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Sen. Tom Coburn on Fusion Center Follies

Kaye Beach
Nov. 8, 2012
Sen. Tom Coburn is hoping that the Senate subcommittee report that he co-authored will spark fusion center reform.    Read the Report and share a copy to your state legislator too!
Nov. 6, 2012

Since the 9/11 attacks, Congress and the White House have invested hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in support of dozens of state and local fusion centers across the United States. After a two-year Senate investigation identified problems with nearly every aspect of the Department of Homeland Security’s involvement with these centers — including irrelevant, untimely or useless intelligence reporting to DHS, among other widespread deficiencies — there is a clear need for reform.

Since 2003, more than 70 state and local fusion centers, supported in part with federal funds, have been created or expanded to strengthen U.S. intelligence capabilities and detect, disrupt and respond to domestic terrorist activities. DHS’ support for and involvement with these centers has centered on their professed ability to strengthen federal counterterrorism efforts. However, as the investigation found, there are significant factors hindering this initial intent to connect the dots in the sharing of terrorism-related information among state, local and federal officials.


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DHS ‘fusion centers’ “pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions”

Kaye Beach

Oct. 3, 2012

Maybe the civil liberty violations alone weren’t enough to get the kind of attention on these hometown spy centers deserve but add to that the shocking lavish spending, waste and ineptitude. .  .well finally!

Thanks to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) Oklahoma’s own Senator Tom Coburn for their great work on this eye opening report on DHS’ Fusion Centers. (Read the report)

Close them down!

The Washington Post’s Robert O’Harrow reports;

Oct. 2, 2012An initiative aimed at improving intelligence sharing has done little to make the country more secure, despite as much as $1.4 billion in federal spending, according to a two-year examination by Senate investigators.The nationwide network of offices known as “fusion centers” was launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to address concerns that local, state and federal authorities were not sharing information effectively about potential terrorist threats.But after nine years — and regular praise from officials at the Department of Homeland Security — the 77 fusion centers have become pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions, according to a scathing 141-page report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations.

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Oklahoma is an official DHS test site for drone technology

Kaye Beach

July 10, 2012

From Government Security News

Tue, 2012-07-10 10:11 AM

The state of Oklahoma was selected in late June to be the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s test site for the department’s Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) Program.

The program will research and test Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS), focusing on possible applications for first responders, including search and rescue scenarios, response to radiological and chemical incidents and fire response and mapping.

Research facilities and air space around Ft. Sill, near Lawton, will be key to the program said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on June 29.

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Want to know a lot more about the drone industry in Oklahoma?

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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Nagging the Nanny State with Liberty Activist Paul Henry

Kaye Beach

June 15, 2012

Listen Live! 6-8 PM CST Every Friday At LogosRadioNetwork.com

(Miss the show?  Archived show link- http://mp3.logosradionetwork.com/A4L/64k/A4L_2012-06-15_64k.mp3 )

Tonight I am pleased to welcome back Craig Dawkins as my guest co-host.

Craig Dawkins is a tenured professor who teaches economics, personal finance and investments formerly a professional financial adviser and business owner.   His true passion lies in agitating on behalf of liberty and he advocates for the reform of the ballot access laws in Oklahoma, ending the drug war, and the importance of third parties in reforming the political process.

Craig is sitting in for Howard Houchen who is hot on the campaign trail in Oklahoma’s SD 5. Here is some of the latest news on Howard’s run for State Senate

Candidate Spotlight: Howard Houchen – Senate District 5

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Endorses Howard Houchen for State Senate

In the first hour, Craig and I will tackle some of the  hot political issue that are dominating discussions and take your calls.

Call in Number is 512-646-1984

In the second hour we welcome liberty activist extraordinaire Paul Henry from Florida.

If the nanny state is getting you down you will want to listen to what this former Florida Deputy Sheriff and State Trooper has to say.  Paul is the founder of the non-partisan citizen’s group Floridians Against REAL ID, and authored two bills for the 2012 Florida legislative session: REAL ID partial repeal and Motorist Rights (red light cameras).

Not only do these two safety-justified policies violate our natural and legal  rights, they don’t work!  Paul takes the time to demonstrate the faulty logic and actual results of such misguided policies.  Paul goes beyond simply nagging the nanny state-he takes action.  Listen, learn and be inspired!

You can follow Paul Henry’s work at;






Released June 22, 2012, Paul Henry’s report disproving Florida’s red light camera claims.

Florida: Analysis Disproves Red Light Camera Program Claims
Examination of accident data show St. Petersburg, Florida red light cameras failed to reduce accidents.

A retired Florida state trooper released a report Friday meant to keep St. Petersburg honest on the subject of red light cameras. Paul Henry, who spent 25 years in law enforcement and reached the rank of lieutenant in the Florida Highway Patrol, was outraged when he saw the city’s transportation director, Joe Kubicki, claim the recently activated photo ticketing program was responsible for a 60 percent reduction in “red-light related” crashes.

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The Report

Analysis of St. Petersburg Red Light Camera Program (Paul Henry, 6/22/2012)

TSA, FDA, Lobbyists and Naked Scanners-Welcome to Radiation Nation

Kaye Beach

Nov. 4, 2011


. . .the first report to trace the history of the scanners and document the gaps in regulation that allowed them to avoid rigorous safety evaluation.

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Because of a regulatory Catch-22, the airport X-ray scanners have escaped the oversight required for X-ray machines used in doctors’ offices and hospitals. The reason is that the scanners do not have a medical purpose, so the FDA cannot subject them to the rigorous evaluation it applies to medical devices.


A classic example of giving an inch and they take a mile and how lobbyists can grease the skids of congress.

From Pro Publica published Nov. 1, 2011

U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners

On Sept. 23, 1998, a panel of radiation safety experts gathered at a Hilton hotel in Maryland to evaluate a new device that could detect hidden weapons and contraband. The machine, known as the Secure 1000, beamed X-rays at people to see underneath their clothing.

One after another, the experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the machine because it violated a longstanding principle in radiation safety — that humans shouldn’t be X-rayed unless there is a medical benefit.

“I think this is really a slippery slope,” said Jill Lipoti, who was the director of New Jersey’s radiation protection program. The device was already deployed in prisons; what was next, she and others asked — courthouses, schools, airports? “I am concerned … with expanding this type of product for the traveling public,” said another panelist, Stanley Savic, the vice president for safety at a large electronics company. “I think that would take this thing to an entirely different level of public health risk.”

The machine’s inventor, Steven W. Smith, assured the panelists that it was highly unlikely that the device would see widespread use in the near future. At the time, only 20 machines were in operation in the entire country.

“The places I think you are not going to see these in the next five years is lower-security facilities, particularly power plants, embassies, courthouses, airports and governments,” Smith said. “I would be extremely surprised in the next five to 10 years if the Secure 1000 is sold to any of these.

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Secret FDA Report Reveals Health Information Technology Safety Issues

Kaye Beach

April 4,2011

While we are being treated to the virtually  unopposed assertion that health information technology is going to make us so much safer, I thought it might be worthwhile to see just what could go wrong.  (With the government in charge of all that information, how much can possibly go right?)  No matter how fabulous the technology, it is still us lowly humans that are in control of it.  We are and always will be, the weakest link.

For some reason the government hasn’t made much of a study out of the issue and solid, quantifiable figures on people harmed or killed due to info foul ups are tough to come by.  It took a little digging but the indicators that there might be trouble in technology-enabled  universal health care paradise is out  there.

I wonder who will be held accountable in cases like this?

Here is the document summary but be sure to read Health Care Renewals entire report too

In summary, the results of this data review suggest significant clinical implications and public safety issues surrounding Health Information Technology. The most commonly reported H-IT safety issues included wrong patient/wrong data, medication administration issues, clinical data loss/miscalculation, and unforeseen software design issues; all of which have varying impact on the patient’s clinical care and outcome, which included 6 death and 43 injuries. The absence of mandatory reporting enforcement of H-IT safety issues limits the number of relevant MDRs and impedes a more comprehensive understanding of the actual problems and implications.

Health Care Renewal, an site dedicated to

“Addressing threats to health care’s core values, especially those stemming from concentration and abuse of power. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty and ethics in leadership and governance of health care.”




Edmond Oklahoma’s Green Infrastructure Vision

Green Infrastructure Initiative Report to Stakeholders
City of Edmond and Edmond Land Conservancy
Facilitated Meetings Summary
March 27th – 28th, 2009
March 26th, 2010

(The graphics are from a power point presentation based on “Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities” which is the book used by the Edmond Land Conservancy to guide their “vision”  You can see the power point here.  *Note* this is not the power point used by Edmond)

Excepts from the City of Edmond and Edmond Land Conservancy Green Infrastructure Initiative Report to Stakeholders:

Definition of Green Infrastructure
Green Infrastructure is defined as a “strategically planned and managed network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserves ecosystem values and functions and provides associated benefits to human populations.”
The network consists of Hubs, Links, and Sites.

The Green Infrastructure Initiative Vision

Create a plan and process that commits Edmond to preserving, protecting, and restoring its interconnected natural resources. . .

. . . the priorities for the Edmond Land Conservancy were established before the facilitated meeting..(Emphasis mine)
ELC Top Priorities for the Green Infrastructure Initiative

  • Conserve forest lands in Edmond through a combination of regulations and incentives.
  • Educate landowners and promote use of conservation easements through educational materials and ongoing public awareness efforts.
  • Preserve floodplain and watershed lands through acquisition of conservation easements or, when necessary, whole properties.
    • Continue implementation of the City’s trails plan, with specific suggestions on how to expedite and enhance implementation.
    • Conservation easements for forest lands or open space protection should include provisions for trail access whenever necessary.
    • Protect watershed lands through acquisition of conservation easements or whole properties.
    • Protect important natural areas through acquisition of easements or whole properties.
    • The Edmond Land Conservancy should plan and oversee ongoing public awareness efforts promoting parks, trails, and open space and coordinate with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority to recruit “green” development and businesses.
    • The Edmond Land Conservancy should research and, when appropriate, pursue various public and private funding sources for trails plan implementation and acquisition of conservation easements.
    • The Edmond Land Conservancy and/or the City should provide recognition opportunities for major donors who support parks, trails, and protected open space efforts.

The Green Infrastructure Initiative Vision
Create a plan and process that commits Edmond to preserving, protecting, and restoring its interconnected natural resources for the future development of the community.
The long term vision in creating a plan will accomplish the following:
1.It will create a GIS layer for the city that can be used by staff, planning commission, and the city council to make decisions and guide policy.
2.It will allow the ELC to better focus their efforts in acquiring conservation easements.
3.It will create changes in city code to provide approaches to construction that are environmentally sensitive, economically viable, and that comply with federal requirements.
4.It will make specific recommendations that lead to more sustainable practices and a more livable community for the long-term.

If you would like to see what the “participants'”  input into this development project was, you can download the entire report here

alternative link

AxXiom for Liberty 8-20-2010 “The Prison System” Show Notes

August 20.2010

Everyone should care about the state of our Criminal Justice system.  1 in 31 Americans are currently caught up in the corrections system and 1 in 100 Americans are behind bars.

The reality is that it takes less and less to gain the attention of law enforcement these days.


For one thing, there are just too many laws criminalizing too many things ;

According to several scholars and legal researchers, Congress is criminalizing everyday conduct at a reckless pace. This study provides further evidence in support of that finding. Members of the 109th Congress proposed 446 non-violent criminal offenses and Congress enacted 36 of them. These totals do not include the many offenses concerning firearms, possession or trafficking of drugs or pornography, immigration violations, or intentional violence. The sheer number of criminal offenses proposed demonstrates why so many of them were poorly drafted and never subjected to adequate deliberation and oversight.

Without Intent: How Congress Is Eroding the Criminal Intent Requirement in Federal Law, by Brian Walsh and Tiffany Joslyn, The Heritage Foundation, May 10, 2010

It is nearly impossible for an ordinary person  to keep track of, much less make any sense of the law anymore.

How Many Laws Have You Broken Today?

Over the past three years, the trend toward what I call “criminalization” of everyday conduct has only intensified.  (Criminalization is the conversion of conduct that was once considered a contractual dispute, or merely socially stigmatized, into a criminal offense.) READ MORE

We are trying to harness the power of  the law for purposes beyond its design.

“After five years of research culminating in our recent book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, Larry Stratton and I found that the legal principles that guarantee a fair trial have been eroded by both good and bad intentions.” —Paul Craig Roberts on the Tyranny of Good Intentions

The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice

From Booklist
Roberts and Stratton say the Constitution and its basis in the historic rights of Englishmen to be secure in person and property are not merely imperiled but substantially gutted. In the twentieth century, many personal and property rights have succumbed to governmental regulations and to ambitious, unscrupulous government attorneys. The authors cite cases to show how it became possible to be guilty of a crime though lacking criminal intent; to be liable for damages that were, when committed, not damages; to forfeit assets without cause or assurance of recovery; to be coerced to plead guilty; to avoid punishment by snitching on others; and to force private attorneys to divulge confidential client information. For the sake of fighting the war on drugs, cleaning up pollution, and other initially well-meant causes, Roberts and Stratton warn, the U.S. is becoming the image of its totalitarian former enemies in its prosecution of justice–or, rather, injustice. Top-drawer public affairs argumentation. Ray Olson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

“The Tyranny of Good Intentions is a bold defense of our fundamental freedoms. It demonstrates that government oppression is not a right-left issue, but rather a universal evil that should be resisted by all free people. It demonstrates why conservatives and liberals who despise tyranny must unite against statists of both the right and the left who falsely believe that partisan ends justify deprivations of liberty. . . . When rights are subordinated to government power, the first steps toward tyranny are taken.” ~ Alan Dershowitz, author, The Genesis of Justice

We no longer insist that the fundamentals of law be upheld.

From Blackstone to Bentham:  Why wrongful convictions are on the rise

by Paul Craig Roberts

Jeremy Bentham despised William Blackstone for emphasizing law as a restraint on government. Government needed to be unrestrained, Bentham argued, in order to do more good. With regard to criminal law, Bentham argued that it is wrong-headed to make conviction so difficult when government’s purpose is to increase the general level of happiness by combating crime.

Bentham believed in proactively rounding up people who were likely to commit crimes. He believed in compulsory self-incrimination and wanted to revive torture. He hated the attorney-client privilege and believed that lawyers should aid prosecutors in convicting their clients.

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We have allowed our country to violate basic human rights, in special cases such as with terrorist suspects.  We know better than to set foot on such a slippery slope.  Or we should.

Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09

January 7, 2010    NCJ 228416

Presents data from the 2008-09 National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), conducted in 195 juvenile confinement facilities between June 2008 and April 2009, with a sample of over 9,000 adjudicated youth. The report provides national-level and facility-level estimates of sexual victimization by type of activity, including youth-on-youth sexual contact, staff sexual misconduct, and level of coercion. It also includes an analysis of the experience of sexual victimization, characteristics of youth most at risk to victimization, where the incidents occur, time of day, characteristics of perpetrators, and nature of the injuries.

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Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons


Overview of Oklahoma’s Correctional System

An inmate in the Oklahoma County Jail has a good chance of dying.  In 2006, the Oklahoma County jail had a mortality rate higher per 100,000 inmates than Los Angeles County Jail, Cook County Illinois, among many others.  Three inmates have died there this year.  Fourteen inmates died in the jail in 2007 and 2008.

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We have permitted pound of flesh profiteering by private prison industries.

Former Luzerne County judge pleads guilty in kids-for-cash scheme

Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 7:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA — A former judge in northeastern Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Friday to a racketeering conspiracy charge for his role in a kickback scheme that put juvenile defendants, many without lawyers, behind bars for sometimes minor offenses.

Ciavarella, 60, routinely shackled children, denied them legal counsel and removed them from their homes during brief plea hearings, juvenile advocates said.

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Private prisons subject of controversy in Oklahoma

A private prison system that has yet to exist for a decade is coming under fire as part of growing concerns by legislators about rising costs involving the state’s correctional system.

With the Department of Corrections requesting millions of dollars in supplemental legislative funding for the 10th time in 12 years, many legislators are looking for ways to slow down the high costs of locking up criminals. A million-dollar audit was approved by the Legislature in order to have an independent performance review of the agency and the prisons under its purview.

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Corrections Corp. Shows Crime Pays as States Turn Jails Private

Oklahoma DOJ Investigation of the Oklahoma County Jail and Annex

Oklahoma County Jail Memorandum of Understanding 2008

July 31, 2009

Safety or Profit?

Oklahoma prisons to take other states’ maximum-security inmates

Private prisons in Oklahoma soon could be housing maximum-security inmates from other states under a law approved in the waning days of the 2009 legislative session.The language inserted into an omnibus corrections bill changes state policy that previously allowed only minimum- and medium-security inmates from other states to be housed in private prisons.House author Randy Terrill, R-Moore , defended the law,…

This could  be your child, your brother….

Support Your Local Rape Gang

by William Norman Grigg

If you can stand to, take a careful look at the faces at the top of this page.

Do they inspire respect, confidence, a quiet sense of gratitude for public service courageously rendered? Or do they look like the kind of human detritus one would find lurking in the vicinity of the local Junior High, leering at underage girls (or boys)?

How would your answer change if, instead of being seen in a police mug shot, each of the individuals above were swaddled in a government-issued police costume and clothed in the supposed majesty of the “law”?

You see, these three guys, who are accused of conspiring in the jailhouse rape of an 18-year-old high school student, are former deputies in the employ of the Grant County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Clinton Shawn Sydnor, the fetching item on the left, was the highest-ranking officer on duty that night at the Grant County Detention Center, located in tiny Williamstown, Kentucky.

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Oklahoma’s Female Prison Population study 2004

Findings and recommendations on  Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice System 2008

Just one example of the depravity some encounter in Oklahoma jails or prisons.  Were these women a threat to society?  They could be now!

Okla Female Inmates v Delaware County Sheriff


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Oklahoma: Prison Resources

Oklahoma Prison Project

This site is a journalism project of the Documentary Workshop class at The University of Tulsa. The purpose of the project is to document the lives of women in prison in Oklahoma, the state with the highest per capita number of incarcerated women. http://okprisonproject.blogspot.com/

Statistics for the State of Oklahoma 2009


Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice System:

2008 report  The Oklahoma Academy


The overload on the Oklahoma Corrections systems is the direct result of conscious decisions made by Oklahoma elected officials. Without corrective action, Oklahoma is surely on a collision course with a federal court intervention and/or a major ‘crowd out” of tax dollars for other state functions. There is a third way. That is to forthrightly recognize the root causes of this situation – and correct them.

ALG Blasts Missouri Information Analysis Center For Retaining No Records of Erroneous MIAC “Modern Militia Movement” Report

October 15th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) and the Missouri Highway Patrol for admitting it has retained no records of a controversial report entitled, “The Modern Militia Movement” that was issued by the federal fusion center in February.

In the “Militia Movement” advisory, police across Missouri were told to keep an eye out for Americans who were highly concerned about unemployment, taxes, illegal immigration, gangs, border security, abortion, high costs of living, gun restrictions, FEMA, the IRS, and the Federal Reserve.

The MIAC advisory also stated that potential domestic terrorists would be attracted to gun shows, shortwave radios, action movies, movies with white male heroes like Rambo, Tom Clancy novels, and presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s response to ALG’s Sunshine Law Request, “[b]ackground material was not retained by the author during drafting” and “[t]here is no record listing the individual who wrote the report.” In fact, the only record the state of Missouri apparently claims it has of the report was its single draft version.

“This is simply stunning,” said Wilson. “A federal-state intelligence center that is supposed to be collecting and disseminating actionable intelligence to law enforcement personnel sent out an accusatory report, but has no record of who authored it and how it was put together.”

According to MIAC’s website, “Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) provides a public safety partnership consisting of local, state and federal agencies, as well as the public sector and private entities that will collect, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate information and intelligence to the agencies tasked with Homeland Security responsibilities in a timely, effective, and secure manner.”

Much like the controversial Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “rightwing extremism” memo, MIAC’s unsubstantiated report directly cited the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a top source of information.

“In fact, there are entire passages in the MIAC report that are lifted verbatim from Southern Poverty Law Center,” said Wilson.

Both DHS and Missouri, when pressed withdrew their memos, followed by public apologies from government officials. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder (R-MO) asked that Missouri Public Safety Director John Britt be placed on administrative leave. He still serves as director.

“The tepid response by Missouri to this episode is frankly appalling. If no record of who produced and approved this trash exists, then the entire leadership who was working at MIAC at the time of this report being drafted and issued should be fired and barred from future law enforcement service,” said Wilson.

In August, ALG condemned the methodology used by the Department of Homeland Security in issuing a controversial “right-wing extremism” threat assessment to law enforcement in April. ALG had filed a Freedom of Information request in April demanding all documents related to the drafting of the controversial “right-wing extremism” memo. It received an interim response from the Department.

“Our worst fears about what went into this memo have been confirmed. The government department that was supposed to be tasked with identifying domestic terrorist threats is apparently using news stories, kooky websites, and conjecture instead of actual hard intelligence reporting and analysis,” said Wilson at the time.

Wilson compared the two memos, saying that neither was based on credible intelligence. “Neither memo illuminated on any actual planned attacks or any groups known to be planning attacks, or any groups with histories of perpetrating attacks that are currently conducting any types of operational recruitment, meeting, or planning attacks,” said Wilson.

“In short, both were just political propaganda put forward by both the federal and state government within weeks of one another, designed to perpetuate public perception of ‘rightwing extremism’ and militias,” Wilson added.

“The monitoring of political speech by law enforcement and intelligence agencies is very dangerous, and the perpetrators of these memos need to be held accountable and not allowed to serve in their capacities as government officials,” Wilson said.

“In both the case of Missouri and the Department of Homeland Security, Americans were targeted by law enforcement based upon their political beliefs, and not on their active involvement with terrorist operations. If this continues, the American people will continue to question whether their government is a danger to them,” Wilson concluded.

Enclosed Materials:
Missouri Sunshine Law Request to the Missouri Highway Patrol, August 21st, 2009.

Missouri Highway Patrol Response to Sunshine Law Request, October 1st, 2009.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to Department of Homeland Security, April 17th, 2009.

Department of Homeland Security interim response to FOIA request, August 5th, 2009.

Summary of web-links cited by Department of Homeland Security that were used in drafting “rightwing extremism” memo.

One page summary sheet of ALG analysis of DHS methodology in drafting “rightwing extremism” memo, August 2009.

Interview Availability:
Please contact Alex Rosenwald at (703)383-0880 or at arosenwald@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.



PA Pushing Penalties for Not Reporting Lost/Stolen Guns

From Above Average Jane who sat in on this conference call;

Lost or Stolen Handgun Reporting: At a Glance

Cities across Pennsylvania are considering and passing local “Lost and Stolen” handgun reporting ordinances. So far fourteen cities have made the rule law: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Pottsville, Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Wilkinsburg, Erie, Homestead, West Homestead, Clairton, and Oxford, and Munhall. Three have passed resolutions requesting action from the State Legislature: Easton, York, and Oxford. Illegal gun violence is not just a “big city” issue. Every community is at risk. Any action that can be taken to stem accessibility to illegal guns, without infringing upon rights of legal ownership is a step in the right direction.


Mark Whitman, City of York Commissioner says that not only are PA Chiefs of Police in support of this type of measure but also the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


Read Jane’s Above Average notes from the call