Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Tackles CISPA

Even though many have declared the Republican nomination process for selecting a presidential candidate over and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney the de facto winner of the contest, some candidates have not stopped running like soon-to-be-retired Texas congressman Ron Paul. We don't really care one way or the other about that race, but we do find the Libertarian-leaning candidate's take on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) interesting.

In a weekly address to his fans and followers – "Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 4/23/12: CISPA is the New SOPA" – Paul says that CISPA is the new SOPA:

"CISPA represents an alarming form of corporatism, as it further intertwines government with companies like Google and Facebook. It permits them to hand over your private communications to government officials without a warrant, circumventing well-established federal laws like the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. It also grants them broad immunity from lawsuits for doing so, leaving you without recourse for invasions of privacy. Simply put, CISPA encourages some of our most successful internet companies to act as government spies, sowing distrust of social media and chilling communication in one segment of the world economy where America still leads."

He goes on to say in his address that this particular bill may be well intentioned but so broadly written that it is dangerous. He also encourages citizens to visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation, educate themselves and act against this bill:

"CISPA is Big Brother writ large, putting the resources of private industry to work for the nefarious purpose of spying on the American people. We can only hope the public responds to CISPA as it did to SOPA back in January. I urge you to learn more about the bill by reading a synopsis provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on their website at I also urge you to call your federal Senators and Representatives and urge them to oppose CISPA and similar bills that attack internet freedom."

You can hear the entire weekly address to your left.

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    The Hangd Man says:

    Actually, I can. Dr. No here has consistently voted against everything that gives the government any increased power or responsibilities. He would likely veto everything that would come across his desk, forcing congress to get the necessary votes to override his vetos. Which means either congress must work together to actually pass anything or watch every bill fail. It's almost like enforcing bipartisanship.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    It is nice to know how some people feel about the Constitution of the United States. It is interesting that you particularly feel that someone who feels that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and that Congress should do nothing that is not explicitly outlined and authorized by the Constitution is "BS".

    Personally,  I would love to see a president that vetoed every piece of legislation that crossed his desk. It would be a refreshing shift from the "approve everything" attitude of the last 50 years.

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    Neeneko says:

    That is why he has never changed his position.  Congress is a hobby to him, one he can afford to play around in and grandstand for the hell of it, and he is in such a stable position that he doesn't ave to change, doesn't have to adjust, doesn't have to learn or take in new information.  As long as he keeps saying the same thing over and over he is set since he as carved out a nice little 'it doesn't matter if you are wrong, as long as you are consistent!' niche which really appeals to a lot of people.

    If he actually became president though, he would change pretty quickly.  It would be a new environment where this kind of theatrics would work against him rather then keep him in office.   If he kept up the rhetoric he would get nothing done since it is mosty BS, or he would have to drop it and admit it was all for show since I doubt he is fooled by it.

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    BlindMaphisto says:

    He also won Iowa by taking half the delegates after the head of the Iowa republican committee stepped down and was replaced by an ardent Paul supporter adding his delegate vote to Paul.

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