Update on The Man: NDAA and CISPA

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At Can the Man we do our best to point out specific people in our society who are dishonorable, and the ways they try to defraud democracy.  We have covered drone strikes, unlawful presidential powers, financial criminals, and many other controversial topics.  Recently there have been a few specific issues in the news concerning the legality of the War on Terror.  Legal provisions like the NDAA and CISPA are the new ways the Man is using his power against you.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) is a piece of legislation that set the budget for the Department of Defense, among other things.  In addition to including standard financial structuring, the NDAA also contained many legal additions that expand the powers of our government to fight suspected terrorists (which are everywhere these days).  It had several provisos that allow directly for the suspension of civil liberties and constitutional rights of any individual suspected of terrorism. [1]  What the legislation really did was allow these powers to be used against anyone who meets the vague interpretation of a terrorist that was updated in this very act.  Under this newest format, even people who store large amounts of food and water in case of disaster can be implicated in terrorism.  As stated by Erik Kain of Forbes, the act “helps to preserve the status quo established a decade ago with the original provisions in the PATRIOT Act”. [1]  Anyone with any qualities remotely associated with terrorism can now be detained indefinitely and held without trial.  [2] This legislation gives our own government powers that even Big Brother would be envious of.

In addition to the NDAA, there have been other attempts to pass similar legislation that have not succeeded.  The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a proposed law that has also received a wide range of public criticism. This act was created with the intention of doing away with our online privacy, allowing the government to search the browsing history of anyone they like. [3]  The original proposal was far too bold to succeed, and was struck down when it went to the floor.  Preceding the failure of the bill was a slew of online protesting, and a public campaign to raise awareness.  While CISPA may have failed initially, it has since been amended and is once again up for a vote. [3]  Public concern for the bill has reached a tipping point in recent days, as over 100,000 people have signed a petition against it, mandating a response from the White House.


Laws like CISPA and the NDAA are the newest ways that the Man tries to get you down.  It’s right out in the open and there for everyone to see.  These laws are very dangerous precedents, and the new impositions of our government are becoming more alarming.  Issues like these transcend the petty lines between our party politics, and deserve more attention than the social quibbling that dominates our mainstream media.  Those of us who agree that this is wrong have a duty to expose those who do not.  The American people should be outraged that their leaders pursue these levels of tyranny with such obvious disregard for our political foundations.


-J.A. Young





Cited Works

[1] http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/02/president-obama-signed-the-national-defense-authorization-act-now-what/


[2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alton-lu/the-national-defense-auth_b_1180869.html


[3] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/02/cispa-privacy-invading-cybersecurity-spying-bill-back-congress


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