Senator Rand Paul Is One of the Few Pushing Back Against CISA-Related Censorship

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has launched a lone crusade against increased powers for cybersecurity, refusing to advance legislation until certain governmental entities abandon attempts to hamper free speech. This action comes amidst an extensive debate about censorship, the First Amendment rights, and the role of government in regulating speech. Senator Paul’s has expressed his adamant opposition to legislation that bolsters the powers of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its associate body, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). There have been instances where these organizations were implicated in attempts to suppress American citizens’ freedom of expression, the Senator has contended passionately. So far this year, the leading Republican member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has voted no on as many as 11 cybersecurity bills. He remains committed to his conviction, which he famously laid out at a committee hearing back in June when he declared, “I cannot support expanding CISA’s authorities while it surveils and censors Americans.” Corroborating claims of CISA’s infringement on free speech, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit expanded a preliminary injunction to encompass CISA. The revision was prompted by Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey extending an order in the landmark Missouri v. Biden case. In a scathing assessment, the court reproached CISA for its consistent interference with social media companies, pressuring them to take an aggressive stance on censoring election-related dialogue, a…Senator Rand Paul Is One of the Few Pushing Back Against CISA-Related Censorship