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Drones, Phones and RFID; PRIVACY Unites Left and Right in Oklahoma

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Kaye Beach

Jan. 10, 2013

Despite the uncomfortable level of political division among Americans, there are still issues that bring us together.

This legislative session the left and right are pulling together for privacy.  I couldn’t be more excited about this development becuase when the battle between our right to privacy and big corporation’s desire to make money intersect, our numbers are everything.

On Sat. Feb. 23rd at the Oklahoma State Capitol, we will have an opportunity to assemble and to demonstrate those numbers and make it very clear to our elected representatives that Oklahomans expect their privacy rights to be respected!

Speakers:

Amie Stepanovich, EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, on drones and privacy

Ryan Kiesel, Director, OK ACLU

Amanda Teegarden, Exec. Director od OK-SAFE  – Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise will be our Master of Ceremonies

IDP13 OKC flyer

Here is a copy of this flyer for you to download and share!

International Day For Privacy Oklahoma City

If you would like to connect with others online who are excited about and are attending this event, check out Oklahomans For Fourth Amendment Rights at State Capitol on Facebook.

KFOR reports Feb. 5th, 2013:

Unlikely groups join forces to support privacy bills

The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union along with Rep. Paul Wesselhoft held a joint press conference at the State Capitol Tuesday to explain the three bills aimed at protecting the privacy rights of Oklahomans.

House Bill 1559: The first bill would prohibit the Department of Public Safety from installing RFID radio frequency identification in a driver’s license.

House Bill 1557: Another bill would require law enforcement, absent an emergency, to first obtain a warrant before they access the geo-location data stored by a cell phone.

House Bill 1556: Finally, the third bill would limit the ability of law enforcement to use drones for surveillance without a warrant. 

Read more from KFOR

http://kfor.com/2013/02/05/unlikely-groups-join-forces-to-support-privacy-bills/

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Rally For Repeal

Kaye Beach

July 12, 2012

Here is a great write up on the Rally For Healthcare Independence that took place at the Oklahoma Capitol on July 7th by Ted King in today’s Pryor Daily Times.

Rally for repeal

Staff Writer Ted King

OKLAHOMA CITY — Around 300 people gathered at the state capitol Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to allow The Affordable Care Act to stand.

Last week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, decided the federal government has the authority to require citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a tax. The high court stipulated the states cannot be forced to expand Medicare. This was not a large crowd compared to some rallies held at the state capitol, but the event was organized on short notice.

One of the organizers, Jon Scolomiero of the Tenth Amendment Center, said he got to work putting this rally together on the evening of the Supreme Court decision June 21. The theme of the rally was nullification of Obamacare at the state level and repeal of Obamacare at the federal level.

Protesters do not want the state to implement the early stages of Obamacare in the form of health care exchanges.

Health care exchanges were a hot topic at the state capitol last session as lawmakers argued over taking money from the federal government to set up the framework for implementation of Obamacare, set to go into effect in 2014. Some lawmakers argued that failure by the state to take the federal exchanges meant the federal government, not Oklahoma, would determine how Obamacare would be implemented in the state.

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For Immediate Release: Rally For Healthcare Independence Sat. July 7, 2012 Oklahoma State Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2012

Contact Jon Scolomiero, the Oklahoma Tenth Amendment Center

jon.scolamiero@tenthamendmentcenter.com

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma—On Saturday, July 7, 2012, 9-11 am, The Oklahoma 10th Amendment Center, in conjunction with numerous other like-minded activist groups and individuals, will gather for a Rally for Healthcare Independence on the south steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision last Thursday that upheld the most onerous portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including the individual mandate – liberty-loving Oklahomans once again find themselves at the losing end of Washington, D.C.’s continued big government policies.  Now that the Federal Government has been given the power to force individuals to buy health care insurance, into what other actions will individuals be coerced under the guise of a tax?

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists the seventeen powers specifically enumerated to the Federal Government.  Health care is NOT an enumerated power.  The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Thus, any health care policy must be left to states to enact at the behest of their citizens – if they so choose.  America’s Founders instituted government to protect the liberties of individual Americans.  In fact, the majority believed that power could not emanate from a central government, that it must be dispersed among states, in order to protect the states and maximize the freedom of the individual.

In 2010, Oklahomans overwhelmingly supported State Question 756– The Oklahoma Health Care Freedom Amendment – which, among other things, prohibits making a person participate in a health care system.  Our state has spoken on this issue.

Last spring, Oklahoma, along with the states of Louisiana, Florida, Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin refused to implement the Health Insurance Exchange plans inherent in the PPACA.  Again, our state has spoken on the issue.

Attendees of Saturday’s rally will have an opportunity to hear speakers who can educate them in some of the many ways Oklahoma citizens and legislators can band together to continue defending individual liberties.  All Oklahoma legislators are invited to attend in order to assist and address their concerned constituents.

Please join us for this important rally on the south side of the Capitol steps, Saturday, July 7th, from 9am to 11am, and find out what you can do to prevent Oklahoma from succumbing to ObamaCare – and other unconstitutional federal overreaches.

 

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Rally For Healthcare Independence Sat. July 7th 9-11 AM Oklahoma State Capitol

Kaye Beach

June 28, 2012

Save the date!

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Healthcare Reform law, a Rally for Healthcare Independence has just been announced by the Oklahoma Tenth Amendment Center who is sponsoring the event.

More details will be provided as they become available.

**Update**

July 2, 2012-The Oklahoma Tenth Amendment Center has begun to announce speakers for the Rally.  So far, Howard Houchen, Republican candidate for Oklahoma’s Senate District 5 and Toby Pedford, highly regarded liberty activist and speaker, have been publicly announced.

If you are a Facebook user, you can RSVP online here.

Invite your state senator or representative. 

Senate Directory

House Directory

Sample invitation letter

If you are not sure who your legislator is, go here; http://www.oklegislature.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx

Flyer to download and share here

The ruling can be read here

Stealth International Internet Control Imosed on US by ‘Executive Agreement’? ACTA

Kaye Beach

Jan, 30, 2012

ACTA stands for the  Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

ACTA is an agreement between several nations (including the US) signed Oct 1, 2011 t for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement. ACTA is designed to establish international legal standards for the purpose of curtailing the sale of counterfeit goods and copyright infringement on the internet.

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Apparently here are many problems with ACTA including the lack of transparency involved in developing and negotiating the treaty  or “executive agreement” as it is being considered since a treaty in the US must get 2/3 approval from the US Senate.  President Obama has bypassed that process and went ahead and signed ACTA without any approval.

Many individuals and groups believe that ACTA is worse than SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act bill that was recently shelved due to massive outrage due to censorship on the internet that SOPA would have enabled.  In fact, thousands of Europeans have have recently engaged in protest against their governments participation in this treaty.

What do they know that we don’t?

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted Jan 27, 2012

We Have Every Right to Be Furious About ACTA

If there’s one thing that encapsulates what’s wrong with the way government functions today, ACTA is it. You wouldn’t know it from the name, but the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is a plurilateral agreement designed to broaden and extend existing intellectual property (IP) enforcement laws to the Internet. While it was only negotiated between a few countries,1 it has global consequences. First because it will create new rules for the Internet, and second, because its standards will be applied to other countries through the U.S.’s annual Special 301 process. Negotiated in secret, ACTA bypassed checks and balances of existing international IP norm-setting bodies, without any meaningful input from national parliaments, policymakers, or their citizens. Worse still, the agreement creates a new global institution, an “ACTA Committee” to oversee its implementation and interpretation that will be made up of unelected members with no legal obligation to be transparent in their proceedings. Both in substance and in process, ACTA embodies an outdated top-down, arbitrary approach to government that is out of step with modern notions of participatory democracy.

The EU and 22 of its 27 member states signed ACTA yesterday in Tokyo. This news is neither momentous nor surprising. This is but the latest step in more than three years of non-transparent negotiations. In December, the Council of the European Union—one of the European Union’s two legislative bodies, composed of executives from the 27 EU member states—adopted ACTA during a completely unrelated meeting on agriculture and fisheries. Of course, this is not the end of the story in the EU. For ACTA to be adopted as EU law, the European Parliament has to vote on whether to accept or reject it.

In the U.S., there are growing concerns about the constitutionality of negotiating ACTA as a “sole executive agreement”.  This is not just a semantic argument. If ACTA were categorized as a treaty, it would have to be ratified by the Senate. But the USTR and the Administration have consistently maintained that ACTA is a sole executive agreement negotiated under the President’s power. On that theory, it does not need Congressional approval and thus ACTA already became binding on the US government when Ambassador Ron Kirk signed it last October.

But leading US Constitutional Scholars disagree. Professors Jack Goldsmith and Larry Lessig, questioned the Constitutionality of the executive agreement classification in 2010:

The president has no independent constitutional authority over intellectual property or communications policy, and there is no long historical practice of making sole executive agreements in this area. To the contrary, the Constitution gives primary authority over these matters to Congress, which is charged with making laws that regulate foreign commerce and intellectual property.2

(And by the way, we agree [pdf].)

Senator Ron Wyden has been asking these questions for years, first demanding an explanation from USTR ambassador Ron Kirk, President Obama, and now the administration’s top international law expert Harold Koh. The distinction between executive agreement and treaty should not be lost on this administration: as a Senator, Vice President Joe Biden used the same argument to require the Bush administration to seek Senate approval for an arms reduction agreement.

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Santa Cruz County Sheriff Facilitating Illegal Installation of Smart Meters

Kaye Beach

July 22, 2011

From Santa Cruz Indymedia posted July 20, 201

Santa Cruz, CA– This morning at approximately 7:45am, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a “smart” meter protest at the Wellington Energy yard at 38th and Portola in the unincorporated Opal Cliffs area of Santa Cruz County where PG&E contractors Wellington Energy are based. Wellington has been installing wireless “smart” meters throughout the county, violating ordinances in Capitola, Watsonville, and the County that prohibit installations due to urgent concerns about health impacts from the meters’ wireless pulses, which have been measured at 100 times the strength of a cell phone , as well as privacy violations, ongoing accuracy issues and a series of fires and explosions caused by the new meters.

Thousands of people have submitted written health complaints to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and in May the World Health Organization made an earth shattering declaration- that non-ionizing radiation from cell phones, cell towers, wifi, and “smart” meters, has been linked with a number of cancers. “Smart” meter radiation is now categorized as a class 2b carcinogen in the same cancer causing category as lead, DDT, and engine exhaust. Nevertheless, PG&E continues to maintain that their meters are safe. The utility has been citing the World Health Organization’s past reassurances in their public statements. Now, they are no longer referring to the health issue at all, as no independent health organizations will back up their reassurances of safety. Instead, they recently mailed a 4 page glossy brochure to every household in Santa Cruz County, stating that “smart” meters will “cool the planet” despite PG&E’s own admission that the program has not reduced a single kwh of energy use despite more than 80% of the meters already being installed throughout California.

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Surveillance and Dissent in China

Kaye Beach

Chinese leaders look for ways to defuse unrest as revolt fizzles out

IN THE end, the call for a Chinese response to uprisings in the Middle East fizzled out, but leaders are clearly rattled by how quickly the Jasmine Revolution spread online and have called for new ways to defuse unrest.

Disgruntled citizens did gather in China’s major cities after the internet call went out, but the authorities were ahead of them. On Saturday they rounded up the major dissidents not already in jail and were a major presence in areas where protesters gathered.

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Thousands of cameras watch China’s Uighurs, inhibiting discourse

URUMQI, China — Looking slowly around his own bedroom, the nervous Uighur man with hunched shoulders said he wasn’t sure whether he could speak openly about the Chinese government.

“Someone may be listening on the other side of any wall here,” said Anwar, a 50-year-old shopkeeper who didn’t want his last name made public. “We must think of our own safety.”
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/21/2077540/thousands-of-cameras-watch-chinas.html#ixzz1EeF1Llq2

China has ways of making sure any unrest “fizzles out”  We are getting there.

Here’s a guy not content with making big bucks off selling surveillance tech to China so that it can control it’s citizens, he makes sure the state’s don’t have any protective legislation in place that would interfere with his organization being able to profit from the same technology here.

“I want to thank George Orwell for having the depth and foresight to plan my career” 1998 Richard Chace, SIA

SIA CEO Richard Chace Schmoozing

Recently in Oklahoma the powerful lobbying organization, SIA, swooped in and demolished a bill that would have kept RFID out of our identity documents.  This was a simple and well crafted bill that enjoyed bipartisan support and passed with a large majority through both houses.  All it lacked to become law was the Governor’s signature.  The CEO of the Security Industry Association used his considerable influence to make sure that the bill did not receive the Governor’s approval.

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China’s All Seeing Eye

With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export.

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Britain’s Police State: London arrests based on CCTV identification

Britain’s Police State: London arrests based on CCTV identification. Britain adopts Chinese model of policing protest?
by Nathan Allonby

CCTV has led to large scale arrests, following the recent student protests in London, over increased tuition fees. A total of over 180 people have been arrested, with the majority identified by CCTV.

The current arrests very much represent a landmark – we are now equipped for the Chinese approach to public order, in almost a complete reversal previous British policing.

The power of the new system is based on the ability to track down individuals at leisure. However, this ability could be used as easily to track anyone, in “political policing” of lawful democratic activity.

More than 180 people have been arrested by police investigating rioting during the series of protests against rising student tuition fees.
Senior officers said the vast majority of the 182 suspects were aged between 17 and 25 and have never been involved in violence or criminal acts before.
Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Horne, who is leading the inquiry, said he expects the figure to grow considerably as 80 officers comb through video footage.

Speaking at New Scotland Yard… he said the inquiry could take months to complete. … “What struck me is the number of people arrested who did not go that day with necessarily any intention of committing any violent action.”

Evening Standard, London

Police had been criticised for their handling of the protests, particularly the tactic of “kettling“, where large groups – hundreds – of demonstrators were confined for several hours and not allowed to leave until late at night. It was argued that this tactic actually caused violence, and punished many who had done nothing wrong. Similar criticisms were made when this tactic was used at the G20 protests in London last year.

Here is the contrast: – previously, almost all the arrests would have taken place at the scene, to remove trouble-makers from the fray, to de-escalate the situation, not afterwards, to “settle scores“. Now, everything has changed.

The combination of these two new tactics – containment and surveillance – has parallels with handling of large disturbances by Chinese authorities: – rather than attempt to make arrests at the scene, the police merely contain the disturbance to limit any damage; CCTV photography is used to identify individuals within the crowd, who are then arrested later, at their homes.

The use of CCTV in China, to identify protestors, dates from at least 1989 : –

[Box 3:] “Neutral” Technology at Tiananmen Square

Following the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, the Chinese authorities tortured and interrogated thousands of people in an attempt to identify the demonstration’s organizers. But even if the students and workers had resisted the terrors of the secret police, the hapless demonstrators stood little chance of anonymity. Stationed throughout Tiananmen Square is a network of UK manufactured surveillance cameras, designed to monitor traffic flows and regulate congestion. These cameras recorded everything that transpired in the months leading up to the tanks rolling into the square.
In the days that followed, these images were repeatedly broadcast over Chinese state television. Virtually all the transgressors were identified in this way. Siemens Plessey, which manufactured and exported the cameras, and the World Bank, who paid for their installation, claim they never had any idea that their “technologically neutral” equipment would be used in this way. However, in 1995 the World Bank authorized the funds to set up the same traffic flow system in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Lhasa is not, as yet, known for having problems with traffic congestion; besides, the area in which the traffic flow system is in operation is solely for pedestrians. (56)

 

Is it valid to make a comparison between Britain and China? After all, the people arrested in Britain allegedly were involved in violent disorder and British government is not going to torture them.

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Dec 3, 2010 A4L Show Notes

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Gorilla Gambit-

Ron Black’s links about the grassroots’ bamboozlement;
Grassroots Grumbles;

From the Online Poop:
As the Oklahoma political landscape begins to take shape after a Republican sweep I have to ask, “Where’s the seat at the table for the OK Conservative Grassroots like we were promised?

http://www.theonlinepoop.com/2010/11/ok-grassroots-wheres-our-seat-at-table.htm

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Agenda 21-The UN in OK?

•Got property?
•Want Property?
•Like to keep it?

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City of Edmond Planning Department to Hold Sustainability Forum, Wants Feedback.

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IACP ALert!

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Obama Nominates Rabid Anti-gunner to Head the ATF

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Fingerprinting Comes to OK

Biometric Basics

Great resource-The Constitutional Alliance Get the Book!  Your Body Is Your ID

“We’re starting the process of biometrifying  a good proportion of the world population“

–Mocny DHS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iH2wwnqljU


Leave Them Kids Alone-Kiddie Fingerprinting, The Facts
Nobody BLEEPS with The DMV
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/2.02/dmv_pr.html

Your Face is NOT a Bar Code
Arguments against public use of facial recognition
http://www.scribd.com/doc/29639789/Your-Face-is-Not-a-Bar-Code

The Book-Your Body Is Your ID
http://www.scribd.com/doc/37061166/Your-Body-is-Your-ID-the-Book-from-the-Constitutional-Alliance?in_collection=2332571

 

China’s All Seeing Eye

With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19272928/Chinas-All-Seeing-Eye

California Vision 2015
The utilization of handheld biometric scanners are key to Goal #8
Which is to get those that are deemed “a possible threat to public safety” identified and cataloged in the federal biometric repositories.

And then there is “Vision 2015” Global Intelligence Enterprise
http://www.scribd.com/doc/22620902/Vision-2015-Global-Intelligence-Enterprise
http://www.scribd.com/doc/19797520/California-Vision-2015

America’s Growing Surveillance Society by Rep. Sam Rohrer

http://www.scribd.com/doc/42882333/America%E2%80%99s-Growing-Surveillance-Society-by-Rep-Sam-Rohrer?in_collection=2337505

BIMA The ALL in One Identity Management Agency
Warfighter, Business, Intelligence, and Security & Law Enforcement

http://www.biometrics.dod.mil/

Sheriff Will Identify People With a Retinal Scan-Texas 2010

http://www.scribd.com/doc/44255353/Sheriff-Will-Identify-People-With-a-Retinal-Scan-Texas-2010?in_collection=2331209

Tulsa International Airport National Opt Out Day

Majority of Americans Now Oppose Body Scanners and TSA Pat Downs

A new poll by Zogby International finds that 61% of Americans polled between Nov. 19 and Nov. 22 oppose the use of full body scans and TSA pat downs.  Of those polled, 52% believe the enhanced security measures will not prevent terrorist activity, almost half (48%) say it is a violation of privacy rights, 33% say they should not have to go through enhanced security methods to get on an airplane, and 32% believe the full body scans and TSA pat downs to be sexual harassment. The Zogby Poll is the most recent survey of American opinion on the new airport screening procedures. Combined with earlier polls by USA Today and the Washington Post-ABC News, the Zogby Poll reflects declining support for the TSA program.

If you would like to participate in educating travelers on passenger security tomorrow, please refer to guidelines provided by TUL;

Tulsa International Airport Permission and Rules for Leafletting 11-24-2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 anytime between 5 AM an 10pm

Where: Tulsa International Airport
7777 E. Apache St.
Tulsa, OK 74115

MAP

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EPIC

http://wewontfly.com/
Flyers

Tips for helping you Survive Your Government Grope

NOTE: Even if you choose to go through a scanner (which will produce a picture of you naked and subject you to radiation)* you still may get pulled out for an “Enhanced Pat Down Search.”  Before a TSA employee puts their hand on you – insist that they put on a clean gloves. Here is a short list of parasites and infections that could be transferred from an earlier passenger to you:

(* The only people who say that the scanners are safe are the government and the companies

selling the machines. BUT both made sure you could not sue them when you get cancer before they would put the machines in airports: www.SafteyAct.gov).

National Opt Out Day TSA Flyer

Link  http://wewontfly.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/YouHaveTheRight.pdf

What the TSA Isn’t Telling You