In a surprise move the White House issued a statement on Wednesday threatening to veto CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) because of privacy concerns.  Parts of the statement sounded as if they had been drafted by Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul:

The controversy over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) intensifies as further proposed revisions to the bill raise concerns regarding federal overreach. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (left) of Texas has proposed adding an amendment that would allow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to “intercept” a major portion of the Web and email communications, and “deploy countermeasures” against Internet-based adversaries.

Perhaps prodded by Virginia’s success in passing a law preventing the federal government from apprehending and indefinitely detaining citizens of that state, the state legislature of Arizona on Tuesday passed its own anti-NDAA bill.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments April 25 in the Arizona immigration case that pits the right of that state to protect its borders against efforts by the federal government to claim exclusive authority over immigration policy.

S.1813, also known as the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21), has been approved by the U.S. Senate and is now enroute to the House for a vote. The 1,676-page measure has been considered controversial for a variety of its provisions, including some that impact Second Amendment rights.

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