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The Controversial Issue That Has TheBlaze's S.E. Cupp Standing With President Obama


"...but that security is increasingly coming at the expense of liberty."

During the "Per S.E." segment of MSNBC's "The Cycle" on Tuesday, TheBlaze's S.E. Cupp slammed both liberals and GOP lawmakers who have either supported or remained silent on the cyber security bill known as CISPA. She also praised President Barack Obama for promising to veto the bill if it gets through Congress.

Among her many concerns about the bill, Cupp said the legislation gives the government access to personal information that Americans share with private Internet service providers. While recognizing the importance of cyber security, she explained that it shouldn't have to come "at the expense of liberty."

Unpacking the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, Cupp explained that the bill is "packaged as a national security bill that allows private companies, like Google and Facebook, to share electronic information, like your emails and chats, with the government."

She went on to slam Republican lawmakers who are still supporting CISPA and trying to get it through Congress.

“One of whom, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), sponsored the bill and insisted it is not a surveillance project,” Cupp added.

“To his credit, President Obama has vowed to veto it. Believe me, the irony isn’t lost on me that I find myself before you today agreeing with President Obama and the ACLU," she quipped. "The question isn’t ‘why am I?’ The question is, ‘why aren’t more lawmakers and political activists?'"

She continued: “Where are the liberals who railed against the Patriot Act and expanding federal powers in response to 9/11? Where are the conservatives who champion privacy, civil liberties, and limited government? As a national security hawk I can truly acknowledge that cyber security is an important issue and last week made it clear that terrorism still remains a living, breathing problem for America and the West. But that security is increasingly coming at the expense of liberty."

Watch the "Per S.E." segment via MSNBC below:

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(H/T: Noah Rothman, Mediaite)

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