Obama Administration Threatens To Veto CISPA

from the in-no-uncertain-terms dept

Yesterday, the Guardian reported that the Obama administration officially opposed CISPA—but they also noted that there was no mention of the V-word. Now that's changed. The executive office just released a statement which says in no uncertain terms that they will be pushing for a veto of the bill:

Legislation should address core critical infrastructure vulnerabilities without sacrificing the fundamental values of privacy and civil liberties for our citizens, especially at a time our Nation is facing challenges to our economic well-being and national security. The Administration looks forward to continuing to engage with the Congress in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to enact cybersecurity legislation to address these critical issues. However, for the reasons stated herein, if H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

The administration's concerns mirror those of civil liberties groups, and could be (partially) addressed by some of the amendments we looked at earlier. But hopefully this clear statement from the White House provides the necessary final push to stop CISPA in its tracks and start working on a better security bill with the help of people who actually know what they're doing.



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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 12:54pm

    OMG! Is all of Canada cheering?

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

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    wow, looks like trish was right...

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

    Here's a better amendment!

    Let's amend the US Constitution with the following:

    Proposed and passed legislation must meet these 3 criteria:
    1) May not be more than 2000 words.
    2) Must be understandable by any literate citizen of average education level.
    3) If titled, the title must clearly and accurately reflect the purpose of the bill.

    Failing any of these criteria will mean the bill could not be passed into law.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

    Glad to see Obama taking a strong stand for our rights of privacy here.

    Too many politicians think they HAVE to vote CISPA through no matter how bad the bill is. Why? Since it's just 6 months till the election, and you wouldn't want to be blamed for a cyber security attack on the US so close to an election now would you? Just voting against a bill with 'cyber information' and 'protection' in the name would cause your opponent to run attack ads saying you don't take cyber security seriously.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

    I don't get it, he says he will veto CISPA but he didn't veto NDAA? LoL. Also, how long do you think this threat will last? Do you think it'll end once these "fixes" to the legislation are rectified?

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

    Re: Here's a better amendment!

    I'm not so sure about the 2000 word limit. CISPA suffered from being too short. In some areas it's good to have long bills that carefully itemize and describe what they cover, instead of using broad ill-defined terms like "cybersecurity"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    Must be an election year.

     

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    Glen, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

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    They should be, and those of us on the south side of the border should be cheering also!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    Re: Here's a better amendment!

    This is unnecessary. Not everyone is as stupid as you.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    Yes, big long unread pork-filled legislation has been working great thus far...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

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    It will last until the day after the election.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    2000 words is just a starting figure, I'm sure a little scientific analysis would yield a better figure.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    Re:

    No to mention the stunning success of SOPA/PIPA and how ACTA and TPP are flying under the radar...
    Maybe giving a large vocal group of people a reason to work together against them would be a bad idea.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:18pm

    So let's add up the score

    So let's see:

    +1 for this veto threat on CISPA
    +1 for his stance on SOPA
    -1 For signing the NDAA
    -1 for signing the Partiot Act renewal
    -1 for prosecuting whistle blowers

    That count alone leave Obama in the red for me.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:18pm

    Re: So let's add up the score

    Ooh. Forgot:

    -1 for signing ACTA

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:22pm

    i think the frightening thing is that almost on a daily basis there is some fucking idiot in Congress, that hasn't got the intelligence of a moron on the subject that he is trying to introduce a Bill on, trying to introduce a Bill! why do they do it? if it's to try to achieve something, they are doing that, but it's only achieving how stupid it makes them out to be! if it's to please which ever industry that has made 'campaign contributions' to them, it's about time the contributors saw the writing on the wall and moved on. before the next ridiculous attempt is made, you would think that someone suitable would be chosen. atm, even the White House can see how ridiculous things are getting, and that's saying something!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:26pm

    Saddest thing about congress is that Americans are going to put the same exact idiots back in office. *sigh*

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:28pm

    Re:

    Last time was 7 min, now 5 min to flag. Cmon we can get it down to 2.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:30pm

    Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    "Not everyone is as stupid as you."

    Now we are back to your mamma?

    Does your mom know you are using the computer?

     

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    The Devil's Coachman (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

    Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    Perhaps your parents are, for not aborting you when they had the chance.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:33pm

    "The administration's concerns mirror" his attempts to get re-elected. Otherwise, it's doubtful he would sign this anti-public interest bill.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:34pm

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    doubtful he would veto *

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:36pm

    Re: Here's a better amendment!

    I have a better idea. Let's not. 2000-word limits just mean you can't pass anything that third-graders can't understand, which is stupid. Some legislation has to be more complex than that. I know that's hard for some to accept, but deal with it and move on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:38pm

    Re:

    None of the people responsible for that so-called "cyber bill" take cyber security seriously.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    Amount of pages doesn't matter. It's how they write the legislation.

     

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    Nathan F (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

    Honestly I see this as a very safe move for the White House. They already know that changes are going to be made to it, so they can say "Yes, if the bill shows up on his desk we will recommend he veto it." Then after they make the changes the White House can say "We feel that the changes that have been made are acceptable and we will sign it if and when it makes it to his desk."

     

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    TaCktiX (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

    Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    -1 for saying the Senate doesn't need to ratify.

    Forgot that one too.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 1:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    Better a short legible bill than some several thousand page monstrosity (see: Patriot Act) to which the Senators/Congresspersons go "TL;DR" and vote effing "YES" anyway--without knowing what is even says!!

     

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    Glen, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:01pm

    Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    Especially if you want to hide spending.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    +1
    Just like our Corporations are People Government would do.Take a step forward then two backwards.
    Probably be the same thing if it was a GOP President.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    Things would be no different under a GOP president, unless that president is Ron Paul. Mitt Romney is just more of the same crap we have had for 30 years . I don't want it.

     

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    Justin, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:24pm

    read it carefully

    The underlined sentence in the quoted text reveals the problem: "However, for the reasons stated herein, if H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."

    This isn't OBAMA saying he will veto it. It says his senior advisers will RECOMMEND he veto it. He can just as easily ignore them and sign it anyway. He's not making any promises, so don't get pulled in by a superficial show of support.

     

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    terry (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:28pm

    Deja Vu, Obama will use the same pen he used to veto the NDAA as promised.

    Oh, wait change was the promise he kept: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hope-and-change-gas-prices-have-gone-67-percent-obama-became-pre sident_553930.html

     

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    Rich Kulawiec, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:31pm

    The people to ask (slight recap of post from another thread)

    Off the top of my head (and I apologize to anybody that I should have remembered but didn't) these are the people that Congress should have in the room before they even dream of writing legislation that touches the Internet: Jacob Appelbaum, Steve Bellovin, Danah Boyd, Bill Cheswick, Ben Edelman, Dave Farber, Ed Felten, Richard Forno, Dan Gillmor, Alex Halderman, Dan Kaminsky, Valdis Kletnieks, Susan Landau, Chris Lewis, Peter Neumann, Marcus Ranum, Bruce Schneier, Chris Soghoian, Gene Spafford, Lauren Weinstein.

     

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    Pontifex (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

    Re: Here's a better amendment!

    I'd rather have an anti-omnibus amendment instead.

     

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    Watchit (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:51pm

    Re: Re:

    No, but they take looking good for the public seriously.

     

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    Watchit (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 2:53pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    while getting a president in office who actually knows what he's doing would be nice, it would be pointless if congress is still the same old pork barrel legislators.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 3:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    "Things would be no different under a GOP president"

    Yea it would - they'd call it anti-pornography, or anti-terrorism (even more than what we've heard so far). It would be part of a huge marketing and talking point campaign that even 1/3 (or more) of the democrats would join in on "for the good of the nation". They'd pick some color of ribbon to tie around trees and order car magnets from China. It would be "unpatriotic" to oppose - treasonist even. They would call "anti-circumvention" technology the growth industry of the future, put Blackwater (AXE now), Haliburton, or whatever corporate chummies they had handy in charge of no bid, multi-million dollar contracts that never expire. You know the drill.

    Ron Paul is a social conservative and just as likely to do the same only call it "anti-porn" and for "the good of society". It's impossible to debate faulty logic and "faith". At least this way there is a chance to argue over actual merits.

    Politics always seems to be a lessor of the evils.

     

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    Jay (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 3:04pm

    Re: Re:

    Obama's trying to minimize the damage to his campaigning before his reelection. Given that mostly Republicans are endorsing CISPA, you can see why he would threaten a veto.

    Also, this doesn't mean one of the other legislations won't go through and pass giving more power to another branch. This is really all a wrangling for position.

    TL;DR the AC is right...

     

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    Jay (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 3:05pm

    Re:

    If you believe that the president has control of gas prices, I've got snake oil to sell you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 3:07pm

    Another bill

    Someone needs to introduce a bill stating that no changes to the internet should be passed into law without consulting specific sectors that are familiar with the internet - sort of a cyber consumer protection agency.

    Yea - I know. That's sounds like a punch line for a joke.

     

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    Jay (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 3:40pm

    Re: Another bill

    Republicans? Wanting protections? That's the funniest thing I've heard all day.

     

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    Torg (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 3:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    I move that we fill Congress with literal pork barrels.

     

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    TheBigH (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 3:49pm

    Re: Here's a better amendment!

    ...and 4) No riders!

    No more bills like "Fight pedophilia (and extend copyright terms until the heat death of the universe)"

     

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    lol, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 4:11pm

    Re: Re: Here's a better amendment!

    funny. i love it when trolls try to sound smart. until you realize they are texting while mopping the floors at food lion.

     

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    Michael Long (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 4:20pm

    Re:

    Yes, the President has threatened to veto CISPA -- in its current form. However, CISPA's primary sponsors still plan on slapping on some patches (excuse me, amendments) and to proceed towards Friday's vote.

    Unfortunately, many of those amendments have their own issues. One even offers -- I kid you not -- a promise to "develop" policies and procedures that will protect individual privacy and civil liberties... after the bill is passed.

    It's okay. Trust us.

    More at http://www.iSights.org/2012/04/president-obama-threatens-to-veto-cispa-authors-brush-off-threat.html

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Apr 25th, 2012 @ 4:26pm

    Re: read it carefully

    This isn't OBAMA saying he will veto it. It says his senior advisers will RECOMMEND he veto it.


    True, but the OP doesn't say Obama is threatening a veto. It's saying the Obama administration is, which is true (although weaker than we would hope).

     

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    abc gum, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 5:24pm

    Re: Re:

    Politician: We have to pass it in order to find out what's in it because we did not read it. After that we will fix all the loopholes you might use to wiggle your way out of its death grip.

     

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    abc gum, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 5:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    "Things would be no different under a GOP president"
    "Yea it would ... You know the drill."

    You left out the vagina patrol.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 7:34pm

    1. Where are those people who call the interwebz netcitizens keyboard warriors, chubby nerds living in their parents basement?

    2. Are those same people the ones now saying keyboard warriors can bring about the end of the world as we know it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 7:39pm

    Whether or not he vetoes the legislation will depend on whether both houses have a veto-proof majority. If Congress passes the law with a veto proof majority in both houses, a veto would be a lesson in futility.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 25th, 2012 @ 7:46pm

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 25th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

    The obama adminisrration just passed a law the makes free speech a felony, look that up.... Put that in your corn cob pipe and smoke it.

     

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    abc gum, Apr 26th, 2012 @ 6:59am

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 25th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

    "The obama adminisrration just passed a law"

    The us government is supposed to be comprised of three branches; executive, legislative, judicial. One of these branches passes a bill, one of these branches signs the bill into law ..... does any of this ring a bell?

     

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    hegemon13, Apr 26th, 2012 @ 9:52am

    Yeah, just like he promised to veto the NDAA. Just more political posturing to score points with his base. When it comes to his desk, he'll quietly sign it over a holiday weekend with his pre-cooked excuse of why it's yet another "necessary evil" committed against the American people.

     

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    Watchit (profile), Apr 26th, 2012 @ 6:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: So let's add up the score

    seconded

     

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