Would You Like To Keep The Government From Spying On You? Speak Up Now
from the do-you-have-a-secret? dept
We've been talking about the Senate debate over cybersecurity all week, and it appears that it's moving into the endgame process. Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for cloture -- basically the process to end the debate and move to a vote. In doing so, he also set it up such that he's basically blocking most amendments from being discussed. However, the important Franken/Paul amendment that increases privacy protectionswill be voted on. In fact, it will be the first amendment to be considered. Whether or not the overall bill passes (and there's some skepticism about whether the votes exist), it is important that the Franken/Paul amendment pass, and Congress get the message that protecting the public from government snooping is an issue the public cares about. Senate staffers have been saying that they've been getting calls on this issue, but more would certainly help.
The folks at Fight for the Future have set up the excellent Do you have a secret? site to highlight why government snooping is a serious problem. Similarly, the EFF has set up a useful site with an embedded Tweet tool (and, yes, tweeting about this also helps -- staffers are paying attention to this, though calling is always best).
The Franken/Paul amendment does have some support, including from Senator Chuck Schumer who made an impassioned speech last night for protecting our privacy rights within this bill, and how important such privacy protections were to the future of the internet.
Either way, today and tomorrow are important days for letting your Senators know that stopping the government from snooping on your private info online is important to you, so speak up.