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SD Representative Noem votes YEA for CISPA, and against your privacy online

April 18, 2013

valessiobrito_Plate_Computer_PrivacyToday the US House of Representatives voted YEA to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA) (HR-624). I’ve blogged before about how CISPA tramples on privacy rights with no benefits to network security. CISPA would allow the government to collect and use private data without a warrant. A vote for CISPA is a vote against the Due Process rights protected by the 14th Amendment.

Representative Justin Amash from Michigan tried to introduce an amendment that would have prevented companies from breaking their terms of service with customers. However this amendment was shot down in committee. Even though Amash lost this battle I hope he continues to press colleagues over in the Senate to vote against this legislation.

Looking at today’s vote in the House I can’t help but notice South Dakota’s lone representative voted YEA. With this vote Representative Kristi Noem has shown herself to be against the 14th Amendment. Noem and the 287 others that voted YEA to CISPA chose to put acting tough with regards to cyber-security over the privacy rights of citizens.

All is not lost however. CISPA must still make it past the Senate (which failed to pass it last year) and President Obama. Obama has already threatened to veto CISPA. Hopefully the President will keep his word if the bill reaches his desk.

One last thought: This moment will not be forgotten next election. Representative Noem has shown disdain for the civil liberties of the citizens she represents. With enough votes like this hopefully voters in South Dakota will see she is not the best representative for the state of South Dakota.

  1. April 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    You have been doing God’s work on this issue. Keep it up

    • Ken Santema
      April 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thanks, Its such a hard issue to bring attention to. People eyes glaze over when any semi-technical terms are mentioned.

  2. Anon
    April 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    The Senate votes for the Bill of Rights on Wednesday.
    The House votes against the Bill of Rights on Thursday.
    ?????????

    • Ken Santema
      April 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

      I think you sum it up very well with: “?????????”

  3. Drew Dennert
    April 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Very disappointing to see Noem voting with the party establishment and not as an Independent minded Representitive.

    • Ken Santema
      April 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

      I don’t think she has it in her to vary from the party establishment.

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