Yesterday senior State Department official Alec Ross publicly announced that the Obama administration opposed CISPA, but refused to entertain the notion of the bill being vetoed.
"The Obama administration opposes Cispa," he told the Guardian. "The president has called for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation. There is absolutely a need for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.
"[But] part of what has been communicated to congressional committees is that we want legislation to come with necessary protections for individuals."
Ross' words carry absolutely no meaning whatsoever. History tells us that Obama's opposition to CISPA is nothing more than political grandstanding and that he will sign the bill without haste once it lands on his desk.
Cast your minds back to the National Defense Authorization Act and specifically the provision that allows indefinite detention of Americans without trial.
At every step throughout the process, the Obama administration threatened to veto the bill unless the 'kidnapping' provisions were removed from the text, lulling civil libertarians on the left into a false sense of security. However, Obama signed the legislation into law on New Year's Eve when Americans were out partying, a sneak attack that caught everyone by surprise.