How the TPP and CISA are bad for America?

One was signed in secret and we are only allowed to see part of it and the other was signed by our elected senators to the dismay of everyone that was opposed to it. What am I talking about is The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the fake cybersecurity bill, which is more of a surveillance bill disguised as a cybersecurity bill known as CISA. I will explain each one below. But both of these are bad for America and the world.

Despite massive opposition from the American people, Tea Party Republicans and a majority of Democrats, Obama was granted his fast tracking authority by a 60-38 vote.
Sections of the TPP published by Wikileaks have revealed the treaty’s vast influence over multiple areas including individual rights, internet freedom, and even the rule of law. By this unelected corporate boards and the President can now wield unprecedented control over almost every aspect of our human activity.
“If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs,” Wikileaks’ Julian Assange wrote.
Secret TPP chapters regarding immigration also grant President Obama an even greater ability to erode the country’s Southern border.
“Obama will be able to finalize all three of the Obamatrade deals, without any Congressional input…” notes the web site Breitbart.
The TPP, which covers 12 countries and more than 40% of the world’s economy, will place North America under the same global government structure as the European Union, where laws are increasingly crafted outside of public influence.
I couldn’t find the list of what Senators vote for this TPP but you and I can guess which ones did.


To many including myself, it is not a huge surprise that the bill that is nothing more then a surveillance bill disguised as a “fake cybersecurity” bill has passed the Senate and is now moving forward. CISA has moved forward in the Senate via an overwhelming vote of 83 for and 14 against. As it has been discussed at length, while CISA is positioned as just a “voluntary” cybersecurity information sharing bill, it’s really none of those things. It is not voluntary and it is not about cybersecurity. Instead, it is a new surveillance bill, which effectively gives the NSA greater access to information from companies in order to do deeper snooping through its upstream collection points. Even the attempts to supposedly “clarify” the language to protect data from being used for surveillance shows that the language is deliberately written to look like it does one thing, while really opens up the ability of the NSA and FBI to get much more information.

This is bad news, which is why nearly all of the tech/internet industry has come out against the bill. Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Google and more have spoken out against the bill in recent days, recognizing that at a time when they’re still trying to win back the trust of their users following the Snowden revelations, the very last thing these companies needed was for the US government to pass a new sneaky surveillance bill. But, apparently, 83 Senators chose not to listen to the public that voted them in and the previous companies listed above.

I am going to list the 83 Senators who voted for this CISA bill and I would like for you to do what I have and call and tell them that you are highly disappointed in them. Here is the Senators list who voted for the bill:

• Alexander (R-TN)
• Ayotte (R-NH)
• Barrasso (R-WY)
• Bennet (D-CO)
• Blumenthal (D-CT)
• Blunt (R-MO)
• Boozman (R-AR)
• Boxer (D-CA)
• Burr (R-NC)
• Cantwell (D-WA)
• Capito (R-WV)
• Cardin (D-MD)
• Carper (D-DE)
• Casey (D-PA)
• Cassidy (R-LA)
• Coats (R-IN)
• Cochran (R-MS)
• Collins (R-ME)
• Corker (R-TN)
• Cornyn (R-TX)
• Cotton (R-AR)
• Crapo (R-ID)
• Cruz (R-TX)
• Daines (R-MT)
• Donnelly (D-IN)
• Durbin (D-IL)
• Enzi (R-WY)
• Ernst (R-IA)
• Feinstein (D-CA)
• Fischer (R-NE)
• Flake (R-AZ)
• Gardner (R-CO)
• Gillibrand (D-NY)
• Grassley (R-IA)
• Hatch (R-UT)
• Heinrich (D-NM)
• Heitkamp (D-ND)
• Heller (R-NV)
• Hirono (D-HI)
• Hoeven (R-ND)
• Inhofe (R-OK)
• Isakson (R-GA)
• Johnson (R-WI)
• Kaine (D-VA)
• King (I-ME)
• Kirk (R-IL)
• Klobuchar (D-MN)
• Lankford (R-OK)
• Lee (R-UT)
• Manchin (D-WV)
• McCain (R-AZ)
• McCaskill (D-MO)
• McConnell (R-KY)
• Mikulski (D-MD)
• Moran (R-KS)
• Murkowski (R-AK)
• Murphy (D-CT)
• Murray (D-WA)
• Nelson (D-FL)
• Perdue (R-GA)
• Peters (D-MI)
• Portman (R-OH)
• Reed (D-RI)
• Reid (D-NV)
• Risch (R-ID)
• Roberts (R-KS)
• Rounds (R-SD)
• Sasse (R-NE)
• Schatz (D-HI)
• Schumer (D-NY)
• Scott (R-SC)
• Sessions (R-AL)
• Shaheen (D-NH)
• Shelby (R-AL)
• Stabenow (D-MI)
• Sullivan (R-AK)
• Tester (D-MT)
• Thune (R-SD)
• Tillis (R-NC)
• Toomey (R-PA)
• Warner (D-VA)
• Whitehouse (D-RI)
• Wicker (R-MS)

I am disappointed in my two state Senators, Tillis and Burr, which are on this list. But there are some disappointing names on that list, including Heinrich who have spoken out against surveillance in the past, and ones like Schumer and Moran who have both tried to position themselves as supportive of the internet industry. But yet, here again they just help throw us and the previous mentioned companies under the bus.
The 14 principled votes against this bill are the following list, which we should be thankful for taking a stand against expanded mass surveillance:
• Baldwin (D-WI)
• Booker (D-NJ)
• Brown (D-OH)
• Coons (D-DE)
• Franken (D-MN)
• Leahy (D-VT)
• Markey (D-MA)
• Menendez (D-NJ)
• Merkley (D-OR)
• Paul (R-KY)
• Sanders (I-VT)
• Udall (D-NM)
• Warren (D-MA)
• Wyden (D-OR)


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