On Thursday, some of the strongest conservatives in the House of Representatives voted against CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing Protection Act. While it ultimately passed, not all was lost as there are signs it can be defeated in the future.
The ACLU, while not always correct on the issues, nailed the civil liberties problems CISPA entails in an excellent 4-part breakdown:
CISPA Explainer #1: What Information Can Be Shared?
CISPA Explainer #2: With Whom Can Information Be Shared?
The full roll call for the vote can be found HERE.
Particularly interesting is the list of Republicans who voted nay:
AmashMany of these Republicans are among the far right of the Republican party on the majority of issues, yet they find common ground with far left organizations such as the ACLU for one primary reason: CISPA violates the civil liberties and Constitutional rights of American citizens.
For the reasons listed in the links, CISPA preempts the 4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.It is also dangerous for the 1st Amendment, as it increases government regulatory powers over the internet, the bastian of free speech.
Unlike the Bush era Republicans, the Tea Party Republicans understand that the 4th and 1st Amendments are just as important as the 2nd and the 10th amendments. (Even though Bush era Republicans often only paid lip service to the last two).