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Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., invoked George Orwell’s classic as he argued Thursday against the passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is meant to allow for increased sharing of information between the government and companies in the name of cybersecurity. In a surprise vote that was not supposed to take place until today, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed the controversial bill 248-168, sending it on to the Senate — which has its own measure — and defied the wishes of the Obama administration, which has threatened a veto. Critics from all over the political spectrum (the ACLU, the Republican Liberty CaucusAnonymousSan Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, among many others) have Big Brother-related concerns: While they agree with the need for action on cybersecurity, they say the bill could lead the way to government spying enabled by corporations. In addition, language in the bill appears to trump existing criminal laws. (See Trading privacy for security: on CISPA.) But Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., one of the bill’s authors, said Thursday: “There is no government surveillance, none, not any in this bill.”

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I know it’s 2012, but it feels like ’1984′ in this House.

Despite the online protests of Web freedom advocacy groups, a new cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has gathered supporters in Congress and the private sector as it heads towards a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

That support makes the bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, pretty confident that the bill will be passed by the House, paving its path to become law, if also passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama.

“I feel pretty confident that we’ll close out the bill,” Rogers told TPM in a phone interview. “There is a strong chance that the bill will be passed [by the House this] week.”

That said, the White House on April 17 issued a thinly veiled critique of CISPA, indicating the President may not sign it if it reaches his desk in its current form.

Posted at 5:54pm and tagged with: CISPA, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, Law, Internet, Congress, US Senate, US House of Representatives,.