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posted by brwyatt on May 8, 2012

You guessed it! Sam Johnson! This is what he had to say about CISPA:

Dear Mr. Wyatt:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). I appreciate having the benefit of your views.

As you may know, America now faces serious cyber threats from foreign states and terrorist organizations on a daily basis. These range from cyber attacks that try to disrupt our networks to attacks that attempt to steal classified information and intellectual property. While many of these cyber attacks directly target U.S. government agencies, there are an increasing number of attacks that are targeting U.S. companies that don't have access to the same protections given to government agencies.

As a leader in the development of new technologies, American companies have also seen a large increase in theft of technology and trade secrets from cyber attacks. This is a direct threat to American prosperity, as a loss of these trade secrets will ultimately limit America's economic potential.

To address this, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) introduced H.R. 3523 on November 30, 2011. This bill would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to allow the government to share classified cyber security threat information with companies and for companies to voluntarily share cyber threat information with the government. This bill would also guard against the theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information. It is also important to note that under CISPA, the government would not be able to stop access to particular websites, require companies provide any information, or censor or remove content.

Ensuring that America's networks and information are secure is a vital interest, and H.R. 3523 is a necessary tool to accomplish this goal. I also understand that certain concerns have been raised regarding the need for privacy protections in this bill. You will be pleased to know that I supported several amendments to this bill that will limit the scope of the bill to provide adequate privacy protections.

One of the amendments I supported limits the government's use and storage of shared cyber threat information to only 5 specific purposes including the investigation of cyber security crimes, protection of individuals from death or physical injury, protection of minors from child pornography, and the protection of our national security. Another amendment I supported prohibits the federal government from using library records, firearms sales records, or tax returns that it receives from private entities under this Act.

I believe that CISPA, as amended, has a proper balance between security and privacy. I voted in favor of this bill when it came before the House of Representatives on April 26, 2012, and passed by a vote of 248 to 168. Currently this bill has been referred to the Senate where it awaits further action.

Once again thank you for contacting me and please do not hesitate to do so in the future if I can be of any assistance.

Sincerely, SAM JOHNSON. Member of Congress