Today Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement calling on constituents in the 11th Congressional District of New York add their voices to the conversation about the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
"On Thursday April, 26, 2012, I voted against the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act' (CISPA). As the Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, I am aware of the threat that cyber attacks pose to the United States, and I am fully committed to preventing these threats. But I believe this bill uses an excessively broad definition of "cybersecurity" that does not adequately limit the collection, interception, and sharing of personal information."
"Without proper safeguards it becomes an assault on privacy protections, allowing the intelligence community unrestrained access to the personal information of American citizens. I received numerous calls from my constituents who advised me to vote against this piece of legislation. I call on all the residents I represent as well as people of good will across the nation to urge the Senate to vote against this bill. Call, email, Facebook message, and tweet U.S. Senators to let them know that you do not want CISPA enacted. Democracy cannot be a spectator sport. Your voices are needed in this conversation," concluded Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.