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

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Kaye Beach

Jan. 10, 2013

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

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

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

Speakers:

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

Ryan Kiesel, Director, OK ACLU

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

IDP13 OKC flyer

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

International Day For Privacy Oklahoma City

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

KFOR reports Feb. 5th, 2013:

Unlikely groups join forces to support privacy bills

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

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

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

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

Read more from KFOR

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

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Oklahoma Rally For Healthcare Independence: Invite your Reps!

Kaye Beach

July 3, 2012

Let your elected representative know that the people of Oklahoma have,  and will continue to reject the President’s Health Care Reform Law and that we appreciate their willingness to stand in the gap for Oklahoma citizens in the face of the Supreme Courts ruling to uphold the misguided health care reform policy.

Invite them to attend the Rally for Health Care Independence on Saturday July 7, 2012 and stand with us!

 

Press Release for the event

Here is a sample letter that you can use.

Sample Invitation Letter for Officials

Feel free to personalize and please, share with us the responses you receive by either posting in the comments section of this post or sending and email to axxxiomforliberty@gmail.com.

If you do not know who your state representatives are, click here.

Don’t forget to invite the winners of the recent state primary candidates for office!

This is a great way to open up the lines of communication between you and your elected representatives (or future representatives)!

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty- Constitutional Scholar Michael Badnarik and Red Dirt Reporter Andrew Griffin Friday Dec 2 6-8pm CST

Kaye Beach

Dec. 2, 2011

**SHOW NOTES-Item and links discussed on the show such as Oklahoma Smart Meters, Acatel Lucent, WikiLeaks Spy Files are added at the bottom of this post.

Listen to AxXiom For Liberty Live on Rule of Law Radio every Friday, 6-8pm CST.

Tonight Howard and I  have two very special guests lined up for you;

First Michal Badnarik,  Constitutional Scholar and the author of Good to be King, a beginner’s guide to the Constitution and the Bill of RightsHe is going to tell us about Operation Domino Effect, an effort to infuse state capitols of this nation with the US Constitution.  I am proud to say that Oklahoma is domino #1!

Michael Badnarik’s Constitution Class at the OK State Capitol Jan 14, 2012

When I was in Pennsylvania for a conference in 2010 I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Michael.  The first thing I asked him about was the  heart attack he suffered in 2009.  He shouldn’t have made it through but he did.  Michael will share with us what he took away from that experience and I think you will find his take very interesting.  Michael Badnarik has been a Software Engineer, a Radio Talk Show Host, a Skydiving Instructor and worked on the Stealth Bomber project with secret clearance.  He was the upstart who won the  Libertarian Party nomination for US President in 2004.   We are going to learn more about Michael Badnarik tonight and find out where he has chosen to direct his considerable energies these days and why.

Go to ConstitutionPreservation.org to find out more about Micheal Badnarik and how he is “Lighting the fires of Liberty, one heart at a time” all across America!

Next up  is Andrew Griffin, our very Red Dirt Reporter.  Andrew has been putting out some powerful articles that have gained him nationwide attention.

Of particular interest to us is the recent story about the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation Committee’s website being listed as “misc extremists” in a set of Fusion Center resource documents.   Andrew is going to give us the scoop!

You find this article and many more at RedDirtReport.com

My good friend Devin Winter,(a person I consider to be the secret weapon for liberty activists due to his passion for video and film making skills) put together a video covering Andrew Griffins shocking story about government intimidation via our favorite un-American institution-Fusion Centers.

This is actually the second video Devin has done covering Andrew’s work.  The first was taken from Andrew’s insightful article covering the news that Louis Freeh would be handling the Penn State child sex abuse investigation.

Here is the article by Andrew Griffin;

Fusion Center documents label OKC Bombing investigators as terrorists

And here is the video covering the story by Devin Winter;

We want to hear from you!

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OKLAHOMA SMART METERS

Howard and I gave some attention to this topic on our October 21, 2011 show.

Citing concerns with the health effects, privacy, safety and accuracy, some residents are telling their utility company NO!  They do not want the new meters installed and they say they are being told that unless they comply, they will lose service.

Here is the audio for that show;

A4L_2011-10-21_64k.mp3

“Smart” meters are electronic devices that track and record a customer’s electric use.   Smart meters collects detailed information on energy use at individual buildings and has two-way communications with the utility.

COMPLAINTS

I received a call from a gentlemen last week who told me how he was pressured by an OG&E meter reader to install a smart meter on his house.  This man has a notice on his current analog meter stating that he does not want a smart meter installed and he has sent in a certified letter stating the same to OG&E.  The OG&E employee at first refused to give his name or to call his supervisor as requested by the homeowner but finally relented and the smart meter was not installed on the man’s home.

If you have a complaint about your smart meter in Oklahoma.  You can file a complaint with the Corporation Commission at  www.occeweb.com  Click on “Complaints”  “Public Utilities” and fill out the form.

One lady in central Oklahoma submitted her concerns to the Corporation Commission and asked about relocating the meter on her house.  She shared the response with us.

Thank you for your e-mailed correspondence regarding Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E).
I have reviewed your concerns regarding Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) and I understand your objection to the implementation of the Smart Meter Program.
However, there are no provisions that allow a consumer to opt out of the use of a smart meter. (Emphasis added) Additionally, if a meter is moved for the convenience of a consumer, in accordance with the rules of the Commission, the consumer will bear that cost.However, as a courtesy, I have forwarded this matter to the Company for review. You may be contacted by a representative of the Company to further discuss your concerns.
I hope that this matter can be resolved to your satisfaction.

Respectfully,

K. Dobbins

Kimberly Dobbins, Manager
Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Consumer Services Division
Public Utility Complaints

People are being told that Oklahoma’s Smart Meter/Grid system is substantially different from other states and avoids some of the more pressing concerns present with other systems.  I have seen no evidence that this is true but will be following up on these claims.

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OG&E  has selected Acatel-Lucent to build its communication system for the smart grid.
OG&E, Alcatel-Lucent, Osmose and ABB] OG&E selects communications, field inventory and DMS partners for smart grid
Alcatel-Lucent will work with OG&E’s WAN team to build a multi-tiered IP/MPLS communications network across the utility’s 30,000 square mile service territory. The network will include a 6.0 gigahertz, point-to-point microwave backbone system, plus a 3.65 gigahertz point-to-multipoint layer. The WAN will transport two-way data traffic from smart devices on the power delivery distribution system to enable real-time automation and advanced metering.

http://www.freezepage.com/1322596800SOCPXHYKEH

Alcatel Lucent, in its promotional materials explains the purpose and abilities of smart meters;

Smart Metering for Energy Utilities will allow operators to educate and financially incent consumers to be more aware of their energy usage. Ultimately, it could allow a limited level of control over non-critical load, thereby increasing the reliability of supply and asset utilization efficiency.
•Access and Backhaul Networking:
•Allows bi-directional communication —ultimately enabling the utility to not only measure consumption, but also to actively influence or control it.
•Meter Data Management:
•The meter data management system manages the collection of metering data and organizes it: by customer, customer type, geography, retailer or any other relevant criteria.
•Tariff Management:
•Allows providers to charge flexibly for electricity service—structuring tariffs in ways that ultimately change energy consumption.
•Asset Management:
•The asset management system allows operators to keep track of their many assets and the interconnections of those assets to form smart metering network.

http://www.freezepage.com/1322596028QJRVHSCZLA

Alcatel Lucent  (the same guys implementing Oklahoma’s Smart meter/grid communications system) has a very interesting document turn up in WikiLeaks’ newly released “Spyfiles”


 Alcatel-Lucent Unified Lawful Interception Suite

1357 ULIS adds lawful interception functions to Alcatel-Lucent products, adapting their internal interfaces to the standard lawful interception interfaces of law enforcement agency monitoring facilities.

http://wikileaks.org/spyfiles/files/0/81_ALCATEL-LUCENT-1357-ULIS2008.pdf

WikiLeaks: The Spy Files

Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries

It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ’political opponents’ are a reality.

Today WikiLeaks began releasing a database of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry.

http://wikileaks.org/the-spyfiles.html

 

You All Look the Same to Me

Kaye Beach

May 19, 2011

This is what two ladies who were collecting signatures for a petition at the capitol were told by an irate Republican Representative yesterday.

It also recalls the treatment of a variety of petitioners for the discharge of another bill earlier this session.  Many were treated to rude remarks by legislators who lumped them all together regardless of whether or not they had anything to do with other activists that the legislators were irritated with.  It was clear to me then the “us against them” mentality.  This attitude is very concerning as most people want to work reasonably with their legislators and do not deserve this kind of response.

Yesterday, Rep. Don Armes, upset over calls to his office made by the Sooner Tea Party’s Al Gerhart unleashed his fury on the two women in the House Lobby in front of a large number of astonished onlookers consisting of Capitol staff, lobbyists and visitors.  The tirade lasted for several minutes and despite protests from the pair of signature gatherers that they have no control over the actions of other activists,  Armes continued with his finger in the face tirade against Gerhart saying  “You all look the same to me!”

One petitioner gave up and walked away from the scene while the other calmly tried to bring the outraged Rep’s attention back to the issue at hand to no avail.  Full disclosure-I was the one that walked away from the  abuse.

I think  that this eruption actually demonstrates one of the reasons that HR 1004, dubbed the Key open government rule, is so necessary.

Rep. Armes later apologized to me and explained that the legislators are operating under a great deal of pressure.   I do understand that our Representatives are under an enormous amount of pressure.   Is it possible that some of this pressure I believe could be relieved by a simple change of rules?

(read more about the Key amendment and the discharge petition effort here and here)

As it stands now, bills are denied a fair hearing before legislative committees prior to ever making it to the floor of either House often because a few people in leadership positions simply don’t want them to.

The people of Oklahoma elect their representatives well. . . to represent them. The current process denies representation to thousands through the voice of their elected representative which leaves pressure tactics as one of the few avenues open to get a bill unblessed by leadership to a fair hearing.

This legislative session has been marked by unprecedented bitterness in large part due to minority members’ legislation being shut out.

HR 1004 seeks to remedy this by providing a process by which bills can all be offered before a committee for consideration before being delegated to the legislative waste bin by the opinion of one.

The insult to Oklahoma voters committed  by Rep.  Armes yesterday is by no means the only contentious event that Oklahoma taxpayers have been treated to this session and until our legislators correct their rules to make them more evenhanded and transparent, it certainly won’t be the last.

A4L Live! Friday Oct 22nd. Cory Bernardi Fights, Aussies Mourn & Oklahoma Pushes for Privacy!

Tomorrow on Axxiom for Liberty Radio: My co-host will be Howard Houchen, host of Road to Liberty and we will have as our guest Australian Senator Cory Bernardi. Senator Bernardi is a South Australian Liberal Party (think classical-liberalism) Senator who consistently fights for individual Freedoms, free-market principles, less central government, and sound money.  Also expect to hear representatives from local groups who are pushing for privacy rights.  (more below)

Listen live from 6-8 pm CST at Rule of Law Radio

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“I am advised the Thompson family have broken no law, they have no outstanding environmental infringements, they have done everything asked of them by government, they are popular in their local community and nearby towns, and yet they still face ruin. They run a profitable business—or they ran a profitable business. But an over-officious and what would appear to be an overzealous government bureaucracy has cut the profitability of their business and their ability to access any capital.”

Senator Cory Bernardi to Parliament, 6:54 pm 28 Sept. 2010

Janet Thompson is from Howard’s hometown of Hugo Oklahoma.

More about the Thompson’s case

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The Death of Property Rights

Please and join us for the
Funeral Service

To be held on the steps of
Parliament House Perth
11:00 a.m.
Monday, 25 October 2010

“wear black, and bring your truck”

Read More

Previous News on this issue;

The Future of Property Rights and the Impact of Hyper-Environmentalism in America?

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Also Friday on AxXiom For Liberty;

we will hear from Marcus Kesler from the Oklahoma Pirate Party about an upcoming rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol October 30th, from 2 pm until 5 pm, Freedom- Not Fear,  to call attention to the growing surveillance in our nation

And Kirk Shelly, representing the Campaign for Liberty about a petition drive to protect our personal information.

Tenth Amendment Resolution Touching a Nerve-Rep. Charles Key

 

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Rep. Charles Key: “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the Democrats taking over in Congress. That probably has caused a lot of people to feel more concerned about how big the federal government has gotten and how much it has intruded into our lives.”
  


By MICHAEL McNUTT, CHRIS CASTEEL AND JULIE BISBEE NewsOK.com
Published: 5/7/2009  2:31 AM
Last Modified: 5/7/2009  4:25 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Charles Key says his resolution seeking to declare Oklahoma’s sovereignty is touching a nerve with people across the country.

“I’m getting flooded with e-mails, phone calls, requests for interviews,” Key said Wednesday after an article in The Oklahoman about his efforts to rein in federal spending and mandates was picked up on a national Web site.

“Even my personal e-mail, they’re somehow getting that. This is really resonating with people all over the country”

Key, R-Oklahoma City, said he is scheduled to appear on three radio talk shows Thursday, and he’s booked to be interviewed Saturday on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s cable network program.

“It tells me that there’s a strong feeling about how far we’ve gone over a long period of time,” Key said. “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the FLOODED WITH ATTENTION
Rep. Charles Key: “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the Democrats taking over in Congress. That probably has caused a lot of people to feel more concerned about how big the federal government has gotten and how much it has intruded into our lives.”  

 

By MICHAEL McNUTT, CHRIS CASTEEL AND JULIE BISBEE NewsOK.com
Published: 5/7/2009  2:31 AM
Last Modified: 5/7/2009  4:25 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Charles Key says his resolution seeking to declare Oklahoma’s sovereignty is touching a nerve with people across the country.

“I’m getting flooded with e-mails, phone calls, requests for interviews,” Key said Wednesday after an article in The Oklahoman about his efforts to rein in federal spending and mandates was picked up on a national Web site.

“Even my personal e-mail, they’re somehow getting that. This is really resonating with people all over the country”

Key, R-Oklahoma City, said he is scheduled to appear on three radio talk shows Thursday, and he’s booked to be interviewed Saturday on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s cable network program.

“It tells me that there’s a strong feeling about how far we’ve gone over a long period of time,” Key said. “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the Democrats taking over in Congress.

“That probably has caused a lot of people to feel more concerned about how big the federal government has gotten and how much it has intruded into our lives.”

The frustration has been growing since the early months of the George W. Bush administration in 2001, Key said.

Republicans and others have expressed concerns over the growth of the federal government, increased federal spending and programs that gave the government easier access to personal information.

Key’s proposal, House Concurrent Resolution 1028, passed the House on Monday, just 10 days after Gov.

 

Brad Henry vetoed a similar bill. It passed the House 73-22 and now goes to the Senate.

Henry vetoed Key’s earlier measure, House Joint Resolution 1003, because he said it suggested, among other things, that Oklahoma should return federal tax dollars.

Unlike the earlier measure, HCR 1028 does not need the governor’s signature if it passes the Senate. It’s simply a nonbinding resolution that expresses the sentiment of the majority of legislators.

Key said HCR 1028, if passed, would be sent to President Barack Obama and Congress. It would not jeopardize federal funds but would tell Congress to “get back into their proper constitutional role,” he said.

The resolution states that the federal government should “cease and desist” mandates that are beyond the scope of its powers.

Key said many federal laws violate the 10th Amendment, which says powers not delegated to the U.S. government “are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

The Constitution lists about 20 duties required of the U.S. government, he said.

Oklahoma’s mostly Republican congressional delegation also supports the measure.

Don Tatro, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said Coburn “absolutely supports what they’re doing. He thinks it is a terrific idea. He thinks Congress should uphold the Constitution