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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Taking Lessons From ‘Anonymous’

Anon germanyKaye Beach

Dec. 7, 2012

Update Dec. 14, 2012 Miss the show-here’s the podcast!  12-07-12 AxXiom for Liberty

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Calling All Activists!

Howard and I have a very interesting show lined up for you tonight!

When you think about Anonymous, some of their more daring exploits are probably the first thing that comes to mind.  Hacking, Denial of Service attacks and such but that is not the totality of the internet culture that is known as Anonymous and it is the lesser known efforts and successes that Howard and I are going to be focusing on tonight.

We are speaking to ‘Anonymous’ or rather one particular Anon, Damian DeWitt, who has been deeply involved in one project with Anonymous for about five years.   Get ready for your paradigm to be busted because I’ll bet that no matter what preconceived notion you might have about Anonymous, Mr. Dewitt is going to blow it out of the water tonight!

As you know, we have been reporting on the problems at Narconon Arrowhead, a Scientology based drug rehabilitation center located in Canadian, OK for a few years now. The recent spate of deaths that have occurred at the center has placed Narconon Arrowhead in headlines all over the country.  Our research and efforts to help expose the center’s questionable practices and deception in recruiting ‘students’ into Narconon naturally intersected with a portion of Anonymous known as Project Chanology. “Project Chanology is a large-scale plan to dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form“ 

If you are involved in activism of any sort, you don’t want to miss this show!

I am certain that there is something valuable to be learned for all of us from an examination of the activism of Anonymous.  They are an extremely diverse group and far from this being a stumbling block, as it almost always is with more traditional forms of activism, Anonymous allows for the diversity to become one of its greatest strengths.  Where we constantly struggle with egos, agendas, and waste time scrapping over who gets credit, the format used by Anonymous to collaborate is such that these problems are swept aside or at least greatly minimized. Cultivating good leadership and establishing hierarchy often eats away at our time and energy.  It slows us down and frustrates us because we realize that our world is moving very fast and we are always playing catch up.   Personally, I can remember the few and blessed experiences I have had working on efforts where we did manage to rise above these stumbling blocks but as you know, that is the exception not the rule.  But why?  Every activist I know recognizes the need to work together where we can.  We want to leave our egos at the door but more often than not, we are our own worst enemies.  The truth is that we are simply human and we have always been and will always be (in this world at least) saddled with our human nature.

Watching Project Chanology do their thing has been fascinating to me.  I have watched collaborative research and problem solving unfold in real time drawing on the diversity of talents and skills possessed by its range of participants. Let me say that when it works, it works beautifully.

So, what is it that they do, or not do, that makes the effort successful?  You see left and right, Christian and Atheist, and every other dichotomy you can imagine, working (virtually) side-by-side on common goals. This alone is a remarkable feat.   Yet, Anonymous will not compromise on freedom of speech or expression.  How does this not devolve into fractures, flame wars and pettiness?  For one thing, with that devotion to freedom of speech naturally comes a thick skin.

Participation is absolutely voluntary and it is the merit of participants’ ideas, not their prestige that drives an effort.   Chaos and purpose may seem mutually exclusive.   Project Chanology proves it is not.  How is this so?  This is the evolution of activism and tonight we will ferret out the lessons that can be learned from the phenomenon that is Anonymous for anyone, anywhere who is trying to make a difference.  Oh, and let’s not forget the lulz while we are at it!

More about Anonymous

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NSA Whistleblower Tells How We All Are Being Spied On

Kaye Beach

August 23, 2012

Entered without comment.

 

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By LAURA POITRAS
Published: August 22, 2012

It took me a few days to work up the nerve to phone William Binney. As someone already a “target” of the United States government, I found it difficult not to worry about the chain of unintended consequences I might unleash by calling Mr. Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency turned whistle-blower. He picked up. I nervously explained I was a documentary filmmaker and wanted to speak to him. To my surprise he replied: “I’m tired of my government harassing me and violating the Constitution. Yes, I’ll talk to you.”

Read more and watch the interview with William Binney

Mad about Public Ed? Here is where the Rubber Meets the Road

Kaye Beach

11/29/10

–A few months ago I did a little research into the transformation taking place in our public schools in preparation for interviewing the incomparable Beverly Eakman on Sept. 24th.


“Why Our Kids are Walking Targets”

Guest Beverly Eakman. (http://www.beverlye.com/)

AUDIO:

A4L_2010-09-24_128k.mp3

A4L_2010-09-24_16k.mp3

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The schools-to-work program is a stand out as bad policy.

A key document I posted was “Transforming Education Marc Tucker’s “Dear Hillary” Letter”

Marc Tucker is the president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington. and is one of the leaders of the standards movement in American education.  Link


Be sure to see this entire post for some eye-opening info on Tucker and workforce development programs in our schools but first, Jenni White, President of R.O.P.E (Restore Oklahoma Public Education) reminds us that there is a School Board Candidate Training Seminar being held tomorrow;

“We cannot change our current public school system unless we involve ourselves in the system.

Please consider attending our School Board Candidate Training Seminar at the Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City, Tomorrow, November 30th from 6pm to 8:30pm

You do not need to actually run for a position this year to benefit from tomorrow night’s training. Anyone who has any interest at all in the public school system can benefit from this FREE training.”

www.RestoreOkPublicEducation.com

If you would like to know what openings are available on school boards in counties all over the state, please see this link:
http://www.ok.gov/elections/Candidates_&_Elections/Upcoming_Elections/

If you would like to know what the Oklahoma State Department of Education considers qualifications for school board members, please see this link:
http://www.sde.state.ok.us/Law/BoardsofEduc/local.html

If you have a Facebook account and would like to RSVP for this event on our Facebook page, please follow this link:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162668253770942&index=1

For a first person accounting of how this policy was inserted into Oklahoma schools, give a listen to this show (scroll down until you see “Joe Esposito”10-17-10) with Ken Sellers and Amanda Teegarden from OK-SAFE as they interview Joe Esposito, author of Tangled Web, The Mastery Learning, OBE, STW-TQM Connection on America in The Balance

Joe served on Oklahoma’s Governor Frank Keating’s Oklahoma S-T-W Executive Council in 1996 and gives a fascinating account of what he discovered about the move to turn public education into workforce development.


Donna Garner Senior Education Policy Advisor EducationNews.org is following Tucker’s latest efforts and her article makes for some interesting reading.  Donna writes;

It is time to resurrect the article that I wrote back on 4.19.10 entitled “Marc Tucker’s Bologna.” Why? Take a look at Marc Tucker’s National Education and the Economy (NCEE) State Consortium on Board Examinations Systems (SCOBES).

Of Tucker Donna Garner says;

As you read through Marc Tucker’s article posted below, please realize that this is nothing new.  Tucker called it “School to Work” in the 1980’s.  The idea is to educate a small percentage of the population and then make “worker bees” out of the rest of the masses, making sure that they are not able to read, write, or speak English well so that they cannot logically analyze and evaluate issues.  If the masses are kept ignorant, they can be easily controlled politically and socially by the few people at the top.

Tucker’s School-to-Work plan has simply morphed into what he is now calling “early college entrance.”  He is luring parents to buy into this idea by dressing it up in sweet-sounding words such as “college-level work,” “admission to selective colleges,” and “instructional programs that are among the best in the world.”

http://www.educationnews.org/commentaries/insights_on_education/103613.html

Read her entire article,  “Marc Tucker’s Bologna”

A4L Live! Friday Oct 22nd. Cory Bernardi Fights, Aussies Mourn & Oklahoma Pushes for Privacy!

Tomorrow on Axxiom for Liberty Radio: My co-host will be Howard Houchen, host of Road to Liberty and we will have as our guest Australian Senator Cory Bernardi. Senator Bernardi is a South Australian Liberal Party (think classical-liberalism) Senator who consistently fights for individual Freedoms, free-market principles, less central government, and sound money.  Also expect to hear representatives from local groups who are pushing for privacy rights.  (more below)

Listen live from 6-8 pm CST at Rule of Law Radio

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“I am advised the Thompson family have broken no law, they have no outstanding environmental infringements, they have done everything asked of them by government, they are popular in their local community and nearby towns, and yet they still face ruin. They run a profitable business—or they ran a profitable business. But an over-officious and what would appear to be an overzealous government bureaucracy has cut the profitability of their business and their ability to access any capital.”

Senator Cory Bernardi to Parliament, 6:54 pm 28 Sept. 2010

Janet Thompson is from Howard’s hometown of Hugo Oklahoma.

More about the Thompson’s case

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The Death of Property Rights

Please and join us for the
Funeral Service

To be held on the steps of
Parliament House Perth
11:00 a.m.
Monday, 25 October 2010

“wear black, and bring your truck”

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Previous News on this issue;

The Future of Property Rights and the Impact of Hyper-Environmentalism in America?

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Also Friday on AxXiom For Liberty;

we will hear from Marcus Kesler from the Oklahoma Pirate Party about an upcoming rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol October 30th, from 2 pm until 5 pm, Freedom- Not Fear,  to call attention to the growing surveillance in our nation

And Kirk Shelly, representing the Campaign for Liberty about a petition drive to protect our personal information.

Show notes-Friday Sept 24th Guest Beverly Eakman: Why our Kids are “Walking Targets”

**Notes Added Below**

Beverly K. Eakman will be my guest this Friday, Sept. 24 at 6pm CST on AxXiom For Liberty.  You can listen in live on the internet at Rule of Law Radio. http://www.ruleoflawradio.com

Recently in PA at the “Freedom Action Conference” I had the pleasure of meeting Beverly Eakman in person and even got to visit with her a little on air

I was already glancingly familiar with Beverly Eakman through some of her writing that I encountered when doing my own research on the  on the Texas Medical Algorithm Project or TMAP’s (I hate to use the word “scandal’ because it simply  does not do this sinister program justice.)

(My writing on the program and what I found out by going to my daughters school here in Oklahoma;  Public Schools, Signs of Suicide and New Freedom for All )

This lady bowled me over with her fluid and agile intelligence and expressiveness.  After speaking with her for a few moments, I proceeded to buy every book on her table. It didn’t take me long after cracking one of her books for me to recognize what I was reading.

Earlier today I posed this question;

Oklahoma Schools: Data Collecting or Dossier Building?

and provided a little information about Oklahoma schools that gives me pause for thought.  This information wouldn’t necessarily give most people pause for thought which is why I want you to hear more about what Beverly has to say.

Why am I making the connection between school mental health screenings, Oklahoma’s new student information sharing system and fusion centers?

I mentioned my interest in initiatives to screen our  children for mental illness in public schools.  While I don’t doubt that most of the administrators of this program are well intentioned I also know for a fact that the pharmaceutical companies and some of the “non-profit” organizations’ interest is purely profit driven.  Lawsuits and tragedies continue to emanate from these mental health partnerships with schools and  Medicaid funds are central to the scheme.

I know from visiting my own school that a up to date  rolodex with numbers for area psychiatrists is a key portion of the’ Signs of Suicide’ program. I also know that your notification about  and consent for your child’s participation in the screening is handled as below the radar as possible.  “Consent” is given by default and if you should fail to follow the instructions given to you by your child’s school, DHS is to be notified.

I have also spent many, many hours studying Fusion Centers, down to the technical aspects of system interoperability and software capability. I even went to testify at one of the MIAC (a Missouri State Fusion Center) committee hearing in Missouri.  And what I recognized in Beverly’s books was the same sort of data collection, merging and sharing and profiling that is at the heart of the Fusion Process.

There are efforts underway to systemically share data  between law enforcement, mental health and public schools (and much much more!) What does this indicate to people, I wonder.

To me, it doesn’t matter the rational or what good things could possibly come fro it because the potential for harm is too great.

What I see is an astonishing degree of database merging throughout the public and private sphere that in no way benefits us or our children.  Health, welfare, education and law enforcement to name but a few sectors, are getting together and what that portends for our personal security and for individual freedom is terrifying.

South Carolina has a data integration system that simply floors me!

I have just finished Beverly’s  meticulously researched book, The Cloning of the American Mind, and this is information that is both extremely important and not widely known.  You can Find Beverly’s books at Midnight Whistler  Publishers and needless to say, I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Beverly gave a speech in 2008 on the “Education’s Role” and I think what she covered in this  speech will help illustrate what has me so concerned.

I think it is important to note that this  speech was chosen to be placed into Vital Speeches of the Day which  is THE premier speech publication in America, possibly the world. Vital Speeches of the Day chose Beverly Eakman’s speech as the Dec 2008 Speech of the Month for their print publication which goes to all federal agencies, libraries and more.  It was also published online.

Some  excerpts of that speech are included here  but you can read it in its entirety at the end of this post.  (it is the last speech in the document)

In her speech Beverly explains how predictive analytics apply to our public schools.  She said;

“Today, hundreds of seemingly unrelated pieces of data that reveal political leanings and parental views are fed into a “predictive” computer algorithm. What’s a predictive computer algorithm? Well, it’s a mathematical formula that sifts masses of information, then predicts what a person will probably do, given various hypothetical scenarios.

What this all alludes to Beverly sums up this way;

Most hot-button topics of the day—from global warming to globalization—are first tested in the educational marketplace by psychologists using predictive computer technologies.

Disinformation is thriving in the nation’s classrooms. Today, I will present proof-positive that schools were used as the prototype for data-mining throughout the entire U.S. population. I will show you how government helps ensure—and enforce— the radical changes of ideals and attitudes and thus bring about a universal code of thought that others, including myself in past years, have alluded to. I am going to show you how unique ID numbers are assigned to each child, ostensibly by the state, but under the auspices of a federal mandate; how each state pretends to craft its own ID procedures, then transmits to the federal government for cross-matching with other federal data.

This technique is called “psychographics” You may be more familiar with the term “data-mining” which is the same thing. Here is an  explanation of psychographics from Beverly’s website;

Webster’s New World Communication and Media Dictionary defines psychographics as “the study of social class based upon the demographics … income, race, color, religion, and personality traits.” These are characteristics, says the dictionary, which “can be measured to predict behavior.”

And this quote from Beverly pretty much encapsulates the issue that I am trying to bring to the fore regarding the efforts to collect and share student data that is going on in Oklahoma and other states across the country;

The psychological questions and self-reports with which schools today inundate pupils comprise a specialized area known in the world of advertising as “psychographic data-gathering.” Psychographics is closely related to mass mental health screening, a highly controversial new initiative coming down the pike, as well as to “risk” analysis, which is turning into a dangerous political weapon.

I will continue to post information about Oklahoma’s  Race to The Top and the various other programs of concern but until then, please join me Friday on Rule of Law Radio Network to find out more about this very important subject.

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Show Notes Sept 25, 2010

Show Notes from Friday Sept 24th Guest Beverly Eakman: Why our Kids are “Walking Targets”

See Beverly Eakman’s books

Documents of interest;

•       Oklahoma’s Race to the Top

•       Race to the Top Technical Review Form – Tier 1

Oklahoma Application #5280-0K-1 (March 2010 evaluation)

•       CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL RECORDS AND PRIVACY 2009

•       Oklahoma Receives First Ever SIF Award Public Schools

•       Oklahoma Deploys the Nation’s First Fully Implemented Statewide SIF-Based Data Collection Model

•       US DOE Guide FERPA

•       ACE Implementation Guide Revised July 2010  ACE

Professor Chester M. Pierce, M.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard, has this to say, “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well — by creating the international child of the future.

A post about the Parental Rights Amendment

Group Manipulation Tactics-Thwart the The Delphi Technique


Beverly Eakmam was sounding the alarm about or schools using marketing techniques to psychologically profile school children back in 1991.

In 1981 she had resigned from teaching in sheer frustration, but she didn’t lose her sense of humor;

ODE TO A SCHOOLTEACHER AT YEAR’S END

(a.k.a. Letter of Resignation to the Clear Creek School District, League City (Houston), Texas, May 1981)

The kids bought their way out of class period five And they burned all the bathrooms down third; The school bus was late, Forty minutes past eight. Not a teacher all morning was heard.

Then class was dismissed for a game. Exams? Too bad! What a shame! “The children don’t need ‘em!” “School officials won’t heed ‘em!” “Let’s pass them for knowing their names!”

You see, the cost was only one dollar To go out and have a good holler. Coaches advertised passes To get out of classes, And my group became suddenly smaller.

Left were four Vietnamese refugees (Who hadn’t the one dollar fees), All eager to try it In a room that was quiet, Asking: “Please, may the testing proceed?”

Then a latecomer entered the room, And proceeded the cuss, yell and fume Because most of the class Had bought a red pass And he was stuck here the whole afternoon.

Kids complain that they can’t buy supplies, That prices are simply too high. But just let it be cash To get out of class And watch how fast money flies!

I’m told kids won’t be so obtuse The day we just let ‘em “hang loose,” And pay less attention To silly conventions Like putting one’s brain to good use.

So important is public relations! And politically correct celebrations! They say the public supports Only schools that hype sports, Not grammar, and like, abominations.

So here’s an idea that’s fantastic: Keep dropouts in school shooting baskets! Bring class head counts down By fooling around; Keep everyone drugged or distracted!

Just why should I play the good teacher When I can spend all day long in the bleachers? Pupils know when we gruel ‘em We’re only just foolin'; That we’d flunk ‘em They can’t even feature!

Comparing home and alternative schools, I know they don’t play by such rules. They don’t take education Turn it into vacation And turn out generations of fools.

So…in light of the above-stated factors, I think I’ll seek out greener pastures. Still young and gung-ho It’s the right time to go. May this school enjoy happy hereafters.

Read the entire article

The following is a selection of information and links, no narrative but much of the information speaks for itself.

We are the biggest potential political striking force in this country, and we are determined to control the direction of education.” NEA president Catherine Barrett 1972

“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly view their role as the proselytizers of a new faith… The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new; the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of Humanism…”  – John J. Dunphy, A New Religion For A New Age, in The Humanist, January/February 1983 edition

FORDHAM CENTER ON LAW AND INFORMATION POLICY

CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL RECORDS AND PRIVACY:

A STUDY OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STATE REPORTING SYSTEMS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Among state departments of education there has been a growing trend to establish statewide longitudinal databases of all K-12 children within a state in order to track students’ progress and change over time. This trend is accompanied by a movement to create uniform data collection systems so that each state’s student data systems are interoperable with one another. These two trends raised privacy concerns that we examine in this study. First, we were concerned with the way states were ensuring the privacy of their K-12 students. Specifically, our goal was to investigate what type of data was being collected and whether children were protected legally and technically from data misuse, improper data release, and data breaches. Second, we were concerned with the ease with which individual interoperable state data systems could potentially be combined to create a national database of all K-12 children.

INTEGRATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT INTO SCHOOL SAFETY:  THE MILWAUKEE INITIATIVE 2001-2003

This project (Integration of Law Enforcement in School Safety) was funded by the National Institute of Justice and awarded to the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)

Research literature has begun to address the nexus of law enforcement and school safety from various perspectives. The literature reports a number of potential and actual types of interface, collaboration, or partnerships However, this project was envisioned and implemented in a manner and with a scope of collaboration not previously reported.

Data on student incidents, office referrals, and administrative actions, which were reported across all middle and high schools over a five-year period These student incidents included such activities as classroom disruption, non-compliant behavior, disorderly conduct, battery and assault, and others.

Community Partners is a Weed and Seed operation in which partners are assigned specific sectors of the city to identify community problems, identify at risk behaviors, and provide information to law enforcement. (Emphasis mine)

•       “. . .quantitative data failed to document any major changes.”

•       “While police data documented the nature of these problems and increased police activity, there were no major changes in the trends observed.”

•       “. . .quantitative data did not underscore dramatic changes during Phase Two. . .”

The direction taken in this project should be considered in future initiatives focusing on school safety. In sum, the objectives of this project were achieved and could be enhanced and replicated in other settings.

Read the Report

Creating an effective partnership between law enforcement and a school system is a challenging yet essential process that requires focus on a common goal of education and safety for youth.

http://www.schoolengagement.org/TruancypreventionRegistry/Admin/Resources/Resources/LawEnforcementandSchoolPartnershipasaSolutiontoTruancyRecommendationsfromGulfton%E2%80%99sTruancyReductionProgram.pdf

Oklahoma is the first state to become fully SIF compliant and the first state to do so legislatively.

•        70 OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 3-161 (2007), available at http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/OK_Statutes/CompleteTitles/os70.rtf (Student Tracking and Reporting (STAR) Pilot Program)

•       Oklahoma’s state legislature enacted the Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act in 2005 to provide a framework under which schools can implement the new standards and associated assessments

•       Through (Senate Bill (SB) 982 known as the “Achieving Classroom Excellence Act”, ACE  changed the curriculum, testing and graduation requirements for students in all Oklahoma public schools .  In 2006 in 2006. SB 1792 amended and further clarified the ACE act.

Oklahoma-The WAVE

The Wave is a state-of-the-art customized and secure electronic statewide student information system that can be utilized for eliminating duplication of reporting and accountability efforts, streamlining research and decision-making capabilities, and providing dynamic accurate and reliable information.

The Wave was developed utilizing Schools Interoperability Framework technology for providing the State Department of Education a utility to accept data from diverse applications – allowing school districts to select software that best fit their business needs – while implementing quality data collection standards.   The Wave operates in real-time, receiving and responding to electronic messages/data instantaneously.

Key Oklahoma leaders contributed expertise in management and information technology as the state’s Department of Education worked to determine the feasibility of this effort.  The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) standards were updated and released in April 2007. Oklahoma student information system vendors updated their applications as required by law (Title 70 O.S. § 3-160) and are certified via the SIF 2.0r1 specifications and the Oklahoma SIF Profile. For certified vendors, please visit the SIF Web site http://www.sifinfo.org.

Implementation of the Wave will position Oklahoma in the forefront of the movement to bring education accountability in obtaining information regarding student enrollment, graduation, dropout, mobility, and a variety of student demographics.

The Wave is for everyone.   The Wave is the system of the future, implemented today

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Oklahoma is an active participant in the Common Core Standards Initiative, a consortium of 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia. The Initiative is coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers. The standards that are being developed will be internationally benchmarked. (source Race the the Top Technical Review Form) All states curricula standards are posted at the International Bureau of Education

DOJ OJJDP 2006 Report

Concurrently, policies and service approaches for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders increasingly were moving toward the coordination of multiple agency efforts. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and other federal departments such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Education, were promoting information sharing among juvenile justice, education, and other youth-serving agencies to support a comprehensive continuum of care and services.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative is an unprecedented grant program created and administered by three Federal agencies-the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Justice-designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation’s youth, schools, and communities. Funding supports the implementation of comprehensive programs that address the following six elements:

A safe school environment

Violence, alcohol, and drug abuse prevention and early intervention programs

School and community mental health preventive and treatment intervention services

Early childhood psychosocial and emotional development services

Supporting and connecting schools and communities

Safe school policies

Eligible grantees are school districts in partnership with law enforcement officials, local mental health authorities, and often with juvenile justice officials and faith-based and other community organizations. Click here to learn more about this program.

http://www.justice.gov/archive/fbci/progmenu_atrisk.html

Information Sharing to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency: A Training and Technical Assistance Project 2009

Recent developments in the National Juvenile Information Sharing (JIS) Initiative will be tested in two sites in FY 2009 – the Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center (JCJAC) in Lakewood, Colorado and the Colorado Children Youth Information Sharing (CCYIS) collaborative. Program evaluators will examine the capacity for successful cross-agency information sharing by testing the OJJDP Guidelines for Juvenile Information Sharing model components.

Findings will result in the development of a juvenile information sharing implementation strategy for state, local and tribal governments.

The implementation strategy will assist in the development and implementation of cross agency information sharing procedures that promote efficient collaboration, privacy protections and technological infrastructures.

As the National JIS Initiative advances, it will be introduced into other states that illustrate a readiness for JIS implementation. Data exchanges developed in the testing environment of the JCJAC have been completed and additional exchanges will be developed and implemented this fiscal year.

Plans for piloting and testing the latest version of the National Juvenile Information Sharing (JIS) Initiative Juvenile Justice XML Data Model (JJXDM) will continue this fiscal year. The JJXDM has been developed using the National Information Exchange Model – NIEM.
Additionally, an expanded webpage will be tested within the JIS website – http://www.juvenileis.org/nationaljis.asp. When complete, it will allow summary reports and progress reports to be posted and viewed by the pilot sites and other interested viewers. The Center for Network Development (CND) is hosting a forum for the pilot sites that will also allow document sharing and multiple discussion

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Public School Health Clinics

SEATTLE — The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours.

The mother, whom KOMO News has chosen to identify only as “Jill,” says the clinic kept the information “confidential.” “She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center,” she said. “Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion.”

Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.

“We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus,” said Jill. “They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility.”

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/88971742.html

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Coming up on AxXiom For Liberty-

Oct 1st-Jordan Page Oct 8th-Galen Chadwick and Ruel Chappell founders of The Well Fed Neighbor

Oklahoma Schools: Data Collecting or Dossier Building?

States mismanage student information, study concludes

The Washington Post reports, citing a Fordham Law report “Children’s Educational Records and Privacy” in Oct. 2009

Collection systems for education appear vast and vulnerable

States often collect far more information about students than necessary and fail to take adequate steps to protect their privacy, a national study concludes. The dossiers go far beyond test scores, including Social Security numbers, poverty data, health information and disciplinary incidents.

. . .The movement toward statewide databases with unique student identifiers, rooted in the standards-and-testing movement of the 1990s, has grown significantly in this decade under the federal No Child Left Behind law and is getting a fresh push this year from the Obama administration. Federal officials want to link student test scores to teacher files to help evaluate instruction. They also envision systems that track students from pre-kindergarten through college, to help raise college completion rates.

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From the Fordham Report;

Among state departments of education there has been a growing trend to establish statewide longitudinal databases of all K-12 children within a state in order to track students’ progress and change over time. This trend is accompanied by a movement to create uniform data collection systems so that each state’s student data systems are interoperable with one another. These two trends raised privacy concerns that we examine in this study.

. . .. Specifically, our goal was to investigate what type of data was being collected and whether children were protected legally and technically from data misuse, improper data release, and data breaches. Second, we were concerned with the ease with which individual interoperable state data systems could potentially be combined to create a national database of all K-12 children. (Emphasis mine)

Read the report

I share these concerns.  Unfortunately Fordham was unable to get much information on Oklahoma’s school data systems or practices but from a minor bit of digging on the subject, I do find some reason for Oklahoma parents to be asking some questions.

For instance;

in 2005;

Oklahoma Deploys the Nation’s First Fully Implemented Statewide SIF-Based Data Collection Model

and in 2010;

Oklahoma Receives First Ever SIF Award Public Schools

SIF means Schools Interoperability Framework

SIF is an interoperability framework that enables  the exchange of information between diverse data systems.  Oklahoma is the first state to deploy SIF. How did we manage that?

We are also  the first state to mandate compliance by law.

So, What sort of information is being collected and shared on students?

Broadly, the data collected on students  includes their

  • directory
  • demographic
  • disciplinary
  • academic
  • health, and
  • family information

Those categories pretty much cover, well, just about everything and the SIF standards are internationally benchmarked.

Oklahoma is an active participant in the Common Core Standards Initiative, a consortium of 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia. The Initiative is coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers. The standards that are being developed will be internationally benchmarked

From Race to the Top
Technical Review Form – Tier 1
Oklahoma Application #5280-0K-1

Read More about international benchmarks

But wait, there’s more;

“at least 32% of the states warehouse children’s social security numbers, at least 22% of the states record children’s pregnancies, at least 46% of the states track mental health, illness, and jail sentences as part of the children’s educational records, and almost all states with known programs collect family wealth indicators.” says the Fordham report

The  report states that “most states collected information in excess of what is needed for the reporting requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and what appeared needed to evaluate overall school progress”

Why?

Why would most states do this.  Seems like this would be just more work for them. School administrators and teachers already have their hands full.  If most states are collecting all of this excess data, you can bet there is a reason for it and it probably has something to do with funding.

“Oklahoma’s student information system, The Wave, is regarded as a state-of-the-art, real-time electronic system unlike any other state’s in the nation for student reporting and accountability efforts.”

In the May 2010 press release announcing Oklahoma’s award for its student information system, Sandy Garrett, Oklahoma School Superintendent remarks;

“This system was not developed overnight. We were diligent in taking the steps to make it sound, secure and reliable, and to ensure it was a platform that wouldn’t become out-of-date, but rather provide infrastructure for the inevitable advances in data collection and reporting.”

If you have followed my blogging even casually you will know that I am extremely opposed to the  intrusive and ever increasing levels of surveillance being directed upon law abiding people and that state Fusion Centers are a major focus for me.

“They use their technology infrastructure to gather and analyze data on the factors that are most predictive of students who are in danger of school failure and/or dropping out.  . . .As a result, the district has forged new partnerships with local law enforcement agencies”

from the Oklahoma Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development pg 26

Our schools and Fusion Centers both use Data Mining and Predictive Analytics, although for (somewhat) different purposes.

Predictive Analytics data and text mining, data collection and statistics software enables law enforcement agencies to anticipate criminal behavior by quickly analyzing massive amounts of incident data – along with current and developing conditions, such as weather, time of day, city events or even paydays – to ensure the safety of citizens and officers.

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Fusion Centers incorporate a vast array of sources for information collection including law enforcement, public safety, transportation, education, health, agriculture and the private sector

My interest in what is going on in our public education system is directly tied to my concern about the Fusion Centers and I’ll tell you why.  Because any and all information is being fed to them.  Public schools are no exception.    In fact, it is the tying of information that is the source of the problem.  One database holding information is not what bothers me, it is the fact that these systems are being merged.

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I have much more that I will be  sharing with you about this issue but I think it is important enough to try and lay a firm  foundation before I do.  To this end, I will be having an expert on education & privacy law who will catch us up on the  on the history and development of school information collecting on my radio show, AxXiom for Liberty, this Friday evening.

The expert is Beverly K.  Eakman and here is a short list of her credentials.

Beverly Eakman was an Educator, 9 years and a Science & Technical Writer/Editor-in-Chief of NASA’s official newspaper.  She was the Chief speechwriter for: Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and a writer: U.S. Dept. of Justice from 1991-2004. She is also the author of several books on education policy including the recently released, Walking Targets and has written many feature-length articles: Education Week, Chronicles Magazine, The Washington Times, Insight Magazine, National Review, The New American, Crisis Magazine, The Washington Post and served as the Executive Director of the  National Education Consortium from 1994-2006.

I will be posting some of Beverly Eakman’s work between now and Friday and I hope that you will join me Friday at 6pm CST to find out more about what is happening in our schools and what we can do about it.

AxXiom for Liberty is heard in 18 different states around the nation on AM and FM stations.  It can also be heard live over the internet every friday at Rule of Law Radio. http://www.ruleoflawradio.com

If you would like to call in with a question or comment, the number is 512-646-1984.

Real ID or No Real ID-You Are Still Being Enrolled

Find out how today on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock

Mark Lerner from the Constitutional Alliance will be a guest on Declare Your Independence today, Wednesday 15th to talk about a new book, “Your Body Is Your ID”

More about Mark, The Constitutional Alliance and the new book

Listen LIVE Online Today


Go to Liberty News Radio to listen beginning at 4pm-7pm  CST

The book and DVD, “Your Body Is Your ID” are available at www.constitutionalalliance.org

This book covers a variety of intrusive surveillance technology including ALPR with special focus on national/international biometric identification schemes utilizing facial recognition technology.  The broader overview of the book though is to explain the threat of these surveillance technologies and data sharing policies which will give the government an unprecedented amount of control over us.

The book also presents workable solutions to pressing security matters that do not require the destruction of our rights and liberties.

Audio can be accessed after the show here;

Relevant article;

National ID?  No.  It’s worse.

I was on Ernest’s show this week talking about government surveillance and a new documentary about the OKC bombing.

Here


Declare Your Independence! (from Government Surveillance…)

I was a guest on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock today. Topic; Government surveillance, Biometrics and the new documentary on the OKC bombing by Free Mind Films “A Noble Lie” (See links below for items discussed)

I’m on Hour 2 and into hour 3 (but the whole show is great!) http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/075291-2010-09-13-declare-your-independence-with-ernest-hancock-afternoon-september-13th-2010.htm

Envisioning the Future of the CODIS DNA Database

California Vision 2015

Jesse Trentadue, Salt Lake City Utah Attorney with a portrait of his slain brother, Kenneth Trentadue.

2009 Court Brief

“I didn’t start out to solve the bombing, I started out to find the men who killed my brother,” –Jesse Trentadue

This brief lays out what Jesse Trentadue has found to date as a result of his ongoing battle with the federal government to find out what happened to his brother Kenneth and why.

Fascination read!

More…

From OKC to Abu Ghraib: The Kenneth Trentadue Case

CIA Vaughan Index 2009

FBI surrenders documents that judge ordered
10-21-2005

J.D. Cash

More on Jesse Trentadue’s battle to find justice for his brother, Kenneth.


Terry Yeakey-Always a Hero