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Special shout to Freedom’s Phoenix for finds on NSTIC.

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The latest on “NONSTIC” finds that the proposed identity program is undergoing technical problems and experiencing delays.  Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that so many people don’t trust their government to run identity, or much of anything really for that matter, in cyberspace?

WaPo gives thoughtful consideration to the high concept of US national identity.  Interesting report also trolled up from The Bradley Project here.

Babbage @ The LA Economist experienced his own version of the modern checkpoint society tolerated in California and made some observations about the current status of REAL ID.

Looking on the bright side, officials in Sacramento reckon that if manufacturing the new driving licences is that difficult for professionals, then all those biometric details and security features are going to make it prohibitively expensive for counterfeiters to reproduce. That is no doubt true for the backstreet forgers around MacArthur Park. The worry is that if driving licences become worth thousands of dollars instead of mere hundreds, organised crime could move into the bogus-ID business in a big way.

PRIVACY RIDDLE D’Jour – It’s a head scratcher…
Judge Says TSA Doesn’t Have to Turn Over Body Scan Images to Civil Liberties Group

Bradley Manning and the Rule of Law

Latest and greatest from Papers, Please! : Update on jury trial of Phil Moek who refused identity to fly. The essential guide to PNR or Passenger Name Record database debacle, and an  Interview@AntiWar.com.  Follow Ed Hasbrouck on twitter.

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BTC –  NSTIC or the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace will be discussed at Stanford University this Friday.   The program will be crossing into considerations of the Department of Commerce.  Oversight and execution of the program’s cybersecurity and identity perameters is currently under the Department of Homeland Security.  The project is due to be signed by President Obama in the next few weeks.

One of the major security issues with the Web is the emphasis on anonymity in the original design, making it extremely difficult to verify a user’s real identity. The NSTIC calls for the creation of an “identity ecosystem,” where individuals and organizations can conduct online transactions confident in the real identities of each other and the security of the infrastructure the transactions run on.   

– Hillicon Valley,  Obama Administration officials to discuss trusted IDs online

Related News:  NSTIC amid Identity trends for 2011 

My friend Peter Thottam, foe of totalitarianism, Green Party economic champion and L.A. based madman, sent me these. They were so good I had to throw them up here for you.

First, from a favorite filmaking series, a short from the makers of Zeigeist:

In this next thought provoking short, “The New World Order is going down.” It documents those opposed to the politics and policies of identity gridding, biometrics and microchipping. It shows the who’s who of policies which were strategically placed and some of the faces familiar in the fight to expose them. If you are looking for your face among them – please look in the mirror and then find a way to get involved. It can be you.

They can’t live in the sunshine. The NWO is in a perilous state; because it cannot survive without secrecy. They know they will never get your consent.

For more content like this visit: http://www.peterthottam.com

Zeitgeist: Resource Based Economy

Posted: March 9, 2009 in economy, film

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=3932487043163636261&hl=en&fs=true

Compliments of friend & activist, Peter Thottam.

Zeitgeist Movement: Orientation Presentation (click left) or see the entirety of the 1 1/2 hr film (just released today, March
7, 2009) on the homepage of my website. You can maximize the picture to full screen size for a full video.

Note: The other two prior Zeitgeist films, Zeitgeist & Zeitgeist Addendum, are at the very bottom of the
video page on the website here–> http://www.peterthottam.com/video/video.htm.

POLITICO: Nader, Barr & Paul: ‘Told you so’


While the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Barack Obama have stepped gingerly around the financial crisis and the question of government intervention, third party candidates Bob Barr and Ralph Nader have shown no such compunction.

Instead they have embraced the market meltdown, viewing it as a rare opportunity to highlight bold economic positions and, perhaps as important, claim credit for sounding the early warning alarms.

“We’ve been hammering it,” said Shane Cory, Barr’s deputy campaign manager. “When this first came about with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Bob was explaining, ‘When we bail out Fannie and Freddie, expect more to come.'”

Barr, the former Republican congressman from Georgia who is running as a Libertarian, now sends out press releases lambasting the administration for indulging in corporate welfare, festooned with headlines such as “I told you so.”

“This administration, supposedly devoted to free markets and fiscal responsibility, has bailed out the housing industry, the quasi-government mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the investment house Bear Stearns, and a leading insurer,” read a Sept. 17 statement. “And how will we pay for this ever-rising bill for corporate welfare?”

Barr boasts that he was a few weeks ahead of the curve, pointing to an Aug. 15 press release warning that the bailouts of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bear Stearns would lead to more irresponsible behavior and more bailouts.

“The mere possibility of a bailout will discourage companies and markets from adjusting in the future,” said the release.

The Nader campaign asserts that the independent candidate’s prescience in predicting the current meltdown dates back more than a decade.

“Ralph has almost prophetically predicted over the last 15 years of deregulation, what the effects might be,” said Toby Heaps, a Nader spokesman. “When Clinton removed the need for banks to pay annually into the FDIC, [Nader] predicted the FDIC might be short on cash and taxpayers would need to bail it out.”

Nader, a longtime consumer advocate who ran for president in 2000 and 2004, also predicted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were headed for a crisis in his 2000 campaign.

He has seized the opportunity this week to take credit for being ahead of the curve and also to contrast his proposals with those of McCain and Obama. Nader has issued a detailed 10-point plan with short- and long-term proposals ranging from imposing additional conditions on bailout recipients to making the Federal Reserve a Cabinet position that is accountable to Congress.

In an interview with Politico last week, Nader emphasized many of the same issues, calling the Federal Reserve “a government within government” that is unaccountable to the public or to democratic institutions. He also said that the current round of bailouts was worse than the Chrysler Corp. rescue of 1979 because it does not impose sufficient conditions on the companies or benefits to the government.

Nader is “not unequivocally opposed to bailouts, but he’s opposed to those without reciprocity,” explained Heaps. “For Chrysler, the government received stock warrants, so when the company recovered, government made a $400 million profit. What happens today is people bow to what big business asks for without conditions whatsoever. He’s opposed to unconditional bailouts like this one.”

Like Nader, Barr also diverges from the cautious positions expressed by McCain and Obama. There is no hedging whatsoever: He opposes any bailout or additional regulation.

“Barr supports letting the free market run its course,” said Cory.

Cory says that the campaign is seeing increased attention in Barr as a result.

“We’re getting more people signing up for the e-mail list, donations are up, our press releases are being carried more widely,” said Cory. And although major media appearances remain somewhat elusive, there has been a notable uptick.

The Nader campaign reports that it hasn’t been as fortunate.

“I have never in my life seen someone so in the sweet spot of a story and get so little coverage,” complained Heaps. “We’ve had some articles in small papers but nothing in the major media except a hit on Fox.”

The Nader experience stands in stark contrast to the surge in media interest in long-shot former Republican presidential contender Ron Paul, who ran in the GOP primary on a platform that strongly opposed deficit spending, called for abolishing the Federal Reserve, and issued dire predictions about the future of the U.S. economy.

Though he is no longer running for president, the crisis has sparked an unaccustomed media boomlet for Paul, who has made recent television appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business.
Paul, like Nader, asserts that recent events prove the correctness of his economic philosophy. “He thinks this is a long-term crisis that has been unwinding since 1971,” said Jesse Benton, a Paul spokesman.

Paul shares Barr’s and Nader’s view that the government’s response has been inappropriate.

The bailouts “prop up a bad system,” Paul said on MSNBC Thursday afternoon. “All they’ve tried to do is patch up a system that is unworkable.”


LATE LAST WEEK…

Bob Barr was caught on record trying to dump the Democratic & Republican candidates off of the ballot. If we had an award for Enormous-Balls-of-Iron it would go to Barr for taking on the Texas party system.

Nevertheless, I was out of school on that day and I thought it worthy to recap some of the more interesting local headlines.

Barr Sues to Remove McCain, Obama From Ballot
WASHINGTON — Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr’s campaign filed suit Tuesday seeking to remove Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama from the ballot in Texas, alleging that the two major candidates missed the deadline for officially filing to be on the ballot.

The lawsuit by the former Republican congressman from Georgia claims that neither McCain nor Obama met the requirement of Texas law that all candidates provide “written certification” of their nomination “before 5 p.m. on the 70th day before election day,” because neither had been formally nominated by their respective parties in time.


Barr Loses Bid to Halt Mailing of Ballots

In Austin on Thursday, Barr accompanied his attorney to request an emergency order from the Texas Supreme Court to stop the state from mailing absentee and military ballots, which is expected to start Saturday. (Barr’s attorney, Drew Shirley, is also the Libertarian nominee for a Texas Supreme Court seat.) The court denied that request by the end of the day.