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BTC- The following tale falls into the “when biometrics doesn’t solve all your immigration actor problems” category.

c/o The League of Ordinary Gentlemen

So, in April of 2011, ICE proceeded to deport a 14-year-old American citizen, who spoke no Spanish but apparently spoke excellent colloquial English, to Colombia. It took her grandmother and the Dallas Police nearly a year of searching to find her. Jakadrian was issued a work card by the Colombian government, and has been working as a house cleaner ever since her arrival in (I assume) Bogota. There is some issue in Colombia, which is holding on to the now 16-year-old American citizen; perhaps she has been accused of a crime there. But she’s not home yet, more than a year after she ran away and not quite a year since she was deported out of her own nation.


RELATED: Congress pushes Biometrics

BTC–SEATTLE, WA –According to Canadian press outlets, plans to unveill a Beyond The Borders trilateral security proposal featuring a 30 point plan was deferred to a later date in December, 2011.  Previous discussions of a secured continental perimeter included: a US-Canadian fence, expanded exchanges of intelligence and shared citizen identity data, including but not limited to a demand for biometric identity at the borders.
The controversial proposal has drawn criticisms and subsequent appeals for public input. North Americans exhibited concerns over interrupted commerce, mass loss of privacy and claims the formative trilateral government deliberately withheld information from discussions and meetings from U.S. media.

Press records show very little coverage specifics of the continental Security Perimeter meetings anywhere else in the world other than Canada. Notices of public input and press advisories issued by the United States government have not been covered by conventional US media outlets. Nevertheless, Canada’s Post-Leader reported US Customs and Border Patrol administration states 3 out of 4 Americans agree with the proposal and there is bi-partisan support from the US Congress.  

Stateside reports an increase or escalation in interstate surveillance at the borders, interference with commerce and local property, and inquiries into abuses
To date, the only available port of public input is through Canadian based Beyond The Border’s working group.  Toronto protests in the Spring of 2011evolved as a response to Harper’s early closure of public input and refusal of grievances over earlier draft proposals.  Public input was later extended  to Canadians until June 3rd, 2011. 

c/o InfoSecurityWatch 

“The importance of smart cards to the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) continued to figure prominently and was underscored by Paul Grant, who reaffirmed what was said during Wednesday’s keynote sessions: that the smart card PIV-based Federal Identity and Access Management (ICAM) guidance is the executive branch’s instantiation of NSTIC. Grant is special assistant for federated identity management at the office of the Department of Defense CIO, and co-chair of the ICAM Subcommittee (ICAM SC).”


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Please check out this selection in the Ten years later: Surveillance in the Homeland series for Truthout

Pinellas FL County courts find Real ID can be a “Willey” matter

BTC – Adrian Wyllie, the Chair for the Libertarian Party of Florida, has become a burr in the side of the Pinellas County criminal justice system. His offense? Driving without a Real ID certified license in the State of Florida. After over 2 months public provocation, the sheriffs department issued a citation.

Wyllie had his day in court- the results should surprise anyone. We are joined in a discussion with Mr. Wyllie over these current events.

The legal battle over Real ID certified licenses in the State of Florida will continue to be challenged in a recently sponsored Tallahassee based legislation, HB 109 (R-Larry Ahern).


c/o Amy Ferrer @BORDC — More reason why we love, WSJ’s, Julia Angwin.

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