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State of Surveillance Annual Edition -Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live!

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Kaye Beach

Jan. 4, 2013

For the last three years that Howard and I have been doing the show together, we have devoted an entire show to rounding up the stand out developments in surveillance policies and technologies aimed at the people of the USA.  Unfortunately, there is never a shortage of material.

We will cover a lot of ground tonight.  But don’t worry if you miss a link or something because after the show concludes I will post my entire set of notes right here. (as promised, here are the notes from the show.  A4L 3 Annual Surveillance Edition 2013 If I missed anything, let me know!)

Everyone seems rather dispirited right now and the last thing we want to do is  to mire you in hopelessness. More than just a litany of the years worst surveillance stories, we want to provide some context and we want to talk about resistance and hope.  We also want to hear from you!

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Gov. Fallin: Oklahoma Will Not Pursue a State-Based Exchange or Medicaid Expansion

Press Release

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gov. Fallin: Oklahoma Will Not Pursue a State-Based Exchange or Medicaid Expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement announcing that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of a state-based exchange or participate in the Medicaid expansion in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):

“For the past few months, my staff and I have worked with other lawmakers, Oklahoma stakeholders and health care experts across the country to determine the best course of action for Oklahoma in regards to both the creation of a health insurance exchange and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Our priority has been to ascertain what can be done to increase quality and access to health care, contain costs, and do so without placing an undue burden on taxpayers or the state. As I have stated many times before, it is my firm belief that PPACA fails to further these goals, and will in fact decrease the quality of health care across the United States while contributing to the nation’s growing deficit crisis.

“Despite my ongoing opposition to the federal health care law, the state of Oklahoma is legally obligated to either build an exchange that is PPACA compliant and approved by the Obama Administration, or to default to an exchange run by the federal government. This choice has been forced on the people of Oklahoma by the Obama Administration in spite of the fact that voters have overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to the federal health care law through their support of State Question 756, a constitutional amendment prohibiting the implementation of key components of PPACA.

“After careful consideration, I have today informed U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of its own health insurance exchange. Any exchange that is PPACA compliant will necessarily be ‘state-run’ in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement. It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans, and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation.

“Furthermore, I have also decided that Oklahoma will not be participating in the Obama Administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would be unaffordable, costing the state of Oklahoma up to $475 million between now and 2020, with escalating annual expenses in subsequent years. It would also further Oklahoma’s reliance on federal money that may or may not be available in the future given the dire fiscal problems facing the federal government. On a state level, massive new costs associated with Medicaid expansion would require cuts to important government priorities such as education and public safety. Furthermore, the proposed Medicaid expansion offers no meaningful reform to a massive entitlement program already contributing to the out-of-control spending of the federal government.

“Moving forward, the state of Oklahoma will pursue two actions simultaneously. The first will be to continue our support for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s ongoing legal challenge of PPACA. General Pruitt’s lawsuit raises different Constitutional questions than previous legal challenges, and both he and I remain optimistic that Oklahoma’s challenge can succeed.

“Our second and equally important task will be to pursue state-based solutions that improve health outcomes and contain costs for Oklahoma families. Serious reform, for instance, should be pursued in the area of Medicaid and public health, where effective chronic disease prevention and management programs could address the trend of skyrocketing medical bills linked to avoidable hospital and emergency room visits. I look forward to working with legislative leaders and lawmakers in both parties to pursue Oklahoma health care solutions for Oklahoma families.”

Larry Pratt, GOA, Endorses Darrell Sorrells for OK County Sheriff!

November 1, 2012
Today, as Oklahoma’s Open Carry Law goes into effect and citizens across the state are exercising their right to open carry, the Sorrels for Sheriff Campaign is honored to announce that Darrell Sorrels has received the endorsement of Mr. Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. For over 30 years, Mr. Pratt has been Executive Director of GOA, a national membership
organization of 300,000 Americans that continually work to preserve their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
As Sheriff, Darrell Sorrels will be committed not only to keeping the citizens of Oklahoma County safe, but to protecting their freedoms as well. Again, we are truly honored to have the confidence and support of Mr. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America.

Dear Mr. Sorrels,
Gun Owners of America is pleased to endorse you for Sheriff of Oklahoma County. Your record of service in law enforcement, along with your staunch
commitment to uphold the Constitution, make you the best candidate for this office.
Larry Pratt
Executive Director
Gun Owners of America

Read, Share or Download the GOA Endorsement Letter

 

Sorrels hopes to bring ‘accountability, transparency’ as sheriff

Kaye Beach

Get to know Darrell Sorrels!

Mark Schlachtenhaufen The Edmond Sun Oct. 27, 2012

Darrell Sorrels’ parents were born and raised in Oklahoma.

His mother was a meat wrapper for Humpty Dumpty and his father was an in-city truck driver for Chief Freightline. When he was a child the family lived in Nicoma Park, where they had a small acreage with farm animals. Sorrels was raised with three siblings and attended First Baptist Church in Nicoma Park.

“My parents taught us about hard work and to be honest, which produced integrity,” said Sorrels, a Republican challenging incumbent Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel. “They raised us with Christian values and to always remember how important family is.”

Sorrels said he was taught to treat people with respect, and his father showed by example that it is wise to save a portion of his earnings for the future.

“He also taught us to stand firm in what we knew was right,” Sorrels said.

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Dept. of Homeland Security Releases 2012 Privacy Report

Kaye Beach

September 28, 2012

Th report touts small improvements but bigger problems are revealed.

EPIC the Electronic Privacy Information Center reports;

The Department of Homeland Security has released its 2012 Privacy
Office Annual Report to Congress. The report details the expansion of
the National Counterterrorism Center’s five-year retention policy for
records on US Persons, the agency’s social media-monitoring initiatives,
and privacy training for fusion centers personnel; however, it does not
discuss several new DHS-funded initiatives, including the Future
Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, a “Minority-Report”-like
proposal for “pre-crime” detection. Also, according to the report the
Transportation Security Administration has still failed to adopt
privacy safeguards for airport body scanners.

Two DHS Privacy Office investigations led to the finding of agency non-
compliance. One of those investigations involved DHS’s use of social
media monitoring. EPIC filed a FOIA request on DHS’ social media
monitoring program in April 2011, then filed suit against DHS in
December 2011 in order to force the disclosure of documents related
to the monitoring program, which searched for both suspicious
“keywords” and dissent against government programs. Earlier in 2012,
Congress held an oversight hearing on the DHS social media monitoring
program, and cited the documents obtained by EPIC.

While the report acknowledges agency shortcomings, it also touts DHS
privacy and transparency training as well public engagement through
speaker series, a redesigned FOIA site, and quarterly privacy advocacy
meetings. Significantly, the report fails to address the lack of timely
notice-and-comment rulemakings, particularly the TSA’s lack of
rulemaking on body scanners, ordered by a court in 2011 in response to
a suit brought by EPIC.

The report discusses DHS’ increased use of Privacy Compliance Reviews
(PCRs), which cover programs including cybersecurity, information
sharing, and the use of social media. The DHS Privacy Office used these
reviews to fail eight of its own agency programs for their lack of
privacy compliance documentation. None of the eight programs are
identified in the report, nor are any details of their lack of privacy
compliance.

The DHS Chief Privacy Office must present annual reports to Congress
and is also required by law to ensure that new agency programs do not
diminish privacy in the US.

DHS Privacy Office:  2012  Annual Report to Congress (Sept. 2012)
http://epic.org/redirect/092812-dhs-2012-privacy-report.html

EPIC:  DHS Privacy Office
http://epic.org/privacy/dhs-cpo.html

EPIC:  Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST)
http://epic.org/privacy/fastproject/

EPIC:  Fusion Centers
http://epic.org/privacy/fusion/

EPIC:  EPIC v. DHS (Social Media Monitoring)
http://epic.org/foia/epic-v-dhs-media-monitoring/

EPIC:  EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of Body Scanner Program)
http://epic.org/redirect/092812-epicvdhs-scannersuspend.html

 

Volume 19.18                                       September 28, 2012
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Published by the
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Washington, D.C.

http://www.epic.org/alert/epic_alert_19.18.html

“Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.”
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Oklahoma State Questions – OK-SAFE Helps to Clear the Confusion

Kaye Beach

September 24, 2012

OK-SAFE, Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise, a trusted source for research and analysis on the issues, has just released their recommendations on the state questions that will appear on the November election ballots.

Much appreciation to OK-SAFE for their hard and thorough work in analyzing these measures!

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OK-SAFE, Inc. – Fall 2012
There will be six state questions on Oklahoma’s crowded November 6, 2012 ballot. Below is the Ballot Title, the Ballot Language, and OK-SAFE’s recommended vote and assessment.

SQ 758 and SQ 766 deal with property taxes . Because both questions may be perceived as a tax reduction, there may be puzzlement about our recommendation of a NO vote on both questions. The question before us was, does either question result in an actual tax cut, i.e. does the measure provide tax relief for everyone and effect reduced government spending? The answer was no. Standing on this first principle, OK-SAFE could not support either question. Transferring the tax burden from one group of people to another is neither conservative nor a tax cut – it is legislative sleight of hand. (Emphasis mine)

You can access these recommendations on the front page of OK-SAFE’s website or download the entire document here

Tonght 9PM Central-NBC’s Rock Center Covers Narconon Arrowhead Deaths

Kaye Beach

August 16, 2012

Be sure to watch tonight at 9 PM central time as Brian Williams from NBC’s Rock Center presents his investigative report on Narconon Arrowhead.
Here is another story you might find interesting.

Bob Lobsinger fought  tooth and nail to expose Narconon back in the 90’s when the Scientology front organization first set up shop in Oklahoma.  Take a look at some of the articles he wrote and check out this article about the misadventure from the Village Voice-

Scientology’s Oklahoma Nemesis, Bob Lobsinger: “They Lied Every Step of the Way”

By Tony Ortega Thu., Aug. 16Scientology’s Oklahoma Nemesis, Bob Lobsinger: “They Lied Every Step of the Way” 2012 at the Village Voice

On Saturday and Tuesday, we gave readers some background on the Scientology drug treatment center in Oklahoma — called Narconon Arrowhead — that is now the center of controversy after four recent deaths which are under investigation, three just since October.

Tonight, a report by Rock Center’s Harry Smith on NBC should explode interest in the goings on at the strange drug rehab, where patients learn Scientology processes — like hours-long staring drills and talking to inanimate objects — rather than getting counseling for their actual drug problems.

Toby Pedford Speaks on the ACA, Government Coercion and the Free Market

Kaye Beach

July 9, 2012

Toby Pedford, small business owner and liberty activist, speaks at the July 7, 2012 Oklahoma Rally for Healthcare Independence about the ACA and the unprecedented demands the law makes on our lives.  Pedford clearly explains why the law is fundamentally wrong.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Contemplate Health Insurance Exchange Via Existing Structure

Kaye Beach

July 6, 2012

Oklahomans do NOT want Obamacare!  Creating a Health Insurance Exchange is a key part of the health care reform plan.

Please show up tomorrow to register your NO! on the implementation of Obamacare in our state!

Rally For Healthcare Independence Sat. July 7, 2012 9-11am at the Oklahoma State Capitol

Insure Oklahoma eyed for exchange by some lawmakers

If Oklahoma decides or is forced to implement an online marketplace for businesses and individuals to shop for health insurance, a likely or at least logical landing place for the program could be Insure Oklahoma.
Insure Oklahoma was created in 2004 when voters approved an increased tax on tobacco, thus funding a subsidy for the health insurance of low- to moderate-income employees at small Oklahoma Businesses.

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Oklahoma Rally For Healthcare Independence: Invite your Reps!

Kaye Beach

July 3, 2012

Let your elected representative know that the people of Oklahoma have,  and will continue to reject the President’s Health Care Reform Law and that we appreciate their willingness to stand in the gap for Oklahoma citizens in the face of the Supreme Courts ruling to uphold the misguided health care reform policy.

Invite them to attend the Rally for Health Care Independence on Saturday July 7, 2012 and stand with us!

 

Press Release for the event

Here is a sample letter that you can use.

Sample Invitation Letter for Officials

Feel free to personalize and please, share with us the responses you receive by either posting in the comments section of this post or sending and email to axxxiomforliberty@gmail.com.

If you do not know who your state representatives are, click here.

Don’t forget to invite the winners of the recent state primary candidates for office!

This is a great way to open up the lines of communication between you and your elected representatives (or future representatives)!