Monday, April 15, 2013

Tragedy in Boston, and an upcoming vote

The bombing at the Boston Marathon is a terrible event. Whomever planned it chose to attack spectators and runners at this major annual athletic event, which is a first for domestic terror targets. While it's obviously too soon to know who or what is responsible for this attack, historically this week has seen other domestic attacks, like the Oklahoma City bombing, for instance.

This year, coincidentally, the attack comes just before Wednesday's big congressional vote on CISPA: The anti-privacy bill which was defeated last year by a huge public outcry. (CISPA stands for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act). The new version is worse than last year's version. The new version of the bill would allow private companies (like your internet provider) to hand over all your personal data to the  government, other companies, and even to corporate agencies like the MPAA. The companies don't need a warrant or permission of any kind, and companies who disclose your information receive immunity from all pre-existing privacy laws, meaning that it supersedes any Constitutional right to privacy.

The timing of this is interesting to me. What better way to bolster passage of a bill that permanently removes even more rights from citizens than a "terrorist" attack? Again, it's too soon to know what really happened in Boston, and who pulled it off. All I'm saying is that I think it's an interesting coincidence. Remember the knee-jerk, unquestioning passage of the Patriot Act after 9/11, which allegedly none of our legislators actually read all the way through before voting to approve it? Let's hope that same lack of thought and critical thinking doesn't prevail again.

If you are concerned about another big chunk of the Bill of Rights going by the wayside, please call your C-critter tomorrow (Tuesday). Again, the vote is on Wednesday, so this is your last chance to register your views. You can also send your comments through this link.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

As I was feeding my cats at this early hour, the TV was on in the background covering the Boston explosions. I found it interesting how many times the guest commentators attempted to drive home the point that "this was an act of terrorism", no matter domestic or foreign fueled (and no matter "this" and no matter "that").

It's almost like they wanted to make it very clear, without any reasonable doubt, that terrorism exists now, today, and will come get you if you're not vigilant and ready.

The people in Boston smelled smoke yesterday, but from where I sit, though, I smell a smokescreen.

3:55 AM  
Blogger Dredd said...

Good points Anna.

If "we" follow the example of historical and hysterical 911 sheer madness, we will invade Australia and torture folks from Bohemia when we find out that "15 Wahabis from Saudi Arabia did it" (Fighting Terrorism For 200 Years - 3).

4:35 PM  

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