CISPA, and What YOU Need to Know (infographic)

April 25th, 2012 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Hot Topics, Limited Government, Uncategorized No Responses
CISPA, and What YOU Need to Know (infographic)

CISPA
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Call To Action- Help Fight Agenda 21 in NC

April 12th, 2012 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Hot Topics, Agenda 21, Uncategorized 4 Responses
Call To Action- Help Fight Agenda 21 in NC

from Glen Bradley in our Facebook discussion group

“The draft bill (PDF) to demand NC noncompliance with ICLEI Agenda 21 is finished and ready for introduction, but we need your help! We can only introduce this bill in the NC State House in May if we have 2/3 approval of a resolution to suspend the rules of the Short Session and allow it to be introduced.

We need you and all your friends who care about opposing the UN ICLEI Agenda 21 to contact their House Representatives and tell them to:

Support the Joint Resolution authorizing the 2011 General Assembly to consider a bill to be entitled “An Act to provide that North Carolina shall not comply with ICLEI/Agenda 21, relative to the RIO Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of Principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests.

Thank you!”

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

April 12th, 2012 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Hot Topics, Limited Government, Regulations, Uncategorized, around the nation No Responses
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

From ZDnet.com-

SOPA and PIPA were about intellectual property, and allowed courts to remove DNS listings for any website hosting pirated content. CISPA is meanwhile about security, and makes it possible for companies to share user information with the U.S. government (and vice versa) if the parties believe it is needed for the greater cyber security good.

As with many bills, CISPA has room for abuse. It “means a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop ‘cybersecurity’ threats,” an EFF spokesperson said in a statement. “Worst of all, the stated definition of ‘cybersecurity purpose’ is so broad that it leaves the door open to censor any speech that a company believes would ‘degrade the network.’”

That’s the main point, but CISPA also includes portions about protecting intellectual property, reminding many of SOPA and PIPA. If an IP thief is considered a threat to cyber security, then his website, or where he posted the content, could technically be blocked by CISPA. If a government agency believed you were planning a cyber attack, and were discussing it on Facebook, it could ask the social networking giant for every piece of information about you.

Facebook could, of course, say no. That’s important to emphasize. The bill would not force Facebook to hand over all the data it normally does when it legally has to (Here’s what Facebook sends the cops in response to a subpoena).

“Parts of the proposed legislation specifically state that cybersecurity purpose includes protecting against the ‘theft or misappropriation of private or government information’ including ‘intellectual property,’” an EFF spokesperson said in a statement. “Such sweeping language would give companies and the government new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement. It could also be a powerful weapon to use against whistleblower websites like WikiLeaks.”

CISPA currently has over 100 co-sponsors in Congress and 28 corporate supporters (full list), one of which is Facebook. I asked Facebook for a statement regarding its support, but the company declined to comment on this article. Instead, a spokesperson pointed me to Facebook’s letter about the bill (PDF).

read the full article —-

READ THE 11 PAGE BILL (pdf)

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Additional reading for the curious: The Coming Age of Internetocracy: “Internetocracy is a new political movement whose mission is to empower each citizen to directly table and decide legislation by enabling them through social networking, personal broadcasting, and other internet technologies.”
(NC TEA Party is not endorsing this movement.)

Obamacare, Mandates and Regulatory Confusion

March 27th, 2012 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Featured, Uncategorized No Responses
Obamacare, Mandates and Regulatory Confusion

A new finding by the Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey shows a majority of Americans dissatisfied with the health care law being debated in the Supreme Court while simultaneously confused about the role of government in current health care policy.

“About 40 percent [of Americans] thought it wasn’t regulated enough,” explains Reason Polling Director Emily Ekins. When it comes to health care reform, “it’s hard to move forward if people aren’t clear as to what the market currently looks like.”

The Reason-Rupe survey is online here:

http://reason.com/assets/db/13327241811317.pdf

Main Street Fairness Act

March 27th, 2012 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Featured, Uncategorized No Responses
Main Street Fairness Act

State officials have spent the last 15 years attempting to devise a regime so they can force out-of-state vendors to collect sales taxes, but the Supreme Court has ruled that such a cartel is not permissible without congressional approval. Congress is currently considering the Main Street Fairness Act, a bill that would authorize a multistate tax compact and force many Internet retailers to collect sales taxes for the first time. Is this sensible? Are there alternative ways to address tax “fairness” concerns in this context?

Adam Thierer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.