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PressTV – Venezuela expels US Embassy attaché

This is getting so old. Can’t these imperialists ever do something different? This is Chile, Argentina, El Salvador….good ole Monroe Doctrine strikes again. If Obama is truly the man I believe him to be, he will likely be very disgusted, as Keenedy was by the same sort of shenanigans from the CIA in Cuba (anybody remember the Bay of Pigs?).

Whatever happened to FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY? Can’t anyone who has resources like OIL have that for themselves?

Can somebody please stop these bastard stepchildren of the SS before it’s too late? I am ashamed to call myself an American because it makes me seem complicit in this endless awfulness from the banana republics to the Disappeared. I would stop it if I could-but I guess that’s the real kicker-FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY don’t really EXIST HERE in America do they?!?!

Venezuela expels US Embassy attaché
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) addresses the nation on national television as Governor Adan Chavez, the older brother of late President Hugo Chavez, looks on in the capital Caracas on March 5, 2013.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) addresses the nation on national television as Governor Adan Chavez, the older brother of late President Hugo Chavez, looks on in the capital Caracas on March 5, 2013.

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Venezuela has expelled a US Embassy attaché for meeting with Venezuelan military officials and plotting to destabilize the oil-rich South American country.

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday on national television after holding an emergency meeting with the countrys high military command and civilian leaders.

He accused David Delmonaco, an Air Force attaché for the US Embassy in Caracas, of seeking military assistance for a plot against the government, and said that Delmonaco had been spying on Venezuela’s military.

US Embassy spokesman Greg Adams confirmed Delmonaco’s identity but refused to comment on the expulsion.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale stated that Delmonaco is en route back to the United States.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said a second US Embassy official had been declared “persona non grata” and that he had 24 hours to leave the country.

In addition, the Venezuelan vice president stated that someday there will be “scientific proof” that President Hugo Chavez, who died later in the day after a nearly two-year battle with cancer, had been infected by “imperialist” enemies.

“We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,” Maduro said.

“The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health,” he noted.

On February 18, Chavez returned to Caracas from Cuba, where he had cancer surgery.

The 58-year-old Venezuelan president traveled to Havana on December 10 for a fourth operation after his cancer reappeared, despite a year and a half of treatment.

In late March 2012, Chavez began radiation treatment in Cuba after an operation in February 2012 that removed a second cancerous tumor from his pelvic region. Chavezs first tumor, which was baseball-sized, was removed in June 2011, and then he received chemotherapy.

Chavez, who came to power in 1999, was reelected to a new six-year term in October.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/05/292104/venezuela-expels-us-embassy-attach/


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PressTV – Austerity versus a people’s budget

Mark Vorpahl, Counterpunch
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Its no secret that most cities, counties, states and school districts in the U.S. are facing big deficits. What is less understood is the extent to which austerity cuts have become politicians bi-partisan response to the situation. The dramatic measures being implemented in Portland, Oregon are no exception.

By austerity is meant a bag of policies intent on reforming, that is, reducing spending by cutting jobs and public services, tearing up social contracts that workers have benefited from, and, in general, making workers and the poor do all the sacrificing to close budgetary imbalances. These austerity measures range from potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare to cuts on a local level that go after our schools, social services, parks, and infrastructure.

While this sacrificing is imposed on the vast majority of citizens, obscenely low tax rates for big business and the wealthy are being left in place as their profits swell and their dominance over the political system increases. To appreciate the scope of this trend, one need merely note The New York Times report that there are nearly $1.1 trillion in annual deductions, credits and other tax breaks that flow disproportionately to the highest income Americans and that cost more, each year, than Medicare and Medicaid combined.

The Case in Portland

Portlands newly elected Democratic Mayor Charlie Hales has announced that there is a $25 $40 million hole in the citys budget. In response, he is demanding that all 27 city bureaus submit budget proposals with 10 percent cuts. This latest round follows several consecutive years of budget cuts.

The cuts already put into effect have resulted in lost jobs, underfunded services and a decline in Portlands livability. While it is not clear yet how Hales will wield his cleaver, he is signaling that his cuts will be the deepest yet. The programs that he has already targeted at-risk teen summer internships, job-training efforts and youth bus passes, among others will have an immediate impact on great numbers of households, shifting the costs of these publicly funded programs onto the shoulders of families that can least take the burden.

The majority of Portlands residents can ill afford the costs of trying to close the deficit without damaging the regional economy further. Portlands unemployment rate is 7.9 percent. According to the Business Journal, 8.3 percent of Portland families live below the poverty level; for families with children the number is 12.9 percent, and 27.4 percent for single, divorced and separated women. If he gets his way, Mayor Hales austerity axe will continue to swing at the citys most vulnerable citizens.

Portlands top companies make hundreds of millions, if not billions, every year. In Oregon the share of total state income collected by the wealthiest 1 percent increased by 70 percent from 1979 to 2009. In contrast, during that same period, the bottom 80 percent of Oregonians saw their income decline.

In 2009 the highest effective state tax rate for corporations with profits over $10 million was less than 1 percent. For a middle income Oregon household, the average effective rate of payment was 4.1 percent.

If corporations paid the same rate of state and city income taxes that is expected of most citizens, there would be no deficit, no crisis, no need for cuts. Given the vast amount of untouched revenue tucked away in these corporate coffers, Hales call for public sacrifice to balance the citys budget amounts to a shell game to distract people from asking, Where is the money?

Portland is not broke. The problem is that those with the money are being let off the hook.

Special Arrangements

In addition, Portlands city budget is far from transparent. It is divided into a General Fund, which is where the so-called deficit is located, as well as Internal Service Funds (ISF). ISFs are unrestricted net assets of the city. They can be used for any purpose. The amount of money in this part of the budget has been steadily increasing. In 2010-2011, the ISF balance was $120.6 million.

But rather than using this money to benefit Portlands working class communities, the City Council keeps it stashed away for pet projects to lure wealthy investors to the city. Since the ISF lacks transparency and accountability, it is difficult to determine how the money in these funds is used; we only know that it isnt available when the tax paying public needs it.

Another way Portlands politicians stash away huge sums to benefit big business is through the use of Urban Renewal (UR). UR requires that money be spent on development projects in a certain area. The revenue created by this development, including property taxes, remains locked up in the area for decades from 20 to 50 years.

UR taxes in 2010-2011 amounted to $35 million for the city of Portland alone. These funds can only be spent in the UR areas from which they were collected. Consequently, while the posh UR area of Portlands Pearl District enjoys more public funds than it needs, elsewhere in Portland school closures are looming, streets remain unpaved and infrastructure and park maintenance is done on the cheap, if at all.

Put simply, UR is a means of enriching developers and other corporate interests like big contributors to politicians campaign funds to the detriment of Portlands working class communities. The fact that this model, which results in widening inequality, continues to be pursued by those advocating cuts to public programs could not make more clear where these politicians allegiances lie.

While Mayor Hales is blaming the citys deficit on several factors, the math does not add up. When low corporate tax rates, the millions kept in shady city funds, and the revenue drain of development programs such as UR are taken into account, it becomes clear that Portlands deficit hawks are manufacturing a crisis in order to continue arrangements where workers are left to pay for big business greed.

Our Priorities, Our Budget

In addition to the I feel your pain displays by Mayor Hales towards those affected by his cuts, he will also employ the tactic of divide and conquer. Those threatened by these cuts will be told the lie that raising revenue by taxing big business and the wealthy is off the table. The pie is only so big, promoters of the cuts moan, you must decide your own priorities. And in this way they hope to set different communities and unions against one another.

It should be clear, for reasons already discussed, how false this storyline is. While there is likely more than a little padding in upper management that can be cut, and plenty of taxes that remain uncollected, the truth is that a real solution to Portlands deficit wont emerge until these priorities are confronted and turned around.

What would a budget that prioritizes peoples needs look like? Rather than job cutting, it would fund job creation. Instead of slashing social programs, it would build a thriving and accountable public sector. And corporate interests would take second place behind the health of working class communities. A peoples budget could easily be funded if the 1 percent paid their fair share in taxes and were not given the drivers seat in determining Portlands development and political policies.

To change business as usual in Portland will require mobilizing an independent grassroots social force to oppose Hales cuts and the corporate interests behind them. It will take a unified Labor and community movement capable of expanding its goals towards winning a peoples budget.

The demands to unite such a movement must be those that the greatest numbers are willing to mobilize behind. No Cuts! Tax the Rich! would be a good place to start. While each union and community group has its own priorities, highlighting those which build the broadest unity in mass campaigns and rallies is the best way to bring these organizations specific concerns and struggles to the greatest number.

With his austerity cuts, Mayor Hales has issued a challenge to the grassroots. A unified fightback is necessary to meet it. With such a movement it will be possible to shift the political dialogue towards measures that serve the vast majority of citizens. Without it, Portland will be left with Hales cuts and worse.

At the same time, a big fight is gearing up as Oregons democratic governor has threatened cuts to public workers jobs and retirement benefits, on the tail of passing emergency legislation to lock in Nikes absurdly low tax rate for 30 years. In building a citywide response, Labor and community groups will be strengthening their capacity to take on austerity at a statewide level as well.

Every city, county and statewide struggle against the corporate austerity attacks can set an example for and strengthen our ability to resist cuts to Medicare, Social Security and other socially needed federal programs. From this resistance a movement can develop with the ability not only to resist attacks but to fight for and implement policies that benefit all working people.

http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/292112.html


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PressTV – Drones can kill Americans on US soil

Ok, I guess now we see what it’s like WITHOUT the velvet glove, huh?
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Drones can kill Americans on US soil
Wed Mar 6, 2013 2:13AM

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The Obama administration believes it could technically use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an “extraordinary circumstance” but has “no intention of doing so,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter disclosed Tuesday.

Holder’s March 4 letter was disclosed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who had asked whether the Justice Department believed President Barack Obama had the legal authority to order a targeted strike against an American citizen located within the United States.

The Obama administration, Holder said, rejected the use of military force where “well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat.” But in theory, it’d be legal for the president to order such an attack under certain circumstances, Holder said.

“The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,” Holder wrote.

“For example, the president could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances like a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001,” Holder continued, referring to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Holder said he would “examine the particular facts and circumstances” if such an emergency were to arise.

Paul, who had threatened to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director over secrecy about the U.S. drone program, said in a statement that Holder’s “refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening — it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.” Holder’s letter was first reported by Adam Serwer of Mother Jones.

Holder is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a Justice Department oversight hearing on Wednesday morning. Earlier on Tuesday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the administration had agreed to allow members of the committee to see all of the Office of Legal Counsel memos relating to the targeted killing of American citizens. The Huffington post

http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/292114.html


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This is ridiculous! It should be illegal to cut down trees and destroy whole ecosystems for MONEY;-( You can’t eat money, you can’t drink it or breathe it-so when all the clean air, clean water and clean soil to grow food in are ruined by all this insane greed stuff, then what?!?!?!

Earth First! Newswire

Cross-posted fromCascadia Forest Defenders

We just got wind that the Oregon House Committee on the Judiciary has introduced a bill that would felonize forest defense tactics on state forest lands, including our beloved Elliott State Forest. More updates on this law to come. For now, please call Oregon’s House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jeff Barker (503) 649 1767 and ask him to protect forests and people, not private industry. Also consider attending the next Committee on Judiciary public hearing on HB 2595 this Monday, March 4th at 1 p.m. (At the state capitol in Salem, room HR 343)

Text of the bill here.

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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dies of cancer-Press TV

As mentioned in the article below, this was not a natural occurrence. If you look up the facts of what was done to Bob Marley, this case is disturbingly similar.

Those who stand up for the poor, for the people, for peace, and coming together to make the world better for ALL whave for so long been attacked, villified, hounded, and indeed even murdered. Despite those who have been programmed to equate Socialism with Fascism(which it is not) and oppression, this is a very, very sad day.

Socialism to my mind simply does not go FAR ENOUGH. Capitalism was built on slavery and imperialism, on the oppression of the many for the enrichment of the few. Not a good background, and it’s not showing any signs of improvement. (If it was really so great why do they have to murder everyone who successfully disagrees????)

I believe in Indigenism, and decolonization. Mr Chavez, unlike his critics, was a force for these things in the world. As one of the only leaders on the entire planet who enacted policies to actually HELP and protect the indigenous people oin his nation, and support the indigenous peoples across Latin America, both the man and his helpful influence will be sorely missed by many.

It is up to those who are left to remember those who have been murdered for trying to make our world better and help the truly oppressed. It is up to us to carry on the Bolivarian Revolution not only in Venezuela, and Latin America, but across our entire world.

His compatriot in the Bolivarian Revolution, President Evo Morales passed the first law recognizing the rights of Mother Earth. Let us move this Revolution forward in every country until there is no more oppression and suffering anywhere on Earth, until the Earth is more protected than the MONEY, until the waters are clean and the children are all fed.

And let us give thanks to Creator for sending us such a spirit as Hugo Chavez to stand against the powerful and bring this to the awareness of so many. I am praying for the spirit of Mr Chavez to pass in Love and Beauty, forgetting all pain and suffering, and knowing the gratitude of so many for all that he gave while here with us. May he be blessed for his good works, and forgiven his sins.

Venezuelas Hugo Chavez dies of cancer

LAST UPDATE

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:18:32 GMT

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, Vice President Nicolas Maduro has announced.

Maduro, flanked by political and military leaders, made the announcement on Tuesday evening on national television.

“We have just received the most tragic and awful information. At 4:25 p.m. (2055 GMT) today March the 5th, President Hugo Chavez died,” a tearful Maduro said, directly from a Caracas military hospital.

“Long live Chavez,” the officials surrounding Maduro chanted.

“It’s a moment of deep pain,” he said in the address.

Hours before Chavezs death, the Venezuelan vice president stated that someday there will be “scientific proof” that the socialist leader was infected with cancer by “imperialist” enemies.

“We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,” Maduro said.

“The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health,” he noted.

On February 18, the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader returned to Caracas from Cuba, where he had cancer surgery.

Chavez traveled to Havana on December 10 for a fourth operation after his cancer reappeared, despite a year and a half of treatment.

In late March 2012, Chavez began radiation treatment in Cuba after an operation in February 2012 that removed a second cancerous tumor from his pelvic region. Chavezs first tumor, which was baseball-sized, was removed in June 2011, and then he received chemotherapy.

Chavez was born in a poor family on July 28, 1954 in Sabaneta, Barinas state, Venezuela.

He graduated from the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences in 1975.

Chavez became involved in revolutionary movements within the armed forces in 1977.

In 1992, he led a failed attempt to overthrow the government of President Carlos Andres Perez and was jailed for two years. Despite that fact that the coup failed, the incident launched his political career.

Chavez toured the country, electrified Venezuelans with his speeches, and won his first presidential election in 1998. He also won presidential elections in 2000, 2006, and 2012.

In 2002, a group of opposition politicians and troops backed by the United States staged a coup against Chavez. He was arrested and sent to a military base on a Caribbean island.

However, just two days later, the efforts of loyal military officers and massive demonstrations by Venezuelans swept him back to power.

Chavez founded the Bolivarian Revolution to establish popular democracy and economic independence and equitably distribute wealth in Latin America.

He was one of the key players in the progressive movement that has swept across Latin America over the past few years.

http://edition.presstv.ir/TextOnly/detail.aspx?id=292105


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Don’t Let AIPAC Push the U.S. Into War with Iran!!!

Here it is-you can go here to send a message to your elected officials to reject this step toward war with Iran.

Don’t let AIPAC push the U.S. into war with Iran!! Tikkun and NSP are teaming up with Peace Action West to stop this war before it starts!!!
The run-up to war doesn’t happen overnight. It’s made up of small steps to slowly build acceptance for the idea of military action.

A group of senators have introduced just such a bill that urges US military and other support if Israel attacks Iran. Tell your senators to oppose this backdoor to war with Iran. [ http://capwiz.com/peaceactionwest/utr/1/IIPUSTVHWQ/HOOSSUAQXO/9320740621 ]

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful lobbying group with hawkish positions on Iran and a blind support for Israel’s right-wing government that has been agitating for a preemptive first strike on Iran, is marching on the Hill this week, bringing thousands of supporters to DC to lobby in favor of this bill. That’s why we at the interfaith (and atheist-welcoming) Network of Spiritual Progressives have aligned ourselves with Peace Action to challenge AIPAC. AIPAC does not speak for me! Does it speak for you? I wish J Street and the Reform Action Center were willing to openly challenge AIPAC, but these very decent organizations are so interested in maintaining their appearance of being “centrist” and pro-Israel that they shy away from confrontations with AIPAC even though AIPAC’s policies frequently support directions that are really bad for Israel, for the Palestinian people, for world Jewry, and for global peace!!! So that’s why it is so essential to have the voice of Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives, in alliance with other groups, challenging this destructive direction. In Tikkun magazine we’ve explained in detail why an assault on Iran is destructive to Israel’s best interests, and destructive to the best interests of the U.S. and global peace. With your help, we bought a full page ad against a first strike on Iran, and we would like to do that again, this time in the Washington Post. If you wish to sign and donate to such an ad, please click here. [ https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/525/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=8382 ] If you have trouble donating on line, send us a check made out to Tikkun and sent to Tikkun/No War on Iran, 2342 Shattuck Ave, #1200, Berkeley, Ca. 94704.

It is very difficult for senators to say no to pressure to support this bill if they aren’t hearing from the other side. Your senators need to hear from you right now. [ http://www.capwiz.com/peaceactionwest/issues/alert/?alertid=62464786&type=CO ] And Peace Action West has set up the mechanism to get your message to them right away. Just Click Here. [ http://www.capwiz.com/peaceactionwest/issues/alert/?alertid=62464786&type=CO ]

While the resolution is nonbinding, it sends a very dangerous message. When powerful senators from both parties officially announce that the US should back Israel in the event of an ill-conceived attack on Iran, it undermines ongoing diplomatic efforts and normalizes the idea of bombing Iran.

We know an attack on Iran would be shortsighted and tragic. Let your senators know you’re not going to sit back quietly while they take us on a path toward war. Take action now. [ http://capwiz.com/peaceactionwest/utr/1/IIPUSTVHWQ/CCWXSUAQXS/9320740621 ] Support our ad, and support the message to your Senators!

Thank you. Rabbi Michael Lerner Tikkun/Network of Spiritual Progressives RabbiLerner.tikkun@gmail.com, http://www.tikkun.org


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Why Do Senators Boxer and Wyden Want to Bomb Iran?

As a Democrat this does not just disturb me, it utterly disgusts me. I used to think Boxer was a principled, peace loving person so reading this is really horrifying. I guess we all want to be in a bit of denial about just how far the cancer of corruption really has spread in our government, but when the evidence is so blatant it is hard to stay there.

No foreign nation should ever dictate our foreign policy. No corporation, no group, no cabal should have control of the We the People, our government and our lives-because when you start a war THAT is what is at stake.

War is NOT the answer, no matter what the question is. 😦

Tikkun has a petition, or letter writing campaign to ask our elected representatives to refrain from joining in to this insanity. I will post it as soon as I can-but if you only see this article, just go to Tikkun and look for Iran(or google Tikkun Iran War and it will come up!)

Why Do Senators Boxer and Wyden Want to Bomb Iran?

Monday, 04 March 2013 09:52 By Robert Naiman, Truthout | Op-Ed

Remember when we pilloried John McCain for singing about bombing Iran?

Wouldn’t it be a scandal if it turned out that California Senator Barbara Boxer and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden were pushing the same agenda?

I have bad news, I’m afraid. They are.

Sen. Boxer and Sen. Wyden, both Democrats, are original cosponsors of a bill – the “Back Door to Iran War” bill – being promoted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – that would endorse an Israeli attack on Iran. The bill, sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (shocked!) says that if Israel attacks Iran, then the United States should support Israel militarily and diplomatically. In other words, if Israel attacks Iran, then the United States should join the attack. That would be the opposite of current Obama administration policy, which is to try to distance the United States from any Israeli attack. The effect of the policy being advocated by Boxer and Wyden would be to allow the Israeli prime minister – as things stand, Mitt Romney’s BFF Benjamin Netanyahu – to decide by himself when to involve the United States in a war with Iran.

As Iran policy expert and former White House official Gary Sick says:

“Initiating a war is the gravest step any nation can take. This legislation would effectively entrust that decision to a regional state. Such a decision is an American sovereign responsibility. It cannot be outsourced.”

As if that weren’t bad enough, the AIPAC/Graham bill would “reiterate” [sic] that United States policy is “to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon capability and to take such action as may be necessary to implement this policy.”

But that’s not the Obama administration’s policy, and thus the word “reiterate” is a lie. (this ecerpt is only an intro to the full article which can be read at the link below-

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14905-why-do-boxer-and-wyden-want-to-bomb-iran )


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CISPA 2.0: Say Goodbye to Our Constitutional Rights

CISPA 2.0: Say Goodbye to Our Constitutional Rights

Sunday, 03 March 2013 09:51 By Chris Paulus, Occupy.com | News Analysis

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The unrelenting attack on our civil liberties and our privacy continues. Last year we managed to survive an onslaught of legislation that would have destroyed entrepreneurship and free enterprise on the Internet, and our ability to define how we share music, art and information in general.

First there was the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, or SOPA and PIPA, respectively: two pieces of legislation geared at protecting the copyrights of monopolistic media companies and taking drastic measures to enforce them, like shutting down websites that allow the sharing of this copyrighted material for free. The New Zealand police raid of the house of Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, and the site’s subsequent shutdown by the FBI provided a glimpse of what lies ahead if laws like these are passed.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, took measures a step further by allowing governments to monitor the Internet to enforce copyright law and supposed intellectual property rights. Tens of thousands of Europeans mobilized in response, telling businesses and politicians that companies could not intrude on fundamental human rights, or morph and twist the law to enforce their hand-picked business model.

But despite resounding political opposition in the U.S. and worldwide to Internet censorship and infringements on freedom of speech and privacy, our callous and out-of-touch politicians managed to craft an even scarier piece of legislation: CISPA.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed in April of 2012 in the House by a vote of 248 to 168, but stalled in the Senate because of a disagreement over privacy concerns. At the time, the White House threatened to veto the law because Obamas advisers raised additional privacy concerns, chief among them Howard Schmidt, who resigned suddenly last May after the bills introduction. Schmidt also helped author statements against SOPA and PIPA.

But lo and behold, the two principal authors of the CISPA bill, Sen. Dutch Ruppersberger (R-Maryland), re-introduced the same exact bill several weeks ago on February 12 presumably in response to recent so-called cyber-attacks from China and security breaches by the hacktivist group Anonymous, whose non-violent actions are a direct response to government’s malfeasance and abuse of online authority.

The provisions stipulated in the CISPA legislation are intimidating and far-reaching. Although CISPA does not require private companies to share information with the government, it opens the floodgates for an unprecedented and endless funneling of private communication information to federal military intelligence agencies such as the NSA and the FBI. The only justification for a company to share information with the government is broadly and vaguely defined by a single term: cybersecurity.

(This excerpt is only an intro to the full article which can be read at the link below on Truthout-

http://truth-out.org/news/item/14895-cispa-20-say-goodbye-to-our-constitutional-rights )