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“From checkpoints and electronic strip searches at airports… to your banker being forced to report suspicious deposits to being locked up for not disclosing all of your assets to the IRS… the signs are clear: 1984 is here. Whether it’s a War on Drugs, Illegal Immigration, or Terrorist… it is all a war on individual sovereignty.” 

– John Pugsley, a man who woke up Orwell  

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Failed UK ID Card project racks up another £400,000 in expenses

No plans for Aussie online ID (Y’know… in case you’re an Aussie freaked out about NSTIC, right?)

Please check out Dana Priest’s newest work on domestic surveillance, on PBS’ Frontline featuring the history of DHS and US Fusion Centers in Are We Safer?

D.C. expanding public surveillance camera net

TSA is definitely not in favorable light with US public. We are looking for follow up stories on the Phil Mocek trial. 

Technology can scan fingerprints from 6 feet away 

GAO: “E-Verify better, but still flawed”

DIY Government: Challenge FBI Abuses

BTC – Information Liberation was introduced to us by a little bird, a tweet rather from this guy, when I found this populist gem: a list of 259 boycott worthy airports using TSA’s “adult” body scanners.

That’s when I realized how much I have in common with this blog when I looked at their Big Brother- Orwellian cateogy. Now that it’s an official blog-crush, they’re being added to the blog rolls on the sidebar.

Here are the more recent ones getting the State mandated peep show. I didn’t realize prisons had their own airports….Wait! The Backscatter market is moving into the criminal justice foray?  This includes courthouses.    See below.

Chicago Midway International Airport

Dulles International Airport

Greater Rochester International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

Houston William P. Hobby Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport

La Guardia International Airport

Orlando International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport

Saipan International Airport

San Antonio International Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Q. Where else is advanced imaging technology used?

A. Domestic locations:

Colorado Springs Court House (CO)

Cook County Court House (IL)

Department of Corrections facility (PA)

Douglas County Colorado Justice Center

Montana State Prison

Utah State Correctional Facility

BTC – Digital privacy advocates testified during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing about the use of backscatter X-ray machines for security screening at airports. The Electronic Privacy Information Center or EPIC asked DHS to suspend the use of the Backscatter X-ray machines in airports to ensure the machines do not violate international child protection laws and public privacy.
Since the beginning of the year 11 machines were distributed to airports to increase bodily surveillance. The increased demand for X-Ray surveillance at TSA checkpoints came at the request of DHS following a failed terrorist attempt to bomb an inbound flight to Detroit over Christmas.
The proliferation of these machines outraged privacy advocates, child protection groups and citizens concerned about how images of their bared bodies would be handled by the TSA at local airports. State and federal legislative responses followed quickly.
Last week, Idaho State passed a law limiting the use of the machines to those those who have failed other screening procedures, like metal scanners or pat downs.
In other related news:

c/o The Washington Post

In the wake of embarrassing stories a few years ago about members of Congress and babies appearing on the “no-fly” list, the government reduced the number of names drawing extra scrutiny at airports. Federal officials are right to worry about the civil-liberties ramifications of the no-fly list, but the facts surrounding the attempted attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 underscore that the wrong approach has been taken. Rather than simply reducing the number of names on the no-fly list or raising the bar for a name to be listed, the government should make it easier for wrongly listed travelers to clear their names.

One of the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001, reaffirmed last month, is that it is difficult to keep dangerous items off planes. Watch lists will never replace metal detectors, but they may stop some people who would destroy planes with box cutters or liquid explosives. The no-fly list itself targets potentially dangerous people without the use of racial or religious profiling, and improving it does not require expensive scanning equipment or the hiring of additional screeners.

The problem with the no-fly list is not its size but that some individuals appear on it because they share the name of a dangerous person or as a result of bureaucratic accident or thinly sourced and inaccurate intelligence tips. Rather than require the government to be nearly certain that an individual is an actual security threat before initially listing him or her — and running the risk that the truly dangerous will be left unlisted — it would make more sense to facilitate the removal of wrongly listed people.

To begin, travelers should have a way to determine in advance of a flight whether their names are on the list. That way they won’t be surprised when they show up at the airport and are forced to miss a flight. Of course we don’t want to have a Web site where people can check their names; that would make it too easy for terrorists to check false identities against the list until they find one that works. A better approach would be to create a system where people can check — in person — whether they are on the list. Locations for such checks could be airport security offices, U.S. embassies or other federal buildings. Truly dangerous people are unlikely to identify themselves to security officials to ask whether they are on the list; if they do, they can be questioned or arrested. But people who should not be on the list would have the chance to clear their names before enduring delays or missing flights.

For individuals listed by accident or because they share a dangerous person’s name, the Transportation Security Administration’s ombudsman system could simply update the federal watch list (with more specific identifying data such as date of birth, if necessary). The bigger challenge is people who may well be dangerous but for whom the intelligence community has only a single, classified red flag, perhaps a warning from a concerned parent or intelligence asset. The question becomes whether that tip is an indication of real danger or the result of undue suspicion.

To resolve these difficult cases, listed individuals should be given the right to request an administrative hearing. If the government is concerned that sharing secret evidence might reveal intelligence sources and methods, it should provide these individuals with an attorney who has security clearance. These lawyers can review the evidence, clear up confusion and present the individual’s best case. (Providing representation would help compensate people for the inconvenience of an erroneous listing.) It is hard to imagine that actual terrorists would request such a hearing to attempt to remove their names from the list. If they did, the government would be able to learn more about them and would be in a position to arrest them when appropriate. But it should not be difficult for innocent people to clear their names with the help of an attorney who has access to secret evidence.

Because Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was listed in a government database but was not on the no-fly list, some have suggested making the revocation of travel privileges more automatic. We should know more soon about where our system broke down and why the warnings from Abdulmutallab’s father did not result in greater scrutiny. But whether or not the government expands the no-fly list, federal officials should incorporate ways for wrongly listed travelers to clear their names. This would help the no-fly list keep dangerous people out of our aviation system with minimal inconvenience to the rest of us.

The writer is an attorney at a Washington law firm and a fellow at the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law. He has previously published in the Yale Law Journal on the constitutionality of the no-fly list.

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TSA can get naked pictures of you and your significant other. They have the technology.

TSA has crossed an entirely new public threshold.  Concerns have crossed over into the U.S. over TSA’s applied use of full body scanning. I believe it all started with this unfortunate Iraqi woman, whose fate we now share, as featured in Truthout.

The new lows of personal invasion by our government has US citizens and many bloggers turning tables on DHS.  Rouge Government goes as far as calling the DHS a “terrorist” organization.   How many times do we have to say, “You’re in my personal space!” before DHS gets the clue this is inappropriate and overbearing.
Biometric fat cat contractors have undoubtedly proven the technological “cool” factor to get The Bush Administration’s nod to possibly greenlight full body scanners at an airport near you. The DHS loves biometrics.  They just can’t get enough of pictures of you, your face and now the nuanced contours of your holy birthday suit. 
Ok, DHS that’s enough. You have to cut it out.  If you want cool toys and images of stuff you can blow up go play the American Army game.  Stop making us pay for this crap.  
Biometrics, The Driver’s License Agreement & YOU!!
According to biometric’s whistleblower and Anti-Real ID Activist, Mark Lerner, the evil plan for biometrics world domination started during the FIRST Bush administration.
“The creation of such a system has nothing to do with 9-11 or terrorism.  9-11 provided the opportunity to fast forward federal plans for biometrics and linked databases that first began in 1986 {Bush Sr.} and to force an international biometrics passport and biometric ID standard on other nations that began in 1995 {Clinton}, ” says Lerner.
Lerner continued to explain how AAMVA’s no-bid contract of a Driver’s license hub, anchoring in Kansas City, Missouri became so important and why getting 3D digital copy of your face is a priority.
“Under Real ID , State driver’s license/ID cards provide enrollment. AAMVA provides the document and database linking system needed for biometrics. AAMVA is an international association of motor vehicle and law enforcement officials. AAMVA is responsible for international biometric driver’s license/ ID card standards and an international information sharing agreement, the Driver’s License Agreement (DLA). 
Currently, most states share information through AAMVA, instead of sharing directly between states.  Compacts govern how and what information is shared.  However, states must join with the DLA to comply with {The Real ID Act of 2005}.   The DLA will link databases with Mexico, Canada, and other nations that join the DLA,” said Lerner who later cited this use of driver’s license information as a Constitutional violation {Article 1, Section 10} because it allows states to form compacts with a foreign nation. 
WE JUST WANT YOUR PICTURE! – Your biggest fan, Secretary Chertoff
Since we know that federal tax dollars are spent on wiretapping your grandma and trolling your MySpace page for who you REALLY are, they should start giving back.  
FYI, the going rate for commercial driver’s license information sold through AAMVA  is .84 cents per record as sold to Texas based company, EDS, formerly owned by Ross Perot. Please think of the market values an evil corporation would ascribe to a bulk rollout that includes your social security number, mother’s maiden name and your face in 3D from AAMVA, once Real ID commences.  If someone is going to be making money off of the sale and license of my image – IT NEEDS TO BE ME!!
Don’t get mad – get moving.  Mark Lerner is representing the efforts of The Stop Real ID Coalition and the 5-11 Campaign in Dallas, TX at the Freedom 21 Conference.