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Texas DPS’ Face and ALL Ten Prints Biometric Policy Makes Everone a Suspect

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Kaye Beach
July 14, 2014

Like Oklahoma, Texas requires applicants for a state drivers license or ID card to submit to his or her facial and finger biometrics to being captured and stored. But Texas has recently upped the ante requiring those who wish to have a state issued driver’s license of ID card, to submit to the scanning and retention of all ten fingerprints.

Texas lawmakers have passed legislation that allows the Department of Public Safety to get all ten of your fingerprints the next time you renew your drivers license. And the DPS quietly began doing that this year.

‘To Cut Down On Fraud, DPS Wants Fingerprints To Renew Drivers License,’

If you are already offended by the notion of the notion of being fingerprinted like a common criminal just to get an driver’s license or ID card you will be horrified by what Ryan Barrett, a former DPS employee who resigned over the new fingerprinting policy, reveals about what is actually being done with the data.

His main objection, he tells The Watchdog, is that all fingerprints of Texans are now being run through the state’s criminal database. (my bold)

…Barrett says he is not against catching criminals. The problem, he says, is that if someone has no criminal record, a new record is created of the innocent individual and stored in the statewide database called AFIS.

…Barrett says he believes the reason DPS quietly launched the program this year without public announcement is because such a public notice would have touched off a debate about the program’s legality.

Read more, ‘The Watchdog: Whistleblower blasts DPS for taking fingerprints,’ July 12, 2014, DallasNews.com

Dave Lieber, Watchdog Reporter for the Dallas Morning News is doing a fine job of investigating and reporting on this story which he first reported  on back on June 7, 2014.

Watchdog: Driver’s license centers snatch your fingerprints

[. . .]Quietly, earlier this year, the Texas Department of Public Safety began requiring full sets of fingerprints from everyone who obtains a new driver’s license or photo identification card.

[. . .]Since 2010, Texas has used facial recognition software to match driver’s license photos with government databases looking for persons wanted by law enforcement for various reasons.

The state’s Image Verification System also matches known faces from driver’s licenses and photo ID cards with sketches of criminal suspects, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman explained in answer to The Watchdog’s questions.

[. . . ]In the Texas Homeland Security Strategic Plan, which Marina found, authorities cite identity theft and terrorism as two motivators for using fingerprints and facial recognition software.

Checking fingerprints, the plan says, will help officials locate people seeking a second, unauthorized identification card.

The plan states that fingerprints will be compared with the federal Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System to identify criminals and terrorists.  Read more

July 12, 2014 article, The Watchdog: Whistleblower blasts DPS for taking fingerprints

And here is Lieber’s article published today, July 14, 2014, that allows the whistleblower and a representative for the Texas Department of Public Safety,  to both give their perspective in their own words.

Judge for yourself if fingerprint taking is necessary for Texas driver’s licenses

 

I love the DPS whistleblower, Ryan Barrett’s,  final thoughts on the matter.

‘…you can use any means or methods to stop crime and then justify it with the DPS’s blanket ‘safety’ statement.  You can say the DPS is placing RFID chips in all driver’s license holders, and then justify it with the the same sentence Tom used: that it stops fraud, combats terrorism, and keeps people safe.  In fact, I’m sure it probably would stop a little fraud, or some crime, but that doesn’t mean it is morally right, in line with the concept of citizens’ privacy, or cost-effective.  You could search every single house in a city when a crime is committed and justify it with that statement, and yes, the police would probably find some crime or wrong-doing.  But again, that doesn’t mean it’s morally right…’

Read more, ‘The Watchdog: Whistleblower blasts DPS for taking fingerprints,’ July 12, 2014, DallasNews.com

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Friday on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Miles Kinard, Author, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.

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Kaye Beach

****Show Notes Posted Below*************

March, 21, 2013

This Friday on AxXiom For Liberty with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen 6-8pm Central – Miles Kinard author of the magazine exposé, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.

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“This is no longer just a ‘surveillance state.’  We are on the fast track to a police state.” -Miles Kinard, interview with the Spingola Files, Dec. 2012

We are very excited to introduce you to Miles Kinard, researcher and author of the magazine exposé, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.

What is a Fusion Center?

The principal role of the fusion center is to compile, analyze, and disseminate criminal/terrorist information and intelligence and other information (including, but not limited to, threat, public safety, law enforcement, public health, social services, and public works) to support efforts to anticipate, identify, prevent, and/or monitor criminal/terrorist activity.   http://www.scribd.com/doc/19251638/Fusion-Center-Guidelines-Law-Enforcement

I jumped on Mr. Kinard’s work on fusion centers last year when it was released and found his writing on the subject to be extremely lucid and his research, impeccable.  You can get it for a song and instant download at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/American-Stasi-Centers-Domesitc-ebook/dp/B006YZQFL8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327104356&sr=8-1

Miles Kinard’s work explores these secretive 9/11 domestic intelligence units that are considered key by the Department of Homeland Security in its quest to know everything about everybody all the time.

There is at least one of these relatively new intelligence centers located in every state (74 78 total) and precious little attention has been given to them by the mainstream media.

Secrecy, the waste of taxpayer dollars and especially the potential civil liberties violations were highlighted by Kinard’s work.  All of this and more was subsequently confirmed by a two-year bipartisan investigation by the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations which released a 107 page report last October.

Tonight we will get a chance to talk to Miles about the state fusion centers as part of what he refers to as the “Surveillance Industrial Complex” in general and discuss the implications of these state-based (but federally controlled) spy centers that he identified in his exposé .

Join us – Your questions or comments are always welcome!

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Events:

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Restore Oklahoma Public Education (R.O.P.E.)

Common Core is NOT OK!” Events

  • Wed., March 27th:   Common Core is NOT OK! Rally State Capitol, 2nd floor rotunda (Supreme Court hallway), Noon  Click here for rally info.
  • Thurs., March 28th:  State Board of Education meeting Oliver Hodge Educ. Bldg., room I-20, 9:30 a.m., Meeting instructions.

“The Common Core State Standards present a takeover of public education by a small group of individuals. This takeover will change the way that teachers teach, parents interact with their schools due to loss of local control, and present students with a narrow range of studies and increased standardized testing. Oklahomans must maintain local control over public education, therefore, we reject the Common Core State Standards.”  Read More from ROPE

FERPA, Amendemnts

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April 5 & 6, 2013, Tulsa 9.12 will host a symposium on “Understanding Agenda 21.” Rosa Koire, author of “Behind the Green Mask” and founding member of Democrats Against Agenda 21, will be one of our many speakers. If you would like to learn more about Agenda 21 and how it affects you, please plan on joining us.

Understanding Agenda 21 – A Symposium  (You can RSVP on Facebook but Registration must be received by April 1st  REGISTER HERE

Referenced:

Testimony of Jennifer Lynch,  Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF), Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, July 18, 2012

What Facial Recognition Technology Means for Privacy and Civil Liberties 

The Militarization of U.S. Domestic Policing

 Abigail R. Hall and Christopher J. Coyne
Abstract
This paper develops the political economy of the militarization of domestic policing.
We analyze the mechanisms through which the “protective state”—where the government utilizes its monopoly on force to protect citizens’ rights—devolves into a “predatory state” which undermines the rights of the populace. We apply our theory to the U.S.,where we trace the(failed) historical attempts to establish constraints nto separate the military functions and policing functions of government.
In doing so we emphasize the role of crises in the form of perpetual wars—the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror”—in the accelerated militarization of domestic policing.

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Kids Are Giving Oklahoma Schools the Finger

Kaye Beach

12/7/2010

There it is!

Parents report that finger scanning has been implemented in Putnam City Schools.

“A computerized cashiering system is used for all students in middle school cafeterias. This system, known as “biometrics,” allows your child to access his or her meal account by touching a finger to a small scanner at the cafeteria cash register. Students will have their finger scanned and the system will create a template based on the scan. Students will no longer be required to carry meal cards.”

Why has the school decided to implement finger scanning?  Apparently to make the lunch lines faster.

“The real plus of this system is that while students’ meal cards can be misplaced or loaned to friends, fingers cannot. Using a touchpad scanner means every time students step up to the cafeteria cash register, they’re good to go,” says Jennifer Strong, the district’s director of Child Nutrition.

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The collection of biometric data is an extremely sensitive matter and nothing less than fully informed active consent should be acceptable.  Active consent is when the parent must grant permission in writing before their child is allowed to participate in something, passive consent means if the parent does nothing, it is assumed  that permission is granted.

Putnam City Schools say that;

Parents who prefer that their students use the meal card system rather than the biometric system may contact the cafeteria to opt out of the biometric system. In this case, students must carry their meal cards in order to access their cafeteria accounts. Read More

Parents may also “opt out” by signing this form and returning it to the school.

The schools and the vendors assure  parents that the scanners pose no security or privacy risks to children.

It’s not the scanners I’m worried about, is the people in charge of administering the system.  I also don’t fear guns jumping up and shooting me but I do keep a close eye on the person handling it.

Sodexo, a food service provider, is the corporation running the finger scanning operation in Oklahoma and in other states has a less than stellar record regarding safety.

SodexoFood Safety:

Bad Burgers Make Metro Students Sick

Posted at 11:02 AM on January 17, 2006

ChannelOklahoma.com reports that several metro middle school students were sick Friday night after eating food that had been left out since before Christmas.

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OSHA Fines New Jersey School Contractor Sodexo for Serious Safety Hazards

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 23 – SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Sodexo, one of the state’s largest school contractors, for nine serious safety hazards that endangered workers and could have harmed students in the South Plainfield School District.

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Nov. 2007

BATAVIABatavia school administrators are considering ending their contract with food-services provider Sodexho after a child sex offender was found working in two school kitchens last week.

READ MORE

Sodexo Busted for Overcharging Scheme-

ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ANNOUNCES $20 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH FOOD SERVICES COMPANY FOR OVERCHARGING NEW YORK SCHOOLS

Settlement part of ongoing, industry-wide investigation

http://www.ag.ny.gov/media_center/2010/july/july21a_10.html

Sodexo. not surprisingly, is also pretty laid back when it comes to collecting your kids’ biometrics;

Sodexo  Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s new food service contractor violated state law when it collected fingerprints from students

Monday, Aug. 16 2010

Arizona law forbids schools from collecting “biometric information,” including finger scans, without proper advance notice and written consent from parents.

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These stories are just a sampling of the problems with Sodexo.

The schools tell parents;

“This system is very secure and can only be used for identification in the school cafeteria. It does not store fingerprints or images of the fingerprint.”

I have no specific knowledge of the system they are using so I can’t refute or affirm these claims.  I do know a bit about biometrics and identification systems as well as the governmental policies in place regarding the use of biometrics and this much I know this much for sure;   our government is hell bent on collecting our biometrics.  They have been working diligently on database interoperability (ensuring that various systems are using a universal language  so that they can “talk” to one another)

They don’t simply want the biometric (technically, they use the “template” of the biometric), they want the associated biographical data as well and  are moving into an access controlled society and your biometrics data is the preferred credential.

In order to access a given place, service or good first your credentials or ID must be checked to determine if you are authorized access.  Just like the kiddo’s lining up to scan then eat.  By the way, this is great training for them to accept a numbered, cashless society without a fuss.

Here’s the problem.  If some authority has the power to permit access then they also have the power to deny access.  With biometrics, your body is your ID.

Recently I read an article where a former  East German lady was being interviewed about life before the wall came down.  She was asked why German’s didn’t raise a ruckus when Checkpoint Charlie went up.  She said because they always let everyone pass…until one day they didn’t.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/44675297/Sensor-Nets-the-Business-of-Surveillance

Every time you are ID’d you are at a checkpoint but with this technology there are no papers involved, the effect is exactly the same.  The reality is that you will pass only if the authority approves your credentials and guess what?  They get to set the criteria for who is allowed to pass and they can also change that criteria at any time.

Right now it is simply for lunchroom ID but in short order the ID system will expand and when it does they will begin to make the databases interoperable.  I mean, why have a separate system for the bus and the library?  Just combine the data systems and make one database for the whole school.

Then the separate school systems may as well combine because there will be some crossover services between schools like busing to ball games.  There will also be more and more electronic services like tele-classes, virtual library borrowing and don’t forget health care which is rapidly moving into the school systems.  So school wide, district wide statewide and nationwide interoperable databases are becoming be a must. 

How do I know?

Because I am watching the same thing happen with data systems everyday. 

Separate data bases are referred to as “silos” by our government and corporations who really want to gain access to as much of our information as possible. They want to break down these silos, and they are doing it.  Public schools are NO exception!  In fact, we are moving to common data standards systems right now for the express purpose of combining multiple student information data sets into one national data warehouse.


The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)

SIF is not a product, but an industry initiative that enables diverse applications to interact and share data. As of March 2007, SIF is estimated to have been used in more than 48 states and 6 countries, supporting five million students

SIF-Breaking Down Silos

“We recognized that only through some kind of integration system could we effectively manage these expanding stores of siloed data,” he says. “[No Child Left Behind] would later emerge as a driver of this integration, but just the notion of systemic use of the information was appealing. It became clear that we couldn’t leave it all in silos. The creation of the SIF specification solved that problem. In fact, it was created to do just that.” Read More

Facts:

•Oklahoma is the first state to become fully SIF compliant
•Oklahoma is 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)

SIF Category Information (the info they are collecting and sharing now)

“SIF is interested in internationalising the specification. This of course expands the marketplace for vendors who have implemented SIF-enabled products”–from the Report on the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2003

Our financial records, health records and driving records are all separate systems and this is good!  With our information safely ensconced in “silos” Only the people that need to know a specific piece of information about you see that information.  Put ALL of that info together and what happens if it gets stolen or compromised?

But don’t take my word for it, listen to Zbigniew:


“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society.  Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. […] The capacity to assert social and political control over the individual will vastly increase.  It will soon be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and to maintain up-to-date, complete files, containing even most personal information about the health or personal behavior of the citizen in addition to more customary data.

These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”
-Zbigniew Brzezinski

another quote:

“We need to take very great care not to fall into a way of life in which freedom’s back is broken by the relentless pressure of a security State.” Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions (2003-2008)

Personally, I don’t want any part of it.

The DNA Chip-YOU on a Smart Card

Kaye Beach

Sept. 27, 2010

If you (like me) are still fuming over  facial recognition, fingerprints and potentially RFID on your driver’s license, wait till you see what is coming up…..

DNA Chip technology embedded into Smart ID Cards;

Lockheed Martin and ZyGEM have developed an advanced DNA analysis system powered by a single, small processor.

“Our law enforcement, homeland security and defense communities face a significant challenge in how quickly they can confirm an individual’s identity,” explained LM spokesperson John Mears.

“[So], we essentially [designed] a [DNA] laboratory on a small, single chip that reduces the processing steps and time needed for analysis.

“[What previously took] days or weeks to complete [is now] an affordable, on-site process [lasting] less than an hour.”

A prototype RapI.D. system is already operational at ZyGEM’s Virgina MicroLab laboratories . . .

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Envisioning the Future of the CODIS DNA Database

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Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. Signs Joint Development Agreement with Par Worldwide Group, Inc.

This integration will include placement of the DNA chip directly into smart card technologies and government issued ID cards. In addition, the DNA-embedded technology will be placed directly into ink for the development and printing of ID cards, among other security products.

“Our partnership with Par Worldwide will provide us with an experienced research, development, manufacturing and sales team in the Biometric and smart card arenas,” said Larry Lee, chief executive officer of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. “The initial focus of this program will be to apply our DNA-embedded technology to conform to International ISO standards for immediate roll-out.”

. . .The Applied DNA Chip function is versatile, allowing it to be integrated into the form of a slot reader, slide through reader, or contact point reader for instant authentication. An authentic DNA chip will generate an analog signal and be received by the reader after the chip is stimulated. An LCD display screen provides immediate authentication by reading the unique DNA signals embedded in the chip.

. . .Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.’s proprietary anti-counterfeit Applied DNA(TM) Ink technology will be integrated in the Biometric applications. The DNA sequences within the ink are used as tools to differentiate and verify product authenticity. The proprietary overt ink technology allows for on-site, real time authentication, using a proprietary instant detection feature of the ink.(Emphasis Mine)

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Traffic Stop Fingerprinting

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Now they’ll be fingerprinting us for jaywalking. Or “speeding.” Just about any (formerly minor) traffic violation.

Beginning in the once-fine state of Tennessee. Southerners, it appears, are becoming just as statist as the Yankee carpetbaggers they used to (rightly) despise.

Two bills have made their way through the rancid colon of the TN House and Senate, HB2220 and SB2153, respectively, that would “… authorize(s) use of fingerprints as (a) form of acknowledgement, in lieu of, or in addition to, a person’s signature for citations and certain other notices and documents.” (See http://www.capitol.tn.gov and type in the bill numbers.)

In plain language, when you get pulled over or stopped by a cop for some trivial reason such as doing 5 mph over the limit in a Radar Trap Zone, the cop — at his discretion — may compel you, the offender, to submit to being fingerprinted “in lieu of, or in addition to” your signature on the summons.

Tennessee’s tyranny is the first such action of its kind in these forcibly united States — and has aroused a popular groundswell of resentment and resistance. Understandably.

Fingerprinting starts with an “F” — because generally, the accepted practice has been that only felons, or those accused of committing felonies, get inked. Fingerprints go into a national criminal database, so that in the future it will be easier and simpler to track and identify the activities of felons.

But jaywalkers, U-turn bandits and speeders?

Hell, under TN’s new cornpone jackbootery, a person could be fingerprinted merely for spitting on the sidewalk, in violation of town ordinance Barney Fife 5, Section 3a.

It would be humorous, maybe a little bit, if it weren’t so obnoxious to common sense and civil liberties.

http://www.motorists.org/blog/tennessee-tyranny-fingerprinting-during-routine-traffic-stops/

 

hey!  They got a database to build;

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/21/AR2007122102544_pf.html