How big business is helping expand NSA surveillance


Corporate America is seeking to shift responsibility for and the cost of protecting their own networks to the government, and by extension to the taxpayers. The government just wants a few things in return.

American public say hello to CISA (Formerly CISPA), and goodbye to yet another piece of of your liberty.

And surprise, Diane Feinstein is behind this to a large extent. But the bill may finally become law thanks to new Republican support in the Senate.

(From The Intercept)

But the intelligence community and corporate America have this year unified behind the bill. For a look into the breadth of the corporate advocacy campaign to pass CISA, see this letter cosigned by many of the most powerful corporate interests in America and sent to legislators earlier this year. Or another letter, reported in the Wall Street Journal, signed by “general counsels of more than 30 different firms, including 3M and Lockheed Martin Corp.”

The partnership between leading corporate lobbyists and the intelligence community was on full display at a cybersecurity summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce a few days before the midterm election last year, in which NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers asked a room filled with business representatives for support in passing laws like CISA. At one point, Ann Beauchesne, the lead homeland security lobbyist with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, asked Rogers, “How can the chamber be helpful to you?” — even suggesting a viral marketing campaign akin to the “ALS ice bucket challenge” to build public support.

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