White House threatens veto of cyber intelligence bill
Rep. Mike Rogers - chairman of the House Intelligence Committee - is the primary sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The White House threatened to veto the bill on Wednesday due to insufficient privacy protections.
April 25th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

White House threatens veto of cyber intelligence bill

The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on Wednesday recommending that the president veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act should it pass Congress. The House is scheduled to take up the bill Thursday with a final vote on Friday.

Sponsored by chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers, CISPA would broaden the intelligence community’s ability to share classified information about threats to the nation’s cyber security with private businesses or other non-governmental parties.

Supporters of the bill claim that it would help businesses defend themselves from cyber attacks, limits the government’s ability to force company’s to hand over private information and helps to minimize the government’s intrusion into the internet.

The administration primarily took issue with the bill’s lack of privacy protections. In a statement, the Office of Management and Budget argued that language in the bill “effectively treats domestic cybersecurity as an intelligence activity and thus, significantly departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres.”

Here’s more from the veto threat:

The American people expect their Government to enhance security without undermining their privacy and civil liberties.  Without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public's trust in the Government as well as in the Internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.  The Administration's draft legislation, submitted last May, provided for information sharing with clear privacy protections and strong oversight by the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

The Administration's proposal also provided authority for the Federal Government to ensure that the Nation's critical infrastructure operators are taking the steps necessary to protect the American people.  The Congress must also include authorities to ensure our Nation's most vital critical infrastructure assets are properly protected by meeting minimum cybersecurity performance standards.  Industry would develop these standards collaboratively with the Department of Homeland Security.  Voluntary measures alone are insufficient responses to the growing danger of cyber threats.

Legislation should address core critical infrastructure vulnerabilities without sacrificing the fundamental values of privacy and civil liberties for our citizens, especially at a time our Nation is facing challenges to our economic well-being and national security.  The Administration looks forward to continuing to engage with the Congress in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to enact cybersecurity legislation to address these critical issues.  However, for the reasons stated herein, if H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

The bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee quickly released a joint statement saying that many of the administration's concerns should be addressed through the amendment process when the bill comes to the floor on Thursday.

In the statement, Chairman Rogers and ranking member Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger – who's a cosponsor of the bill – went on to say, "The SAP was limited to the bill in 'its current form' – however, as the bipartisan managers of the bill announced yesterday – they have agreed to a package of amendments that address nearly every single one of the criticisms leveled by the Administration, particularly those regarding privacy and civil liberties of Americans. Congress must lead on this critical issue and we hope the White House will join us.”


Topics: Cyber-security • President Obama • Veto

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Josh

    Yeah that part about protecting privacy and civil liberties is rich. Kind of like how they wanted to protect liberties so much that when it came to threatening to veto NDAA what they really wanted was the passage that explicitly protected civil liberties removed.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Howard

      MITT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012 !!!

      April 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  2. mgriffin9@kc.rr.com

    Josh: Exactly. White House issues statement saying they will veto NDAA. White House signs NDAA. Now: White House issues statement saying they will veto CISPA. White House...If you guys that read your news on CNN/FOX/MSNBC don't wise up fast and quit denying what is really happening you will find nothing left except a police state.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Josh

      Exactly. If you only listened to CNN's reports when NDAA was up for a vote you'd have no idea what was really going on with it. It took a lot of different news sites along with the actual televised debates in congress to get the real truth of it. It was on the senate floor where a co-sponsor of the bill admitted that the concerns over the power being used against US citizens had been addressed in the original bill and that part of the administration's veto threat was to remove that protection. People need to do extensive research on bills like this or they will be blissfully unaware of their rights being eroded while everyone including the White House lies to their faces about preserving them.

      April 27, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  3. Howard

    OBAMA AND HIS STOOGES ARE AGAINST ANYTHING WHICH INCLUDES 'INTELLIGENCE' !!!

    YOU OBAMA STOOGES ARE SO STUPID ... AND, YOU CAN"T FIX STUPID. AMERICA IS FINALLY WAKING UP TO WHAT AN UN-AMERICAN, INEPT, SELF-SERVING, LYING SNAKE YOUR EMPTY SUIT PHONY MESSIAH IS ... IN NOVEMBER, YOU FOOLS WILL BE NEUTERED, WHICH WILL BE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS RETURNING AMERICA TO ITS FORMER GREATNESS. GOOD RIDDANCE, TRAITORS.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      HAHAHAHAAA!!! SO MUCH FUN TO SEE THE REPUBLITARDS GETTING THEIR PANTIES IN A BUNCH. FACE IT, YOU WOULD SAY NO TO OBAMA EVEN IF TO SAVE YOUR MISERABLE LIVES. DO US ALL A FAVOR AND STOP BREATHING, ONE LESS THING YOU CAN BLAME OBAMA ON. I KNOW I WON'T.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:18 am |
      • John

        What a surprise – another hateful rant from member2012... The dems "Hope and change" is now "hate and blame". We are seeing it more and more from people like you, Wasserman-Shultz, and especially MSDNC. Radigan is ok, but Sharpton, Matthews, Schultz and many others of that gang constantly tell lies and spew hate. Last night Matthews totally lied about Romneys speech and what was said. People like you watch that stuff and think it is true then join us here and make fools of yourselfs.
        This particular issue has the dems and repubs agreeing to vote for it and this bill will be sent to the WH. Obama said he will veto it.
        It seems like all the lib dems can do now is divide, hate, race bait and promote class warfare. It is not a very good platform to run on. But it appears to be all people like you have.

        April 26, 2012 at 9:53 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        I AM NOT BEING HATEFUL, JUST CALLING YOU OUT FOR WHAT YOU ARE. KEEP SPOUTING LIES ABOUT OBAMA BECAUSE THAT'S ALL YOU CAN DO. YOU BRING UP MSNBC LIBERALS AS IF THAT'S SUCH A BAD THING. THOSE PEOPLE YOU MENTION HAPPEN TO HAVE MORE DECENCY AND CREDIBILITY THAN YOU HAVE OVER THERE IN LIMBAUGH. THAT FAT BASTARD ACTUALLY WANTS TO THINK AND INTERPRET THINGS FOR HIS LISTENERS!!! WHAT IS THIS NAZI GERMANY? WAKE UP REPUBLITARDS, IF YOU WANT TO SHAKE OFF THE NAME.

        IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE DANGER OF CISPA, THEN I REALLY FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. FOR ONCE THE GOVT IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF AN INFORMATION AGE ISSUE AND YOU ALL CAN'T SEE REASON BECAUSE ALL YOU SEE IS OBAMA.

        April 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • John

        There is not talking to people like you if you think people like race baiter Sharpton is a decent guy. Do you listen to these people?
        Have you ever heard the name Tawana Brawley? I didn't think so... Sharptons partner in that case lost his license to practice law because of what they did in that case. If Sharpton had a real job he would have lost it also.

        April 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        YOU KEEP MENTIONING TAWANA BRAWLEY, A DISTURBED YOUNG WOMAN WHO LIED ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS OF RAPE. WHAT ABOUT IT? DO YOU REMEMBER RODNEY KING? AMADOU DIALLO?

        April 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Jules

      Yes, Howard, your post shows just how smart the Obama haters are. Do you have any ideas or facts or just hate?

      April 27, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  4. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    The terrorists are winning when legislation like this is passed.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • Josh

      Yeah something along those lines. Good quote from Philosoraptor; "If terrorists hate us because of our freedoms, are they starting to like us more?"

      April 27, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Finally, this administration takes a right step in the direction of upholding privacy. SOPA doesn't count, it had hipster backlash (and deserved it rightfully so).

    April 26, 2012 at 6:32 am |
  6. AnnoyedByPolotics

    I do not like Obama and his policies, but in this case he did the right thing. Please go and look at what the CISPA legislation actually says. It's basically SOPA light, and while it's end goals of cyber security are well intentioned, the actual language allows for excessive tracking of internet activities and warrant-less data collection by the government. Would you like it if everything you looked up or did on the internet was freely available to any Gov agency that wanted to take a peek and didn't need a good reason to do so? It basically circumvents all of the due process laws that would normally protect you from unwarranted tracking.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  7. Scott

    Why dont we try to not so much play the blame game because if we do and we do a lot then look at it this way how did the elected officials get in office certainly not by the office given to them no no no they were elcted into office so where would the blame go there other than by the people of the people and for the people in other words blame your own dumb@ss selves for voting them in or not keeping them out of office and i say dumb@sses because everyone is too stupid to admit that,that is what we have done as a nation and then play the blame game hahahahahahahaha ironic that the biggest joke is on the people who voted in the people that make up the rules as they go along for themselves ,i dont post here much because too many people want to only see the sides that they want to see and not the big picture nor do they want to see all the facts first before making a judgment call so like i said the joke is on all of you who play the political blame game just keep fueling the fire and keep getting burnt by the small embers that all of you are only allowed to see.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  8. blairablair

    now obama is going to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. What? just the other day on his "student tour", he was telling the young people he was all for it. He was salivating over it, how great it was. Now that he is off the tour and the young people are saying wow he is great, he is gonna veto it. What gives? The Act should be vetoed, obama should not have told the people he was for it and we needed it and then turn around and say he is gonna veto it. like the Marine that got kicked out for saying obama was a lier. obama is a lier- lier-lier.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT OBAMA STICK TO HIS GUNS THIS TIME AND MAYBE IT WILL HAPPEN THIS TIME, UNLIKE LIKE JOSH HAD RIGHTFULLY STATED WITH THE FAILURE TO SHOOT DOWN THE NDAA. I THINK THE ODDS ARE BETTER THIS TIME.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • dscottwine

      The President said he was in favor of the Administration's version of the Bill.Threat to veto goes to House version.If you read the article you would see two reps stated that amendments would be added to shape bill into something compatible with Admin's view .If you folks are so right, why do you lie so much?

      April 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  9. Its over...

    C.I.S.P.A. was already passed in congress, and it won't be vetoed. This isn't on the front page of CNN either... People, everything has changed. If you don't realize what is happening, then you never will until its too late. Day by day we are losing our "rights" if you haven't noticed and the mainstream media continues to produce stories about race, religion, and other irrelevant topics to keep the general public occupied with arguing with eachother, which in turn diminishes our ability to bring about any real change. All of that is meant to keep us distracted from what this government is doing. If we really live in a "democracy", then how is the government continuing to pass all of these constitutionally contradictive policies? Well, for one, we don't live in a democracy, we never have. The moment that it was decided to implement a debt-based currency, we sealed our fate. Businesses can't afford to be ethical when the highest amount of profit is sought after. The government is owned by individuals who control the nation's financial sector, needless to say, these individuals control every single political action. The Federal Reserve is a private institution, therefore it is separate from the government. They are not obligated to report any of their financial actions to anyone. That's right, individuals who belong to a private institution control our country's money supply...if you are capable of critical thinking then you would most likely find that to be very disturbing. With all of that being said, everything is only going to get worse from here. That will become terribly clear in the months to come. The worse part is, its too late to change anything now...

    April 27, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  10. Jules

    Where are all the Libertarians on this? Where's Ron Paul?

    April 27, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • SkinLikeWinter

      Ron Paul stated this would just further push a "big brother culture" Ron Paul cannot stop a bill by himself, this is all on Obama now... lets just hope he does the right thing.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  11. lolol

    the WH can go f itself with its VETO. Are you gonna VETO the bill like you said you were gonna VETO the NDAA !!!!!!!!?????
    LYING S C U M !!!!!!!

    April 27, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  12. Zoglet

    Notice how this story, which should be front page news gets buried?
    Corporate press at its finest!

    April 28, 2012 at 2:49 am |