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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 House Rules (still) Stink

Kaye Beach

May 18, 2011

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft bestowed his annual Skunk Master Award for 2011 to HR 1008, the very first measure voted on this session, addressing the rules. More specifically the award goes to the failure to accept the amendment offered to the rules that woulds have help to ensure a more fair and transparent legislative process.

This week, I am supporting a discharge petition that, if signed by 68 House members, would bring this much needed amendment back to the floor for a vote.  We are just days away from the end of session and I ask that everyone who would like to see our state legislature operate in a more open and fair manner, to please ask their state representatives to sign the discharge petition. (if you don’t know who your representative is, click here)

So far these Representatives have firmly  declined to sign the open government rule discharge petition;

Josh Cockroft
Ann Coody
Doug Cox
Charie Joyner
Steve Martin
Guy Liebmann
Charles Ortega
Steve Vaughan

Phil Richardson

(See, Our State Legislature is Broken! Restoring Representative Government – Mon-Wed this week )

HR 1008

OK-SAFE  At the beginning of each 2-year session, both the House and Senate adopt rules by which they will operate for those 2 years. These rules define not only the duties of the legislators and dictate their day-to-day conduct (no cussin’, swearin’, or spittin’), they determine how the legislative process will be conducted.

HR 1008 House Rules started from a template of last session’s rules and included changes offered by a 5-member committee who met prior to the beginning of session.

(If you’d like to hear an discussion about the pros and cons of permitting our state legislature to operate in a more open and representative fashion, listen to this conversation recorded at a Republican meeting about a week ago.  It sure convinced me!)

Writes Rep. Wesselhoft

“With the exception of the budget bill, there is not a more important bill or resolution than the resolution which governs or rules the House of representatives.

. . .This Rules resolution was amended by Rep. Charles Key to make it the most fair, democratic, and transparent manner to govern a legislative body in state history! The failure of the Key amendment and those who voted against it is the Skunk Master Award.

Had the Key amendment passed, it would have made state history, set a model for the nation, and been the Crown Jewell of Speaker Steel’s administration. Unfortunately, leadership forfeited a great historical opportunity.

The Key amendment failure insured that dictatorial power, if desired, would be summerly exercised by the chairs, the Floor Leader, and ultimately the Speaker.

Those few leaders have virtually absolute authority not to allow a bill or resolution a hearing; this abuse occurred numerous times, caused ill will among Democrats and Republicans, fractured the House and alienated many Republicans within their own majority caucus.

 Read the rest on “Socrates”  and join “Socrates on Facebook“!

Will the Oklahoma Anti-RFID Bill Die? Our Loss is Their Gain

Will the Oklahoma Anti-RFID Bill Die? Our Loss is Their Gain

China says that RFID provides “a way for the government to control the population in the future”

Yes!  The Global Repression Business Is Booming!

SIA CEO Richard Chace Schmoozing

By Kaye Beach

July 23, 2010 Updated March 1, 2011

www.AxXiomforLiberty.com

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

Here is a portion of the letter Chace sent to Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry

In 2011 our state legislators are offered an opportunity to make last year’s fiasco right.

HB 1399 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft is the same bill that was passed by both houses and supported by people in Oklahoma across the political spectrum.  HB 1399 is the same bill that was vetoed at the urging of Richard Chace of the Security Industry Association.

SIA Letter Brad Henry


Here is a quote from Richard Chace;

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

Will the people in Oklahoma get their bill that will keep the Orwell worshiping Richard Chace’s spychips off of our driver’s licenses and ID cards?

Apparently not.

Last week I reported that HB 1399 had been assigned to the Public Safety Committee. On Wed. Feb 23rd we learned that Rep Tibbs and Rep. Steve Martin decided not to hear the bill.

Read more Do You Want RFID on YOUR ID?? Anti-Chip Bill Needs Your Help!

Richard Chace is very proud of his accomplishments.  Killing our bill last session is listed prominently among the many of them.  Take a look

Meanwhile China uses the latest technology, courtesy of the US, to keep control of the population.

China Enacting a High-Tech Plan to Track People

August 12, 2007

“Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial “one child” policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the car The New York Times

“. . .that is a way for the government to control the population in the future

–Michael Lin, the vice president for investor relations at China Public Security Technology

The Chinese are at least honest about what purpose this technology serves.  Control. And so far, it’s working beautifully!

SIA CEO Richard Chace writes;

Dear Colleague,

China has been on an economic growth spurt for the past two decades. In the past decade, bilateral trade between China and the United States has grown by a factor of five. In the past five years, since joining the World Trade Organization China has become a world economic power. At the end of 2006, a delegation of U.S. cabinet members, headed by Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson, participated in the first meeting of Strategic Economic Dialogue with China to focus on China’s further integration into the global economy

The SIA’s China Security Market Report

Old style censorship is being replaced with a massive, ubiquitous architecture of surveillance: the Golden Shield. Ultimately, the aim is to integrate a gigantic online database with an all-encompassing surveillance network – incorporating speech and face recognition, closed-circuit television, smart cards, credit records, and Internet surveillance technologies

Greg Walton reports in 2001 China’s Golden Shield: Corporations and the Development of Surveillance Technology in the People’s Republic of Chin


Chace has a decidedly MLM flair in his salesmanship.  But I should not demean multi level marketers.   How many of them are hawking the means to control a population to communist countries?

“The China Security Market Report provides a blueprint for business success!”

Developed by The Security Industry Association (SIA) to guide companies looking to enter this high growth market and offering valuable information for companies already in China, SIA’s China Security Market Report contains the most comprehensive information collected on China’s security market and the forces influencing its growth.

Both at home and abroad, unremarkably, the SIA’s bottom line is money.

During the past year, SIA has spent a great deal of time exploring prospects for security investment in China. SIA has developed a relationship with the Chinese Security and Protection Industry Association (CSPIA) for the exchange of information and facilitation of business.

Richard W. Chace

CEO and Executive Director

Security Industry Association

The SIA is very involved in helping their members connect with and sell to the Chinese government.  That these “security” products are being used by the repressive regime to better control the people of China doesn’t seem to present any ethical problems at all to Mr. Chace or the SIA.

It is illegal (not to mention immoral) to sell a host of items that can be used for repression to the Chinese government.

Following the 1989 military assault on demonstrators by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Tiananmen Square, the U.S. Government imposed constraints on the export to the PRC of certain items on the Commerce Control List (CCL). Section 902(a)(4) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 1990-1991

http://www.bis.doc.gov/policiesandregulations/04forpolcontrols/chap2_crimehumanrights.htm

Here is an excerpt from The All Seeing Eye of China;

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

Chinese citizens will be watched around the clock through networked CCTV cameras and remote monitoring of computers. They will be listened to on their phone calls, monitored by digital voice recognition technologies.

Their Internet access will be aggressively limited through the country’s notorious system of online controls known as the “Great Firewall.”

Their movements will be tracked through national ID cards with scannable computer chips and photos that are instantly uploaded to police databases and linked to their holder’s personal data.

This is the most important element of all: linking all these tools together in a massive, searchable database of names, photos, residency information, work history and biometric data.

When Golden Shield is finished, there will be a photo in those databases for every person in China: 1.3 billion faces

[. . .]Like everything else assembled in China with American parts,

Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.

Naomi Kline “China’s All Seeing Eye”


Anyone who has been following the growing surveillance state in the US will instantly recognize that the same systems described for China are being implemented here in the US also.

Pot, meet kettle.  Kettle, pot.

Even as the US provides China with the technological tools for tyranny, it still feels obligated to chastise the country for the poor treatment of its citizens.

In March 2010 the Chinese, bristling in response to the US State Department’ s release of a report on China’s human rights abuses, decides to release their own report detailing human rights abuses in the US.

Here is a sample of what is contained in China’s report;

While advocating “freedom of speech,” “freedom of the press” and “Internet freedom,” the US government unscrupulously monitors and restricts the citizens’ rights to freedom when it comes to its own interests and needs.

The US citizens’ freedom to access and distribute information is under strict supervision. According to media reports, the US National Security Agency (NSA) started installing specialized eavesdropping equipment around the country to wiretap calls, faxes, and emails and collect domestic communications as early as 2001. The wiretapping programs was originally targeted at Arab-Americans, but soon grew to include other Americans.

The so-called “freedom of the press” of the United States was in fact completely subordinate to its national interests, and was manipulated by the US government. According to media reports, the US government and the Pentagon had recruited a number of former military officers to become TV and radio news commentators to give “positive comments” and analysis as “military experts” for the US war in Iraq and Afghanistan, in order to guide public opinions, glorify the wars, and gain public support of its anti-terrorism ideology (The New York Times, April 20, 2009).

After a lengthy detailing of human rights violations perpetrated by the US government with all instances sourced by either official reports or news articles, China’s Information Office of the State Council ends the report by stating;

The above-mentioned facts show that the United States not only has a bad domestic human rights record, but also is a major source of many human rights disasters around the world. For a long time, it has placed itself above other countries, considered itself “world human rights police” and ignored its own serious human rights problems. It releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year to accuse other countries and takes human rights as a political instrument to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, defame other nations’ image and seek its own strategic interests. This fully exposes its double standards on the human rights issue, and has inevitably drawn resolute opposition and strong denouncement from world people. At a time when the world is suffering a serious human rights disaster caused by the US subprime crisis-induced global financial crisis, the US government still ignores its own serious human rights problems but revels in accusing other countries. It is really a pity.

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009

The SIA issues market reports for a host of countries to help investors take advantage of the demand for high tech population management tools or other security systems.

Richard Chace, in his plea for Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry to veto a bill that would have prohibited RFID tech from being used in drivers licenses and ID cards, assures him that the SIA takes the protection of our privacy very seriously.

We may not buy it, but governments the world over certainly are.

Please contact your representatives and let them know that techno-repression of the population is NOT an Oklahoma value!

Veto Override Fails in House 5/11/10 – Politics ‘As Usual.’ Who Walked the Vote? 2nd Chance to Override Veto of HB 2569

Action Alert courtesy of OK-Safe, Inc.

Kudos to researcher Kaye Beach, at AxXiom for Liberty, who found the letter a big-government special interest group sent to Governor Brad Henry on April 26, 2010 asking him to veto HB 2569.  Richard Chace, CEO of SIA (Security Industry Association, headquartered in Alexandria, VA), believes that what the people of Oklahoma want shouldn’t interfere with the interests of their international members. Big-government lobbyist Jim Dunlap represents HID Global, a member of SIA. Dunlap is the same lobbyist who worked to amend HB 2569 to allow for RFID tracking tags in the OK DL/ID cards.  Neither SIA or HID Global are located in OK, which demonstrates the fact that outside interest groups can dictate which legislation get passed or not in Oklahoma.

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft rallying support for a 2nd attempt to override the Governor’s veto of HB 2569.

Calls/Emails/Visits needed to those listed below – they work!
Contact these 13 legislators who did not participate in this vote and ask for a Yes vote on a 2nd veto override vote on HB 2569:

  1. Neil Brannon – neilbrannon@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7413
  2. Mike Brown – mikebrown@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7408
  3. John Carey – johncarey@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7366
  4. Lee Denney – leedenney@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7304  (says she will vote yes)
  5. Wes Hilliard – weshilliard@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7412
  6. Chuck Hoskin -chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7319
  7. Scott Inman – scott.inman@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7370
  8. Danny Morgan – dannymorgan@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7368
  9. Richard Morrissette – richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7404
  10. Bill Nations – billnations@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7323
  11. Mike Shelton – mikeshelton@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7367  (walked vote)
  12. John Trebilcock – johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7362  (says he will vote yes)
  13. Purcy Walker – purcywalker@okhouse.gov 1-405-557-7311

OK House Toll Free Number: 1-800-522-8502.
Direct Dial: 1-405-521-2711

Background:

The attempted override of Governor Brad Henry’s veto of HB 2569 failed in the OK House on 5/11/10.

HB 2569, a very popular bill by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of the House and Sen. Dan Newberry of the Senate, prohibits “the imbedding, affixing, adhering, or assigning of a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) or RFID-type ink into or onto the OK drivers license or state-issued ID cards.”

Due to the emergency clause attached to the bill, a 75% majority is needed for a veto override, rather than the normal 2/3 majority.

The vote, held early in last Tuesday’s session, failed by a vote of 69 Yes to 19 Nay; 13 House members were ‘Excused’.

Several legislators debated for the override, with division, unfortunately, falling along party lines, thanks to the lobbying effort by the Governor to the Democrat caucus, making the override vote a political issue rather than a policy stand.  [There is some talk that the big-government paid lobbyist who tried to amend HB 2569 to allow RFID tags also visited the governor on this bill.]

Not all Democrats followed the Pied Piper, however.

The following 8 Democrats took a position based on doing what is right vs. doing what is wrong – Rep. John Auffet, Rep. Dennis Bailey, Rep. Joe Dorman, Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, Rep. Eric Proctor, Rep. R.C. Pruett, Rep. Seneca Scott, and Rep. Ben Sherrer.  These 8 Democrats stood on principle and actually voted for the override.

Of the 13 ‘excused’ representatives who did not vote, by best calculations 2 were actually absent: Rep. John Carey and Rep. Chuck Hoskin (new baby).

The other 11 were somewhere in or near the chamber.

Of these 11, Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing) was in the Speaker’s office and so missed the vote.  It is unclear where some of the others were.

By more than one witness account, Rep. Mike Shelton, (D-Oklahoma County), was actually in the Chambers during the vote but chose to not cast a vote.  When the Chair reminded the House members that House rules state that all members present in the Chamber must cast a vote, Mike Shelton walked out.   Who else ‘walked the vote’ is being checked by verifying the House attendance sheet, which is part of the official record.

Shelton, most will remember, is the same grandstanding legislator who attached an amendment to SB 2018, expanding the definition of a ‘criminal street gang’ to include:
“Criminal street gang” means any ongoing organization, association, or group of five or more persons including, but not limited to, the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Brotherhood and any independent military organization that is neither recognized nor authorized by the Commander in Chief of the Militia for the State of Oklahoma…

SB 2018, with the dangerous Shelton amendment, passed the House in April 98-1, with Rep. Charles Key being the lone NO vote.

Just in time to coincide with sensation-seeking MSNBC’s creation of ‘militia-madness-month,’ to boost ratings for their April 19th ’special’ on the Timothy McVeigh Tapes.

Thankfully, the OK Senate rejected the Shelton amendment. SB 2018 is pending somewhere in a conference committee process. (Link to Status of Measure: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/WebBillStatus/main.html)

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft is rallying support for another attempt at a veto override on HB 2569, a bill very important to the people of Oklahoma.  Call the above legislators and ask for their support for a veto override.

Pray for an end to politics ‘as usual’ and for principled statesmen to arise in the Oklahoma Legislature to override the veto of HB 2569.

Thank you,

OK-SAFE, Inc.
_____________________________________________________

Prohibiting RFID tracking tags in our drivers license is neither an R or D issue – it is an Oklahoma issue.

Governor Brad Henry contact information:

  • Direct: 1-405-521-2342
  • Toll Free: 1-800-865-5853
  • Fax: 1-405-521-3352
  • Email:  Follow this link to send a message to Gov. Henry -http://www.governor.state.ok.us/message.php
Diligence is always necessary in preserving liberty. Once successfully overridden in the House, calls will be needed in the Senate for that same override vote.

Thank you very much for your help with this urgent matter
OK-SAFE, Inc.

Veto Override Fails in House 5/11/10 – Politics ‘as usual’ in OK

Posted by OK-SASE 5/11/10

The attempted override of Governor Brad Henry’s veto of HB 2569 failed today in the OK House.  HB 2569, a very popular bill by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of the House and Sen. Dan Newberry of the Senate, prohibits “the imbedding, affixing, adhering, or assigning of a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) or RFID-type ink into or onto the OK drivers license or state-issued ID cards.”

The vote, held early in Tuesday’s session, failed by a vote of 69 Yes, 19 Nay, and 13 Excused.  Due to the emergency clause attached to the bill, a 75% majority is needed for a veto override, rather than the normal 2/3 majority.

Several legislators debated for the override, with division unfortunately falling along party lines, thanks to the lobbying effort by the Governor himself to the Democrat caucus, making the override vote a political issue rather than a policy stand.

Not all Democrats followed the pied piper, however. The following took a position based on doing what is right vs. doing what is wrong – Rep. John Auffet, Rep. Dennis Bailey, Rep. Joe Dorman, Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, Rep. Eric Proctor, Rep. R.C. Pruett, Rep. Seneca Scott, and Rep. Ben Sherrer are 8 Democrats who stood on principle and who actually voted for the override.

Of the 13 ‘excused’ representatives who did not vote, by best calculations 3 were actually absent: Rep. John Carey, Rep. Chuck Hoskin (new baby), and Rep. John Trebilcock; the other 10 were somewhere in or near the chamber.

Of these 10, Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing) was in the Speaker’s office and so missed the vote.  It is unclear where some of the others were.

Read More;

http://oksafe.wordpress.com/

Oklahoma’s Anti Chipping Bill Under Pressure by Lobbyist HB 2569

3/30/2010

HB 2569, Prohibiting RFIDs in the Oklahoma drivers license and state-issued ID cards by Rep. Wesselhoft and Dan Newberry of the Senate

Sen. Newberry is receiving pressure from an industry lobbyist to amend this bill.

Jim Dunlap is the lobbyist representing HID Global. http://www.hidglobal.com/

The proposed amendment by lobbyist Dunlap would open the door for chipping the drivers licenses and state-issued ID cards which is exactly what this bill is protecting AGAINST!

Please let Sen. Newberry know that we appreciate his sponsorship of this bill and urge him to hold fast.

Let him know that the PEOPLE of Oklahoma DO NOT want this bill altered in any way.

Senator Dan Newberry

newberry@oksenate.gov

405.521.5600


This bill protects our freedom and privacy.

The fact that RFID chips pose a threat our freedom and privacy is not disputed.

A 2005 DHS Report on using RFID for human identification purposes lists the potential for pervasive surveillance as one of many issues with using RFID technology in identification documents.

The concern that the deployment of RFID‐enabled systems represents the potential for widespread surveillance of individuals, including US citizens, without their knowledge or consent.

Read the Report;

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy/privacy_advcom_12-2006_rpt_RFID.pdf

The privacy and security problems of RFID tags

The fundamental problem with RFID technology is simple: RFID tags and RFID readers
communicate using radio waves, and radio-frequency transmissions in general are
physically insecure. Exposed or publicly available information channels are harder to
secure than wires or cables.
Several factors make RFID tags especially dangerous to privacy.
• RFID tags are promiscuous: they are generally designed to be activated, and their
transmissions receivable, by any compatible reader/sensor device
• RFID tags are stealthy: when RFID tags are being read, the people carrying the tags
don’t know that it’s happening
• RFID tags are remotely readable, and can be read through many common substances
(cloth, leather, paper)

Source-Lee Tien,Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation

before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Joseph L. Dunn, Chair of the California Legislature in 2005

http://www.scribd.com/doc/29292629/RFID-Electronic-Frontier-Foundation-testimony-sb-682-111

This technology is very detrimental to our security but obviously holds great benefits for the industry.

AxXiom for Liberty

https://axiomamuse.wordpress.com

OK Gov. Got Paranoia? Counter-Conspiracies levvied at the Privacy Inclined

Committee hearings can be humdingers.

If you are the sort who would rather not be carrying around an ID laden with privacy busting technology you may find yourself the subject of scorn by some OK legislators and Public Safety representatives.

(but don’t let that stop you!)

AxXiom

Article from The Oklahoman by Micheal McNutt

February 16, 2010

A House panel approved a measure to prohibit radio frequency tags on driver’s licenses, but left in limbo another bill to exempt Oklahomans from getting high-resolution photographs on driver’s licenses due to religious reasons.

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft said he authored House Bill 2569 because the U.S. Senate has a bill that “would enhance” driver’s licenses, which could include putting chips in them that would allow the federal government to keep track of individuals.

Wesselhoft said his bill is a way for the state to reject any federal regulation requiring a chip or any other monitoring mechanism being placed in an Oklahoma driver’s license

Rep. Glen Bud Smithson, D-Sallisaw, who voted against the measure, said Wesselhoft’s bill was one filed this year to protect Oklahoma “from the wicked federal government.”

(Thank you Rep. Wesselhoft!)