248 Small Government Party Members Vote “Yea” on CISPA

(Edited to add)

Erik and I crossed the streams.  From there:

One important thing to glean from this, especially when held up in contrast with the defeat of SOPA and PIPA, two bills aimed at combating online piracy, is that once you tack the word “security” onto a bill it becomes far more toxic to oppose.

The Tea Party may be the small government wing of the Republican Party, but when it comes to national security suddenly limiting the state becomes far less critical.

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After a last-minute amendment, which reportedly expanded the bill, not limited it as claimed (disclaimer: I have not yet read the amendment), the House voted to pass CISPA in a surprise vote, 248-168.  Obama threatens a veto, but he’s done that before

Actual vote, 206 GOP for, 42 Dems for, 28 GOP against, 140 Dems  against.  47 of the 66 members of the House Tea Party Caucus (starred below) supported the bill.

For those tricky with the math, this means 88% of the overall GOP members (casting a vote) voted yea, 23% of the Dems (casting a vote) voted yea, and 71% of the Tea Party (casting a vote) voted yea (Paul and Pence didn’t cast a vote).

The 248 “Ayes”, for the Wall of Shame:

Adams *
Aderholt *
Alexander *
Altmire
Amodei
Austria
Bachmann *
Bachus
Barlett *
Barrow
Bartlett
Bass (NH)
Benishek
Berg
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis *
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Black *
Blackburn
Bonner
Bono
Boren
Boswell
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Broun (GA)
Buchanan
Buerkle
Burgess *
Burton (IN) *
Butterfield
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Capito
Cardoza
Carney
Carter *
Cassidy *
Castor (FL)
Chabot
Chaffetz
Chandler
Clyburn
Coble *
Coffman (CO) *
Cole
Conaway
Connolly (VA)
Cooper
Costa
Cravaack *
Crawford
Crenshaw *
Critz
Cuellar
Culberson *
Denham
Dent
DesJarlais
Diaz-Balart
Dicks
Dold
Donnelly (IN)
Dreier
Duffy
Duncan (SC) *
Duncan (TN)
Ellmers
Fincher *
Fitzpatrick
Flake
Fleischmann
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ) *
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garamendi
Gardner
Garrett
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gingrey (GA) *
Gonzalez
Goodlatte
Gowdy
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grimm
Guinta
Guthrie
Hanabusa
Hanna
Harper
Harris
Hartzler *
Hastings (WA)
Hayworth
Heck
Hensarling
Herger *
Herrera Beutler
Hochul
Huelskamp *
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurt
Israel
Issa
Jenkins  *
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, Sam
Jordan
Kelly
King (IA) *
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kissell
Kline
Labrador
Lamborn *
Lance
Langevin
Lankford
Larsen (WA)
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Lewis (CA)
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Long
Lucas
Luetkemeyer *
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel E.
Manzullo
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCarthy (NY)
McCaul
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley *
McMorris Rodgers
Meehan
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Moran
Mulvaney *
Murphy (PA)
Myrick
Neugebauer *
Noem
Nugent *
Nunes
Nunnelee
Olson
Owens
Palazzo *
Paulsen
Peterson
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe (TX) *
Pompeo
Price (GA) *
Quayle
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Ribble
Rivera
Roby
Roe (TN) *
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rokita
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross (AR)
Ross (FL) *
Royce *
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Ryan (WI)
Scalise *
Schilling
Schmidt
Schock
Schrader
Scott (SC) *
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sessions *
Shimkus
Shuler
Shuster
Smith (NE) *
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX) *
Smith (WA)
Southerland
Stearns *
Stivers
Stutzman
Sullivan
Terry
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Towns
Turner (NY)
Turner (OH)
Upton
Walberg *
Walden
Webster
West *
Westmoreland *
Whitfield
Wilson (SC) *
Wittman
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Yoder
Young (AK)
Young (FL)
Young (IN)

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92 thoughts on “248 Small Government Party Members Vote “Yea” on CISPA

    • It would be nice if there weren’t so many hills to die on.  Also if they (Congresscritters in general) didn’t keep running back to the same hills, over and over.

      Hey, the Senate might pass it and then I can bitch about that too.  Team Red has plausible deniability on that one.

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    • So its okay and dokey to demagogue the R’s on their voting to increase gov power, stick its nose in our privates lives and trying to significantly harm freedom on the web. ummm check, if that’s what you really want to say. That is what they voted for and your excuse is that they didn’t want to be demagogued by, what, voting with Dems? huh , this makes no sense Tom.

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      • I was thinking that was more of a comment that Tom doesn’t want to resign himself to participating overmuch in the comment thread, because he expects to be fending off more partisan-based arguments than real liberty ones.

        Which is okay by me.

        Now, Ward’s comment I don’t get.

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        • It was a joke, sheesh gotta spell it out?

          Meanwhile Carnivore (and its progeny) have been in place since 1997. How much do you really think is left that is secret? The “law” is meant to provide “cover” to expose information already known. Of course gathering dirt on opponents and using it later is nothing new, the Clinton imbroglio with FBI dossiers is certainly well protected down the 1984 memory hole device.

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          • How much do you really think is left that is secret?

            Honest answer?  Quite a bit.  It’s security by obscurity, though.  It passes through channels where it could be read, but only the machines really look at it and they only look for certain things, which already generates enough false positives as it is.

            The “law” is meant to provide “cover” to expose information already known.

            Yeah, that part doesn’t make sense.  Because nobody would vote for it, if that were the case.  Do you really think a Congresscritter of either party is going to vote on a law that makes it okay for the Executive branch to publish all of their electronic communications?  That only makes sense if you think 248 people are totally stupid :)

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            • Patrick, the way it will work is the way it always works. AFTER the fact all kinds of dirt can be dug up on the latest crazy (viz: France). Gleaning it in a useful manner in real time will continue to be virtually impossible without a tremendous amount of luck or foreknowledge. It is all indeed “security by obscurity” (the title of a presentation I gave almost 20 years ago coincidentally).On the other hand, the right (wrong) word or phrase might place you on a “watchlist” that will be anything but obscurity from then on.

              Congresscritters exist in a bubble of their own. Remember the cold cash congressman who made the National Guard fly him to his home in Louisiana to “rescue” $90K from his freezer? Then during the investigation the FBI raided his office at the House. Remember what the Congress did then?

              These guys are (almost) all crooks one way or another. They are also the ONLY ones who exist in a Democracy. We don’t (really) get to vote, THEY do, we just live in a Republic. Their laws don’t apply to them.

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              • Depends.

                Theoretically, yes.  In practice, I imagine that which finally winds up here is a subset of what is filtered out of the general internet by those Narus machines, which is, itself, a machine algorithm’ed subset of what passes through the general internet.

                How much of a subset remains to be seen, I guess.

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        • Thx, PatC, and quite so: we saw the dreaded laundry list come out immediately, the politics of the bedroom, or the internet, whatever.  It’s all grist for the mill.

          Mostly, I’m saying this handout of lower interest rates for student debt is going through regardless, just like Medicare Part D, the prescription entitlement for seniors, did [both parties had promised one].  Nobody’s gonna get left holding the fiscal responsibility bag on this one.

          There’s a difference between standing athwart history yelling stop and standing across railroad tracks.

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          • Appy-ologies, Jason, wrong bill.  From what I gather though, until the president stepped in, this was a bi-partisan thing.

            http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/224115-house-approves-cybersecurity-bill-over-obama-veto-threat

            The bill enjoyed strong bipartisan support before the administration issued a veto threat and sided with privacy advocates who argue the bill does not do enough to protect consumers’ private information. The White House also wants regulatory mandates for critical infrastructure providers, which are not contained in CISPA.

            Ruppersberger said earlier Thursday that Obama’s veto threat of his bill was like a “kick in the solar plexus“.

            It also seemed to have the effect of peeling Democrats off the bill, as several Democrats took up Obama’s arguments during floor debate.

            Why he had to wait until the 11th hour to turn it into a partisan streetfight, I dunno.  Well, actually we do.  Out-demagogued agin.

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            • From this article:

              Ruppersberger said he actually agrees with many of the White House’s complaints. But he said that new regulations for critical infrastructure and tougher privacy protections will not make it through the GOP-controlled House.

              “I’m in the minority, and I’m doing the best that I can,” Ruppersberger said.

              He emphasized that if Congress fails to pass cybersecurity legislation, the nation could suffer a devastating attack.

              “We weren’t ready for 9/11. But we have an opportunity to be ready for this,” he said.

              CISPA would tear down legal barriers that prevent companies sharing information about cyber threats.

              The White House and privacy advocates argue the bill should require companies to strip out personally identifiable information, such as names and birth dates, from the data they turn over to the government. But Ruppersberger said Republicans will never support such a minimization requirement because they think it would be too onerous for businesses.

              Looking at the record, I’d guess the Administration will claim they were hoping one of those amendments was going to go through, and a bunch of stuff happened there at the 11th hour.

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              • PatC, I’d feel BHO pulled the rug out from under me.  I find the Game of Thrones part of this the most interesting.  I haven’t followed the issue: since it was originally a bi-partisan deal, I assume they actually think something needs to be done, and have proceeded in good faith.  Until BHO’s curveball.

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                • Oh, I imagine that’s how Ruppersberger feels, all right.  And based upon the NSA wiretapping program and the Patriot Act and everything else civil liberties related that Barry was against before he was President, it’s a stretch to say the veto threat is a principled stand on Obama’s part and not part of his re-election strategy.

                  (personally, I think this law is a pile of shit, so Ruppersberger’s hurt feelings bother me not in the slightest, but there is certainly political shenanigans going on here)

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  1. To be fair, this doesn’t technically increase the “size” of government, just its power.  I think it thus provides a pretty good example of why I despise the use of “small government” as something approaching a synonym for “liberty.”

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    •  I think it thus provides a pretty good example of why I despise the use of “small government” as something approaching a synonym for “liberty.”

      Those who use the two terms often use them interchangeably, which was the point of the post title.

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        • I’d even somewhat dispute the small government angle, as it certainly increases the technical requirements of the current infrastructure, and somebody has to pay for that.  If “we can’t afford what we do now”, adding capabilities needs to be justified as a reasonable expenditure, and I haven’t seen anybody do that lifting.

          Now, you could argue that this is going to be offset by something else, but in order to make that fly you’d have to have either a revenue spending stream in mind, or something cut inside the bill itself.

           

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          • True enough, but I’m assuming that this bill doesn’t do much in the way of allocating any funds, which would presumably get taken care of in an appropriations bill.  Frankly, “make the government do more with less/the same” is not a terribly difficult approach to take to these things.  To the contrary, such an approach creates ready justifications for intrusion on individual rights – laws become more difficult to apply equally, so they need to be applied arbitrarily, with priorities set by the whims and values of those in power.  Suddenly, you’ve got laws restricting the freedom of welfare recipients, a War on Drugs that can be waged entirely against one class of socially disfavored people, etc.

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  2. While everyone is currently focusing (rightly) on our individual rights, the reasons behind the legislation are being obscured in the rhetoric. Can no one recall that just two days ago Congress heard testimony from a bunch of military and intelligence folks scaremongering about the NEXT BIG THREAT?

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          • Yes, there are.

            Cyberwarfare, however, depends on controlling the big pipes.  It (likely) worked for the Russkies going after S. Ossetia.  It might have worked against the Iranians, to a degree.  It probably won’t work going after the U.S., if you’re talking about doing it as part of an overall military strategy.

            Cyberespionage, on the other hand, yeah, that works.

            If Y2K taught us anything, it taught us that our infrastructure is such a goddamn mess it’s going to work in spite of itself.

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            • The TCP/IP protocols were meant to decentralise the networks.   They’ve only gotten more centralised.   The original use case was Washington DC being nuked:   how would the data flow.   I’m sure you know all this:  forgive any apparent condescending, etc.

              The nexus of control is about three dozen NAPs and cable onshore drops.   The NSA has control of all of them.   They’re now fully duplicated and soon enough it will all be routed to Bluffdale, Utah.    All yer bases are belong to us.   No point in getting upset about it or running around in little circles, flapping our wrists and screaming in falsetto like a dozen third grade girls looking at a garter snake.   It’s already a fact, NSA is tracking every phone call and has been for years and there are laws on the books which forbid the telcos from even saying so.

              Yes, our infrastructure is a mess, but thanks to outfits like Narus, that doesn’t matter as long as the NSA has access to the big pipes.   The first manifestation of the American Great Wall is just about to poke its dorsal fin out of the water when the FBI shuts down the DNSChanger folks.

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              • What the National Security Apparatus (and the entertainment industry) forget is that the cat is out of the bag.

                The Internet has massive value from the network effect.  The more you screw with it, the less valuable it becomes.  And right now, using commodity off the shelf hardware, it’s possible to build a standards-compliant peer network that depends upon the commodity internet… not at all.  You can’t even make it illegal without ending Internet commerce.

                Fifty years, maybe, present course and heading.

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                • That sorta reminds me of the history of television.
                  The government did several studies to see how they could use it for mind control.
                  Then they figured out that as long as you have everybody staring dumbly, unblinking into a little box, you really don’t have to do much else to control them.

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                  • That’s what people thought for a long while.   Then along came the Vietnam War.   That changed Da Gummint’s mind about television.   Nobody paid any attention to the military’s press briefings:  the press started calling them the Saigon Follies.   The reporters would climb on the next helo into Pleiku and would talk to the guys coming back inside the wire.

                    Thereafter, wars were covered quite differently.   Our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were completely censored.   The war media coverage features Big Square Heads on split screens, chewing the Bunny Bits so helpfully squinked out of the ass end of those rodents in the Pentagon.

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                • C.

                  it’s possible to build a standards-compliant peer network that depends upon the commodity internet… not at all.

                  Would you mind explaining that a little more for us luddites out here?  E.g., I’m assuming that you mean we far-flung members of the League could do this, but how would it operate?  How would the information flow without use of the internet?  Or am I misunderstanding you completely?

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                  • No, you’re understanding me.

                    Hm; this is complicated.  There’s a lot of gunk involved.  I will add it to the pile of things to work on, unless you’re really curious and then I’ll put it at the top of the pile.

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                  • Other networks such as the EDI Value Added Networks, appeared before the Internet.   Consider how cable television is delivered to your home.    Consider also how the RIM network operates:   I wrote some of the first data-oriented drivers for the RIM modems, long before the Blackberry appeared.

                    The old pager networks do a fine job of this.   Down in Phoenix, I did a little gig on the side which used a cheap Motorola Flex pager to transmit data from weather balloons.   There’s the Mobitex network, too.

                    Here’s how to think about it:   all the data is defined in terms of messages.   Think postcards.  Each message has a producer and one or many consumers.   Some messages are simply responses to other messages, but we can list all these messages in some catalogue for the benefit of every developer.   As long as everyone on this network agrees to send messages with their own participant ID and message type, other participants can register to receive messages of a particular type.

                    There are various topologies for implementing such a network:  the simplest is a hub and spoke network.   To implement this website over an alternate network,  we’d make arrangements for everyone involved to produce and consume messages from each other.   Information science has a working set of descriptions called the OSI Stack for how we’d parcel out the functionality.

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                    • You can do this now, really.  In our neighborhood, you’re never outside of 802.11 range of an access point or five.  If they were all disconnected from the Internet, there’s nothing preventing everyone that uses one from just connecting it to the 2-5 others that are within range and everyone building a network of peer-to-peer relationships.  Getting over longer distances can be done without using the commodity telecommunications grid, but there are implementation problems there.  But there are implementation problems in the commodity Internet, too, so you’re just trading existing problems for a different set of problems.

                      Mesh networks have been used in all sorts of applications.

                      It’s even possible to build such a thing and still have it connected to the commodity Internet, if you wanted to do so, until the point where you didn’t need to do that any more.  Virtually all of the pieces are in place; TCP/IP doesn’t require a backbone (it actually is extremely inefficient on the backbone), OSPF doesn’t require a backbone, etc.

                      There’s only one technical hurdle to overcome – DNS – and to be honest everyone’s known since forever that DNS is hugely brittle and we should get rid of it anyway, so a PGP-like peer signing naming scheme is actually much less insecure than what we have now, anyway.

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    • Ward:

      I didn’t realize that Barry was so concerned with our civil rights.  Sure he made a lot of noise about how bad Bush was and the hope and change he would bring but when he got the job he continued Bush’s policies.

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      • If Bush43’s policies have been continued, you may thank an intransigent Congress which has kept Gitmo open.  Gitmo is a fine gift to our enemies, the greatest recruiting poster for terrorism ever invented.

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            • Blaise:

              Yes to Gitmo.  However that is only one small aspect of the rest of his policies. Why are you only focusing on that one small part of his policies when there are other policies that he alone is responsible for like expanded drone strikes and extra judicial killing of American citizens. Are you trying to say otherwise?

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              • Abolishing Gitmo is a large part of his policy.   You’re the one who said he was continuing Bush’s policy, without making any caveats of what he has done.   Obama has eliminated DADT, another huge step forward.  Lily Ledbetter Act, equal pay for women

                Obama did seem to eliminate torture.   He has closed the secret prisons. He has repealed the Ashcroft Doctrine on FOIA.   All huge huge improvement.   It’s difficult to say what he’s doing with internal reforms to CIA, NSA and the like, that’s all 99 data.

                As for the drone strikes, that’s not really a civil rights issue:   we’ve shot Americans in wartime, lots of them in the service of our enemies.  We executed the Rosenbergs.  Awlaki was under a death sentence from Yemen, that’s not an American problem.   The drone strikes are considerably less troubling than the problems we’re getting into with troops on the ground in Afghanistan, posing with corpses.   That’s horrid.

                It’s not a perfect record, but to say Obama is continuing Bush’s policies is simply too broad a brush to use.

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  3. You know, maybe it’s because I’m not in IT, but I really don’t see what the fuss is (like SOX).
    The structure of the federal government is so bureaucratic, it’s amazing that they can get anything done.
    It’s the state officials and the county sheriffs you really have to worry about. Those are the good guys, no matter what; even if they do happen to be running a prostitution ring out of the probation department.
    The feds have solid floors where they won’t investigate. The DOJ won’t get involved, but will be happy to tell you that it’s a state matter.
    For example: The DOJ investigates fraud provided it meets the $60k threshold. Otherwise, it’s a state matter. In effect, you’re free to violate federal law all you want to, up to and including $59,999.

    If everybody is going to go hating on the feds, then clue me in.
    I want to hate on them too.

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  4. Erik and I crossed the streams”


    Dr. Egon Spengler
    : Don’t cross the streams.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?
    Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?
    Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
    Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

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