So, the House passed the 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill in the middle of the night (316-113) this past Friday. While everyone else is talking about the $1.1 trillion package and changes to Obamacare – maybe we need to look at the Cybersecurity Bill that was added without debate.
*The Government’s spill*
Our trusted and freedom loving United States Government pushed the CSB into the Omnibus package at the last minute. Nobody – no congressman or congressional staffer – paid much attention to it other than to read the abstract.
The government says it’s needed funding for additional security measures against the onslaught of cyber attacks backed by supposedly foreign governments such as China and North Korea against American international corporations. Remember Sony?
*The Real Deal*
What the Cybersecurity add-on actually does is give the NSA, the FBI and other law abiding (cough) agencies the right to create backdoors into software like encryption technology, secure servers and basically all that a person does electronically.
In a nutshell, it’s not meant for cyber protection – it’s another way for the government to press corporations like Verizon, ATT, Google, Apple et. al. to share every little bit of intel they have about you. (and Facebook – the government really needs to know your Facebook drama)
Remember the guy who worked as a contractor for the NSA: Ed Snowden? After he dumped tons of information about how the government cyber snoops to The Guardian and WikiLeaks – it forced the U.S. to close some of the ways it gathers information. Well, that and the fact the U.S. Courts viewed most of it as illegal.
Apparently, foreign leaders and heads of state don’t like being snooped on anymore than Americans. After Snowden leaked his information on how America gathers intel on foreign governments – it sparked a shit load of international lawsuits and diplomacy problems.
Like we need more diplomatic problems. We’ve already got Hillary and Donald doing a fine job with that.
Before you create a petition or a call to action – remember that most of the crap Congress passes in the middle of the night eventually gets signed by the president. Sigh – I doubt this will be an exception.
But, it does seem rather odd that Bernie v. DNC hit about the same time and all the media is talking about that instead of what’s in the Omnibus package. Can you say smokescreen? I knew ya could!
After all, it was the DNC who leaked the data breach – not Bernie. And, a similar kind of breach happened in 2008 with nobody saying much about it.