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AxXiom For Liberty Live! Friday Aug 5 6-8pm CST “Oklahoma’s Ladies of Liberty”

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How Free Do You Want To Be?

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen,  two ladies that are giving legs to their ideals.  These two women don’t just want freedom-they demand it!

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Special Guests Molly Jenkins and Laurette Lynn

These two ladies that seem to have a knack for stirring it up wherever they go…all in the name of Liberty.

 Molly Jenkins

First up is, we are pleased to welcome Molly Jenkins from Edmond Oklahoma.  Molly is a founding member of GEL (Govern Edmond Locally), a homegrown grassroots group of citizens that are taking an active interest in their local government.  The City of Edmond invited residents to get involved and give input into the governing of their city and the citizens took them at their word.  What happened next was inspiring. . . or exasperating, depending on your viewpoint.

December 6, 2010

Protesters cut short Edmond sustainability forum

Molly was instrumental in bringing the citizens of Edmond together in opposition to the city’s membership in ICLEI,  the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.  The City of Edmond subsequently dropped its membership with ICLEI joining with at least half a dozen communities around the nation who have done the same.

GELS’s mission statement is simple: Restore Constitutional governance at the local level in Edmond, OK.

Molly Jenkins will be speaking at a Townhall Meeting on August 9, 2011 at 7pm at the Edmond Community Center,
28 E Main St, Edmond, OK 73034, USA

 Laurette Lynn-the Unplugged Mom.

Unconventional, uncensored and unscripted; smart, serious and sometimes snarky host of Unplugged Mom Podcast, a popular web talk podcast for home educators, and other outside-the-box thinkers and founder of the popular blog UnpluggedMom.com .

If you ask Laurette why she home educates she will tell you;

“I do it because my kids are my responsibility.  My responsibility.  Their health, their welfare, their well-being, their intellectual stimulation – are all my responsibility, not society, not my village, not school;  Mine.  I am not afraid of that.”

If the idea of educating your children in the home seems daunting, listen to this lady and be inspired!

Heads Up!

Rant ahead!  Howard has a burr under his saddle over the creation of the “super congress”  Find out what a “poliburo” is and why the “super congress” is a very BAD idea.

Howard says;

“On 01 August 2011, OUR legislators in America created The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  Congress (central-committee –for those still following the analogy) created what has been dubbed the “Super-Congress” because, by its rationale, the urgency of America’s deficit problem cannot await action by it as a whole body.  Hmmm…did you read the opening quote at the beginning of this article?  Ladies and gentlemen, American government has created a POLITBURO!”

Also we will give you the latest news on my “Real ID Reckoning”  which is attracting some attention on the national level as well as local and sparking debate.

Listen Live tonight from 6-8pm CST on Rule Of Law Radio Network!

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SHOW NOTES

Here is the video of Laurette schooling Sen Jim Wilson;

Links to Stories mentioned ;

From Gun Owners of America

How the Recent Debt Ceiling Law Affects Gun Owners

To quote Kentucky Senator Rand Paul from earlier this week:

“The Super Committee [created by the new law] limits the constitutional check of the filibuster by expediting passage of bills with a simple majority.  The Super Committee is not precluded from any issue [including gun control], therefore the filibuster could be rendered moot.”

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References from interview with Molly Jenkins;

Dec 6, 2010 Edmond

the City of Edmond’s Planning Commission held its first Sustainability Forum.

The meeting didn’t last long due to a number of residents who were asking questions about the new plan and its origins.

Dec 6, The Edmond Sun Protesters cut short Edmond sustainability forum

Here is what the notice about the forum posted at the city’s website www.edmondok.com says.

“The City of Edmond Planning Department wants to hear the public’s ideas and priorities to be included in Edmond’s first Sustainability Plan.”

Shannon Entz. the forum leader and community development manager explains the purpose of the Edmond Sustainability Forum;

“The Edmond Sustainability Forum was created by the Planning Department and designed for Edmond residents to share their ideas and priorities for sustainable conservation efforts in their community” (My emphasis)

She goes on to say that “City staff would then take those recommendations to implement in a grass roots community plan” Link

“Sharing ideas and priorities” can be a messy process.  In fact it usually is a messy process, so why were they so surprised?

One thing that stood out to me as an outside, if not impartial observer, is that it seems like one key decision has already been made for all of the residents of Edmond and that was the decision that there will be a “sustainability” program implemented with all that this amorphous word implies

Edmond residents wanted to know what “sustainability” meant before proceeding.  It is important to define your terms especially in a governmental sense- which means policy making.   The reason that this is important is that policy changes will affect everyone… your property and your pocketbook.

The meaning of the word “sustainability”, that the policy is being predicated upon is, in fact, a crucial point.

Conspiracy? 

Where in the heck would people get the idea that the United Nations had anything to do with Edmond’s sustainability plan?

Maybe they used Google and got it from the ICLEI website.

From ICLEIUSA.ORG

According to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability is not an end goal, but a journey that local governments can take to improve the social equity, environmental, and economic conditions in their jurisdiction

http://www.icleiusa.org/action-center/planning/sustainability-planning-toolkit/planning-overview/introduction

Still not much of a definition for the term ‘sustainability”  but if you are like most Americans whose hackles are raised by idea of the UN messing around in US policy, there might be enough on that page to get you going.

ICLEI has been working hard on giving its website a nice makeover and scrubbing all but the vaguest references to Agenda 21 and the UN but everything you need to know is still out there.  I found this ICLEI presentation to be very instructive;

ICLEI Member Benefits

*ICLEI – The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives aka Local Governments for Sustainability

ICEI’s stated purpose:

A Worldwide Movement of Local Governments
Through its international programs, and projects, ICLEI works with local governments to generate political awareness of key themes by:

  • establishing plans of action to meet defined, concrete, measurable targets
  •  working toward meeting these targets through the implementation of projects
  •  evaluating local and cumulative progress toward sustainable development

International Goals
Our programs, and projects promote participatory, long-term, strategic planning process that address local sustainability while protecting global common goods. This approach links local action to internationally agreed-upon goals and targets such as:

Meeting Milestones
A fundamental component of our performance-based model is the milestone process. Each of our initiatives incorporates a five-milestone structure to guide participating local governments:

  1. establish a baseline,
  2. set a target,
  3. develop a local action plan,
  4. implement the local action plan,
  5. measure results

According to the Capitol Research Center;

ICLEI is well-liked by mayors and city council members because it shows them how to promote climate change initiatives and then does their work for them.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has called ICLEI’s leadership “invaluable” because its “expert technical assistance was instrumental in helping us to complete our first-ever greenhouse gas inventory last year.”

Any person doing a cursory search will land on ICLEI site, those who have even a modicum of internet skills won’t have any trouble at all locating some of the ICLEI materials that are much less guarded against the vigilant eye of those blasted Americans who still hold tight to the idea of national sovereignty and individual rights.

Consensus

The purpose of this meeting was to “build consensus” people showing up with all of those questions and opinions makes the desired “consensus” building impossible.  Why?

They need to gain your agreement (or simply your silence will suffice) to give everything the appearance of legitimacy.

You try to gripe later and they will say –

“Sorry, you should have said something when you had the chance”

This is what I was told was the purpose of such public meetings by a former member of Edmond City government.

Read How To Counter Group Manipulation Tactics by Beverly Eakman

She details how “Provocateurs,” “Agitators,” and “Change Agents” are able to force through their agendas right under your nose. She teaches you their lingo and how they use it to divide you from the group and marginalize your honest questions and objections.

Also see Thwart the Delphi Technique

I could waste a whole lot of space demonstrating why citizens are rightfully bewildered when they begin to do a little research on local policy and find the United Nations all over it.  I’m not going to.  It is too easy to discover for even the mildly curious.  In fact GEL can show you in three clicks where the connections are;

http://gelok.org/2.html

Anyone can see why UN and Agenda 21 would be being referenced in a discussion about sustainability.  If they are unwilling to acknowledge the fact that ICLEI’s purpose is to implement Local Agenda 21, a UN program that was not created with the Bill of Rights in mind, then they are a fool or are trying to play you for one.  Don’t waste one bit more of your Co2 arguing about it.

In truth, any of a number of international entities or corporations for that matter, that are pushing their agenda but it is up to our elected representatives or us to draw the line and say no!

If you read and understand the US Constitution, the Oklahoma State Constitution and or ever listened to a thing your mother said, then you have just about everything you need to discern and describe bad policy.  `

For more info about Agenda 21 see resources listed in Sustainable Subversion

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AxXiom for Liberty ‘Biometric Skeptics’ Show Notes from April 29, 2011

Kaye Beach

April 30, 2011

Listen to the show here

Notes from the AxXiom for Liberty radio show aired April 29, 2011

We spoke with two Biometric critics, David Moss from the UK and Mark Lerner from the US.

**We were to post a link here for those who wanted to submit a recommendation on behalf of Mark Lerner to the organizers of the  Privacy conference to be held in DC this summer.   He has received the support he needed and it is now in the hands of the sponsors-Thanks to all!**

The show was focused on the failures and unworkability of biometric identification.  The question that hangs over the discussion is Why?  If the technology is not working as promised (and it is decidedly not!) and given the expense why do governments across the globe seem determined to utilize it?

We discussed the the influence of the biometrics industry, the desire of governments to keep close tabs on the people (the word inventory comes to mind) and the perceived need of government to prevent or control chaos.  The role of data sharing, e government and Transformational government which relies on computerized records was touched upon as well. 

Find sourcing,  notes, and  my commentary below.

Biometrics are not working as advertised.

David Moss has nearly 33 years experience in IT and has spent over eight years researching and campaigning against the UK Home Office’s biometric ID card scheme.

UK Identity Cards-Wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_Cards_Act_2006

 David mentioned a European Commission initiative called “Project STORK”

STORK requires the national systems of several countries to be interoperable.

EU/UK: EU pilot to boost compatibility of eID kicks off in the UK, 15 October 2007

The ultimate goal of the STORK project is to implement an EU-wide interoperable system for the recognition and authentication of eIDs [electronic identities] that will enable businesses, citizens and government employees to use their national eIDs in any Member State. Once established, this would significantly facilitate migration between Member States, allowing easy access to a variety of eGovernment services including, for example, social security, medical prescriptions and pension payments. It could also ease cross-border student enrolment in colleges …

The UK’s Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is leading the pilot project, in close co-operation with the Government Gateway, the UK’s centralised registration service. “It is about the eventual pan-European recognition of electronic IDs,” noted an IPS spokesperson.

David writes;  HMRC lost two discs containing the personal details of 25 million people. That exposes 25 million people to the threat of fraud. Given which, the question arises whether the government should proceed with the ID cards scheme — creating yet another database just increases the risk of losing data and could lead to more fraud.

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In 2009 David Moss posed this question to the public;

“If our last two prime ministers are to be believed, and our last five home secretaries, the solution to all the problems of crime detection, counter-terrorism and the delivery of efficient public services is … biometrics. They’re certainly labelling our money into biometrics. But no one ever asks, do biometrics work?”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2009/nov/01/biometrics-home-office

As of late David Moss has been focused on India’s Unique Identification (UID) project that endeavors to biometrically identify and number 1.2 billion of India’s people. David Moss is a biometric skeptic and for good reason.


David Moss’s website is http://dematerialisedid.com/

The biometric delusion

Optimism beats evidence in the drive to fingerprint the world

By David Moss

Posted 14th August 2009 12:11 GMT

Suppose that there were 60 million UK ID cardholders. To prove that each person is represented by a unique electronic identity on the population register, each biometric would have to be compared with all the rest. That would involve making 1.8 x 1015 comparisons.

Suppose further that the false match rate for biometrics based on either facial geometry or fingerprints was one in a million (1 x 10-6). It isn’t. It’s worse than that. But suppose that it was that good, then there would be 1.8 x 109 false matches for IPS to check.

It is not feasible for IPS to check 1.8 billion false matches. It is therefore not feasible for these biometrics to do their identification job.

David Moss’ eye opening research paper on India’s Unique Id Project;

India’s ID card scheme – drowning in a sea of false positives

In reading about India’s ID project, I found some aspects of the program very disturbing. 

The program is being pitched as a way to help the poor to better access the services they need.

Nilekani maintains that the main purpose of the UID project is to empower the vast numbers of excluded Indians. “For the poor this is a huge benefit because they have no identities, no birth certificates, degree certificates, driver’s licences, passports or even addresses.” link

But when you read further into the aims of the project, you wonder if maybe having no identity might be preferable.

Fears of Privacy Loss Pursue Ambitious ID Project

Monday 06 September 2010

New Delhi – Fears about loss of privacy are being voiced as India gears up to launch an ambitious scheme to biometrically identify and number each of its 1.2 billion inhabitants.

In September, officials from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), armed with fingerprinting machines, iris scanners and cameras hooked to laptops, will fan out across the towns and villages of southern Andhra Pradesh state in the first phase of the project whose aim is to give every Indian a lifelong Unique ID (UID) number.

[. . .]According to Nilekani, the UID will most benefit India’s poor who, because they lack identity documentation, are ignored by service providers.

The program is said to be voluntary, but is it really?

At the Aug. 25 meeting, Ramanthan said that while enrolling with the UIDAI may be voluntary, other agencies and service providers might require a UID number in order to transact business. Indeed, the UIDAI has already signed agreements with banks, state governments and hospital chains which will allow them to ask customers for UIDs. (Emphasis mine)

India’s ID program could compromise freedoms to buy, sell or travel.

Ramanathan said that, taken to its logical limit, the UID project will make it impossible, in a couple of years, for an ordinary citizen to undertake a simple task such as travelling within the country without a UID number. (Emphasis mine)

The UIDAI will work with the National Population Register (NPR). . . And as a government website says: “Certain information collected under the NPR will be published in the local areas for public scrutiny and invitation of objections.”

NATGRID

If you ask me, this ID system provides citizens with “safety” by way of surveillance and promises the governments of India a more compliant population.

From IPS News via AlterNet;

But things begin to look ominous when seen in the context of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), the setting up of which home minister P. Chidambaram announced in February as part of his response to a major terrorist attack. Chidambaram said NATGRID would tap into 21 sets of databases that will be networked to achieve “quick, seamless and secure access to desired information for intelligence and enforcement agencies.” He added that NATGRID will “identify those who must be watched, investigated, disabled and neutralised.” (Emphasis mine)

Chidambaram said NATGRID would tap into 21 sets of databases that will be networked to achieve “quick, seamless and secure access to desired information for intelligence and enforcement agencies.” He added that NATGRID will “identify those who must be watched, investigated, disabled and neutralised.”

Link

NATGRID

Natgrid, the brainchild of Home Minister P Chidambaram, is based on the US model.(Emphasis mine) It will integrate the existing 21 databases with Central and state government agencies and other organisations in the public and private sector such as banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, airlines, railways, telecom service providers, chemical vendors, etc. LINK

The telecom and internet service providers will be mandated by regulations to compulsorily link up their databases with NATGRID. The databases so far identified for being linked in the grid include those of rail and air travel, phone calls, bank accounts, credit card transactions, passport and visa records, PAN cards,  land and property records, automobile ownership and driving licences. Link

In the US 911 is cited as the justification for the massive restructuring of our national security apparatus and policy, in India it is the attacks in Mumbai.

The 26/11 attacks in Mumbai changed the paradigm of what was till then considered to be internal security, demonstrating clearly to the government that the battle lines have been re-drawn.  [ . . .]Thus, any response to tackle threats emanating from terrorism would not be effective if we continued to follow the old conventional strategies; instead our response must involve a change of mindset, security doctrines and a new counter-terror framework. Link

India’s worsening security situation excites global defence firms

BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defence contractors, sees a number of business opportunities, relating to the country’s nascent National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) programmes.

“We have been talking to the ministry of home affairs a great deal on the grid programmes, and feel there is an obvious opportunity there,” Guy Douglas, spokesman for BAE India, said. The Natgrid is a giant database of comprehensive intelligence reports, designed to collate information collected from phones and income tax records, along with airport and immigration details of individuals.

According to Mr Douglas, BAE’s subsidiary Detica, which specialises in collecting, managing and exploiting information that could lead to actionable intelligence, could be harnessed for India’s intelligence community. LINK

More about NATGRID

Read about the Global Intelligence Grid

VISION 2015

Control

In my opinion, no matter how you slice it, this is the reason governments want biometric identification systems so badly.

The US Department of Defense states:

“Biometrics technologies have the unique potential to provide the Department with the capability to take away an adversary’s anonymity”

Unfortunately the “biometrics technologies” that the DoD is referring to are not applied in an as needed fashion.  These technologies will/must apply to all of us, all of the time.  In other words it isn’t just the “bad guys” who will have their privacy and freedom stripped away from them-it is each and every one of us.

“The biometrics science and technology program addresses the technology gaps that preclude our ability to quickly and accurately identify anonymous individuals who threaten our interests, in whatever domain they operate.”

Source-2010 Office of Secretary Of Defense RDT&E Budget Item Justification

Why do I read “our interests” to be more  inclusive of the interests of the government and not necessarily inclusive of the people?  Can it be that so much of Homeland Security and national security efforts  in general seem to be directed at rather than protective of the people of this country? 

One thing I am deeply resentful of  is the wholehearted embracing by our government of the new paradigm  of security that emphasizes the power of prediction and preemptive policing techniques that are in opposition to the legal and natural rights of the citizens. It shatters the very unity our country needs the most during times of uncertainty.   I am concerned that this “new paradigm” is creating an environment of suspicion and fear between the  authorities and the people.  It seems to me that the implications of such mistrust and even fear negates any gains that such policies may promise to government.

The Price of Security

The desire for security, while in itself natural and legitimate, can become an obsession which ultimately must be paid for by the loss of freedom and human dignity—whether people realize it or not.

In the end, it is clear that whoever is prepared to pay this price is left neither with freedom and dignity nor with security, for there can be no security without freedom and protection from arbitrary power.

To this exorbitant price must be added another . . . namely, the steady diminution of the value of money. Surely, every single one of us must then realize that security is one of those things which recede further and further away the more unrestrainedly and violently we desire it.”

—Wilhelm Röpke, A Humane Economy

We touched upon the subject of “Transformational Government” which I understand to be in line with what is more commonly referred to as the Reinvention of Government in the US.

From Wikipedia– Transformational Government is a term which describes the use of computer-based information and communications technologies (ICT) to enable radical improvement to the delivery of public services. The term is commonly used to describe a government reform strategy which aims to avoid the limitations which have come to be seen as associated with a traditional e-Government strategy.

During the last two decades, governments around the world have invested in ICT with the aim of increasing the quality and decreasing the cost of public services. But over that time, as even the least developed countries have moved to websites, e-services and e-Government strategies, it has become increasingly clear that e-Government has not delivered all the benefits that were hoped for it.[1] One study found that 35% of e-government projects in developing countries resulted in total failures; and that 50% were partial failures.[2]Read more

Data sharing

by David Moss

Wouldn’t it be better if (WIBBI) government departments shared data? Public services could then be more effective. And cheaper. And customised, or tailored, to the individual.

It’s a seductive WIBBI. Sharing sounds like the sort of thing pleasant communities do. The public is always a deserving recipient. Service is a humble and dedicated vocation. If the service offers good value for money, so much the better. Recognising each individual’s unique requirements squares the circle – a universal service which is at the same time trained with laser precision on the particular.

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Right now we are being treated to a massive marketing campaign meant to capitalize on our collective frustration with the size of government.  Those who have been watching our government closely over the years  will recognize this rhetoric as very similar to the rhetoric of the 90’s. 

President Bill Clinton in 1995 declared in his State of the Union address that “The era of big government is over.”

Hardly true, (Read “The Clinton Era by The Numbers”) but Clinton was following up on his earlier promises to “Reinvent Government ” that began with a report issued by the National Performance Review, From Red Tape to Results: Creating a Government That Works Better and Costs Less,  in 1993.

Most people regarded the Reinvention of Government as an initiative to downsize the bloated bureaucracy.  Reinvention, as understood by most, was supposed to make the government work better and cost less.

Many who supported the idea of whacking back government to a more sensible size express dismay that by this yardstick, the reinvention initiatives have failed miserably if the real goal was to downsize government.

Reinventing’s Roots

The Clinton administration’s reinventing government campaign grew directly out of David Osborne and Ted Gaebler’s 1992 best seller, Reinventing Government. Osborne, a writer and consultant, teamed with Gaebler, a former city manager and consultant, to argue that “entrepreneurial” government offered government its most productive future. http://www.brookings.edu/gs/cpm/government.pdf

[. . .]NPR started its work in April 1993 with an inspiring set of principles and a clear vision of what it wanted to accomplish. The main objective was to create a government that works better and costs less by empowering employees to put customers first, cutting the red tape that holds back employees, and cutting back to basics.”

Consider this statement (from the NPR) very carefully.

“Strategically, the Vice President chose to focus efforts on how the government works, not on what it should be doing.”

http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/npr/whoweare/historypart1.html

A common complaint about the whole “reinvention of government” plan is that the the  reinvention guru’s keep moving the goalposts. After much research, I have come to believe they aren’t moving the goalposts at all-they have purposely obscured what the true goals of reinventing government really are and I think that this omission is an  entirely a strategic one.  Amazingly the Reinvention gurus like David Osbourne have managed to sell the concept without openly revealing the product. The marketers purposefully focus on  how government does what it does without ever addressing the fundamental issue of what it is government is supposed to do.  This may the reason that reinventing government has not resulted in downsizing government.

The sum of good government to Thomas Jefferson was one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned”

One thing that continues to unnerve me after doing some research into the Reinvention of Government is to hear well intentioned officials repeating the platitudes of Reinvention gurus like David Osbourne.  The effort to reinvent  government has been led from the beginning by organizations with a pronounced ideology and one that most officials that are currently involved with the continuation of these efforts would not profess to ascribe to.

Here’s a couple of blurbs that give a glimpse into the thinking behind the front line rhetoric of making government more efficient;

The Democratic Leadership Council, and its affiliated think tank the Progressive Policy Institute, have been catalysts for modernizing politics and government.

From their political analysis and policy innovations has emerged a progressive alternative to the worn-out dogmas of traditional liberalism and conservatism.

The core principles and ideas of this “Third Way” movement are set forth in The New Progressive Declaration: A Political Philosophy for the Information Age. (emphasis mine)

On Sunday, April 25, 1999, the President Clinton and the DLC hosted a historic roundtable discussion, The Third Way: Progressive Governance for the 21st Century, with five world leaders including British PM Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Dutch PM Wim Kok, and Italian PM Massimo D’Alema, the First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and DLC President Al From.

21st Century Approach

“… the structure of democracy needs new scaffolding–a new concept of how decisions are made, a new approach to the role of leadership and new methods and techniques to build shared vision….

“It assumes that there is a need to rethink what it means to be a ‘civil society’ and that the concept of the “common good ” must be more than an aggregation of individual rights…

“Any 21st Century approach to democracy will need a flexible framework in which diverse people can dialogue and not debate; in which systemic thinking replaces a linear project mentality….”

Consensus Democracy: A New Approach to 21st Century Governance

More attention will be given to examining the ideological aspect of this “movement” in more detail in future AxXiom for Liberty shows and on this blog.

One last thought;

David Osborne, co-author of the book that started the revolution of reinvention in government writes;

“Just as Columbus never knew he had come upon a new continent, many of today’s pioneers—from governors to city managers, teachers to social workers—do not understand the global significance of what they are doing.”

We can bet that this much is true.


David Moss makes a very important point in this next article entitled  ‘So what’s new?’

The thesis is;

We do not live in a new world. We live in the same world we have always lived in.

Mr Brown believes this is a new world. He says so in his speech. 34 times:

… a new chapter in our country’s story of liberty … new issues of terrorism and security … new frontiers in both our lives and our liberties … new challenges … new rights for the public expression of dissent … new freedoms that guarantee the independence of non-governmental organisations … new rights to access public information … new rights against arbitrary intrusion … new technology … new rights to protect your private information … new provision for independent judicial scrutiny and open parliamentary oversight … Renewing for our time our commitment to freedom … a new British constitutional settlement for our generation … the new tests of our time … we meet these tests not by abandoning principles of liberty but by giving them new life … a new generation … new challenges … new measures … the new rules … the new rules … New rules … What is new about 21st century ideas of privacy … new powers of access to information … new opportunities to use biometrics … the opportunities of new technology … a new and imaginative approach to accountability … new laptop computers … new powers … the new information age … new threats to our security … a new British Bill of Rights and Duties … a new chapter in the British story of liberty …

To anyone of a conservative bent, all these references to novelty are suspicious and need to be viewed with scepticism. We do not live in a new world. We live in the same world we have always lived in.

Even the sanctity of liberty can be trumped by the super-sanctity of security. He’s not an equality man (Labour). He’s not a liberty man (Liberal). He’s a security man (Raytheon). And he’s a long way down that “authoritarian path”.

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Also discussed was Capgemini and a program called “ContactPoint” in the UK

What is Capgemini?

Capgemini is a global consulting and information technology firm, with a seasoned approach working collaboratively with many federal, state and local government agencies to help address fiscal challenges and improve the efficiency and quality of IT services delivered to citizens. We work with the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, as well as multiple state and municipal tax, social welfare, criminal justice and public health departments.

http://www.us.capgemini.com/services-and-solutions/by-industry/public-sector/overview/

Capgemini is a limited partner with QinetiQ, the global defense technology company: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinetiq

What is Contact Point?

ContactPoint is an online database which contains basic information about every child and young person in England from birth to their 18th birthday. Read more

 

Capgemini as it relates to Oklahoma (Research provided by OK-SAFE)

On November 1, 2010 OK-SAFE filed an Open Records request to the Office of State Finance, seeking more detailed information about the state’s contract with Capgemini, the global consulting, technology, and outsourcing firm, headquartered in Paris, France. Read more about the open records request and findings here

 Also see Reality Check: Political Doublespeak Contract with Capgemini a power point presentation by OK-SAFE

Capgemini: Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing.  Outsourcing what?

In 2009 the OK Republican-led legislature created the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO), a new cabinet position appointed by the Governor. (HB 1170)

Oklahoma’s new CIO is Alex Pettit, officed in the Office of State Finance.

The OK CIO has signed a $1 million (actually $999,100) contract with a global company named Capgemini, specializing in Consulting, Technology, and Outsourcing, to perform an assessment of the state’s entire IT systems.

With several divisions worldwide, including the UK, India, Australia, and the US, Capgemini’s main headquarters are in Paris, France. (Just like Safran?)

Capgemini has two subcontractors:  BDNA Corp. (The IT Genome Project) and Roraima Consulting, Inc. (out of Jamaica, NY)

There are growing concerns about this contract and the possible direction Oklahoma could be heading.

My previous notes on Capgemini can be found here

 

UK Capgenmini/ContactPoint

2003 UK

Bolton kick-starts child database pilot

The government’s controversial plan to keep a file on every child in England has received a boost after an NHS trust reversed its decision to withhold information about local children from social services.

The board of Bolton primary care trust (PCT) decided last night that they had the statutory power to put the name, address, date of birth and gender of every child on its records onto a database accessible to other agencies.

The decision means that Bolton Unlimited, one of 10 information, referral and tracking (IRT) pilots set up to improve information sharing, will be able to start building a comprehensive database on all 60,000-70,000 children in the area.

Legal experts had previously warned that the proposal in the children’s green paper to establish local databases on all children – collating information held by councils, the health service and the police – would breach data protection and privacy laws.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2003/nov/13/childrensservices.childprotection1

2006

Capgemini captures $400M UK database deal

Capgemini UK plc has won a three-year, $400 million contract from the United Kingdom’s Education and Skills Department to design a national database covering all 11 million children in England. http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2006/10/18/capgemini-captures-400m-uk-database-deal.aspx

2007

The government acknowledges the risks by instituting protocols to “shield” details of celebrity and vulnerable children. But all children are potentially vulnerable to misuse of information, and the potential for this is enormous. Evidence presented last year to the management board of the Leeds NHS Trust showed that in one month the 14,000 staff logged 70,000 incidents of inappropriate access. On the basis of these figures, misuse of ContactPoint could run to 1,650,000 incidents a month. Is this going to protect children?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2007/jun/22/childrensservices.comment

2010

On Tuesday June 1st, 2010 the Department for Education (the renamed Department for Children, Schools and Families) issued the following – on behalf of Sarah Teather (Lib-Dem and Minister for Children and Families) – to members of the Information Sharing Advisory Group, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, and suppliers of case management systems.

We [the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition Government] are scrapping ContactPoint. We will develop better ways of keeping children safe. The investment made won’t be wasted because we can use the technical expertise we’ve acquired to protect those children most in need. But the idea of a single national IT database for all children has gone for good.

The communiqué from the Department for Education contained no other information on what future arrangements might look like nor any indicative timescale for the ‘scrapping’ of ContactPoint.

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Industry Influence

The Revolving Door that Never Stops Turning

by Mark Lerner, co founder of the Constitutional Alliance

Six years ago I started speaking out about a small company in Massachusetts called Viisage Technology.  Not many people paid attention to what I had to say because the company was only a $50 million company.  After a few quick steps that would rival anything you might find on any of the reality dancing shows on television Viisage has morphed into a billion dollar plus company.  I can provide a number of reasons you should care about L-1 Identity Solutions, the company Viisage Technology transformed into.  I will start by mentioning that Louis Freeh (former Director of the FBI), Admiral Loy (former head of the Transportation Security Agency), George Tenet (former Director of the CIA), Frank Moss (former program manager for the State Department’s E-Passport program, and many others who previously held key positions in the federal government all joined Viisage/L-1 as members of the Board of Directors or as paid employees of Viisage/L-1.

L-1, writes Mark Lerner, dominates the state driver’s license business.  L-1 also produces all passport cards, involved in the production of all passports, provides identification documents for the Department of Defense and has contracts with nearly every intelligence agency in our government.  To a large extent it is fair to say that your personal information is L-1’s information.  L-1 is the same company that thinks our political party affiliation should be on our driver’s license along with our race.  L-1 has a long history starting with its taking over Viisage Technology.  It was a great sleight of hand, Viisage morphing into L-1 while Viisage was under investigation by our government.

[. . .]L-1 is being sold to two European companies.  One of the companies is buying the division of L-1 that has contracts with nearly every intelligence agency in the United States government.  The biometric and document credential divisions are being sold to a French company named Safran.  Just think about how happy you can feel now knowing that your personal information including your social security number and biometric information (fingerprints, Iris scans and digital facial images) may soon be available to a French company.  The federal government must sign off on the deal before the deal can be sealed.  All this brings us back to the topic of the revolving door that exists between government and corporations.

Our former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the honorable Michael Chertoff certainly did not take long to walk through the revolving door.  Last year, 2009 Mr. Chertoff was the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; this year, 2010 he is a strategic advisor to the French company Safran.  (Emphasis mine)

Read the entire articleThe Revolving Door that Never Stops Turning

So, will L1 be permitted to sell to Safran?  It is a private corporation right?  This is just one problem that we encounter when these corporations get so cozy with government-with L1goes contracts with nearly every state in the country for our driver’s license.  L-1 also provides welfare identification cards as well as other ID documents to states and tens of millions of dollars in contracts with the Department of Homeland Security.

The latest news;

L-1 Identity Solutions Reports Meaningful Progress with CFIUS; Parties Refile CFIUS Notification for Additional Time to Negotiate Definitive Mitigation Agreement

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/L1-Identity-Solutions-Reports-bw-3750726152.html?x=0&.v=1

Show notes-Friday Sept 24th Guest Beverly Eakman: Why our Kids are “Walking Targets”

**Notes Added Below**

Beverly K. Eakman will be my guest this Friday, Sept. 24 at 6pm CST on AxXiom For Liberty.  You can listen in live on the internet at Rule of Law Radio. http://www.ruleoflawradio.com

Recently in PA at the “Freedom Action Conference” I had the pleasure of meeting Beverly Eakman in person and even got to visit with her a little on air

I was already glancingly familiar with Beverly Eakman through some of her writing that I encountered when doing my own research on the  on the Texas Medical Algorithm Project or TMAP’s (I hate to use the word “scandal’ because it simply  does not do this sinister program justice.)

(My writing on the program and what I found out by going to my daughters school here in Oklahoma;  Public Schools, Signs of Suicide and New Freedom for All )

This lady bowled me over with her fluid and agile intelligence and expressiveness.  After speaking with her for a few moments, I proceeded to buy every book on her table. It didn’t take me long after cracking one of her books for me to recognize what I was reading.

Earlier today I posed this question;

Oklahoma Schools: Data Collecting or Dossier Building?

and provided a little information about Oklahoma schools that gives me pause for thought.  This information wouldn’t necessarily give most people pause for thought which is why I want you to hear more about what Beverly has to say.

Why am I making the connection between school mental health screenings, Oklahoma’s new student information sharing system and fusion centers?

I mentioned my interest in initiatives to screen our  children for mental illness in public schools.  While I don’t doubt that most of the administrators of this program are well intentioned I also know for a fact that the pharmaceutical companies and some of the “non-profit” organizations’ interest is purely profit driven.  Lawsuits and tragedies continue to emanate from these mental health partnerships with schools and  Medicaid funds are central to the scheme.

I know from visiting my own school that a up to date  rolodex with numbers for area psychiatrists is a key portion of the’ Signs of Suicide’ program. I also know that your notification about  and consent for your child’s participation in the screening is handled as below the radar as possible.  “Consent” is given by default and if you should fail to follow the instructions given to you by your child’s school, DHS is to be notified.

I have also spent many, many hours studying Fusion Centers, down to the technical aspects of system interoperability and software capability. I even went to testify at one of the MIAC (a Missouri State Fusion Center) committee hearing in Missouri.  And what I recognized in Beverly’s books was the same sort of data collection, merging and sharing and profiling that is at the heart of the Fusion Process.

There are efforts underway to systemically share data  between law enforcement, mental health and public schools (and much much more!) What does this indicate to people, I wonder.

To me, it doesn’t matter the rational or what good things could possibly come fro it because the potential for harm is too great.

What I see is an astonishing degree of database merging throughout the public and private sphere that in no way benefits us or our children.  Health, welfare, education and law enforcement to name but a few sectors, are getting together and what that portends for our personal security and for individual freedom is terrifying.

South Carolina has a data integration system that simply floors me!

I have just finished Beverly’s  meticulously researched book, The Cloning of the American Mind, and this is information that is both extremely important and not widely known.  You can Find Beverly’s books at Midnight Whistler  Publishers and needless to say, I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Beverly gave a speech in 2008 on the “Education’s Role” and I think what she covered in this  speech will help illustrate what has me so concerned.

I think it is important to note that this  speech was chosen to be placed into Vital Speeches of the Day which  is THE premier speech publication in America, possibly the world. Vital Speeches of the Day chose Beverly Eakman’s speech as the Dec 2008 Speech of the Month for their print publication which goes to all federal agencies, libraries and more.  It was also published online.

Some  excerpts of that speech are included here  but you can read it in its entirety at the end of this post.  (it is the last speech in the document)

In her speech Beverly explains how predictive analytics apply to our public schools.  She said;

“Today, hundreds of seemingly unrelated pieces of data that reveal political leanings and parental views are fed into a “predictive” computer algorithm. What’s a predictive computer algorithm? Well, it’s a mathematical formula that sifts masses of information, then predicts what a person will probably do, given various hypothetical scenarios.

What this all alludes to Beverly sums up this way;

Most hot-button topics of the day—from global warming to globalization—are first tested in the educational marketplace by psychologists using predictive computer technologies.

Disinformation is thriving in the nation’s classrooms. Today, I will present proof-positive that schools were used as the prototype for data-mining throughout the entire U.S. population. I will show you how government helps ensure—and enforce— the radical changes of ideals and attitudes and thus bring about a universal code of thought that others, including myself in past years, have alluded to. I am going to show you how unique ID numbers are assigned to each child, ostensibly by the state, but under the auspices of a federal mandate; how each state pretends to craft its own ID procedures, then transmits to the federal government for cross-matching with other federal data.

This technique is called “psychographics” You may be more familiar with the term “data-mining” which is the same thing. Here is an  explanation of psychographics from Beverly’s website;

Webster’s New World Communication and Media Dictionary defines psychographics as “the study of social class based upon the demographics … income, race, color, religion, and personality traits.” These are characteristics, says the dictionary, which “can be measured to predict behavior.”

And this quote from Beverly pretty much encapsulates the issue that I am trying to bring to the fore regarding the efforts to collect and share student data that is going on in Oklahoma and other states across the country;

The psychological questions and self-reports with which schools today inundate pupils comprise a specialized area known in the world of advertising as “psychographic data-gathering.” Psychographics is closely related to mass mental health screening, a highly controversial new initiative coming down the pike, as well as to “risk” analysis, which is turning into a dangerous political weapon.

I will continue to post information about Oklahoma’s  Race to The Top and the various other programs of concern but until then, please join me Friday on Rule of Law Radio Network to find out more about this very important subject.

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Show Notes Sept 25, 2010

Show Notes from Friday Sept 24th Guest Beverly Eakman: Why our Kids are “Walking Targets”

See Beverly Eakman’s books

Documents of interest;

•       Oklahoma’s Race to the Top

•       Race to the Top Technical Review Form – Tier 1

Oklahoma Application #5280-0K-1 (March 2010 evaluation)

•       CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL RECORDS AND PRIVACY 2009

•       Oklahoma Receives First Ever SIF Award Public Schools

•       Oklahoma Deploys the Nation’s First Fully Implemented Statewide SIF-Based Data Collection Model

•       US DOE Guide FERPA

•       ACE Implementation Guide Revised July 2010  ACE

Professor Chester M. Pierce, M.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard, has this to say, “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well — by creating the international child of the future.

A post about the Parental Rights Amendment

Group Manipulation Tactics-Thwart the The Delphi Technique


Beverly Eakmam was sounding the alarm about or schools using marketing techniques to psychologically profile school children back in 1991.

In 1981 she had resigned from teaching in sheer frustration, but she didn’t lose her sense of humor;

ODE TO A SCHOOLTEACHER AT YEAR’S END

(a.k.a. Letter of Resignation to the Clear Creek School District, League City (Houston), Texas, May 1981)

The kids bought their way out of class period five And they burned all the bathrooms down third; The school bus was late, Forty minutes past eight. Not a teacher all morning was heard.

Then class was dismissed for a game. Exams? Too bad! What a shame! “The children don’t need ’em!” “School officials won’t heed ’em!” “Let’s pass them for knowing their names!”

You see, the cost was only one dollar To go out and have a good holler. Coaches advertised passes To get out of classes, And my group became suddenly smaller.

Left were four Vietnamese refugees (Who hadn’t the one dollar fees), All eager to try it In a room that was quiet, Asking: “Please, may the testing proceed?”

Then a latecomer entered the room, And proceeded the cuss, yell and fume Because most of the class Had bought a red pass And he was stuck here the whole afternoon.

Kids complain that they can’t buy supplies, That prices are simply too high. But just let it be cash To get out of class And watch how fast money flies!

I’m told kids won’t be so obtuse The day we just let ’em “hang loose,” And pay less attention To silly conventions Like putting one’s brain to good use.

So important is public relations! And politically correct celebrations! They say the public supports Only schools that hype sports, Not grammar, and like, abominations.

So here’s an idea that’s fantastic: Keep dropouts in school shooting baskets! Bring class head counts down By fooling around; Keep everyone drugged or distracted!

Just why should I play the good teacher When I can spend all day long in the bleachers? Pupils know when we gruel ’em We’re only just foolin’; That we’d flunk ’em They can’t even feature!

Comparing home and alternative schools, I know they don’t play by such rules. They don’t take education Turn it into vacation And turn out generations of fools.

So…in light of the above-stated factors, I think I’ll seek out greener pastures. Still young and gung-ho It’s the right time to go. May this school enjoy happy hereafters.

Read the entire article

The following is a selection of information and links, no narrative but much of the information speaks for itself.

We are the biggest potential political striking force in this country, and we are determined to control the direction of education.” NEA president Catherine Barrett 1972

“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly view their role as the proselytizers of a new faith… The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new; the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of Humanism…”  – John J. Dunphy, A New Religion For A New Age, in The Humanist, January/February 1983 edition

FORDHAM CENTER ON LAW AND INFORMATION POLICY

CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL RECORDS AND PRIVACY:

A STUDY OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STATE REPORTING SYSTEMS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Among state departments of education there has been a growing trend to establish statewide longitudinal databases of all K-12 children within a state in order to track students’ progress and change over time. This trend is accompanied by a movement to create uniform data collection systems so that each state’s student data systems are interoperable with one another. These two trends raised privacy concerns that we examine in this study. First, we were concerned with the way states were ensuring the privacy of their K-12 students. Specifically, our goal was to investigate what type of data was being collected and whether children were protected legally and technically from data misuse, improper data release, and data breaches. Second, we were concerned with the ease with which individual interoperable state data systems could potentially be combined to create a national database of all K-12 children.

INTEGRATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT INTO SCHOOL SAFETY:  THE MILWAUKEE INITIATIVE 2001-2003

This project (Integration of Law Enforcement in School Safety) was funded by the National Institute of Justice and awarded to the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)

Research literature has begun to address the nexus of law enforcement and school safety from various perspectives. The literature reports a number of potential and actual types of interface, collaboration, or partnerships However, this project was envisioned and implemented in a manner and with a scope of collaboration not previously reported.

Data on student incidents, office referrals, and administrative actions, which were reported across all middle and high schools over a five-year period These student incidents included such activities as classroom disruption, non-compliant behavior, disorderly conduct, battery and assault, and others.

Community Partners is a Weed and Seed operation in which partners are assigned specific sectors of the city to identify community problems, identify at risk behaviors, and provide information to law enforcement. (Emphasis mine)

•       “. . .quantitative data failed to document any major changes.”

•       “While police data documented the nature of these problems and increased police activity, there were no major changes in the trends observed.”

•       “. . .quantitative data did not underscore dramatic changes during Phase Two. . .”

The direction taken in this project should be considered in future initiatives focusing on school safety. In sum, the objectives of this project were achieved and could be enhanced and replicated in other settings.

Read the Report

Creating an effective partnership between law enforcement and a school system is a challenging yet essential process that requires focus on a common goal of education and safety for youth.

http://www.schoolengagement.org/TruancypreventionRegistry/Admin/Resources/Resources/LawEnforcementandSchoolPartnershipasaSolutiontoTruancyRecommendationsfromGulfton%E2%80%99sTruancyReductionProgram.pdf

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

•       Oklahoma’s state legislature enacted the Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act in 2005 to provide a framework under which schools can implement the new standards and associated assessments

•       Through (Senate Bill (SB) 982 known as the “Achieving Classroom Excellence Act”, ACE  changed the curriculum, testing and graduation requirements for students in all Oklahoma public schools .  In 2006 in 2006. SB 1792 amended and further clarified the ACE act.

Oklahoma-The WAVE

The Wave is a state-of-the-art customized and secure electronic statewide student information system that can be utilized for eliminating duplication of reporting and accountability efforts, streamlining research and decision-making capabilities, and providing dynamic accurate and reliable information.

The Wave was developed utilizing Schools Interoperability Framework technology for providing the State Department of Education a utility to accept data from diverse applications – allowing school districts to select software that best fit their business needs – while implementing quality data collection standards.   The Wave operates in real-time, receiving and responding to electronic messages/data instantaneously.

Key Oklahoma leaders contributed expertise in management and information technology as the state’s Department of Education worked to determine the feasibility of this effort.  The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) standards were updated and released in April 2007. Oklahoma student information system vendors updated their applications as required by law (Title 70 O.S. § 3-160) and are certified via the SIF 2.0r1 specifications and the Oklahoma SIF Profile. For certified vendors, please visit the SIF Web site http://www.sifinfo.org.

Implementation of the Wave will position Oklahoma in the forefront of the movement to bring education accountability in obtaining information regarding student enrollment, graduation, dropout, mobility, and a variety of student demographics.

The Wave is for everyone.   The Wave is the system of the future, implemented today

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Oklahoma is an active participant in the Common Core Standards Initiative, a consortium of 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia. The Initiative is coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers. The standards that are being developed will be internationally benchmarked. (source Race the the Top Technical Review Form) All states curricula standards are posted at the International Bureau of Education

DOJ OJJDP 2006 Report

Concurrently, policies and service approaches for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders increasingly were moving toward the coordination of multiple agency efforts. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and other federal departments such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Education, were promoting information sharing among juvenile justice, education, and other youth-serving agencies to support a comprehensive continuum of care and services.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative is an unprecedented grant program created and administered by three Federal agencies-the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Justice-designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation’s youth, schools, and communities. Funding supports the implementation of comprehensive programs that address the following six elements:

A safe school environment

Violence, alcohol, and drug abuse prevention and early intervention programs

School and community mental health preventive and treatment intervention services

Early childhood psychosocial and emotional development services

Supporting and connecting schools and communities

Safe school policies

Eligible grantees are school districts in partnership with law enforcement officials, local mental health authorities, and often with juvenile justice officials and faith-based and other community organizations. Click here to learn more about this program.

http://www.justice.gov/archive/fbci/progmenu_atrisk.html

Information Sharing to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency: A Training and Technical Assistance Project 2009

Recent developments in the National Juvenile Information Sharing (JIS) Initiative will be tested in two sites in FY 2009 – the Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center (JCJAC) in Lakewood, Colorado and the Colorado Children Youth Information Sharing (CCYIS) collaborative. Program evaluators will examine the capacity for successful cross-agency information sharing by testing the OJJDP Guidelines for Juvenile Information Sharing model components.

Findings will result in the development of a juvenile information sharing implementation strategy for state, local and tribal governments.

The implementation strategy will assist in the development and implementation of cross agency information sharing procedures that promote efficient collaboration, privacy protections and technological infrastructures.

As the National JIS Initiative advances, it will be introduced into other states that illustrate a readiness for JIS implementation. Data exchanges developed in the testing environment of the JCJAC have been completed and additional exchanges will be developed and implemented this fiscal year.

Plans for piloting and testing the latest version of the National Juvenile Information Sharing (JIS) Initiative Juvenile Justice XML Data Model (JJXDM) will continue this fiscal year. The JJXDM has been developed using the National Information Exchange Model – NIEM.
Additionally, an expanded webpage will be tested within the JIS website – http://www.juvenileis.org/nationaljis.asp. When complete, it will allow summary reports and progress reports to be posted and viewed by the pilot sites and other interested viewers. The Center for Network Development (CND) is hosting a forum for the pilot sites that will also allow document sharing and multiple discussion

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Public School Health Clinics

SEATTLE — The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours.

The mother, whom KOMO News has chosen to identify only as “Jill,” says the clinic kept the information “confidential.” “She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center,” she said. “Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion.”

Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.

“We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus,” said Jill. “They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility.”

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/88971742.html

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Coming up on AxXiom For Liberty-

Oct 1st-Jordan Page Oct 8th-Galen Chadwick and Ruel Chappell founders of The Well Fed Neighbor

‘The Naked Truth about TSA’s Naked Body Scanners’

Show notes, links and sources added below


**Important-Links for Resistance to the Porno Scans-

NOVEMBER 24th 2010 National Opt Out Day!

“What the TSA Isn’t Telling You” Get this flyer!

Campaign to Stop Whole Body Imaging “Naked Scans” at Airports

Stop TSA Scanners

TSA Scan This

Just for our Amusement Fun With TSA

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I continue to update this page with news on the legality, safety and expert and public response to the continuing assault by our government on the basic dignity of the American public.

Nov 14th 2010-My experience handing out information to travelers at the Tulsa International Airport about the Naked Body Scanners;

TSA: “I thought maybe you might be representing a terrorist organization”

**November 2010-Latest News, EPIC files filed the opening brief in the case against the controversial full body scanner program administered by the Department of Homeland Security.

November 13, 2010

TSA Encounter at San Diego International Airport Traveler objects to being molested by TSA agent and the results of that objection.

AxXiom For Liberty

Full “Dis-Clothes-ure”

The Naked Truth about TSA’s Naked Body Scanners

Contrary to the repeated assurances of the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security, the Full Body Scanners are capable of capturing, storing and transmitting the graphically detailed,  nude images of air travelers and it real time no less!  The lie is revealed by reading the procurement specifications for the machines issued by the TSA.  These features that we were told did not exist are required.

On August 2nd EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center) announced that as a result their Open Government Lawsuit against the United States Marshals Service they discovered that the government is capturing and storing thousands of images of individuals stripped nude.  The Marshals apparently do this as a matter of routine.

Safety?  Effectiveness?  Surprise!  Our government has been less that forthright with us

On Friday Aug. 6, 2010 AxXiom for Liberty Radio show examined this issue the way the TSA examines our bodies, in detail.

Listen to the August 6, 2010 show;

Show Archive Audio Mp3

A4L_2010-08-06_128k.mp3

A4L_2010-08-06_16k.mp3

AxXiom for Liberty airs every Friday from 6-8 pm CST on

www.RuleofLawRadio.com

‘Naked machines’ do store and transmit images, feds admit

By ANDREW W. GRIFFIN

Oklahoma Watchdog, editor Posted: August 4, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY — A report released today at CNET News, headlined “Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images [1]” has talk radio and the blogosphere chattering about the intrusive body scanning technology increasingly seen at airports across America.

But this report, written by Declan McCullagh for Privacy Inc, destroys the claim by the Transportation Security Administration that “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.”

McCullagh writes: “Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.”

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Recently updated list of Airport that use the scanners

You will find full-body scanners at the following US airports:

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2010/7/15/173456/975/travel/Updated:+Airports+With+Full-Body+Scanners

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SHOW NOTES

The idea of submitting to virtual strip search in exchange for the privilege of flying struck me as a lousy bargain from the get go, but after a little research, I can tell you that this proposition is one that should be outright refused for more reasons than mere modesty.

We don’t even have to venture off the government’s plantation to find evidence that demonstrates the absurdity of using these devices as a primary screening method. Dr. Brenner, a government “approved” expert now says he would have never given his approval had he been informed that the devices would be used as a primary screening method, which changes the picture entirely.

Israeli security experts, oft cited by our minders to legitimize draconian anti-terrorism measures, say the scanners are “useless” and even the UN takes issue with them based on human rights concerns.  Frankly I don’t give a tinker’s damn for the UN or Israel’s security experts.  We are talking about a program being implemented on US sovereign soil and their ideas about the proper role of government and what constitutes human rights don’t strike me as very relevant to policy development in our country. However, these government faves are useful for the purpose of demonstrating my main point which is, as I have stated, so flimsy it can easily be shredded with our governments own blunt instruments.

Show Audio Archive Mp3;

A4L_2010-08-06_128k.mp3

FlyerTalk.com is an excellent place to find others who are dealing with this issue, sharing  real experiences, and also support and information.

Here are a few threads from that forum that you might find interesting;

When trying to figure out where our government is coming from, never forget to follow the money.

450 Additional airports to get full-body scanners, feds say

Group slams Chertoff on scanner promotion

WASHINGTON – Since the attempted bombing of a US airliner on Christmas Day, former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has given dozens of media interviews touting the need for the federal government to buy more full-body scanners for airports

January 2, 2010

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Body Scanner Manufacturer Accompanies Obama on Trip to India

November 14, 2010

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EPIC Sues Dept. of Homeland Security, Demands Additional Documents About Airport Body Scanners

Sec. Napolitano says airport full-body scanners ‘do not see everything’

DHS-You Lie! Naked Body Scanners cannot “store or record images”

Peek-a- Boo! “Naked Machines” Can Record, Store and Transmit Images

‘Naked machines’ headed for airports Oklahoma Watchdog Reports

EPIC is a great source of information

Whole Body Imaging Technology and Body Scanners  EPIC -the Electronic Privacy Information Center

READ THIS! The first 20 pages of this filing are very enlightening.

EPIC v DHS  Emergency motion to suspend Full Body Scanner program

EPIC points out that;

“The TSA required that the scanners be designed to capture, store, and transfer detailed, three-dimensional images of individuals’ naked bodies.

TSA Office of Security Technology System Planning and Evaluation, Procurement Specifications for Whole Body Imager Devices for Checkpoint Operations, Sept. 23, 2008 (“TSA Procurement Specifications Document”) at 5 (stating “When in Test Mode, the [body scanner]: shall allow exporting of image data in real time; … shall provide a secure means for high-speed transfer of image data; [and] shall allow exporting of image data (raw and reconstructed),,);  Read the  TSA Procurement Specs for Full Body Scanners 2008

Senators ask Marshals Service why it stores images of full-body scans

November 2010-

The Latest from EPIC- the Electronic Privacy Information Foundation

EPIC Says TSA’s Program Violates Travelers’ Right

WASHINGTON, DC – On November 1, 2010 the Electronic Privacy

Information Center (EPIC) filed the opening brief in the case against the controversial full body scanner program administered by the Department of Homeland Security.

Read EPIC’s opening brief here

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Two types of scanners in use: The Millimeter Wave and Backscatter.

What will happen if you decline the naked machine?

The latest;

Naked Body Scanner-Do Not Want!

Oct 15, 2010

Pilot to TSA: ‘No Groping Me and No Naked Photos’

Nov 11. 2010

Radio Show Host manhandled upon opting out

“Today, there are 134 imaging technology units in use at 38 airports. But by next year and beyond, 1,000 of them will likely be deployed around the country.” Source the  St. Petersburg Times Airport body scanners reveal all, but what about when it’s your kid?

The Millimeter Wave scanner This is probably the one you’ll find at airport right now, since there are 40 of them scattered around the 19 US airports with full=body scanning technology. It appears like a giant cylindrical phonebooth, with mostly clear glass walls and scanning panels that move around you.

How it works: This machine emits small radio waves that pass through your clothing and returns with images of the body underneath. Human skin is all they want to show up, and anything that is not human skin is cause for alarm. Because the panels move around you, this scan can take up to 40 seconds and there is a zoom option. This is the machine that reveals most bodily detail…

The Backscatter scanner These are one their way to more US airports, with 150 or more scheduled to show up in US airports in 2010. It’s not as cool-looking as the millimeter wave’s circular glass contraption; you’re effectively standing between two giant boxes, with your hands up. But what those boxes are doing is the cool part…

How it works: Two low-level X-rays of you are taken within twenty seconds. If the electromagnetic waves are absorbed, then you’re good to go, but if you’re hiding foreign objects, then those items will reflect the rays and be visible in the scan. Radiation is not a concern; the amount you’ll absorb is the same you get exposed to during everyday life. Images from this sort of full-body scanner appear more skeletal than fleshy, and you’ll probably not be able to recognize your own face.

So let’s say you’ve arrived at one of the airports that has full-body scanners and you’re waiting in line to go through security to reach your flight gate. You notice that they are sending the line through the massive machines, and you’re concerned about your privacy or radiation or whatever, and you wonder: do you really have to go through a full-body scan? The quick answer is yes and no…

YES you should go through the full-body scanner.
Notice that we used the word “should” there, because going through one of the machines is not compulsory. Still, if you stay in line and don’t pipe up and take your turn showing your goodies virtually to the TSA, then the lines move quicker and you get to your gate faster and (hopefully) without arousing the suspicion and alarm of security agents.

NO you shouldn’t go through the full-body scanner.
Currently—because they haven’t quite nailed down whether or not to force people to go through a full-body scan where available—it is your right to decline the full-body scan. The TSA cannot make you go into the machine if you say no, and there is an argument for saying no and therefore protesting the use of these machines.

If you say no to a full-body scan, be warned that you are then submitting yourself to a physical pat-down. Usually the TSA will honor your request for a female or male agent based on your gender, but if it’s busy and they’re stressed and short-staffed and you look suspicious, then don’t expect that courtesy. Anyone who denies a body scan is subject to advanced screening.

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Ready for the Enhanced Pat Down?

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Think you are the only one who finds being digitally strip searched by the TSA objectionable?  Think again.

U.S. air travelers complain about body scans

The Transportation Security Administration, releasing the documents after a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said air travelers lodged more than 600 complaints over use of the machines in the past year.  READ MORE

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Giggle Break-Kip Hawley is an Idiot

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Why the LIES?

DHS has told the public repeatedly that the scanners “could not store or record images.” “The image cannot be stored transmitted or printed and is deleted permanently after each passenger has been screened”

“TSA has adjusted device to ease privacy concerns”

They’ve turned down the intensity a bit so some of the images under the clothes will be fuzzy,” he said. “They’ve also remotely located the person viewing the images so that person can’t associate the image with the passenger. We don’t have any capability to store or to print any of these images.”

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Documents obtained from the TSA show that the agency specifications require the machines to have the ability to store and transmit images

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-EPIC v. Homeland Security: Government has Over 2,000 Photos from Airport Body Scanners

As a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC has obtained hundreds of pages of documents from the Department of Homeland Security about the plan to deploy full body scanners in US airports. A letter to EPIC reveals that the government agency possesses about 2,000 body scanner photos

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PIC FOIA – Feds Save Thousands of Body Scan Images

In an open government lawsuit against the United States Marshals Service, EPIC has obtained more than one hundred images of undressed individuals entering federal courthouses. The images, which are routinely captured by the federal agency, prove that body scanning devices store and record images of individuals stripped naked. The 100 images are a small sample of more than 35,000 at issue in the EPIC lawsuit. EPIC has pursued  but the DHS refuses to release the images it has obtained. EPIC has also filed suit to stop the deployment of the machines in US airports.

-The TSA’s own documents show that the FBS devices also have profound technical flaws that allow the machines to be breached and create the risk that sensitive traveler images could be leaked. These devices run Windows XPe, which contains security vulnerabilities.

The FBS devices are designed to transfer information via highly transportable and easily concealable USB devices. Per TSA Procurement Specifications Document

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The TSA claims that passengers have an option to receive a pat down as an alternative screening rather than submit to the body scanning device.

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-EPIC states;

-As a matter of pattern, practice and policy, the TSA requires air travelers to submit to FBS searches once they have entered the security zone in airports.

-The TSA does not, in practice, offer air travelers an alternative to FBS searches in airports equipped with FBS devices

-This assertion is backed by hundreds of complaints sent to the TSA stating that passengers were informed of no option or their treatment by the TSA effectively gave them no alternative

Video of the enhanced pat down:
http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/…d_patdown.shtm

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Are the scanners effective in detecting liquid, powder or other low density explosives?

You might assume so since DHS ramped up placement of these devices following the Dec 25th “underwear bombing” attempt and justified the plans on the premise that the scanners could prevent such a situation in the future. (**Note to self-judging from its track record, it is much safer to assume that the government is lying to us.)

-As a result of the failed Flight 253 terrorist incident — Congressional hearings earlier this year revealed that the public has been routinely deceived about the incident since it happened — last Christmas day, the government announced that every airport in the U.S. will eventually be using full body scanners, allegedly as a precautionary security measure, regardless of privacy concerns

Officials tell us that all security measures were followed and that the only reason Captain Underpants got passed security was that there were no naked scanners that would have revealed his crotch bomb.

Balderdash!

Let’s just take a look at some things that should have garnered extra attention from the TSA and airport security:

  • According to eye witnesses, he had no passport, and the only reason he was allowed on the plane was because an accomplice who was with him managed to convince an airline employee that Abdulmutuallah was a political refugee from Sudan.

If you think that any of these might be cause for suspicion, you’re not alone. In fact, the TSA would agree with you, because as it turns out, even before the attempted bombing, TSA officials were actually waiting to question Abdulmutuallah when he landed in Detroit. Abdulmutuallah had clearly had triggered something in the security system, and the TSA and airport security simply weren’t fast enough to act upon it.

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EPIC states;

-The FBS devices employed by the TSA are not designed to detect powdered explosives, such as pentaerythritol tetranitrate (“PETN”)-the explosive used in the attempted December 25, 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253.

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GAO: No formal testing for whole-body scanners

Ability to detect weapons and explosives. The Government Accountability Office said in March that it “remains unclear” whether the machines would have detected the explosives in the underwear of a man who allegedly tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.

-QinetiQ said the technology probably wouldn’t have detected the Christmas day underwear bomb. Neither would the scanners have caught the explosives from the 2006 airliner liquid bomb plot, nor the explosives used in the 2005 London Tube train bombing.–The body scanners aren’t very useful for detecting liquids and plastics http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/01/06/5-reasons-body-scanners-might-not-solve-our-terrorism-problem/

Full body scanners can’t see inside your body .  In September, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber hid explosives in his rectum in an attempt to kill a Saudi Prince

Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

A leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country.

“I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747,” Rafi Sela told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada.

“That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport,” Sela said, referring to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, which has some of the toughest security in the world.

-Brian Sullivan and Steve Elson, two former Federal Aviation Administration security agents, say the machines are ineffective for finding explosives and preventing a terrorist from smuggling explosives on board an aircraft.

-Billie Vincent, the FAA‘s former security director, says the machines “incrementally improve” on metal detectors if TSA agents alertly resolve identified threats. source USA Today

The British Department for Transport (DfT) and the Home Office tested the new 3D scanners thoroughly and found that while they were relatively accurate in catching high-density materials that pat-downs missed (such as knives, box-cutters, or other problem items), they failed to detect most low-density items, including bags of liquid.

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We are told that the scanners are absolutely safe.

TSA states; “Millimeter wave technology is safe for all travelers including children and pregnant women. The radio frequency energy it transmits is 10,000 times less than an average cell phone.”

TRUTH-Experts disagree, the jury is still out, no long term studies have been done.

It’s true: Airport body scanners could give you cancer

Oct 18, 2010

The new, full-body security scanners being introduced at airports pose a greater skin cancer risk than governments have previously acknowledged and are especially dangerous to children and pregnant women, a new study has found.

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-Radiation dose actually 20 times higher than Official estimate

-The concentration on the skin — one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the human body — means the radiation dose is actually 20 times higher than the official estimate according to David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research.

-Dr. Brenner, who was consulted to write guidelines for the security scanners in 2002, claims he would not have signed the report had he known the devices would be so widely used.

-UCSF (Nobel Laureats, Professor Emeritus Biochem and Biophysics with expertise in imaging, member Nat Academy of Sciences, internationally respect cancer expert, X-ray crystallographers, imaging experts,etc) letter to Holdren;

“There is good reason to believe that these scanners will increase the risk of cancer to children and other vulnerable populations. We are unanimous in believing that the potential health consequences need to be rigorously studied before these scanners are adopted. Modifications that reduce radiation exposure need to be explored as soon as possible”

“These negative effects may on balance far outweigh the potential benefit of increased detection of terrorists.”

The majority of their energy is delivered to the skin and the underlying tissue. Thus, while the dose would be safe if it were distributed throughout the volumeof the entire body, the dose to the skin may be dangerously high.

The X-ray dose from these devices has often been compared in the media to the cosmicray exposure inherent to airplane travel or that of a chest X-ray. However, this comparison is very misleading

-it appears that real independent safety data do not exist.

Our colleagues at UCSF, dermatologists and cancer experts, raise specific important concerns:

  • • A) The large population of older travelers, >65 years of age, is particularly at risk from the mutagenic effects of the X-rays based on the known biology of melanocyte aging.
  • • B) A fraction of the female population is especially sensitive to mutagenesis provoking radiation leading to breast cancer. Notably, because these women, who have defects in DNA repair mechanisms, are particularly prone to cancer, X-ray mammograms are not performed on them. The dose to breast tissue beneath the skin represents a similar risk.
  • • C) Blood (white blood cells) perfusing the skin is also at risk.
  • • D) The population of immunocompromised individuals–HIV and cancer patients (see above) is likely to be at risk for cancer induction by the high skindose.
  • • E) The risk of radiation emission to children and adolescents does not appear to have been fully evaluated.
  • • F) The policy towards pregnant women needs to be defined once the theoreticalrisks to the fetus are determined.
  • • G) Because of the proximity of the testicles to skin, this tissue is at risk for sperm mutagenesis.
  • • H) Have the effects of the radiation on the cornea and thymus been determined?

A number of ‘red flags’ are related to the hardware itself

Xrays are intense but duration should be short.  Machinary glitches stopping or slowing scan, agents purposely slowing scan down to improve resolution (TSA is already complaining about low resolution)  Source:  UCSF Letter to John P. Holdren (science and tech czar) from a variety of experts expressing concern about the health risks of the TSA’s  full body scanning program.

T-rays and DNA

The technology used in the full body scanners is either backscatter x-ray or millimeter waves . Both use a form of radiation call terahertz photons (T-rays). T-rays are a form of infrared energy that lies between radio waves at the low-end and microwaves at its higher end. It may be non-ionizing unlike x-rays; however, the energy is able to penetrate tissue, clothing, paper, plastic, wood and ceramics among other things.

Alexandrov et al. at Los Alamos National Laboratory theorized that the
thermal energy given off by T-rays can damage DNA By unwinding or unzipping the double helix strands of DNA. This could possibly lead to mutations as the DNA attempts to repair itself.

“It is clear that the rush to deploy these machines may put the public at unacceptable risk.”. http://biggovernment.com/egeorge/2010/01/11/are-total-body-scanners-safe-the-jury-is-still-out/

So, let me see if I have this straight?

We have been lied to about the safety of the scanners, the capabilities of the machines, the manner in which they would be utilized, and the purpose of them.

Our government is ignoring lawfully submitted petitions and requests for information, while at the same time it is apparently disregarding legal precedent as well as statutes on top of basic constitutional law.  And in the face of criticisms and questions from the GAO, acknowledged experts and a wide variety of organizations, our officials just forge ahead as if the laws, courtesies and rules that the rest of us are expected to or forced to comply with have no bearing upon the government itself.

That seems to be the situation in a nutshell.

Against individualism, the Fascist conception is for the State; and it is for the individual in so far as he coincides with the State…. Liberalism denied the State in the interests of the particular individual; Fascism reaffirms the State as the true reality of the individual.–Benito Mussolini, Fascism: Fundamental Ideas

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