Perennial big government advocate Sheila Jackson Lee strikes again
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
An amendment introduced to the controversial CISPA bill by perennial big government advocate Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would empower the Department of Homeland Security to intercept online IRS tax returns and any other Internet traffic deemed to transit networks owned by the federal government or operated on its behalf.
â€œJackson Leeâ€™s amendment (PDF) is broad enough to sweep in government contractors and university networks such as Internet2 and CENIC, said a telecommunications attorney who did not want to be identified because of client sensitivity. It also appears to cover open Wi-Fi networks run by federal agencies and networks in government-provided housing,â€ reports CNetâ€™s Declan McCullagh.
Not only would the amendment give Big Sis the power to monitor all government networks, it could also, according to McCullagh and Ryan Radia, associate director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, â€œallow Homeland Security to monitor the communications of the federal courts and Congress, and intercept tax returns sent to the IRS.â€
Given the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has already identified all kinds of mundane behavior as â€œsuspicious activityâ€ possibly indicative of terrorism, the prospect of the federal agency trawling through Americansâ€™ 1040 forms is nothing less than chilling.
The CISPA bill has already come under attack from all sides of the political spectrum because it states that â€œnotwithstanding any other provision of law,â€ companies may share information with the government, demolishing fourth amendment privacy protections.
Earlier this week Congressman Ron Paul slammed the legislation as a â€œBig Brother writ,â€ writing, â€œCISPA is essentially an Internet monitoring bill that permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications with no judicial oversight, provided, of course, that they do so in the name of cyber security.â€
CISPA is much, much worse than sopa could ever be.Â When the internet is being monitored via big brother which will monitor your every move.Â Things could happen that you didn't even do, what if somebody gets online under your account ,Â and does something very criminal.Â You are going to be the one they arrest.
It would not be to far fetched in this day and age where our very own Government can set you up and make it look like you did something you haven't even done.
Yet the FEDS/Government have the power to do anything they want. That includes setting you up,Â somebody in your family.Â All those people who have gone to jail are they really there fairly? After all this crooked political system has been busted wide open on all the lies, stealing, etc............ Why should we belive that anybody sitting in jail now is there rightfully or even fairly.
Is it fair to sit in prison for a 5.00 balance on a credit card you thought you paid but didn't and now your on your way to " debtors prison..........
So those of you who might say stick them in there throw away the key,Â Â you might want to think twice before saying that now.Â Â The next time it just might be you sitting in there.
NaturalNews) As part of a new expansion of government power over information, the Department of Homeland Security has begun seizing and shutting down internet websites (web domains) without due process or a proper trial. DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous "Department of Justice" logo on the web site. See an example at http://torrent-finder.com
Over 75 websites were seized and shut down last week, and there is no indication that the government will stop such efforts. Right now, their focus is websites that they claim "violate copyrights," yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever. It was merely a search engine website that linked to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Google also links to copyrighted content -- does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?
These seizures were conducted on the basis of language in the DMCA law, which is vastly overreaching in its powers (it was passed to appease the music recording industry and the RIAA). Even so, the U.S. Senate is right now considering passing yet another law -- COICA -- the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/internet-censorship-pushed-congres...), a new law that would give the federal government even more power to shut down websites it opposed.
Read more about COICA here: http://www.usa-anti-communist.com/wp/?p=1918#awp::?p=1918
And here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-gagnier/online-seizure-and-co...
Here's the list of 19 US Senators who voted to censor the internet via the COICA bill: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101118/10291211924/the-19-senators...
Where is all this going? Today the U.S. government is targeting websites focused on copyright violations, but if the public tolerates this government-sponsored censorship of the web, it's only a matter of time before these government powers are expanded to control the content of the internet.