Who Would Oppose A Bill Fighting Chinese Hacking?

Dave Johnson

How come few if any of of the major-media articles reporting on Chinese hacking of computers in American businesses, news organizations and key infrastructure facilities mention that last year Senate Republicans filibustered a bill to do something about it?

Here is a NY Times report on that filibuster: Cybersecurity Bill Is Blocked in Senate by G.O.P. Filibuster,

A cybersecurity bill that had been one of the Obama administration’s top national security priorities was blocked by a Republican filibuster in the Senate on Thursday, severely limiting its prospects this year.

… The bill’s most vocal opponents were a group of Republican senators led by John McCain of Arizona, who took the side of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and steadfastly opposed the legislation, arguing that it would be too burdensome for corporations.

Wait — the US Chamber of Commerce was lobbying for a filibuster to block a cybersecurity bill? They were trying to block a bill to fight Chinese hacking of US businesses and strategic infrastructure? What? Why would they do that?

Here’s another way the US Chamber of Commerce sides with China: U.S. Chamber Opposes Romney Vow to Punish China on Currency and the Chamber is one of the groups in the following: Business Groups Letter Opposing China Currency Legislation

But wait, there’s more: ‘US’ Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Seminars With Chinese Gov Officials To Teach American Firms How To Outsource.

Makes you wonder, whose side are they on? It also makes you wonder … just where does the US Chamber of Commerce get its money, that it would keep taking China’s side like this?

Back in 2010 Think Progress looked into this: Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads.

And this: ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Funded By Top Offshoring Companies

Like I said, makes you wonder… doesn’t it? And how come We, the People have no way of knowing just who and what is funding these lobbying and election efforts?

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