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US Government Comes Down Hard On 3D Printed Guns, The World Has Changed.

Last year we predicted the next great battle between the online public and the government would be around 3D printing. Now the battle is here courtesy of the US State Department and Senator Schumer.

3D printing is a massively disruptive technology. Sure, one can print a gun with this technology but one can build a gun if one really wants to from materials at a hardware store. “Zip guns” which are made from everyday industrial materials have been around since the gun was invented. But there is a much bigger issue in play here.

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“The role of the US intelligence community is to protect the United States from military threats, not to provide corporate welfare to the private sector.” – Ron Paul

CISPA (the “cyber security bill” currently being kicked around Congress) is a dangerous piece of legislation. Like SOPA before it, which was defeated by the sheer deluge of opposition from the public, it seeks to hand ultimate control over important parts of the Internet to the federal government and would also allow the government to monitor whatever communication over the Internet that it wishes without a warrant or judicial oversight.

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Ron Paul: “CISPA Represents an Alarming Form of Corporatism”

As I have written before the government is unlikely to stop seeking complete control over the Internet. SOPA and PIPA were stopped by people power. Now the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is moving through Congress and it will take individuals coming together again to defeat this new power grab.

The bill is broadly written and gives the government extensive power over private information online. The Electronic Frontier Foundation explains in detail what the Act will allow government to do.

(From EFF.org: How The Expansive Immunity Clauses in CISPA Will Facilitate Abuse of User Privacy)

“Under CISPA, private companies may spy on user communications, whether stored or in transit, and freely pass personal information to the government as long as they claim a vague ‘cybersecurity’ exception.”

And Ron Paul has sent out a call to his followers to strongly consider getting onboard with the #StopCISPA effort. He rightly fears that corporations, compelled by the government, under CISPA will become information agents for the state.

I think he’s right to fear this. Though I’ll bet that corporations likely don’t want to become government agents, if the force of law is brought to bear they will have to comply.