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Ohio says no to Real ID citing concerns about biometric collection, facial recognition

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Kaye Beach

Dec. 16, 2013

Ohio is the first state to reject the federal Real ID Act solely on the basis of the biometric (facial recognition) collection.

(Read Biometrics 101 -Your Body is Your Id)

When people really understand that the mass collection of biometrics on ordinary people turns all of us into suspects and transforms our rights into privileges, sensible people will reject it.

State officials balked at the “one driver-one license” rule and at being required to store and share copies of personal documents, such as birth certificates, said Joe Andrews, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Public Safety…The objection is that it’s not acceptable in many circles in Ohio to do facial recognition on everyone who comes in to get a license,” http://www.dispatch.com//content/stories/local/2013/12/06/state-pulls-plans-to-comply-with-federal-id-law.html

Ohio had been set and ready to go with Real ID but when residents and legislators got a whiff of what Real ID with its facial biometric requirement was really about, they weren’t so happy.

 After Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
quietly added a facial recognition capability to the
Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway
, which gives government officials unified access to databases for their browsing pleasure, state residents became a tad creeped out that they’d been conscripted into an ongoing police line-up. Link

The actuality of harm to our rights inherent in mandatory biometric ID is beginning to become apparent.  Compared to a few years ago, it is now much easier for the people and their legislators to see what this technology is and how it is being used and they are taking issue with it.

Recently Missouri legislators completed an investigation into privacy violations of Missouri residents and found that the state’s Department of Revenue has  continued implementation of the federal Real ID Act in spite of state law prohibiting it.

Mo. House Committee Releases Report Accusing DOR Of Breaking 2009 Anti-REAL ID Law

 “The Department of Revenue adopted a system of scanning and retention of source documents,” Cox said.  “They acquired and they spent considerable money in obtaining biometric information on citizens, they adopted the central issuance of driver’s licenses, and finally adopted what’s sometimes referred to as Level Three security, which is also a feature of (the) REAL ID Act, according to the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.”

But the federal government says it still intends to force the Real ID Act on the states.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NSCL)
Oct. 2013

REAL ID Enforcement on Its Way

In a recent meeting with NCSL, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) confirmed it is on schedule to announce, later this year, a timeline for the phased-in enforcement of the federal REAL ID Act.

There will likely be four to six phases, with each phase focusing on the use of  REAL ID-compliant IDs in different settings, such as to board commercial aircraft.

Each phase will consist of three steps: 1) signage regarding the upcoming enforcement, 2) verbal warnings of enforcement and 3) hard
enforcement.

Full enforcement of REAL ID is expected to begin
in two to three years.  Approximately 21 states are expected to already be in full compliance when DHS releases the timeline this year.

http://www.ncsl.org/documents/transportation/TRN-Oct2013.pdf

While the stealth national/international biometric ID has remained largely hidden from mass awareness, that is going to change.  More and more citizens and legislators will become aware of the reality of mandatory biometric ID being forced upon the American people and we can expect that this reality will create a new wave of battles.   It won’t be a moment too soon though because the fact is that all states are collecting digital facial images suitable for use with facial recognition technology which means you can kiss your privacy, autonomy and religious freedom goodbye unless its stopped.

I am engaged in my own battle against mandatory biometric ID right now.  I want to know if I have the right NOT to be enrolled into this system of biometric identification and financial control.  Many would benefit from a favorable ruling in my lawsuit and I am asking for your support to help me win my case.

Please help me stop mandatory biometric enrollment by making as generous a contribution to my legal fund as you are able to today.

If you wish to donate to my legal defense fund, you may do so online  through Paypal.com
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Kaye Beach
P.O. Box 722381
Norman, Oklahoma, 73070

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Thank you and God Bless,

Oklahoma Activist Gets the Hammer

Kaye Beach

June 3, 2011

As reported first by the Red Dirt Reporter, Andrew Griffin, The Sooner Tea Party’s HQ was burglarized last weekend.

Sooner Tea Party offices ransacked, records stolen

http://www.reddirtreport.com/Story.aspx/18661

Here is the Red Dirt Report follow up;

Rumored “threats” against Gerhart, Sooner Tea Party may be linked to burglary

OKLAHOMA CITY – Several days after discovering the headquarters of the Sooner Tea Party was burglarized over the Memorial Day weekend, organization leader Al Gerhart told Red Dirt Report late Thursday that he suspects it to be politically motivated.

And from NewsOK.com

Sooner Tea Party headquarters burglarized

. . . the burglars took a lot of Sooner Tea Party records, but passed over expensive tools and equipment in the west Oklahoma City carpentry shop where he kept the records. An air-conditioner and a laptop computer Gerhart used for his business were the most expensive items Gerhart mentioned as being taken.

Gerhart said he found his 2009 and 2010 tax records stacked by the door, but the burglars apparently forgot to load them

Read more

It isn’t only Gerhart who suspects that this is politically motivated.  I would venture so far as to say that it is obviously politically motivated and that is something that should concern every citizen of this state.

As I was informed recently by one irate legislator who had no qualms about venting fury at Al Gerhart by proxy-We all look the same to them

On May 19, 2011, I wrote,

Rep. Don Armes, upset over calls to his office made by the Sooner Tea Party’s Al Gerhart unleashed his fury on the two women in the House Lobby in front of a large number of astonished onlookers consisting of Capitol staff, lobbyists and visitors.  The tirade lasted for several minutes and despite protests from the pair of signature gatherers that they have no control over the actions of other activists, Armes continued with his finger in the face tirade against Gerhart saying “You all look the same to me!”

The insult to Oklahoma voters committed by Rep.  Armes yesterday is by no means the only contentious event that Oklahoma taxpayers have been treated to this session and . . . it certainly won’t be the last.

So what we are seeing, as noted in Rule #6 of AxXiom’s Ten Rules for Activists to Live By, the highest nail gets the hammer. 

Without a shadow of a doubt, that nail is Al Gerhart. 

He has made it a mission to get under the skin of legislators.  I encountered more than one irritated lawmaker when I was trying to collect signatures for the discharge petition at the end of session.  I asked one if Gerhart had done anything illegal. Had he lied or slandered them?  If so, there are legal remedies for that otherwise they are just being aggravated and this, I think, must rather go with the territory.

We should thank Mr. Gerhart for one thing, that by comparison, he makes the rest of us seem like very short nails.

There are activists and advocates for every issue under the sun.  I am personally most familiar with advocates for limited, constitutional government.  Under that heading we have activists that advocate for legal adherence to all ten of the Ten Amendments to the Bill of Rights. Most commonly this includes (but is not limited to) the First, Second, Fourth and Tenth Amendments, but also advocates for specific issues of peace, privacy, parental rights, freedom of information and transparency, free enterprise, sovereignty, property rights and more.

What do you really care about?  Is there any issue that you feel strongly enough about to;

  • Make a phone call or write an email?
  • Make a personal visit to a legislator?
  • Join a political interest group?
  • Hold a meeting?

Is there any issue that you feel is important enough to create or circulate a petition for?  How about leafleting or participating in a non violent demonstration or rally? 

If you can’t think of any issue that you feel passionate enough about that you would willing to do at least one of those things for, then stop reading here.

Comments on Facebook don’t count.

I am talking about political activism also known as civic duty. 

Whatever political circles you move in, left or right or anywhere in between, whatever your pet issue is, you are going to choose the type of activity that suits your sensibilities.  I will be honest.  My preferred method of advocacy is doing research to gather the facts that support my position and then using persuasion to get others to see it my way.  I don’t like pressure tactics.  I don’t like them used on me and I don’t like to use them on others.  It’s not my way.  Having said that, I really believe with all of my heart that our government has no legal or moral right to surveil, track, or monitor me or anyone else without probable cause.  I think that in our government doing so we are harmed legally and spiritually and furthermore I truly believe that if such practices are permitted it will be the end of everything that is beautiful about living in this country.  I believe than doing anything less than what I am capable of to stop this I bear responsibility for leaving an ugly and un-free America to my child and every other child that is born or will be in this country.  I admit, in this, I am zealous.

I am zealous enough that when research and persuasion has failed me I have resorted to the next level of activism including organizing meetings, mass calls and emails, demonstrations, petitions and the like.  I also reserve my right to participate in non-violent civil disobedience and would accept the responsibility for doing so.

What are you willing to do to protect your natural and legal rights?

Next question.

Could any of the activities you may envision possibly annoy, aggravate or confound any of your legislators? 

If so, there is not a shred of difference between you and me and Al Gerhart for that matter.

The highest nail….right now that nail is Gerhart.  He’s getting the hammer.

You all look the same to them.

Who’s next?

The Bill of No Rights

THE BILL OF RIGHTS

**Attribution-who wrote this?

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident: That a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of Non Rights.

The Bill of NON Rights

ARTICLE I — You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any form of wealth.

More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II — You do not have the right to never be offended.

This country is based on freedom, and that means the freedom for everyone, not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III — You do not have the right to be free from harm.

If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful. Do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV — You do not have the right to free food and housing.

Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generations of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V — You do not have the right to free health care.

That would be nice but, from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in government run health care.

ARTICLE VI — You do not have the right to physically harm other people.

If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII — You do not have the right to the possessions of others.

If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIIIYou don’t have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience.

 

We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight, if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

ARTICLE IX — You don’t have the right to a job.

All of us sure want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE X — You do not have the right to happiness.

Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness — which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

Okie Pundit’s Vantage Point-In the Dark About ALPR

Okie Pundit thinks the traffic cam controversy is lame;

Last month the blogosphere, led by Mike McCarville, erupted over the proposal to use traffic cameras to detect uninsured drivers.

From our vantage point, this is much ado about nothing.

Mr. O. Pundit, your “vantage point” is limiting your vision terribly. It makes me to wonder where exactly your head is. Try removing it from the darkness first and take another look.

Okie Pundit says;

The proposed cameras are to be on public roads, where privacy rights are limited or nonexistent. This reminds us of the liberal furor over the Patriot Act allowing the government to monitor the books people checked out of the public library.

Who is “us”? Is the writer a conglomerate or is the article written by consensus?

Nevermind.

Was it only the liberals who took offense to having their reading materials monitored for signs that they might be inclined to be a terrorist? I don’t remember it that way.

Do you think that because it’s a public library then no one has a right to complain? I guess the recent web cam spying incident in Pennsylvania where kids were being photographed in their own bedrooms surreptitiously by school officials should not irritate anyone then. After all, the laptops were issued to students by a public school.

A brief description of that issue in case you missed it;

Blake Robbins’ father, Michael, verified from Assistant Principal Lindy Matsko that the school district did in fact have the capability of remotely activating the cameras embedded in the district-issued laptop computer wherever the computer may be situated and regardless of whether the student is using it, and that the school district could at any time choose “to view and capture whatever images were in front of the webcam, all without the knowledge, permission or authorization of any persons then and there using the laptop computer.”
http://americasright.com/?p=3159


By the way, it is not just public libraries that have to give over records upon demand. It is also bookstores. As a matter of fact, any business, public or private can be forced to turn over any records including your medical and financial without any particularized suspicion under the PATRIOT ACT. We will never know how many have had to do so because the PATRIOT ACT also allows the owners or workers forced to give up this information to be gagged.

But back to the issue at hand, the limits of privacy in the public sphere.

Of course privacy is always limited when we choose to venture out into public. This is because we are viewable. Anyone can look at us and we can be photographed without permission.

But this issue is not about being viewed. It is about being tracked, recorded and monitored and about the information being shared or retained. The proposal to put up a number of ALPR cameras in fixed locations is more like being stalked than simply viewed.

And we are not talking about criminal suspects here, but ordinary people going about their business.

The ALPR systems can and are being utilized for a wide variety of purposes far beyond a simple insurance verification check.

ELSAG, a very popular vendor of ALPR advertises;

ALPR data is a crucial intelligence asset for use in threat mitigation, crime prevention and criminal case resolution for public safety, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. The COPLINK® software organizes and rapidly analyzes vast quantities of structured and seemingly unrelated data http://www.scribd.com/doc/23225353/ELSAG-IACP-COPLINK-Automatic-License-Plate-Recognition

Okie Pundit continues with his argument for the devices;

The cameras are being used to enforce the law, a law which protects responsible drivers who currently bear the burden of higher premiums because of those choosing to drive without insurance. Not to mention that one would presume illegal immigrants are disproportionately uninsured and this will be another avenue to detect those here illegally.

Law Enforcement Officers are supposed to enforce the law not a machine. This is essentially outsourcing of law enforcement. Guess what happens when you confuse the dispensing of justice with the profiteering by dispensing of tickets? It encourages corruption, plain and simple.

A good example of this is the rash of yellow light shortening perpetrated by profit seeking red light corporations.

http://www.motorists.org:80/blog/6-cities-that-were-caught-shortening-yellow-light-times-for-profit/

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/06/12/eveningnews/main558431.shtml

http://www.clickpress.com/releases/Detailed/5145005cp.shtml

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2009/06/29/20090629lights0629.html

http://thenewspaper.com/news/28/2827.asp

Do you think a private company who profits off of ticketing us (30%) is going to be a fair arbiter? If we want to contest one of these tickets, we would take our complaint before an employee of the corporation-NOT a sworn officer of any sort.

Oklahoma’s RFP reveals that;

The winning company would install, test, maintain and operate the cameras. It would mail tickets to vehicle owners. It would run a toll-free hotline and conduct hearings where motorists would contest camera tickets before a camera company employee instead of a judge

Traffic Technology Today

Privatization is a good thing in some instances. This is not one of them.

Also, these are not simply cameras.

The camera is one aspect of the system and probably the most benign portion at that. It is the database that makes ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) what it is.

How do the ALPR cameras know if you are uninsured or not? It checks your plate against a database. This is how the cameras can also check and see if your plate is listed on any “hotlists” A hotlist could be created for stolen cars, criminal suspects or any other group you can think of from tot stealers to Tea Partiers. Running plates against hotlists is akin to being randomly thrown into a lineup, albeit a virtual one, it still carries the same risks as a real line up and should not be done absent probable cause. This is a dragnet and it is unconstitutional.

And for all the fear about being monitored by the government, there is far too much traffic and activity to notice anything other than outrageous behavior in real time.

That would be true if the cameras were monitored by human beings. That is not how it works hence the name AUTOMATIC License Plate Recognition. Advances in computing capability allows for rapid, massive data processing, matching and storage. Algorithms search, sort and identify almost instantaneously. There is no limit to the processing powers of modern computers as there will always be with human beings.

This is one of the new aspects of surveillance that many fail to take into consideration. Catch up.

The “Borg” Pundit says;

However, the feeds from these cameras would be a useful resource in the event of terrorist attacks or violent crimes.

We no longer wait until an actual crime has been committed to react. That is the way of the “old paradigm”

You may be unaware that we are doing things a little differently these days. A lot of people are, but since you speak as if from some authority, you should know the facts.

Since 9 11, the US government has adopted the idea that by collecting, collating and sharing massive amounts information crime and terrorism can be prevented. This strategy is derived directly from a school of thought on policing known as Intelligence Led Policing. This is the same new, driving philosophy for policing that made
fusion centers possible.

Intelligence Led Policing is a philosophy of law enforcement and policing imported from the UK and is often referred to the “New Paradigm” of policing.

The best way to get a grasp on the new paradigm is to recall what the old paradigm was;

OLD Paradigm:

The old paradigm was based upon the belief that individuals have an unalienable right to life, liberty, and property granted us by our Creator.

Americans have a justified expectation that the government instituted to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will always afford due respect for the autonomy and privacy of law abiding individuals.

In America we are accustomed to a system of law that operates with the presumption of innocence as a cornerstone for the purpose of promoting justice. Those who offer the argument that “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing fear” are missing the boat. It doesn’t work that way any longer.

The New Paradigm requires collecting and analyzing massive amounts of data, not limited to criminals or suspects but about all us. It is preemptive rather than reactive. The New Paradigm wants our police forces to be part of the ever expanding intelligence apparatus.

According to Michael Chertoff;



Former Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security Chertoff hits on another important point. ALPR is only one out of many sensors being used to collect data on us. Your phone, RFID tags, CCTV’s, even your new “smart meter” serve to collect information about each of us and this information is shared and aggregated in order to give the government a more complete picture of our lives. Data is examined algorithmically to try and reveal patterns that might indicate some hostile intent on our part.

Finally, there are already a number of cameras that view us in public: turnpike cameras to catch toll violators, traffic cameras to monitor road conditions, the view from the local news station, John Angier in the back corner at political events, dashboard cams on police cars, security feeds at businesses and government facilities. Whatever privacy one is expecting in public is long since gone.

And this statement illustrates the same deeply flawed logic that assures that we will eventually lose what Justice Louis Brandeis spoke so eloquently about;

“The makers of the Constitution: conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone –the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.”

–Justice Louis Brandeis

As a matter of fact, the false belief of the inevitability of these technological intrusions and the apathy that results from that belief is what the security and technology industry is banking on.

This is a portion of a slide taken from Fleishman-Hillard’s strategic presentation given to the Auto-ID industry to help them to overcome the pub lic’s antipathy toward RFID tagging.

They did their research and found that;

Initial response to the ‘base technology’ is neutral

Benefits are seen as for business only after consideration are negatives seen

• Consumer benefits seen as negligible No balancing the negatives with positives

• Consumers feel they have no personal choice

Virtually all groups spontaneously said that the ‘chip should be able to be killed'(their language).

The industry began working todevelop best messages to pacify”

The researchers acknowledged that the problem was that the RFID technology when used on an intimate level as with individual product tagging or ID cards, the consumers recognized that there was little if any benefits for them but a huge potential for the technology to be used in an intrusive manner.

From their studies they learned that with Americans the key to overcoming resistance was to push the notion that the technology was inevitable which provoked apathy.

Congratulations. You are bearing witness to the genius of the social manipulators.

You are reacting just as they predicted the typical American would.


Use it or Lose it! Open Carry NH

I am heartened by the civility displayed by the officer and Mr. Ridley but this seems to be the  exception when people stand their legal ground with law enforcement. Anything less than  Immediate and unwavering compliance with demand from an officer is treated as reason enough for the officer to move to force.

Displays of this sort are often critiqued as being trivial.  I have been dismissive in the past of people making a big deal over nitpicky details when they went to great lengths to insist that their rights be respected.  In retrospect, I was wrong.  Not everyone has the ability or requisite courage to demand that law serve the purpose it was designed for to the letter.  I applaud every single one of us who do because they are helping to draw the line in the sand for all of us, now and in the future.  I have prioritized certain rights that seem to me to be most precious but in truth, they all must be defended for any one specific one to matter at all.

I sympathize with the reality that being a police officer is a difficult and dangerous job but my greatest concern always lies with the preservation of respect for the legal and intrinsic rights of the individual.  Every time we fail to take insist upon retaining this basic respect for our rights we open the door for tyrants to prevail.

Know your rights and defend them like your life depends on it.  It does.  Our humanity depends on our liberty!

The Health care Bill and Parental Rights

The Health Care Bill and Your Rights…As A Parent.

By RJ Harris, U.S. Congressional Candidate Oklahoma 4th District

The Ninth Amendment of the Bill of Rights protects your un-enumerated rights. The Supreme Court has held that the right to have children is a fundamental right and therefore is indeed protected by this amendment. Hand in hand with this right, is the right to raise your children as you see fit according to your own beliefs, morals and standards so long as those do not infringe upon the child’s own rights to life, liberty, property or unremunerated rights (remembering that you are the guardian of your children’s rights until they reach the age(s) of consent).

As a parent then, and the legal guardian of your children’s inalienable as well as constitutionally protected rights, what are you going to do when a panel of government bean counters says that you cannot have your baby, you MUST abort him, because he has Down Syndrome and he will present an unacceptable cost on the now socialized health care system?

As a parent then, what are you going to do when life saving treatment is refused to your child because it is deemed costly to the system or because it’s chance of success is lower than what the newly commissioned “Federal Health Agency” believes is acceptable even if the doctors want to try and save your child’s life.

As a parent then, what are you going to do when government bureaucrats, heavily lobbied by the pharmaceutical industry and under the authority about to be given to them by Congress through this bill, FORCE your children to have administered to them experimental vaccinations and inoculations as was done to hundreds of thousands of Desert Storm soldiers in 1990?

 

Read More;

http://rjharris2010.blogspot.com/2009/11/health-care-bill-and-your-rightsas.html

 

MIAC changes proposed after controversial report

The recommendations are no more than what ought to have been done from the outset.

I believe that the MIAC hearings were more to allow  the public a venting session than anything else, the good intentions of many of the board members notwithstanding.

The state of MO or any state should settle for no less than defunding and disabling  these centers.  They are redundant and are in the dangerous position of having to justify their existence to stay afloat which means the population at large will be increasingly targeted and harassed by the system in its efforts to flush out deviants before they ripen.  The whole “New Paradigm” of policing is premised upon  predicting and preempting terrorism making it impossible to avoid infringing upon our rights.  Presumption of innocence, due process, free speech and more cannot be upheld in a climate of pervasive surveillance and suspicion.

Expect more and more intrusion and further constriction of liberty for  as long as we allow our government to continue to use the specter of terrorism to cow us into handing over the remaining control we have over our lives.

What has become of the people of America and their devotion to independence?  We are becoming thoroughly scrutinized, graded, assessed, hand fed and domesticated people.

Watched as we are, naturally I recommend nothing more forceful than a chorus of bleating towards the ears of our keepers by way of protest.
I advise not to make any sudden moves lest you be regarded as “possible threat to public safety”

California Vision 2015

AxXiom

A panel of state lawmakers is recommending the General Assembly provide greater oversight of the type of intelligence-gathering activities a controversial state agency can perform.

Since March, the Missouri Information Analysis Center has been under scrutiny for an intelligence report it sent law enforcement agencies across the state about the “modern militia movement.”

The report suggested people who oppose abortion, resist paying federal income taxes and support third-party political candidates may be linked to violent militias. The report sparked outrage among social conservatives who believed it instructed police officers to target those exercising right-wing political speech as potential militia members.

On Thursday, an interim House committee chaired by Rep. Bob Dixon ended a summerlong study of MIAC by recommending possible changes in law to the rest of the legislature.

Meeting via conference call, the committee recommended:

– Enact legislation defining MIAC’s mission and scope in statute. In response to the federal government creating the Department of Homeland Security, MIAC was established in 2005 as a central repository for police agencies to share crime trends. Until the militia report controversy, very few state lawmakers even knew the 30-person agency existed.

– Define and limit the types of intelligence information gathering or sharing in which MIAC can engage.

– Establish a legislative committee to provide oversight of MIAC to review its activities.

– Require MIAC to present an annual report to the legislature on its activities.

– Strengthen personal privacy, civil rights and liberties laws to ensure they can’t be compromised by MIAC’s intelligence-gathering and sharing operations.

– Establish a formal, independent oversight board to provide policy direction and overall leadership to MIAC. Currently, there is an informal committee of advisers.

MIAC is based in Jefferson City and is a division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which falls under the state Department of Public Safety. In response to the political backlash from the militia report, MIAC has ceased distribution of additional intelligence reports.

Read More;

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20091016/NEWS01/910160334/MIAC-changes-proposed-after-controversial-report

Greenwald Spotlights Civil Liberties

I have much respect for the integrity demonstrated by Glenn Greenwald who is now writing and editorializing over at Salon.

I discovered his writing when I picked up the book How Would a Patriot Act a few years ago and became a fan of his non-partisan analysis of issues especially pertaining to civil liberties.  He is a rare-breed of American, one that seems to remain untouched by the political duplicity
I have the impression he is “un-claimed” by any particular party or faction which may explain the name of his blog-Unclaimed Territory
which was moved over to Salon in 2007.
Glenn Greenwald has steadily thumped the conscious of  Republicans and Democrats alike (provided they have one) on the FISA
fiasco of telecom immunity and the expansion bill, government spying
and has not let the story about John Yoo’s flimsy “legal” justification for unbridled Executive power that was siezed upon by the Bush administration as a legitimate construct for many of its extra constitutional power grabs.
is coverage of the new administration has continued seamlessly.
from Amazon;

Glenn Greenwald was not a political man. Not liberal, not conservative. Politicians were all the same and it didn’t matter which party was in power. Extremists on both ends canceled each other out, and the United States would essentially remain forever centrist. Or so he thought. Then came September 11, 2001. Greenwald’s disinterest in politics was replaced by patriotism, and he supported the war in Afghanistan. He also gave President Bush the benefit of the doubt over his decision to invade Iraq. But, as he saw Americans and others being disappeared, jailed and tortured, without charges or legal representation, he began to worry. And when he learned his president had seized the power to spy on American citizens on American soil, without the oversight required by law, he could stand no more

Thank you, Glenn for your consistent, in depth investigations free from political hidden agenda’s and keep up the good work!

Twitter: @glenngreenwald

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Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 06:28 PDT

Former Marine captain resigns in protest of Afghanistan war

Top civilian in southern province argues we’re exacerbating the problem we’re supposedly there to solve
By Glenn Greenwald

(updated below)

Matthew Hoh, a former Marine captain with combat experience in Iraq, resigned last month from his position with the Foreign Service, where he was the the senior U.S. civilian in the Taliban-dominated Southern Afghanistan province of Zabul, because he became convinced that our war in that country will not only inevitably fail, but is fueling the very insurgency we are trying to defeat.  Hoh’s resignation is remarkable because it entails the sort of career sacrifice in the name of principle that has been so rare over the last decade, but even more so because of the extraordinary four-page letter (.pdf) he wrote explaining his reasoning.

Hoh’s letter should be read in its entirety, but I want to highlight one part.  He begins by noting that “next fall, the United States’ occupation will equal in length the Soviet Union’s own physical involvement in Afghanistan,” and contends that our unwanted occupation combined with our support for a deeply corrupt government “reminds [him] horribly of our involvement in South Vietnam.”  He then explains that most of the people we are fighting are not loyal to the Taliban or driven by any other nefarious aim, but instead are driven principally by resistance to the presence of foreign troops in their provinces and villages (click on image to enlarge):

Monday, Oct 26, 2009 04:27 PDT

NYT condemns what it calls “Obama’s cover-up”

A leading pro-Obama outlet says he “has clung to Bush’s expansive claims of national security and executive power.”
By Glenn Greenwald

(updated below)

The New York Times Editorial Page has long been one of the most reliable and vocal pro-Obama outlets in the nation.  When they endorsed him for President, they praised his “strength of will, character and intellect, sober judgment and a cool, steady hand,” attributes they said he possesses in “abundance,” and predicted he would provide “sensible leadership, compassionate leadership, honest leadership and strong leadership.”  Throughout this year, their praise of him has been fulsome and their criticisms rare and restrained.  Most recently, they made numerous arguments as to why he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize.  I could go on, but I assume the pro-Obama bona fides of The New York Times Editorial Page are well established.

Saturday, Oct 24, 2009 05:25 PDT

The Washington Post’s 2002 “reporting” on Iran

Anonymous sources. Scary war-fueling claims. One-sided accounts. Sound familiar?
By Glenn Greenwald

Anyone who believes the establishment media in the U.S. learned even a single lesson from what happened with Iraq should immediately read this featured Washington Post article by Joby Warrick, which gravely and frighteningly warns that Iran’s Qom nuclear facility “was intended explicitly for making highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.”  It’s filled with one alarmist claim after the next (all anonymously provided, needless to say), such as this:  “That number is too small to furnish fuel for a civilian power plant, but just big enough to supply Iran annually with up to three bombs’ worth of weapons-grade fuel, the former officials said” and “Qom could produce enough bomb-grade fuel for two to three bombs annually.”

The Bill of No Rights

Fine Work from;

The Proceedings of the Friesian School, Fourth Series

Kelley R Ross. Ph, D

We hold these truths to be self-evident:  That a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of Non Rights.

  • ARTICLE I — You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any form of wealth.

    More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

  • ARTICLE II — You do not have the right to never be offended.

    This country is based on freedom, and that means the freedom for everyone, not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots and probably always will be.

  • ARTICLE III — You do not have the right to be free from harm.

    If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful. Do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

  • ARTICLE IV — You do not have the right to free food and housing.

    Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generations of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

  • ARTICLE V — You do not have the right to free health care.

    That would be nice but, from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in government run health care.

  • ARTICLE VI — You do not have the right to physically harm other people.

    If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

  • ARTICLE VII — You do not have the right to the possessions of others.

    If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen TV or a life of leisure.

  • ARTICLE VIII — You don’t have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience.

    We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight, if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

  • ARTICLE IX — You don’t have the right to a job.

    All of us sure want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

  • ARTICLE X — You do not have the right to happiness.

    Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness — which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

If you agree that a understanding of no rights is necessary to “Secure the Blessings of Liberty,” I strongly urge you to refer this to as many people as you can, or link it from your own webpages. No, you don’t HAVE to …. Nothing tragic will befall you should you NOT refer it. I just think it’s about time common sense is allowed to re-emerge in our society and flourish again. Thank you!!!

Oklahoma Public Health Emergency Documents

TITLE 63 Chapter 24 Section 683.2 Emergency Management

Oklahoma Emergency Management Act of 2003

findings and Declarations

Title 63ch 24Section 683.2 Emergency Management


Question Submitted by: State Director Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

2007 OK AG 11 Decided: 04/23/2007

Oklahoma Attorney General Opinions

1. Does the Governor or any local jurisdictional body have the authority to order a mandatory evacuation during emergencies and/or natural disasters?

QuestionState Director Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management 2007

MIPS OKLAHOMA MASS IMMUNIZATION PROPHYLAXIS PLAN

OKMIPS10581

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2007 Oklahoma Pandemic Influenza Management Plan Preparedness

2007 OK State Pandemic Plan

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Law Statute Public Health Powers

Quarantine, Isolation, vaccination, treatment, Law enforcement, appeal, property, liability

New 2008.

310:521-7-1. Examination
The Commissioner may issue an order for the examination of any individual upon the suspicion or confirmation that said individual has a communicable disease. Such examination may include a clinical examination, a specific diagnostic test or tests, or a specific laboratory test or tests. The purpose of such examination(s) and/or test(s) is to determine the presence of the suspected infectious organism or the presence of indicators of the suspected infectious organism, and to determine the contagious state of the individual to the extent possible.
[Source: Added at 25 Ok Reg 1148, eff 5-25-08]
310:521-7-2.

Treatment
The Commissioner may issue an order for the treatment of any individual suspected or confirmed to have a communicable disease. The Commissioner may also order the treatment of any individual or individuals exposed to certain infectious agents. Such treatment plans will be according to procedures developed within the Department.
[Source: Added at 25 Ok Reg 1148, eff 5-25-08]
310:521-

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CHE referenceTitle 310 Ch521

Request for Proposal

Award Name Hospital Preparedness Program Cooperative Agreement
Award Year August 9, 2008 – August 8, 2009
CFDA Number 93.889
CFDA Name National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program
Federal Awarding Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

OSDHReqComm Evac Fatality

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Oklahoma SCHOOLS Influenza Vaccination Template

September 13, 2009, 2:45 AM ET

2009 H1N1 Influenza School Template

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OKLAHOMA STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE PLAN

okla2007 0606-SNS Plan-1

After 9/11 the Oklahoma Legislature established the Joint Homeland Security Legislative Task Force.  Members included:

  • Dr. Ken Levitt (Chair)
  • Senator Glenn Coffee
  • Senator Billy Mickle
  • Senator Jim Reynolds
  • Senator Dick Wilkerson
  • Professor Sujeet Shenoi
  • Representative Bill Paulk
  • Representative Dale Wells
  • Representative John Nance
  • Representative Dan Webb

In the months following 9/11, the federal government began the task of reorganizing in an attempt to better protect the homeland.  Congress passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002[1], which created the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a cabinet level Department within the President’s administration.  Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was sworn in as the first Secretary of DHS on January 24, 2003.  The creation of DHS led to the most significant transformation of the United States government in more than half a century.  More than 22 agencies were moved under the DHS umbrella, including FEMA, the U.S. Fire Administration, the U.S. Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The need existed to create a similar office in Oklahoma to develop, coordinate and implement homeland security efforts.  In July 2002 the Oklahoma Homeland Security Director assembled an administrative staff to focus on homeland security issues

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Oklahoma Emergency Operations Plan 2007

2007 State EOP

State of Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security 2004 ANNUAL REPORT

OK20045th draft annual report

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Central Oklahoma
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)
BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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JUNE 2009 UASI Report

june09uasibudget

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Oklahoma City Urban Area Security Initiative FY 2009 Budget Narrative JULY 2009

Medical/Public Health

The Medical and Public Health budget request was formulated through a collective effort of the principals involved with medical and public preparedness activities in Central Oklahoma. The individuals all met at the Oklahoma City/County Department for an afternoon to look at current needs requirements, and other funding sources.
There were three main areas for focused funding requests: Hospitals, EMS, and public health.

july09uasibudget

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Sept. 2009 Urban Area Security Initiative UASI Meeting

Sept09uasibudget


[1] Homeland Security Act of 2002 6 U.S.C. § § 101 et seq.

OKLAHOMA PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Oklahoma Public Health and Medical Response System Overview (UPDATED)

Dept. of Corrections Pandemic Flu Plan

Typically, a large number of people would be
directed to these sites to obtain whatever treatments are
made available. In Oklahoma, a parallel distribution system
for sheltered-in populations, known as SIPS, will also be
deployed. The SIPS strategy focuses on populations that
are unable to go to a MIPS site to obtain needed supplies in
the event of a disaster. These populations include nursing
home residents and hospitalized patients. The inclusion of
the DOC in the SIPS strategy was a logical fit because the
inmates must remain incarcerated and needed supplies
must be obtained by facility representatives and taken
back to correctional facilities for distribution and administration

Jones_McDonald

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OK MOU Dep Army

1_MOAs_K-P=Garrison_or_Instl_Level_Nonfederal_Activities_M_Sill_Provides_Spt_MC07 Strategic National Stockpile 11Feb09

Oklahoma Emergency Operations Plan 2007

2007 State EOP

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2009       EMSystems Clients participate in nation-wide emergency hospital exercise
[PRESS RELEASE]
MILWAUKEE – An unprecedented number of EMSystems statewide clients successfully participated in a nation-wide National Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters (or HAvBED) exercise. EMSystems’ clients who participated in this large-scale reporting exercise included Michigan, Idaho, Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) / Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Grant Guidance, this exercise required Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disaster (HAvBED) reports to be submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services / Secretary Operations Center (SOC) within a 4 hour time period.

EMSystems Clients participate in nation 2009

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Technology

VERICHIP

The sensing system, as illustrated in Figure 4, can be targeted
to the products and applications required for bio-threat detection and diagnosis, ranging from Point-of-Intercept to Point-of-Care (Figure 5) surveillance and diagnostic sensor systems. The critical closed-cycle sensing system has been proof-of-concept demonstrated using a glucose sensing system model. (Figure 6). This model is being further developed into an integrated system for in vivo(in vivo: In the living organism, as opposed to in vitro (in the laboratory). glucose monitoring (Figure 7) through incorporation of VeriChip’s signal transduction and RFID communication
technologies (US Patent 7,125,382; “Embedded Bio-Sensor System”). Our experience with the glucose sensing system program, in combination with our systems for the application of our CARA high-throughput screening platform, has established the development workflow that will be applied to this bio-threat development program.

VeriChip Imbedded Virus-Sensor-White-Paper

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NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS

H1N1 Recommendation to President Obama

H1N1 Recommendations President PCAST_H1N1_Report

PUBLIC LAW 109–417—DEC. 19, 2006

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS Law 2006

Joint Review of National Disaster Medical System (NDMS),Consolidated Report of RecommendationsJoint Review of National Disaster Medical System (NDMS),Consolidated Report of Recommendationsmitre-ndms

The National Response Framework (NRF) presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies – from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe. The Framework defines the key principles, roles, and structures that organize the way we respond as a Nation. It describes how communities, tribes, States, the Federal Government, and private-sector and nongovernmental partners apply these principles for a coordinated, effective national response. The National Response Framework is always in effect, and elements can be implemented at any level at any time.

nrf-overview2008

North American Plan for Avian Flu

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