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Big Sis in Hot Water?

Kaye Beach

Oct. 4, 2012

The scathing US Senate report released early this week is 141 pages of fascinating reading but it could cause a real confidence crisis for those who still think that trading liberty for security is a decent bargain.

Besides the fact that the Dept. of Homeland Security doesn’t know exactly how much it has given to states and cities for the Fusion Centers or how that money was spent, the Secretary of DHS, Janet Napolitano dubbed “Big Sis” by Matt Drudge, also has trouble getting her facts straight.

Fusion Centers have been at the center of many, many civil liberty scandals since they were created and a wide swath of concerned or active Americans from right to left have found themselves lumped in with or labeled as “extremists” at some point or another by the dubious ‘intelligence’ that the spy centers produce.  I hope they are all enjoying the fact that the Centers and Big Sis herself, are getting a little, long overdue scrutiny but also hope that they take this report to their state legislators and demand that the “pools of ineptitude and civil liberties intrusions” in their states be examined just as closely.

Report: Napolitano misled Congress on terrorism ‘fusion’ centers

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano repeatedly misled lawmakers about one of her department’s signature initiatives, the development of special centers where state and local police could share information about terrorism and other crimes with their federal counterparts, a bipartisan report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations states.

Ms. Napolitano failed to report to Congress serious problems with the so-called “fusion center” program, according to the report. She insisted publicly that the program was a success, but two reports from her own department found, what congressman called, “serious problems” with the fusion centers.

“The findings of both the 2010 and 2011 assessments contradict public statements by [Homeland Security] officials” including congressional testimony from Ms. Napolitano, the report states.

Investigators also found that Ms. Napolitano and other officials repeatedly claimed there were 72 fusion centers around the country, when internal documents revealed that there were only 68.


Ask Sen. Coburn to take a pass on PASS ID!

Senator Tom Coburn’s

(click for) Town Halls

Please respectfully remind Senator Tom Coburn of the fact that Oklahoma passed SB 464 prohibiting The Real ID Act from being implemented in this state.  Sen. Coburn is a ranking member on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and this committee is critical to the passage of Real ID II-The PASS ID

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano is trying to salvage Real ID with S 1261: PASS ID Act.   This measure does little more than give Real ID a name change and very superficial make over

On June 15, 2009, S. 1261, the “Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act of 2009″ or the “Pass ID Act” was introduced in the Senate.(The PASS ID Act)

The PASS ID Act does not improve the most objectionable aspects of the Real ID Act of 2005.  For example;

1. The PASS ID Act requires a biometric facial image on all state driver’s licenses and ID cards. Just like Real ID. Facial recognition software, biometric scans, and radio frequency tracking along with linking of widely disparate databases taking place, will make truly pervasive surveillance and control of populations possible for the first time

2.  The PASS ID Act would allow a RFID chip to be embedded in the licenses.

3.  PASS ID prohibits federal agencies from accepting any non-compliant forms of ID for official purposes like boarding an airplane, entering a federal building or receiving benefits like Social Security. 2   (Remember-these are tax-payer funded institutions and programs!)

4. National ID systems such as PASS ID create inherent and substantial risks of fraud and identity theft. If the bill becomes law, it would establish a national ID card. 3 More than 2 dozen states have either passed laws or developed measures opposing Real ID.

5. In 2007, Oklahoma lawmakers passed SB 464, which states that “The state of Oklahoma shall not participate in the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005.” More than 2 dozen states have either passed laws or developed measures opposing Real ID.

The people and their representatives have clearly spoken-NO REAL ID!

click-Dates, Times Sen Coburn Townhalls plus contact info and sample email/letter/fax

See www.stoprealidcoalition.com for more info

1, 2 and 3http://epic.org/privacy/pass_id/

Message to Sen. Coburn No Real ID-No PASS ID

Dear Senator Coburn,

I am very concerned about S 1261, the PASS ID Act.  Oklahoma rejected Real ID with the passage of SB 464 in 2007 and these two bills are both a national, if not international ID system.

SB 464 states;

“The Legislature finds that the enactment into law by the United States Congress of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005[. . .] is inimical to the security and well-being of the people of Oklahoma, will cause approximately Eight Million Dollars ($8,000,000.00) in added expense and inconvenience to our state, and was adopted by the United States Congress in violation of the principles of federalism contained in the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

The PASS ID Act will still limit the taxpayers’ access to federal buildings and services as well as boarding a plane for those who do not wish to carry a national ID card.  The alternative that is offered is an Enhanced Driver’s License which actually contains an RFID chip.  I do not want to choose between being treated as non-person or carrying a tracking device with me everywhere I go!

The Pass ID Act will still require “digital facial image capture” which allows for the continued expansion of facial recognition technology that is actually set to international standards!  How long will it be until we are all enrolled in this biometric identification system an unable to travel anywhere without our whereabouts being logged and coupled with every transaction we make giving our government an enormous amount of power over each one of us?  I do not want myself or my children to ever have to fear such a system in our country which has always been considered a beacon of freedom for people everywhere.

Please do all you can to uphold the will of this state and preserve the necessary separation of state and federal power that will ensure we can keep the Republic that our founders sought to secure for us all.


(Oklahoma Rep. Charles) Key Warns Constituents of Growing Identity Theft Problemtion

Key Warns Constituents of Growing Identity Theft Problem

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 19, 2009) – State Rep. Charles Key returned to the U.S. from a trip to China just in time to learn of what U.S. authorities
are calling the largest case of identity theft in the U.S.

The case involves three men who are accused of stealing more
than 130 million credit card and debit card numbers from Heatland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven Inc. and Hannaford Brothers Co. Key said that as a longtime advocate of privacy rights, he wants to highlight this case as an example of why he believes government practices need to change.

“I believe it is a legislator’s responsibility to alert his or her constituents of any threat, especially a threat that goes to the very foundation on which our country was founded,” Key said. “I also believe as a lawmaker I have a responsibility to discuss remedies to deal with the threat. This week 130 million Americans had their credit card information and other account information compromised. Data sharing networks were compromised.”

With compromised data sharing networks and the increasing use of surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology, Key believes
basic constitutional rights and privacy are being shed and individual
security is being compromised. He is also concerned about DNA databases
and cloned documents.

“I have authored and successfully passed Tenth Amendment
legislation here in Oklahoma. For more than 16 years in the Oklahoma
Legislature, I have focused on the importance of protecting states’ rights
and each citizen’s constitutional rights,” Key said. “I worked with
Democrats to pass legislation that would prohibit Oklahoma from
participating in the Real ID Act 2005. I will reach out to Democrats again
and ask that all lawmakers in Oklahoma support legislation to end the
collection of biometric information. I will do the same thing about the
collection of DNA samples. I will author or co-author legislation to
oppose the use of RFID technology on identification documents. I will also
introduce or co-sponsor legislation to end the tying of Social Security
Numbers to obtaining a driver’s license. Finally, I want all existing
biometric samples, biometric data and Social Security Numbers removed from DMV databases.”

“We can no longer say, ‘I have nothing to hide so why should I
worry what the government does?’” Key said.

Key said he plans to talk to state lawmakers across the
country, whether they are Republican, Democrat or Independent, to work
with him on legislation to introduce to their respective state
legislatures. He said he also plans to bring the threat to the attention
of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation in Washington.

“I also ask that all Oklahomans insist that both Senators Coburn and Inhofe oppose PASS ID or S1261,” Key said. “We must all insure that government and the courts are not in the business of converting rights into privileges. We may disagree on health care, immigration, deficit spending and other issues but we must stand united in protecting our constitutional rights. Do we want to live in a surveillance society or a free society? Surveillance and freedom cannot be reconciled no matter how hard anyone attempts to do so.”