
Now it appears that some websites like Gizmodo have completely forgotten the Obama administration’s track record and are actually giving even a shred of credence to the notion that he “will definitely veto CISPA.”
That being said, Gizmodo is far from what I would consider a reliable or reputable source given that one of their editors, Sam Biddle, fails to understand even the most basic aspects of technology he writes about. Keep in mind, we’re talking about a technology blog publishing works by writers who clearly know nothing about technology.
I’m not intending to be antagonistic; it’s just that clearly Gizmodo doesn’t have a very strict policy when it comes to researching or fact checking.
That being said, they do point to the fact that the White House is supporting Joe Lieberman’s similar cybersecurity legislation in the Senate.
They claim that Lieberman’s bill is “not quite as dangerous” although they fall far short of the mark in proving that this is the case.
They also seem to be ignoring the entire concept of amendments, which actually made the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, much worse than it already was immediately before it was passed in the House.
Lieberman’s bill is competing with Senator John McCain’s quite similar legislation, both of which put absurd power over the internet in the hands of government.
Essentially, they are just bickering over if it should be the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the military and National Security Agency (NSA) who has the ultimate power.
I reject both options as unnecessary, tyrannical and just a further unjust expansion of the federal government into our private lives.
The unfortunate fact is that one of these bills will inevitably be signed into law.
They can keep up all the theatrics they like, but it will not change the fact that the Obama administration has a disturbing presence of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lawyers in the Department of Justice.
It is also quite silly at this point to believe that Obama will veto it over civil rights concerns after all our government has done to strip us of our right to free speech and due process, among other critical liberties.
Even if Obama were to veto such legislation, if there was a large enough base of support in the House and Senate, as there was for the NDAA, his veto could be overridden.
Essentially, I think it is quite foolish to look to Obama to save us now. It is far too little, far too late.
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